2022 Lightkeeper Award

Sentinel is proud to announce Ardenwoods as the 2022 Lightkeeper Award recipient! 
The annual award, first introduced in 2018, is a recognition of clients that have elevated safety and risk control programs to superior standards.

“A safe-working environment for our staff is a top priority within our corporate goals and business operations,” said Pam Pate, Executive Director for Ardenwoods. “As a result of the culture that we have worked hard to establish over the years, we can ensure that our residents experience a healthy living community.”

The Ardenwoods safety program yields a level of accountability that gives employees both a voice to discuss areas of opportunities / concerns for safety as well as execution on the established safety protocols. This includes utilization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses.

“What makes working with Ardenwoods so great is their top-down approach for safety and risk management,” stated Dana Vorholt, MS, ARM, Sentinel’s Director of Risk Engineering, a member of the Sentinel Risk Performance Group. “Whether in a safety committee meeting or completing a risk management audit, the Ardenwoods team is engaged, collaborative, and always focused on improving their risk profile.”

The Sentinel Risk Performance Group is a team of highly specialized risk management professionals who exhibit a consultative approach to claims and risk engineering. Working in collaboration with their clients and insurance carrier partners, Sentinel helps mitigate loss potential and further advance risk profiles.


Ardenwoods is a beautiful, intimate retirement community on a mountaintop overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains between Asheville and Hendersonville. Our 48-acre campus offers a place for friends and family to gather and connect whether it is around a table in one of our dining venues or outside on the nature trail. Our community offers a plan for those who do not want to leave questions for those they love, and answers for those searching for support. Our mission is to enrich the lives of those who live and work here and to be a vibrant, friendly mountain community with a small-town atmosphere.