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Paul Winkler to Receive National LeadingAge Award of Honor

September 22, 2021

Recently Retired President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network to be Honored at LeadingAge Annual Meeting + Expo in October

Sept. 22, 2021 | Washington, DC – Paul M. Winkler, who recently retired as President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, will be celebrated next month for his innovation, leadership, and advocacy successes as the winner of the 2021 LeadingAge Award of Honor.

The Award of Honor is the highest award bestowed by LeadingAge, a national organization that represents more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers. The Award is presented to an individual who, through his or her body of work to the present day, has provided nationally significant, transformative leadership in aging services.

Prior to his retirement on Sept. 1, Paul had served for 34 years in various roles at Presbyterian Senior Care Network, which is western Pennsylvania’s largest aging services provider. In 1987, Paul began as Executive Vice President and later became Chief Operating Officer, and in 1999, he became President and CEO. Read more about Paul in this article written by LeadingAge.

“I am honored, humbled, and overwhelmed to receive this award, especially in this time when so many others have acted so heroically,” Paul said. “It is a credit to our organization’s team members and leaders, both past and present, who have all had a passion to make a positive difference for seniors.”

Jim Pieffer, who began Sept. 1 as President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, has worked alongside Paul for more than three decades at the Network. He said Paul is highly deserving of the Award of Honor.

“We have been deeply blessed by Paul’s servant leadership, integrity, and unfailing commitment to the people we serve,” Jim said. “Thanks to his vision and the solid foundation of executive leadership that he has built, the organization has evolved and is well positioned to meet the needs of future generations of older adults.”

LeadingAge has given the Award of Honor annually since 1963. Paul’s predecessor as CEO at Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Charles W. Pruitt, Jr., also received the Award of Honor in 1997. Paul and Charles Pruitt worked together for 13 years before Paul became CEO.

Paul will be presented with the Award of Honor at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO at the Georgia World Congress Center on October 25th.

“Paul has forged a unique path and had a positive and powerful impact on his staff and communities. As an innovator and advocate, he serves as a role model for all of us,” said Katie Smith Sloan, President and CEO of LeadingAge. “The depth of his caring and commitment exemplifies the best in our sector.”

About Presbyterian SeniorCare Network:

For more than 90 years, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has been focused on Making Aging Easer ® for older adults and their families. As the region’s largest aging services provider, we provide a wide range of service and living options that meet people’s needs wherever they are in their aging journey. Today we are privileged to serve more than 6,500 older adults through in-home and community-based programs that provide wellness and care management services as well as 56 communities across 10 Western Pennsylvania counties, including LifePlan and independent living campuses, personal care and assisted living communities, skilled nursing centers offering short-stay rehabilitation, and more than 30 supportive housing communities for income-eligible adults and persons with disabilities. We are known as a Center of Excellence in three areas – Dementia Care, Rehabilitation and End-of-Life Care -- as a result of our deep expertise and years of experience in caring for the geriatric population.

Headquartered in Oakmont, PA, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is a not-for-profit that has achieved accreditation through CARF as a Network and in five other categories including Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Assisted Living, Person-Centered Long-Term Care Communities, Home and Community Services, and Dementia Care Specialty Program. CARF is an international, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality, value, and optimal outcomes by conducting voluntary surveys for aging services providers to assure that quality standards are being met. To learn more, please visit

About LeadingAge:

LeadingAge represents more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers and other mission-minded organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside its members and 38 state partners, LeadingAge uses applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building to make America a better place to grow old. Its membership, which now includes the providers of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, encompasses the continuum of services for people as they age, including those with disabilities. LeadingAge brings together the most inventive minds in the field to lead and innovate solutions that support older adults wherever they call home. For more information visit

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