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Village Shalom Announces 2013 Block ‘Champion of Culture Change’ Winner


Jimmy Nickle, Village Shalom Food Production Manager, has received the Allen and Gloria Block “Champion of Culture Change” Award for 2013.

The annual award was established in 2008 in conjunction with the Menorah Legacy Foundation. As previous supporters of merit recognition for health-care professionals at Menorah Medical Center, the Blocks redirected their fund to Village Shalom to honor exceptional staff performance. The award recognizes and rewards an outstanding Village Shalom staff member dedicated to the concept of “culture change” in working with and caring for residents of the continuing-care retirement community.

Celebrating the presentation of Village Shalom’s 2013 Allen and Gloria Block “Champion of Culture Change” Award are (from left) Karin McCrary, Chief Operating Officer; Matthew Lewis, President and CEO; Jimmy Nickle, Block Award recipient; Rod Minkin, Chairman- Board of Directors.

“Culture change” in the long-term care industry is defined as improving the quality of life for residents as well as staff members by creating a home-like environment, promoting resident choice and self-determination, empowering front-line team members, enhancing the physical environment and increasing community involvement.

Village Shalom’s management team serves as the selection committee for the award, which is presented each December.

Tami Middleton, Director of Human Resources, presented the award to Nickle, who joined Village Shalom Dining Services in 2008. Though he departed in June 2011 to pursue another opportunity, he returned in April 2013 because he felt such a strong connection to the organization and its residents.

“Jimmy consistently bonds with the residents by going beyond his normal job responsibilities,” said Middleton. “He has taken the term ‘team player’ to a whole other level, mentoring his co-workers and our new mashgiach. He is constantly looking for ways to improve. He never says no. Jimmy is always coming up with innovative ways to improve service to our residents. He has such a refreshing approach in coming up with ways to grow Rachel’s Café. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking individual representing Village Shalom.”

Nickle and his Full House BBQ team won accolades throughout the Kansas City Jewish community as the overall champions in the 2013 Kansas City Vaad HaKashruth BBQ Festival in August.

As winner of the “Champion of Culture Change” Award, Nickle received a monetary gift of $1,000.