The award was presented during Life Care’s annual Directors of Nursing Meeting held at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. It is given to the director of nursing in each of Life Care’s divisions who best demonstrates outstanding qualities in several areas, including customer service ratings, staff development and successful state surveys.
Lazard began her tenure with Life Care as a staff development coordinator in Colorado and transferred to Life Care Center of Elyria as assistant director of nursing. She has been director of nursing since 2014 and has led the facility to achieve a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as a deficiency-free state survey in 2017.
During the meeting, Lazard was also praised for taking the time to meet one-on-one with each new admission and develop a patient profile for the patient’s stay at the facility. She provides one-on-one education with each new associate and leads the wound care team. She is also known to cover open shifts.
Lazard was selected from all the directors of nursing in Life Care’s Northeast Division, which encompasses 25 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
“Sarah is a living example of what the honorable nursing profession is all about,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “She administers her God-given talents in a spirit of love and compassion to help make the lives of others better. We’re proud of her and all of our nursing award winners.”
Life Care honored seven other division winners and a Company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year, as well as a customer service winner.