The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) has recently awarded Dr. Terry L. Penniman the distinguished designation of Fellow, which is the highest level of achievement within this organization.
According to ACHCA, the designation of Fellow has been earned by fewer than 800 of the very best administrators across the nation and is positive evidence that the recipient's base of knowledge, skill and experience exceeds that of most administrators.
Dr. Penniman has been a licensed nursing home administrator for 19 years. He is currently President and CEO for Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.
He is happy to receive the designation of Fellow from the ACHCA.
"It's quite an honor and a lot of work involved to receive this award," he said.
The Fellowship is based on experience, education and training, as well as professional commitment and professional reputation.
"It's quite an honor for people that belong to this professional organization," Dr. Penniman said. "People recognize it as someone who has taken a lot of time and effort."
This designation will only reflect back on the quality of care at Methodist Manor, he explained.
"We're always trying to provide in quality terms of care," he said. "The Manor is always trying to improve care for the elderly, who are our focal point."
Dr. Penniman oversees the 196-unit retirement community in Storm Lake, which offers five levels of senior housing. The operation employs 120 professionals and paraprofessionals with an approximate annual budget of $4 million.
Dr. Penniman is also under contract with Des Moines University, Division of Health Management, to teach courses in health care administration and direct the long-term care administration program.
He received his B.A. degree in research biology with a minor in psychology from Buena Vista University in 1963. He subsequently obtained an M.A. in Elementary and Special Education from the University of South Dakota in 1967 and a Ed.D. from Western Michigan University in 1974 as a Mott Fellow.
Read the rest of this article in the 10/28 Pilot Tribune.