We are proud to announce that Sahar Edalati, executive director of Sunrise Villa Culver City in Los Angeles, CA, has been named Administrator of the Year by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)!
Sahar has been executive director at Sunrise Villa Culver City for the past two years. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Aging and a Master’s in Long-Term Care Administration, living at a senior living community during his practicum.
In his short time at Sunrise Villa Culver City, Sahar has already made a tremendous positive impact. Since becoming executive director, he has led the community to attain high employee engagement marks and earn a Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award through NCAL and the American Health Care Association’s National Quality Award Program earlier this year.
“I am incredibly honored to receive NCAL’s 2018 Administrator of the Year award,” said Sahar. “I feel very fortunate and humbled to be surrounded by such a supportive team, both here in our community and among our Sunrise leadership, all of whom have played a role in helping me to learn and grow in my career. This award is the result of a collective effort among a gifted group of team members who strive to provide personalized care to each of our residents at Sunrise Villa Culver City.”
One of the ways Sahar helps to enhance Sunrise residents’ quality of life is by running a monthly poetry class, “Poetic Voices,” for residents as part of Sunrise’s Live With Purpose programming. These eight signature activity programs bring together residents, team members, families, and volunteers, turning each day into an opportunity for everyone to engage in meaningful programming that enriches the mind, body, and spirit.
“Since the very beginning, residents have been at the core of my enthusiasm for working in assisted living. Playing a role in championing quality of life for all seniors is my definition of making a real difference in the world,” said Sahar. “This award reflects the encouraging work environment and quality initiatives that everyone at Sunrise strives to achieve, and serves as yet another dose of encouragement for our team to continue delivering on our commitment: to provide individualized care in a community that is warm, loving, and best represents the interest of our residents.”
“Sahar’s enthusiastic dedication to his role as executive director has made a significant impact in the lives of both residents and team members,” said Jeff Slichta, senior vice president of Operations for Sunrise. “We are proud of the way Sahar embodies our Sunrise culture, and we look forward to all that he is destined to accomplish for seniors throughout his career.”
Sahar was recognized along with three other 2018 NCAL Award Program recipients at a luncheon on Sunday, October 7, during AHCA/NCAL’s Annual Convention and Expo in San Diego, CA.
Congratulations to Sahar and the Sunrise Villa Culver City team! We are so proud of the hard work that all Sunrise team members do every day to provide personalized care for our residents.