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Alzheimer's Care Quarterly:
doi: 10.1097/01.ACQ.0000268260.76490.de
Feature Topic: Alternate Models of Care

A Story of Culture Creation: The Alois Alzheimer Center

GILSTER, SUSAN D. PHD; DALESSANDRO, JENNIFER L. BS

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Abstract

While there is a great deal of discussion about culture change, creating a positive, individualized, and successful culture is not easy. This article is not about culture change, but of culture creation. The Alois Alzheimer Center opened in May of 1987 as the first free-standing facility dedicated to Alzheimer's disease and dementia in the United States. The article shares the creation of an organization-wide culture—a way of life—and how the staff came together collectively as peers and friends to create a vision for the future. Together, we made that dream come true, developing the model SERVICE.

©2007Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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