Harper Named Life Care’s Corporate Administrative Professional Of The Year

Friday, April 25, 2014
Melissa Harper, Life Care's Corporate Administrative Professional of the Year
Melissa Harper, Life Care's Corporate Administrative Professional of the Year

Melissa Harper, executive secretary for Life Care Centers of America’s Facility Financial Services department, was named Administrative Professional of the Year on Wednesday. 

Ms. Harper has served Life Care for 10 years. She was praised for her knowledge of financial applications and her willingness to jump in wherever needed within her department and outside of it. For example, for several months in 2013, she assumed responsibility for a task that another secretary could not complete due to recovery from surgery.

“I get compliments all the time from the facilities about Melissa’s customer service,” said Shane Pledge, director of facility financial applications and Harper’s supervisor.  Ms. Harper received a dozen roses, a tiara and a day pass to Bliss Spa during the presentation. 

“I was surprised,” said Ms. Harper. “I didn’t expect it, but it was nice. I like working with all the different facilities and business office managers.” Ms. Harper explained that the main part of her job is to help Life Care’s centers around the country with their training and questions about the resident trust application, which keeps track of residents’ money for their personal use. 

“Life Care is blessed with exceptional secretaries – individuals who daily demonstrate their professional skills, their organizational ability and their warm and engaging personalities,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “But they are also people who have dedicated themselves to the mission of serving those entrusted to us. We are grateful for their work and their loyalty. Melissa Harper, who was chosen as Life Care’s Administrative Professional of the Year, is a marvelous example of the talent and commitment of our secretaries.” 

The ceremony was part of a breakfast honoring all of Life Care’s corporate administrative professionals.


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