Former Wheatcrest Hills administrator LaVonne Furman of Britton was recently honored with the prestigious Service Award for 2020 from the South Dakota Health Care Association.
Retiree Earns Recognition
Former Wheatcrest Hills Administrator LaVonne Furman of Britton has been recognized with the Service Award for 2020 from the South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA).
SDHCA honors those who demonstrate exceptional commitment and service to the long term care profession over the course of their career with the prestigious Service Award. Furman was the Wheatcrest administrator for 20 years until her retirement last year.
Furman earned an associate’s Degree in Accounting and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Presentation College in Aberdeen and found her passion working with the residents of Wheatcrest Hills. After four years in the role of Business Office Manager, she became the center’s Administrator in 1999, and never looked back.
Furman has been an active member of SDHCA, serving on the Board of Directors as the Proprietary Representative. She has also served on the association’s Legislative/Reimbursement Committee, PR Committee, and Education Committee. She is well-known for her thoughtful approach and insightful comments about the profession.
Though she misses working with her residents and staff each day, in her retirement she is spending more time enjoying her title of “grandma” and has also kept busy by making more than 500 masks for the community to use.
“Over the course of her career, LaVonne has impacted the lives of countless residents and family members, supported her staff, and been an encouragement and example to all her colleagues across our state,” said Brett Hoffman, SDHCA Director of Public Policy and Communications. “For her dedicated service and commitment to the long term care profession, the South Dakota Health Care Association is proud to present our Service Award to LaVonne Furman.”