County native chosen for ‘Future Leaders in Long-Term Care’

Published 11:59 am Friday, August 7, 2009

The Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA) announced that Crenshaw County native Sal.Lee Sasser-Williams has been chosen by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) as a member of the 2009-2010 class of Future Leaders in Long-Term Care.

Sasser-Williams, who was born and raised in Brantley, is the second generation of her family to work in long-term care in Alabama. She is director of operations for her family owned company, Sasser Enterprises, which is headquartered in Andalusia. The company oversees two nursing homes, Andalusia Manor in Andalusia and Southland Nursing Home in Marion, and Savannah Terrace Assisted Living located in Andalusia.

“I’m honored to be selected as a ‘Future Leader in Long-Term Care’ and hope I can apply what I learn to help our family provide even better care to our residents,” Sasser-Williams said. “Our family goal is to provide Alabamians who are elderly and disabled with a high quality of care in a safe and nurturing setting.”

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At ANHA, Sasser-Williams serves as Region VIII Director on the Board of Directors, is Chairman of the Membership, Ethics, Charter and Bylaws Committee and serves on several other committees. Locally, she is a member of the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce and the Crenshaw County Relay for Life. She is also chairperson of the Crenshaw Christian Academy Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Crenshaw Christian Academy and Troy University.

“We are proud of Sal.Lee’s selection as a long-term care leader. She has demonstrated a willingness to share successes with others and help where help is needed,” ANHA Executive Director Louis Cottrell said. “As an active member of our association, the experience she gains in this program will benefit nursing homes across Alabama.”

Sasser-Williams is one of 25 people from across the nation selected to participate in the year-long training program that covers the latest theories in quality management, customer satisfaction and leadership. At the end of the program, those selected as future leaders are in a better position to accept vital roles in advancing long-term care profession’s mission of providing the highest quality, resident centered care to Alabama’s frail, elderly and disabled.

In July, she participated in AHCA’s “Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America” symposium in Washington, DC, which kicked-off the year long program.

“By participating in this program, Sal.Lee Sasser-Williams and the other members of our 2009-2010 Future Leaders class will be better prepared to serve vital roles within the association and on behalf of the entire profession,” commented AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Bruce Yarwood. “By honing their knowledge and leadership skills,” continued Yarwood, “these future leaders will surely help to advance quality and promote the profession’s mission of providing the highest quality, resident-centered care for frail, elderly, and disabled Americans.”