Monthly Archives: February 2014

John Pritchard’s Retirement Party

Pritchard_Photo1Residents, board members, staff, community partners, LeadingAge California members, friends and family came to wish and congratulate John on his retirement at St. John’s Retirement Village on February 6.

John Pritchard worked in the healthcare industry for 20 years as an administrator and president/operations manager for nursing homes. Before coming to St. John’s in 2004 he administered a 120-bed skilled nursing facility, Vacaville Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.

Former board president Bob Nakken emotionally honored and thanked John for his leadership on reviving the financial status of the community. Board President Marilyn Mitchell acknowledged John’s incomparable performance during his years of service and thanked him for strengthening the board leadership during his tenure.

Tadao Koyama, on behalf of Assemblymember Mariko Yamada presented an Assembly resolution honoring John for his years of service in the community.

Joanne Handy, president & CEO of LeadingAge California, presented a certificate of recognition to John and highlighted the accomplishments and John’s contributions to the lives of the many residents he served, not hundreds, but thousands. photo 5

Staff presented John a special gift with their outpouring love and good wishes.

Congratulations John – and best wishes on your retirement!


Win an All-Expense Paid Trip to the 2014 LeadingAge California Annual Conference!


Value First and LeadingAge California are giving away an all-expense paid trip to the 2014 Annual Conference in Palm Springs, CA. The prize includes:

  • One Full Conference General Registration
  • 3 Nights Hotel 
  • $200 Travel Stipend


To win, simply complete a no-obligation cost study with Value First between January and March 10, 2014.  You receive one entry into the drawing for each type of cost study you conduct with Value First.  There is no purchase or commitment to purchase necessary.  It’s a double win – you get to see if Value First can save you some money on the products you are already buying AND you get a chance to win a trip the the Annual Conference!

What types of purchases can we cost study?

  • Food
  •  Janitorial/Sanitation Supplies
  • Maintenance
  • Office Supplies
  • Medical Supplies

Don’t forget – you get one entry for each of these types of cost studies you conduct with Value First, so enter as many times as possible!

To get started, and enter the drawing for your chance to win an all expense paid trip to the LeadingAge California Annual Conference, contact Courtney Weidmann at LeadingAge California, (916) 469-3392.