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Bishop Drumm’s Farrell receives senior services award

Posted December 28, 2012 in Community Web Exclusives, Johnston

Johnston, IA (December 28, 2012) – Brian Farrell, President and CEO of the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, has received the 2012 Advocacy Award by LeadingAge Iowa, an association of not-for-profit senior services providers. The award recognizes his exemplary contributions to Iowa senior service public policies.

Untitled1Farrell has chaired or been a member of LeadingAge Iowa’s Public Policy Committee for 20 years. His objective oversight of the committee has enabled a diverse cross section of members to agree on LeadingAge Iowa’s position on a number of issues. He volunteers his time to talk with legislators and executive branch leaders on topics of importance to LeadingAge Iowa members.

He serves on LeadingAge Iowa’s Board of Directors, and is a past Chair. In 1999 he was the recipient of LeadingAge Iowa’s highest award, the Francis Lackner Award.

Farrell oversees Mercy Medical Center’s Senior Services & Housing, including 350 independent living and 64 assisted living apartments; a 150-bed skilled nursing facility with a 22-bed Alzheimer Care Unit.

His community involvement has included the Iowa Sister States Program – member and chairperson of the Iowa/Yamanashi Committee; Johnston Chamber of Commerce; the Knights of Columbus, and the Governor’s Conference on Aging – Steering Committee.

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center is a subsidiary of Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and was founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The Center is a Continuing Care Retirement Community enabling residents to stay with the same organization even though their care needs may change. It includes Bishop Drumm Care Center, Margery Court Alzheimer Care Unit, Martina Place Assisted Living Residence and McAuley Terrace independent living for the well elderly.

To learn more about Bishop Drumm Retirement Center visit

LeadingAge Iowa’s mission is to expand the world of possibilities for aging through advocacy, education, and collaboration; its vision is to be the trusted leader and resource for excellence in aging services. LeadingAge Iowa represents a spectrum of non-profit providers including skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, home health, adult day care, respite, hospice and home-delivered meals.

To learn more about LeadingAge Iowa visit

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