A panel of expert judges has determined the short list of finalists for the 2021 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards competition. The list below represents the best in each of four categories in the Skilled Nursing track.

The jury of 35 long-term care stakeholders represented a wide array of key players in the industry. They assessed entries for their overall value in improving resident or patient care and services, impact, relevance, execution and creativity.

“Using technology to increase effectiveness and efficiency will be the way forward for long-term care providers. Stakeholders should be reassured that there are many great ideas and programs being put into action,” McKnight’s Editorial Director John O’Connor said. “This year’s pool of entries just blew us away, and it was really gratifying to see the quality and breadth of the submissions. We wish we could honor them all with Gold medals, and we’re excited to celebrate all entrants.”

The winners will be announced and celebrated Aug. 25 at the first McKnight’s Tech Awards + Summit. The ceremony start time is yet to be determined. All are invited to the ceremony and accompanying educational sessions, but free registration is necessary. For more information about the event or for answers to any other questions, please contact [email protected]

Thanks are extended to our judges for all their hard work and commitment to this program. 

To learn about the finalists in the other Tech Awards tracks, Senior Living and Home Care, visit mcknightsseniorliving.com and mcknightshomecare.com

The full shortlist of Skilled Nursing finalists in each category:

Building Bridges

Technology use that improved connections between staff members and patients and/or their families.

Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center Foundation, Brush, CO

Fundamental Clinical and Operational Services, Sparks, MD

FutureCare Cherrywood, Reisterstown, MD

Marquis Health Consulting Services, Brick, NJ

Suwanee Health & Rehabilitation Center, Live Oak, FL

Waterview Hills Rehabilitation & Healthcare, Purdys, NY

Innovator of the Year

Technological innovation that made a difference in the provision of care or services or the bottom line.

Complete Care Management, Howell, NJ

ML Healthcare, San Antonio, TX

Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home, Whiteclay, NE

Solivita of Westbrook Place, Westlake, OH

United Methodist Communities, Neptune, NJ

Villa Healthcare, Lincolnwood, IL

Keep It Super Simple

Simple but effective applications of technology that improved the provision of care, services or operations.

Avamere Rehab of Eugene, Eugene, OR

Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Commack, NY

Masonic Pathways, Alma, MI

Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Peace Care, Jersey City, NJ

Principle LTC, Kinston, NC


Technology use that improved the quality of care or services.

Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne, IN

Hillcrest Health Services, Bellevue, NE

Legacy Healthcare, Skokie, IL 

Signature HealthCARE, Louisville, KY

Ten Broeck Center for Rehab & Nursing, Lake Katrine, NY

Trio Healthcare, Atlanta, GA

To learn about the other division’s short lists, access these links for Senior Living and Home Care.