EAGLE Summer 2021 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
Emily's Message
Organizations Awarded EAGLE Accreditation
Marketing the Value of EAGLE
UMA Shared Learning
EAGLE Organizations in the News
Commission News
Peer Reviewer News
Excellence In Action
Calendar of Events
Emily's Message

Going for the Gold

Emily Robbearts
Emily Robbearts
Director of EAGLE Accreditation
    Watching coverage of the Olympics over the past few weeks has been such a powerful lesson in the quest for excellence. We watch the backstories of the athletes and get a glimpse of their personal stories. From our front row seats at home, we feel the thrill when an athlete performs at his or her best and reaches that Olympic goal. When a performance comes up short and the dream for medal is not realized, our hearts break at the disappointment.
In either moment, as the athletes talk with reporters, what strikes me most is how so many... read more.

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The EAGLE Accreditation Commission awarded the following reaccreditations to:
      Presbyterian Home for Children
Presbyterian Home for Children
Talladega, AL
      Cunningham Children's Home
Cunningham Children's Home
Urbana, IL

and the following first-time EAGLE accreditations to:
Harvest Child Care Ministries       Timothy Hill Ranch
Harvest Child Care Ministries
Duffield, VA
      Timothy Hill Ranch
Riverhead, NY

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"EAGLE looks through a lens that we see as the heart and soul of our organization. It really does look at our faith foundation and how that influences the operational practices of our organization."

- Dianne Schultz, President/CEO
The Baby Fold
Watch our EAGLE videos to hear more from Dianne and other leaders of EAGLE organizations about the value of faith-based accreditation. These are great resources to share with staff, board members and others who want to learn more about the importance of EAGLE Accreditation.

EAGLE Celebration of Excellence 2021

EAGLE Accreditation: What Is EAGLE?

EAGLE Accreditation: Why EAGLE?

Join the EAGLE Communications Network on September 15th

The EAGLE Communications Network will relaunch on Wednesday, September 15 at 10 A.M. Eastern to help organizations make the most of their EAGLE accreditation. Connect with your EAGLE marketing and communication peers to create and share best practices and explore ways to better promote your EAGLE recognition.
This peer network is open to those responsible for building relationships with internal stakeholders (employees/clients/board members) and external customers (community/donors/potential clients). Contact Emily Robbearts (erobbearts@ouruma.org) to learn more.

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Lessons In Resilience on September 23

Resilience 365

Louisiana United Methodist Children's Home
  In one of the final education sessions of the Resilience 365 year-long virtual education program, a team from Louisiana United Methodist Children's Home, an EAGLE-accredited organization, will present Lessons in Resilience: Preparing, Managing and Recovering from Crisis on September 23. They will share their organization's response not only to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the impact of the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura. The organization maintained its operations during multiple back-to-back crisis situations and effectively met the needs of their clients, staff and the community.
In highlighting best practices and lessons learned, the leadership at LUMCH, will also discuss how the framework provided by the EAGLE Principles and Expectations helps service providers better manage the necessary pivot in operations and service delivery in times of crisis. EAGLE accreditation addresses key emergency preparedness and response issues through a focus on risk prevention and management, infection prevention and control, performance and quality improvement, technology and information management and staff training - all of which were put to the test at LUMCH in 2020. Click here for more information.

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Felicia Ayers Storey Recognized
Felicia Ayers Storey Felicia Ayers Storey, Vice President of Program Operations and Services at the Presbyterian Home for Children, was recognized as one of central Alabama's Top 50 Over 50 by Positive Maturity. Since 2014, Positive Maturity in Birmingham has recognized individuals 50 and older in central Alabama for their success and/or lifetime achievements in business, personal and civic engagements.

We connected with Felicia to learn more about her as she reflects on this significant achievement... read more.
Improving Access to Mental Health Services in Ohio
OhioGuidestone/A Renewed Mind Congratulations to OhioGuidestone on its recent merger with A Renewed Mind, a Toledo-area non-profit organization at the forefront of substance use disorder (SUD) services. The merger enables OhioGuidestone to further enhance its response to the ongoing opioid crisis and to expand additional services into Western Ohio... read more.
  • Rainbow Acres (AZ) President and CEO Gary Wagner receives the Shining Star Award for Outstanding Executive Director of the Year 2021 by AZ ALFA.
  • United Methodist Communities (NJ) certified as a Great Place to Work for fourth consecutive year.
  • United Methodist Retirement Communities & Porter Hills (MI) home health "LifeCircles" PACE partnership recognizes nursing aides who save elders from a burning home.
  • Wellroot Family Services (GA) welcomes Chief Strategy and Implementation Officer Christina Lennon, and Clinical Director Jenny Paveglio, MSW, LCSW.

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EAGLE Welcomes New Commissioners

The EAGLE Accreditation Commission is pleased to welcome the following leaders in their first terms as EAGLE Commissioners.
Patrick Blanchard
Patrick Blanchard
Director of Development, In-house Counsel
Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services

Kelly Friedman
Kelly Friedman
Executive Director, Asbury Solomons
Asbury Solomons

Chris Mullett
Chris Mullett
President & CEO
Burlington United Methodist Family Services

Matt Obert
Matt Obert
Executive Director
Chaddock Attachment & Trauma Services

A full listing of the EAGLE Accreditation Commission can be found here.

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Welcome New Peer Reviewers

EAGLE Accrediation      Congratulations to Lara Raper, MS, Assistant Director of Quality Improvement, The Baby Fold; Kristen Jones, Director of Membership and Programs, UMA; Rev. Gary Livesay, recently retired chaplain with Chaddock; and Martha Wright, Vice President, Clinical Services, Compliance and HIPAA Privacy Officer, United Methodist Homes for completing training and earning certification as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer. They join our Peer Reviewer pool that includes individuals representing 25 different UMA members and EAGLE-accredited organizations.

Serving as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer offers professionals a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the EAGLE process and principles. At the same time, reviewers have a chance to take back innovative solutions and best practices they learn from other organizations. The next three sessions of the EAGLE Education Series for Peer Reviewer certification starts August 12. Click here for details.

Seeking Peer Reviewers for 2022 In-Person Reviews

From January to June 2021, 19 peer reviewers have assisted with six EAGLE accreditation reviews, all of which were conducted virtually. Looking ahead to 2022, we are projecting 11 accreditation reviews for diverse ministries serving children, youth and families, older adult ministries and persons with developmental disabilities in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Washington. If you are interested in serving on an EAGLE peer review team in 2022, please contact Emily Robbearts (erobbearts@ouruma.org) for additional details.

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Self-Reporting is Essential to Preserve Your Accreditation
Do you Know the Criteria?

As a condition of maintaining EAGLE Accreditation during the four-year review cycle, organizations are expected to notify EAGLE to self-report significant leadership transitions; ownership, program or mission changes; adverse financial changes; critical incidents regarding employees, clients or residents; major lawsuits; situations that result in a loss of licensure or accreditation; or an event/allegation that results in negative publicity or public scrutiny. The complete list of criteria for self-reports is located on page 21 of the EAGLE Accreditation Manual. A link to a fillable self-report form can be found here.
Senior Living Communities Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Congratulations to Shell Point Retirement Community (Fort Myers, FL) and Asbury Methodist Village (Gaithersburg, MD) for recent recognition of their commitment to the environment. Their efforts are the highest demonstration of environmental stewardship as outlined in EAGLE Principle 7: Physical Resources Management.
Shell Point Ibis   Shell Point has been designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation for employing sustainable landscaping practices and offering wildlife natural sources of food, water for drinking and bathing, cover from weather and predators, and places to raise young. Shell Point's 700-acre campus is surrounded by mangroves, trees and lakes that create a welcoming habitat for a robust wildlife population, including a variety of birds, otters, turtles, dolphins, manatees and fish.

ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program granted the Asbury Methodist Village campus official certification as an arboretum in May 2017, recognizing the organization's commitment to maintaining over 130 acres of trees, shrubs and wildlife habitat areas of the campus. The AMV Arboretum continues today and is governed by the resident-run Wildlife Habitat Team with additional support from interested associates and the Building, Grounds and Environment Partnership Advisory Committee.   Asbury Methodist Village

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Calendar of Events
All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.
August 11 Building a Resilient Ministry, 1:00 P.M.
August 12 EAGLE Education Series: Introduction to EAGLE, 10:00 A.M.
August 26 EAGLE Education Series: Preparing for EAGLE Self-Study/Site Visit, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
September 2 September Development Network Call, 10:00 A.M.
September 8 September HR Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
September 15 EAGLE Communications Network Call, 10:00 A.M.
September 23 Lessons in Resilience: Preparing, Managing and Recovering from Crisis, 11:00 A.M.

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