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News - June 27, 2023


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Alexandria Commission on Aging Awards Jackie Barbarito of Goodwin Living™ the Lois Van Valkenburgh Excellence in Aging Award

Alexandria, Va. – Today, Goodwin Living™, a faith-based, not-for-profit senior living and health care services organization in the National Capital Region, celebrates Jackie Barbarito, Health Care Center Administrator at Goodwin House Alexandria, as the recipient of the 2023 Lois Van Valkenburgh Excellence in Aging Award from the Alexandria Commission on Aging (COA). This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to elevating the quality of life for older adults in Alexandria within the past year.

“Jackie is an activist by nature and is a champion for Alexandria’s community of older adults,” said Barbara D’Agostino, Executive Director of Goodwin House Alexandria. “She seeks out partnerships with organizations that can significantly broaden outreach to promote enhanced understanding of the ways individuals, businesses and communities can support, honor and uplift the lives of older adults.”

In her role as Administrator of Goodwin House Alexandria Health Care Center, Barbarito ensures that 80+ residents in long term care, skilled nursing and short-term rehab receive the highest level of care through her skillful leadership and management. In 2019, she co-founded Dementia Friendly Alexandria with Alexandria COA and long-time Alexandria advocate for older adults, Jane King. The Dementia Friendly Alexandria effort conducted informational sessions that prepared the community to engage more knowledgeably and compassionately with those who have dementia. In addition, Barbarito led a Goodwin Living Strategic Plan initiative on Dementia that was recognized in 2020 by LeadingAge Virginia with the Dementia Championship of the Year Award.

Barbarito was a 2021 recipient of The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Awards and is an alum of Leadership Alexandria by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Barbarito holds a Bachelor of Science in health promotion from American University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from The George Washington University. In 2020, she became an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health where she teaches a class on Post-Acute Care Management and Leadership.

The Alexandria Commission on Aging recently hosted an awards ceremony at the Alexandria City Hall for Excellence in Aging award recipients. The COA, which advocates for the needs of older residents in Alexandria, uses the awards to honor individuals — regardless of age — as well as an organization, that has provided service to older Alexandrians or demonstrated superior contributions in advancing issues and projects that favorably affect older Alexandrians.

Barbarito and her husband, Bryce Scholar, are Alexandria residents and the parents of two daughters.

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