LaPorte, Ind. Golden LivingCenter – Fountainview Terrace nurse, Michelle Gardner, is the recipient of the prestigious IHCA/INCAL Senior Living Awards. She has been honored with the Nurse of the Year award. IHCA/INCAL’s annual Senior Living Award program recognizes professionals in nursing facilities and assisted living communities across the state of Indiana for their exemplary contribution and unwavering commitment to delivering quality care. Award winners are selected from peer and colleague nominations.

“We are thrilled for Michelle. She is one of our most dedicated nurses for over 37 years, with 21 of those years in our Alzheimer’s Unit,” said Debbie Tanksley, Executive Director of Golden LivingCenter Fountainview Terrace. “Michelle’s dedication and compassion set her apart because her residents care for her as much as she cares for them.”

“I commend this year’s winners for this incredible achievement and take great pride in spotlighting their years of hard work, leadership, and relentless drive to enhance resident experiences every day,” said IHCA/INCAL President Zach Cattell. “It is a privilege to honor these role models of our sector, both individuals and teams, for their commitment to excellence and dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of the residents they serve.”

Recipients of the 2019 Senior Living Awards were honored during the association’s annual Convention & Expo on Monday, September 16 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis where more than 350 Indiana nurses, nursing assistants, health facility administrators, clinical staff, and others working in long- term care and assisted living centers across the state will be in attendance. For more information on IHCA/INCAL’s Senior Living Awards, visit

To see Michelle talk about what she does, take a look at her video by IHCA/INCAL,


About Golden LivingCenters – Indiana (

Golden LivingCenters – Indiana specializes in recovery care and is a leader in providing skilled nursing and post-acute care. Our mission is to share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare, one person, one family, and one community at a time. We help people recover their health and improve their quality of life through a network of healthcare services including rehab, assisted living, skilled nursing care, hospice and palliative care. Golden LivingCenters – Indiana operates 23 skilled nursing facilities throughout Indiana.


IHCA/INCAL is the state’s largest trade association and advocacy group representing for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes, as well as assisted living communities and independent living. The association provides education, information, and advocacy for health care providers, consumers, and the workforce on behalf of its more than 440-member facilities.