WC-Lynchburg CEO Sean Huyett receives Vision Award

Making an Impact Through Inspirational Leadership and Vision


ROANOKE – More than 400 people gathered at the Hotel Roanoke to recognize the work and dedication of their peers during the LeadingAge Virginia Conference, June 6-8. Sean Huyett of Lynchburg was one of three honorees.

“We are extremely proud of the work that all our members do each and every day to serve seniors,” said Melissa Andrews, president and CEO of LeadingAge Virginia, “and we applaud the work of all the individuals and organizations participating in this year’s conference. As part of our celebration, we are pleased to present the 2018 Vision Award to Sean Huyett, president and CEO of Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg.”

The Vision Award is designed to recognize an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution of service to aging and/or to LeadingAge Virginia through inspirational leadership and vision. It is one of three awards given annually. Huyett’s nomination cited his commitment to revising the care model for seniors too long engrained in our society.

“There is a real difference between medical “treatment” and medical “care,” especially for those who are so very dependent in the last months of life,” the award application states. “Under Huyett’s leadership, employees of Westminster Canterbury-Lynchburg (WCL) are moving toward the Person Directed Living model that empowers residents, preserves independence and improves quality of life.”

“This approach no longer relies on the traditional hospital-style, provider-directed care structure where a resident’s day is regimented according to a schedule set by staff members,” said Dr. William E. Gayle, Jr., chairman of the WCL Board of Trustees.
“Huyett’s vision is future thinking and dedicated to refute the three plagues of nursing facilities: boredom, loneliness and helplessness.”

“And the structure to support this Person Directed Living model of care is rising out of the ground on the Lynchburg campus,” Gayle said, “with the construction of a new, six-story health care center designed with private rooms for all residents, neighborhood dining and socialization spaces.”

Sean Huyett began his tenure as WCL’s CEO in 2010 after serving in a similar capacity at a retirement community in North Carolina. He began his career in 1994 working in for-profit nursing homes. Huyett is active in the Lynchburg community through service with Rotary, United Way and the local Mental Health Association. In addition, he serves as the secretary of LeadingAge Virginia and participates with his peers in the Joint Administrator Meetings of Virginia’s Westminster Canterbury communities.

About Westminster Canterbury

Westminster Canterbury-Lynchburg is a non-profit, full-service, life plan community accredited by CARF, an independent accrediting commission. The organization has more than 35 years’ experience serving older adults, and consistently receives high marks from Medicare during its annual surveys. For more information visit www.wclynchburg.org.

LeadingAge Virginia is an association of not-for-profit aging services organizations serving residents and clients through life plan/continuing care retirement communities, senior housing, assisted living, nursing homes, adult day centers and home and community based services founded in 1973. We are not-for-profit organizations working together to expand the world of possibilities for aging.