Jim Corliss and Myrna Schwartzwalter Received the Statewide Award from The Washington Health Care Association
Vancouver, Wash. – Prestige Care residents Jim Corliss and Myrna Schwartzwalter are the latest recipients of the Washington Health Care Association’s (WHCA) Silver Spotlight Award, a program that recognizes the remarkable achievements of assisted living and skilled nursing center residents statewide.
The award, which was created this year, honors individuals among the “Greatest Generation” who devote their lives to the service of others in their communities and beyond. The honorees represent the 30,000 citizens in assisted living and skilled nursing centers in the state. Corliss and Schwartzwalter were two of only 13 honorees selected for the award.
“Jim and Myrna have dedicated a lifetime to serving others and their selflessness is an example to us all. We feel very lucky to count them as members of the Prestige Care family as they offer kindness to residents and staff in our centers, in addition to the greater community,” said Harold Delamarter, CEO of Prestige Care. “The whole Prestige Care team offers them a hearty congratulations!”
Corliss currently resides at Prestige Care & Rehabilitation – Sunnyside while Schwartzwalter lives at Prestige Care & Rehabilitation – Parkside. Both were nominated by staff at their respective communities for the award.
“This program is designed to ensure we all remember the contributions of seniors in our care,” said Robin Dale, CEO of the WHCA. As Washington’s largest nonprofit association of assisted living and skilled nursing centers, WHCA’s mission is to promote quality care and services and to advocate for care givers and residents and patients, alike.
Corliss was born and raised in Yakima, Washington, where he attended Yakima High School and later graduated from Washington State University (WSU) with a degree in agriculture. After college, he cultivated a 17-acre grape vineyard with his wife and earned the Master Gardener Achievement from WSU, the highest honor for gardeners and farmers. As a certified Master Gardener, Corliss served his community as a volunteer at the Master Gardener clinic, answering calls and fielding gardening queries.
Most recently, Corliss volunteered and served as secretary and treasurer at the Grandview Senior Center, a community gathering place and activity center for seniors.
Schwartzwalter was born in Sunnyside, Washington, and attended college at Yakima Valley Community College where she developed a passion for teaching and social work. During the Vietnam War, Schwartzwalter taught schoolchildren in the Republic of China. After returning to the states, she volunteered in the Yakima Public School System, the local gem and mineral club and the Yakima Harman Senior Center.
Presently, Schwartzwalter serves her community at Prestige Care & Rehabilitation – Parkside as the vice president of its resident council, welcoming and acclimating new residents to the center.
Award ceremonies will be held at the residents’ respective centers on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Corliss, Schwartzwalter and their fellow recipients will also be honored at a reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, Washington, on Dec. 5, 2014, as well as featured in the WHCA’s 2015 Silver Spotlight calendar.
About Prestige Care, Inc.
Prestige Care is a family of senior living and skilled nursing centers operated through a philosophy of caring. With more than 70 communities located throughout the U.S., Prestige Care is based on a core value system of respect, integrity, commitment and trust that serves as the bedrock of every Prestige Care and Prestige Senior Living community. For more information on Prestige Care, visit its website at www.prestigecare.com.