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News - June 18, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2021
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Alexandria, VA – Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) has been named one of the top 10 organizations in The Washington Post 2021 Top Workplaces in the Washington, D.C. area, and ranked No. 6 in the large company category on the list of organizations receiving a Top Workplace designation. This is the third year in a row that Goodwin House received this honor.
Selection is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, which measured several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, engagement and leadership. For the 2021 survey, more than 65,500 employees of Washington, D.C.-area organizations shared their feedback through the survey.
“It is an incredible honor to be a 2021 Washington Post Top Workplace and to be recognized for the third year in a row,” said Rob Liebreich, GHI President and CEO. “We are stronger together, and with the exceptional dedication and support of our caring, hardworking team members, we are able to uphold our mission to support, honor and uplift older adults across Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. area. We strive to promote a culture of purpose and fulfillment, where our staff can advance in their careers while enhancing the lives of thousands of older adults every day.”
GHI is a leader in the senior living and healthcare services industry, serving more than 2,100 older adults across Northern Virginia and the D.C. area, and many others through brain health and other virtual programming. GHI employs nearly 900 individuals who represent more than 65 different countries. In addition to providing employees with full health care benefits, tuition support and student loan repayment for vocational training as well as college and graduate degrees, GHI launched an alliance in 2020 with the University of Maryland that expands the affordability of college education for Goodwin House employees and their families. In 2018, GHI and the Goodwin House Foundation created a citizenship application fee program that provides employees with grants to cover the cost of citizenship application fees. To date, GHI and the Goodwin House Foundation have supported the citizenship fees for 89 employees and close to $250,000 in tuition assistance.
With a deep commitment to growing our nation’s senior living workforce, GHI provides over 15,000 hours of annual clinical education to students pursuing careers in healthcare with a focus on serving older adults. GHI also partners with a wide range of regional universities for internships and degree coursework. These universities include Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University, the University of Maryland Global Campus, George Washington University and Georgetown University.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GHI amplified its infection control protocols to ensure the health and safety of staff, residents and members of the Goodwin House at Home program aging in place in their homes. The Alexandria-based nonprofit also launched an extensive program of virus protection and support benefits for employees, including:
In 2020, GHI established its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, which consists of a group of staff and residents who work together to educate, embrace and empower a workplace of diversity, equality and inclusion. Mary Lewis Hix, GHI Board of Trustees Chair, also serves on the GHI DEI Committee. Last June, Goodwin House Incorporated became the first senior living community in Northern Virginia to receive gold-level certification from Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). GHI’s participation in the SAGECare program provides staff members with the proper training and education to work with older adults in the LGBT+ community. As a gold-level provider, GHI ensures that SAGECare is an integral component of its ongoing efforts to create an inclusive community. SAGECare training is part of new employee orientation.
The Washington Post hosted a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, June 17 to recognize the top-ranked companies. For more about The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces and to see the full list of this year’s honorees, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2021/business/top-workplaces/#largest.
About Goodwin House Incorporated: Celebrating 54 years of providing exceptional service to older adults, Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) is a not-for-profit, Virginia-based corporation affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Through its growing family of senior living and healthcare services owned and operated across Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, GHI serves 2,100 older adults with options that include: two Life Plan Communities—Goodwin House Alexandria and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads; an innovative continuing care at home program—Goodwin House at Home; and a portfolio of healthcare services and partnerships delivering Home Health, Rehabilitation, Primary Care, Palliative Care and Hospice. GHI also is the management agent for The Lewinsville Retirement Residences, Inc. serving low-income older adults in McLean and Great Falls, Virginia.
GHI also advances its mission through the Goodwin House Foundation, a 501(c)(3) supporting foundation that provides financial support to current and future residents in need and to fund programs dedicated to promoting growth and education of staff as well as overall well-being and vibrant living as we age.