On March 13, 2019, McKnight’s Senior Living announced the Rising Stars in its new Women of Distinction awards program.
Natalie Law, social services director at Life Care Center of Stonegate in Parker, Colorado, was one of the 21 women presented with this prestigious honor.
“It’s definitely an honor and a privilege,” said Law. “I was just very, very surprised and happy.”
Rising Star honorees have demonstrated enthusiasm for their careers in senior care and are looked up to by their peers. They are all in their 30s or younger and have been in the field for fewer than 15 years. They were selected out of a large pool of nominees who have helped their organizations achieve major patient care and performance milestones.
“The caliber of talent among nominees blew us all away,” said John O’Connor, McKnight’s vice president and editorial director. “It was humbling to see so many detailed and personalized nominations for hundreds of women in the field. We are excited to be the industry leader in acknowledging the contributions this group has made, and many are only getting started.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, Law applied for a social services assistant position at fellow Life Care facility Western Hills Health Care Center in Lakewood, Colorado. She got the job in 2006 and discovered her career.
“Social work kinda found me,” said Law. “I’ve always wanted to be in the profession of helping people, and at Western Hills, I completely fell in love with it. Having the opportunity to touch the lives of every resident who enters our facility in such a profound way fuels my love for what I do every day.”
Law went on to earn a master’s in marriage and family counseling and joined Life Care Center of Stonegate as director of social services when the building opened in 2012.
“Natalie is the heart and soul of the facility,” said Lucas Carroll, executive director. “She works tirelessly each day to ensure that our residents have everything they need. Numerous times I’ll be talking with a resident, and the resident will gush about how she was in their room until late in the evening the night before helping them through a difficult situation.”
Law was also a finalist for the Colorado Health Care Association’s Social Services Worker of the Year Award in 2018.