Elizabeth A. Sarro Recieves ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award


The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Elizabeth A. Sarro, Administrator of Bethany Home of Rhode Island in Providence, Rhode Island with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The leadership award was celebrated during the awards luncheon at ACHCA’s 52nd Annual Convocation and Exposition in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Fewer than 11% of facilities nationwide qualify. This year, 1,717 facilities met the selection criteria. Three hundred and fifty-one administrators in 45 states were awarded the facility leadership award nationally.

Elizabeth A. Sarro was one of the 38 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award recipients recognized by 275 peers at the luncheon. Based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, this award recognizes the Administrator of record who provided that leadership the full 2017 calendar year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursling facility survey data, including the Health, Fire Safety, and Compliant Surveys, as well as top quarterly performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also include an 85% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of ABILITY Network Inc.

The Facility Leadership Award was introduced in 2008 by one of ACHCA’s most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick. A former executive director of the Ballard Rehabilitation Center, DesPlaines, IL for over 30 years, Eli embodied excellence as an Administrator that cared for his residents, their families, and his community. This award is presented annually in memory of Eli, a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long term care.


Founded in 1962 the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted soley to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from accross the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, visit www.achca.org or send an email to membership@achca.org.



Roger Williams Zoo Mobile Visits Bethany Home!


3rd Annual Multi-Vendor Shopping Day Fall Fundraiser



Announcing our 3rd Annual Multi-Vendor Shopping Day Fundraiser at Bethany Home of RI!

Join us on Saturday, November 11, 2017  from 10 – 2 pm for this  family friendly event held here on our campus with Free Admission and Free Parking.  We have quite a few new vendors joining us (Fresh Fried Oreos, anyone?!) and all of your favorites from years past are on board.

All funds raised from Vendor/Sponsor Raffle Baskets will go to our Activities Program at Bethany Home Of Rhode Island.  More details on our Facebook Event Page.

Can’t make it in person but want to help?  Make an online donation! 

If you’d like to donate a raffle basket or door prize, please contact Pam at 401-831-2870.


Bethany Home of Rhode Island Receives “Excellence in Action Award”


On June 22, 2017, Bethany Home of Rhode Island received the Excellence in Action award from NRC Health. This honor, awarded exclusively to NRC Health post-acute clients, recognizes organizations that achieve the highest overall resident or employee satisfaction scores in the NRC Health database–the largest source of long-term care and senior-living satisfaction metrics in the nation.

Bethany Home of Rhode Island was the only skilled nursing facility in Providence to receive the Customer Satisfaction Award.

“The Excellence in Action award remains a true testament to the overall quality being provided in today’s long-term care and senior living organizations,” said Rich Kortum, Director of Strategic Partnerships at NRC Health. “The recipients of this award continue to show the importance of focusing on what matters most to their residents, families, and employees. We are honored to partner with such high-performing organizations, and wish them continued success.”

Qualifying skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living communities must have completed a customer or workforce satisfaction survey in 2016. Winners must also have received a minimum of 10 responses, achieving a response rate of at least 30%. Their overall responses must have scored the organization within the top 10 percent of qualifying assisted living and independent living facilities and the top 20 percent of qualifying skilled nursing facilities on either the question, “What is your recommendation of this facility to others?” or the question, “What is your recommendation of this facility as a place to work?”

“We are so proud of our staff and their dedication to quality care and attention to our residents and their families. Anyone who has visited Bethany Home realizes instantly it is a very special place with a family feel”, said W. Parish Lentz, Chairman of the Board, Bethany Home of RI. “Our board is very proud of our staff and honored by the recognition, but not at all surprised.”


Bethany Home of Rhode Island Celebrates 125 Years


On Thursday, the eighth of June, 2017, Bethany Home of Rhode Island celebrated it’s 125th Anniversary of Community Service and Support.  The celebration was held at the Bethany Home campus which is located at 111 South Angell Street on the East Side of Providence.

Bethany Home of RI 125 year celebration june 2017

(Catering: A Touch of Class / Cupcakes: Wayland Bakery / Flowers: East Side Marketplace)

Sheryl Fayer as Clara Barton & Col. Ron Barnes of The Pawtuxet Rangers

Special Guests for the celebration were Clara Barton impersonator Sheryl Faye and Col. Ron Barnes of The Pawtuxet Rangers.
Clara Barton was the third cousin of the founder of Bethany Home; Mary Ellen Learned Brown.   You can learn more about the history of the founding of Bethany Home here.

RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner Bethany Home of RI 125th Anniversary

The Guest Speaker was RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner.   In his speech he lauded the importance of Bethany Home in the history of Providence and the resilience and fortitude shown by our Founding Mothers & Fathers.  At the same time, he praised Bethany Home for it’s innovation and “always moving forward” mind-set as we move into the future.  Elected officials have always played a role in supporting Bethany Home; our very first President was the 43rd Governor of Rhode Island, Daniel Russell Brown.

Bethany Home of RI est1896

We also had the honor of having three generations of the owner of the original home, Stephen Decatur Andrews, celebrate with us.  The home at 111 South Angell Street was purchased on June 14, 1893 and was dedicated on November 23, 1893 as “Bethany Home of Rhode Island”.

Bethany Home of RI 125 Year Anniversary 111 South Angell St. Providence RI Stephen Decatur Andrews House

Thanks to our Sponsors, donors & supporters we were able to raise over $10,000.00 in celebration of our 125th Year!  Here’s to the future of Bethany Home of Rhode Island!


Sponsors for 125 Bethany Home of RI