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The Evergreen Inn Named Agemark Senior Living’s Community of the Year 

Agemark Senior Living recently named The Evergreen Inn in Vancouver their community of the year for 2023. The award was announced at Agemark’s corporate meeting held on March 7, 2024, in Omaha.  

The Evergreen Inn is led by Executive Director Kelly Higdon, RN. Opened in 1987, the community mainly serves adults with intellectual disabilities while also offering traditional assisted living services. The community is home to 82 residents at capacity, offering both private and companion room options, in a safe and supportive environment. The Evergreen Inn once served as a lodging and entertainment center and was originally built in 1928.  

The community was measured in five areas: occupancy, family satisfaction, employee satisfaction, income to operating expenses and budget management. After all areas were closely examined, The Evergreen Inn rose to the top of Agemark’s 15 multi-service communities.  

Agemark CEO Martin Hug says of Kelly Higdon and The Evergreen Inn, “The Evergreen Inn is such a special place, and we are so proud of Kelly and her team. The community provides an exceptional experience for residents that make the building their home. The team at The Evergreen Inn are the embodiment of what is special about Agemark – a group of compassionate and caring individuals who are changing the lives of residents in their care each day through the love they share.”  

The win was the sixth historically for The Evergreen Inn and their third year in a row. Other members of the community’s leadership team include Candice Griffith, Bill Strickland, Cindy Strickland, Kathy Wagner, and Teresa Yohe, Additionally, the community employs an exceptional team of experienced caregivers. 

The Evergreen Inn earned two other awards. First, the community was Agemark’s top performer for both staff and resident satisfaction in surveys performed in 2023. Additionally, caregiver Christina Toledo was recognized as an Agemark HERO, which is the company’s highest individual award. This award was given to just four employees out of more than 1000 employed Nationwide. Executive Director Kelly Higdon says of Christina Toledo, “Christina has demonstrated the utmost commitment to our company’s core values: professionalism, integrity, commitment, and compassion. She has an amazing work ethic and gives so much to our community and residents every day. She is a loyal and loving person and displays that to residents and her coworkers. I’m honored to have Christina on my team.” 

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