Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices wins two EAGLE awards

Otterbein awardsLEBANON – Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices has been honored with two awards from the EAGLE (Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence) Accreditation Commission of the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA).

The awards were presented to Jason Miller, vice president of Otterbein Lebanon Senior Lifestyle Community, and Jill Hreben, president/CEO of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, by Stephen Vinson, president/CEO of the United Methodist Association, on March 6, at the United Methodist Association’s 72th National Convention.

The EAGLE Accreditation Commission is designed for faith-based, health and wholeness organizations to enhance the quality of services provided, and is the only faith-based accreditation in the United States. Otterbein Lebanon is the only Cincinnati community to receive the accreditation.

The 100-year-old faith-based, non-profit organization was honored with the “Innovation Award” for the partnerships between local YMCAs and Otterbein’s campus life enrichment centers. Otterbein also received the “Best Practices Award” for improved quality initiatives that resulted in outstanding quality performance.

“We are honored and thankful to be recognized by the EAGLE Accreditation Commission for the services we provide to Otterbein residents and to members of the surrounding communities. These awards reaffirm what we are doing to enhance the quality of life and holistic growth of older persons,” said Miller.

EAGLE accreditation utilizes voluntary self-assessment and peer review processes based upon principles and goals to promote excellence in Christian ministry. Organizations earning the EAGLE accreditation meet the highest standards of accreditation and best practices. They focus on the whole person, addressing spiritual, social, psychological and physical needs. Spiritual and pastoral care are fully integrated into the overall service and care programs, setting EAGLE apart from other accrediting agencies.

The rigorous EAGLE process begins with an in-depth analysis and self-study by the organization. An on-site visit from a team of trained peer reviewers follows. The peer review team reports its findings and recommendations to the EAGLE Commission. This process usually takes 12-14 months to complete.

To learn more about Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, please visit or call 513-933-5471.



EAGLE accreditation is the only nationally recognized accreditation for faith-related health and welfare ministries. The nondenominational EAGLE Commission is a part of the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). It focuses on encouraging organizations to remain faithful to John Wesley’s credo to “do all the good you can, in all the ways you can… to all the people you can.”


UMA is a national network of almost 400 United Methodist-related hospitals and health systems; older adult ministries; children, youth and family services; community service ministries and ministries to persons with disabilities.


About Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, founded in 1912, is a non-profit health and human service ministry, serving nearly 3,000 people, and is related to the East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Otterbein has five full-service retirement communities, five skilled nursing and rehabilitation neighborhoods and a home health agency. Otterbein Hospice is coming in 2013.