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City Council Recognizes Retirement Home Director for Leadership in Senior Living

The University Place City Council honored Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living executive director Sandy Nelson for her contribution to events and activities that improve senior living in town.

At the city council meeting on Feb. 4, University Place honored Sandra E. “Sandy” Nelson, the Executive Director of Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living, with a proclamation recognizing her community leadership and contribution to the quality of life for seniors in University Place. The proclamation was not just on behalf of those who call Bridgeport Place home, but in the broader local community with her leadership and support of events and activities organized by the University Place Senior Activity Center. 

Nelson was named 2012 Administrator of the Year by the Washington State Association of Activity Professionals. Under her leadership, Bridgeport Place achieved 100 percent occupancy for the first time ever during 2012 and has remained consistently between 92 to 100 percent occupancy ever since.  A waiting list of “Future Residents” has had to be established and this is another first. 

Nelson was nominated for the Administrator of the Year award by her management team.  She is beloved by her staff and senior residents.  She is a homeowner and resides in University Place, too. 

In celebration of the Proclamation, she and her management team from Bridgeport Place gathered at El Toro, in University Place, to mark the occasion. 

When she had first learned of the pending Proclamation to honor her, she had quipped, "What next? A street named after me?!?” Members of the management team then decided to surprise her with their own tribute and presented her with a customized street sign reading "Sandy Nelson Blvd."

Bridgeport Place is locally owned and operated by Soundcare, Inc., with corporate offices in University Place.  http://bridgeportplaceassisted.com

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Information thanks to Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living

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