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  • Courtesy Sarah Starcher-Lane was named Indiana's top new nursing home administrator in March.

Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00 am

Awarded for work at Byron center

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Name: Sarah Starcher-Lane

Age: 29

Job title: Executive director/administrator, Byron Health Center

Background: Began at Byron Health Center in January 2014 as the staffing coordinator and moved on the human resources assistant position in June 2014. She “quickly found a passion to accomplish more” and pursued an administrator in training career-path under the guidance of current CEO Deb Lambert. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Cincinnati, she adapted quickly to a larger leadership role as she spent time to learn the duties of and share experiences in every department at Byron Health Center. She completed her administrator in training, passed the federal and state exams and was named assistant administrator in September 2015. She was named executive director/administrator in July 2017.

It's one thing when peers and staff recognize your efforts.

It might be even more humbling, when colleagues in your professional organization take note.

Sarah Starcher-Lane's performance as an executive director at Byron Health Center earned her statewide recognition this year.

The American College of Health Care Administrators in March named Starcher-Lane the 2017 Indiana New Nursing Home Administrator of the Year.

The award recognizes a Health Care Administrators member who has “demonstrated exceptional commitment and potential as a leader, innovator, and motivator in post-acute and aging services, as well as in ACHCA-Indiana,” Byron Health Center said in a news release this month. 

To be considered for the honor, nominees must  have been a practicing administrator for five years or less.

The American College of Health Care Administrators is a nonprofit professional organization that provides educational programming, professional certification and career development and other services for members. The Indiana chapter has been one of the fastest growing in the past three years, according to the state organization's website.

Starcher-Lane, in a statement from Byron Health Center, called it a true honor to accept the award and said it meant a lot to be nominated by peers.

“Serving the residents and staff at Byron Health Center has changed my life and I am grateful to go to “work” each and every day,” she said.

Byron Health Center, which employs about 140, provides long-term care for adults with complex needs including physical, mental, emotional and neurological services. 

Starcher-Lane credits Deb Lambert, CEO of the health center, as being her mentor.

“I would not be the administrator or woman I am, without her,” the statement said.

Lambert has also been recognized for her leadership.

In the spring of 2016, for example, Lambert won a statewide award for Outstanding Leadership Management at the Leading Age Indiana Spring Conference and Trade Show. During an interview with The Journal Gazette at the time, Lambert said her strategy was to teach and empower her team.

John Drebenstedt is director of marketing and public relations for Byron Health Center. In an emailed statement, he said “Sarah has been an inspirational leader for Byron Health Center both on campus and throughout the community.

“Her dedication, passion and unique outlook always produces innovative, outside-the-box solutions.”