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Jennifer George’s passion for working with older adults began during her college internship at a small nonprofit, Santa Anita Family Service, in Southern California. George provided respite relief for caregivers of dementia participants and learned that listening to people and understanding their struggles, life goals and what makes them happy were keys to making a difference in people’s lives. She also learned the complexities of caring for older adults and the lack of services and coordinated care many of them face. George holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a Master of Public Administration from the University of La Verne. 

 In 2019, George joined WelbeHealth to help launch the first PACE program in the San Gabriel Valley. As a quality improvement and compliance specialist, she developed and implemented WelbeHealth’s quality program. Her leadership abilities and dedication to WelbeHealth’s mission quickly launched her onto the leadership track, and she was promoted to her current role of executive director of WelbeHealth Pacific PACE in 2022. 

Since that promotion, George has helped address key team health challenges, implementing new clinical initiatives to improve participant service delivery. She embodies what it means to be committed to caring for older adults, allowing them to live independently in their communities with access to high-quality social and medical services. Under her leadership, the Pasadena, CA, program has grown to almost 400 participants who are the recipients of high-touch, quality coordinated medical care. 

Her tireless devotion manifests in meaningful outcomes, whether it is ensuring a safe place to live, obtaining healthy food or accessing needed healthcare. She also pushes her team and colleagues to always believe that they can do better and then helps them turn that belief into action. 

The McKnight’s Women of Distinction program is jointly administered by McKnight’s Senior Living, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Home Care. PointClickCare is the Diamond sponsor of this year’s program. PharMerica is the Silver sponsor. Additional sponsors include American HealthTech, Healthcare Services Group, Omnicare, Sentrics and ShiftKey.

Visit this web page to see lists of honorees from 2023 and previous years.