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									Summer 2011

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sincerely yours
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dear Employees of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Revera Health Systems:
    Virtual makeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Summer is already heating up and with
    Revera centers across the United States                                                                                                                                                       the warm weather comes lazy days and hot
    have a fresh new online look! Launched                                                                                                                                                      nights spent outdoors. Yet, the “dog days” of
    in early July, our new center websites                                                                                                                                                    summer are still filled with excitement and a
    feature easy-to-use, space-saving                                                                                                                                                       strong work ethic for our employees as we are all
    drop-down navigation, and bright new                                                                                                                                                   engaged in a variety of projects and appointments.
    banner slide shows tailored to each                                                                          Dance Dance Revolution                                               Three of our centers have received the “STAR
    specific center. Social media links take                                                                                                                                        treatment” over the summer with the opening of their new or recently
    people to Facebook, Twitter and the                                                                          The band is warming up, and it’s almost time for
                                                                                                                                                                                   refurbished STAR units. All of the units feature beautiful patient rooms,
    Revera YouTube channel. We’ve also                                                                           Revera centers to strut their stuff at this year’s
                                                                                                                                                                                  state-of-the-art rehab gyms with personalized rehab programs, a library and
    brought back the News and PR section.                                                                        Quest for Excellence Awards in Westbrook,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Cyber nook, as well as delicious dining options for the eyes and palette. The
    Feedback so far is fantastic!                                                                                Connecticut on September 13. The theme is
                                                                                                                                                                                Open House Committees have worked hard leading up to these events in
                                                                                                                 “Dancing with the Revera Stars,” so attendees
                                                                                                                                                                               making final preparations, and a “STAR was born” at Village Green of Waterbury on
                                                                                                                 will see regional Revera dance teams compete
                                                                                                                                                                              June 2, Laurelton Village Care Center on June 16, and Linden Grove Healthcare
                                                                                                                 in a winner-take-all contest of grace, beauty and
                                                                                                                                                                              Center on June 29. I am pleased to announce that several additional centers will be
                                                                                                                 skill. We’ve seen the footage and trust us when
                                                                                                                                                                             undergoing STAR transformations over the summer and into the fall and we can
                                                                                                                 we say these teams leave it all on the dance floor.
                                                                                                                                                                             expect several more STAR openings in the coming months. In addition, special
                                                                                                                 As always, we’ll celebrate the best of Revera
                                                                                                                                                                            recognition goes out to the Bey Lea Assisted Living Unit that held its re-opening gala
                                                                                                                 teamwork, innovation and caring. Cha Cha Cha!
                                                                                                                                                                            on May 18 – the campus looked amazing and the turnout was spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                                            As I am writing this letter to you all, submissions for the 2011 American Health Care
                                                                                                                                                                            Association Awards are officially closed and eight of our centers submitted nomina-
                                                                                                                                                                            tions for the Bronze Award (Berlin, Hamilton, Linwood, Meadow View, Montesano,
                                               It keeps you running                                              Fulfilling the promise                                     Neptune, Rochester and Rowan Court). In addition, eight of our centers submitted
                                                                                                                                                                            nominations for the Silver Award (Bey Lea, Burlington, Cabot, Laurelton, Linden Grove,
                                               On your mark…get set… Dozens of folks laced up their                              Revera employees give their best           Orchard Park, Park Manor and South County). Furthermore, five of our home office
                                               sneakers and gathered at South County Rehabilitation                              all year long, but one week a year          employees headed to New Mexico in July to rate the Silver Award submissions. Our
                                               Center on a perfect June 4th morning for the 7th annual                           is set aside to commemorate                 next issue will place special emphasis on our award winners, so until such time, keep
                                               5k Benefit Run/Walk. Organized by South County activities                         residents and those who make a              your fingers crossed!
                                               director Lisa Galligan, the event raised nearly $2000 for local                   difference in their lives. From May
                                               charities. While the economy did affect turnout a bit, Gal-       8 to 14, Revera centers all celebrated National                 I am pleased to announce that our company has kicked off its Social Media program
                                               ligan is gratified by the result. “We raised money for some       Nursing Home Week with an array of activities                    and all of our centers now have Facebook and Twitter pages. I also have a Twitter
                                               very good causes,” she says. “Many South County employees         for residents and employees. This year’s theme                    page and I look forward to “tweeting” on a daily basis to let fellow employees and
                                               volunteered for the race and cookout, and everyone who            was “Fulfilling the Promise,” which is something                   followers know what is going on in the ever-changing world of senior care. The
                                               came had a great time, including familiar faces we’ve seen        Revera people do every day, in ways large and                       social media program was commandeered by our Marketing Department and will
                                               at every race since the very first year.”                         small! See this issue’s Center News for more                         provide another “touch point” for our centers to reach out to the community at
                                                                                                                 pictures and descriptions from the celebrations.                      large and build a fan base for our centers. Stay tuned!

                                                                                                                                                                                       We often wait all year for these warm summer months so get out there and
                                                                                                                                                                                        enjoy the weather and all that summer has to offer – I know how dedicated
                                                                                                                                                                                         our employees are and it’s terrific that they can all be rewarded with
                                               <<<                                                                                                                                        sunshine and warm temperatures!
                                               Administrator Jennifer Fairbank celebrates
                                                                                                                                                                                              Sincerely yours,
                                               the 5k with Carol Peltier, QA and
                                               Carol’s husband Larry.
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                                                                           At Bey Lea Village in Toms River,               The STAR unit at Connecticut’s Village     Not far away in Brick, New Jersey,
                                                                           New Jersey, a massive construction              Green of Waterbury celebrated its          Laurelton Care Center’s STAR unit
                                                                           project is underway to expand their             grand opening on June 1st with more        made its official debut on June 16 to a
                                                                           successful STAR program. According              than 130 guests on hand to see the         crowd of over 100 invited guests.
                                                                           to new center administrator Dimitri             new facilities. Waterbury admissions       Admissions director Raquel Schindel
                                                                           Ruchaevsky, the revamped unit will              director Cindy Hamel says the new          says patients love the privacy of the
                                                                           grow from 34 to 42 rooms, with all              unit brings the center to a new level of   unit’s 30 private suites, complimentary
                                                                           new furniture, a new dining room, a             competitiveness. “A key for us was that    beauty and barbershop, state-of-the-
                                                                           cyber café, flat-screen TVs, and a gym          Revera committed to fewer, but bigger      art therapy equipment and amenities
    During the past few years, nursing care has been transformed by a                                                                                                 like free Wi-Fi access. “They feel that
                                                                           that will nearly double in size. “All of        patient rooms. Rehab patients really
    new focus on rehabilitative services. To serve the needs of an aging   this is the setting for care delivered          appreciate the extra comfort and           they’re rehabbing more quickly with
    but still active population, many nursing centers are expanding        by our experienced staff,” says                 space.” They also love the STAR suite      the extra privacy, comfort and technol-
    their services. A growing number of Revera centers in the U.S. are     Ruchaevsky, “with some of our                   that provides studio apartment             ogy of the unit. Patients are pleased
                                                                           caregivers here for more than 20                environment for practical occupational     because we defy their expectations of
    introducing STAR (Specialized Therapy and Rehabilitation) units,
                                                                           years. That’s what really sets us apart.”       therapy. So far, so great as the center    what nursing care should look like,” she
    featuring intensive, patient-centered rehab care in a hotel-like                                                       has seen a 30% increase in referrals.      explains. Led by the new unit’s buzz,
    setting with luxurious amenities.                                                                                                                                 Laurelton has just seen its highest
                                                                                                                                                                      census in more than a year.
                                                                                                  Together, these STAR units and others are changing the face
                                                                                                  of Revera, and changing patient outcomes for the better.
    CENTER NEWS                                                                                          BEY LEA VILLAGE / TOMS RIVER, NJ
                      BENNINGTON / BENNINGTON, VT                                                         7   Miami nice
                       1                                                                                                           This year’s Nursing Home Week events at Bey Lea
                           Yippee ki-yay
                                                                                                                                   included a special 1980s theme. Brianne Roach,
                      Git along, little dogies! Western Day was part of the National Nursing Home                                  accounts payable gets a shot with Ed “Sonny
                      Week celebration at Bennington. From left: Laura Anderson, activities                                        Crockett” Mount, director of social services.
                      assistant; Jean Cavaluzzi, activities assistant; Jenna Caslin, director of
                      activities; Rhonda Hickey, director of admissions; and Carole Hurley, director                                                                                         8
                      of staff development.

                       2   Boogie fever
                  1   This gang is definitely ready to disco. From left: Karin Lubeck, PTA; Jenna         8   Rolling on the river
                      Caslin; Rhonda Hickey; Carole Hurley; and Dawn Hewitt, central supply.             Bey Lea people recently enjoyed taking part in a charity boat ride for the
                       3                                                                                 local community medical center. From left: Janine Chiappetta, partner
                           Hooray for Hollywood
                                                                                                         development coordinator; Elyse Chussler, admissions coordinator; Brianne
                      The stars come out at Bennington, as Jenna, Rhonda and activities assistant        Roach, accounts payable; Melissa Johnson, admissions coordinator; Lissa
                      Lois Maxon monkey around with King Kong.                                           Wacha, clinical liaison; Linda Bruno, admissions assistant; and Raquel
                                                                                                         Schindel, admissions coordinator.
                      BERLIN / BERLIN, VT                                                                 9   Four on the floor
                       4                                                                                                                                                                     9
                           Homeward bound                                                                Three…two…one…presenting the Region Four admissions directors. From
                      Teamwork ensures another patient makes a successful return home from               left: Cathy Gentile, Kevin Eisenschink, Revera director of sales Pam Cum-
                      rehab. From left: Janet Conk; Billie Jo Litchfield; patient Eleanor Butler; Kara   mings, Melissa Johnson, Raquel Schindel and Elyse Chussler.
                      Erwin; and administrator Meagan Buckley.

                       5   Ready for the reunion                                                         BURLINGTON / BURLINGTON, VT
                      The spring rehab reunion at Berlin featured great food, good cheer, and for        10
                      the first time ever, a musical act. A former resident returned to play a few
                                                                                                              Running the table
                      songs and thank the team for his great care. Front, from left: Shelley             Physical therapy assistant Kelly Johnson and physical therapist Katie Jewett
                      Newton, Ariel Teitlebaum, Karen Lafreniere, Chandra Miller, and Sarah              are among the onlookers as a resident celebrates both his 99th birthday and
                      Pollica. Back, from left: Jason Revoir, Laura Galli, Lucy D’Aponte, Kara Erwin,    his ongoing recovery from breaking both hips, with a shot at the billiards
                      Billie Jo Litchfield, Sheila Fiaschetti, Janet Conk, and Neil Abella.              table during a special outing. Other residents got to practice their weekly
                                                                                                         goals for rehabilitation therapy, including community mobility, standing
                                                                                                         balance and activity tolerance.                                                    10

                                                                                                          FOX CHASE / SILVER SPRING, MD
                                                                                                         11   Warm welcomes
                                                                                                         A. Fox Chase welcomes new Director of Nursing, Chantal Sery, RN. Chantal
                                                                                                         brings more than 15 years of nursing experience, including dialysis, ventilator,
                                                                                                         and acute care, as well as long-term care. B. Greetings also to Mary Bangura,
                                                                                                         RN, new assistant director of nursing, and C. Mike Dennis, new director of
                                                                                                         housekeeping. Fox Chase is glad they’re here!
                                                                                                                                                                                            11   A   B   C
                                                                                                         12   A Matthew moment
                                                                                                         Fox Chase administrator, Matthew Richardson, enjoys the festivities during
                                                                                                         Nursing Home Week.
                       6   Girls on the run
                      Berlin Rehab Runners competing in the VT Governor’s Council on Physical
                      Fitness & Sports Corporate Cup 5K Race. From left: Ariel Teitlebaum,
                      occupational therapist; June Cook, admissions/marketing; Sarah Pollica
                      speech therapist; Janet Conk, occupational therapist; and Shelly Newton.

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              GLEN RIDGE / MEDFORD, MA                                                          LAURELTON VILLAGE / BRICK, NJ
              13   Everybody was kung-fu fighting                                               19   Nothing but a hound dog
              Glen Ridge recently hosted a dinner followed by a self-defense and safety         The King made a special appearance for National Nursing Home Week, with
              class put on by hall-of-fame karate instructor Hanshi Larry F. Giordano, who      Laurelton’s resident dog Cody ready to rock in the center’s main dining
         13   also happens to be Marie Earnshaw’s dad!                                          room.

              14   The Class of 1991 (and 1996, 2001, 2006, 2009…)                              LINDEN GROVE / PUYALLUP, WA
              Longtime employees were honored at the Staff Appreciation Luncheon,
                                                                                                20   Kinda free, kinda wow, Charlie
              where awards were granted for 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service. The
              20-year vets had a great time, including Mike Scola, maintenance manager;         Dietary aide Peggy Werdell dressed up as Charlie Chaplin’s famous character
              Maureen Faretra, Linden unit manager; Tony Fritz, nursing assistant; and          The Tramp for Hollywood Day during National Nursing Home Week.
              Alberto Llorca, nursing assistant. Also at the awards were Stephen
                                                                                                21   The hippy hippy shake
              Asongwed, accounts payable payroll manager; James Ssetongo, Maplewood
    14        unit charge nurse; Caroline Ngetuny, night supervisor; and Denise Vacirca,        Receptionist Summer Martinez hula hooped her heart out on 50s day.             20
              Edgeworth unit manager—as well as Brooke Stuart, director of rehab; Nicole
                                                                                                22   Totally 80s
              McClear, front desk receptionist; and Estella Rodriguez, MMQ coordinator.
              Thanks to Wendy Douglass, director of human resources, who coordinated            Natalie Cudjue from staffing and social services assistant Sharonna Banks
              the entire event.                                                                 are all decked out for 80s day.

              HAMILTON PLAZA / PASSAIC, NJ                                                      LINWOOD / LINWOOD, NJ
              15                                                                                23   A minute to win it
                   Juanita’s pride
              Say hello to the granddaughter of Juanita                                         For Nursing Home Week, Linwood embraced the theme “A Minute To Win
              Payne, admissions coordinator at Hamilton                                         It,” filling the week with fun contests inspired by the game show. Dineesha    22        21
              Plaza. Baby Alexandria Mae Laracuente Babson                                      Kidd, nursing assistant and Radames Rodriguez, HSPK displayed their skills
              entered the world on March 22.                                                    getting an Oreo into their mouths—without touching it! Meanwhile, Tracy
                                                                                                Koener, staffing coordinator squared off against Jill Koener, HR, stacking
                                                                                                up and taking down a pyramid of cups. And Melissa Conover had just one
              16   Is there a doctor in the house?                                              minute to get six pieces of pasta on one piece of spaghetti.
              Yes there is! Hamilton Plaza’s most recent Doctor’s Dinner at La Trattoria
              Ristorante was big success. From left: Letty Chua, DON; Carol Dob, ADON;          MEADOW VIEW / WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ
         16   Juanita Payne, admissions director; Jon Mechaly, partner development; Pris-
              cilla Miller, rehab director; Jan Damstatter, external case manager; Dr. Singh;   24   Gone to the dogs
              Bob Arnold, administrator; Dr Soliman, center’s medical director and Dr.          Dave Marino, maintenance director and his fine canine Oatis showed off for
              Singh’s wife.                                                                     activities director Diane Zarreke at the Meadow View dog show.
                                                                                                Jackie Quaranti (inset) from activities got some love from her perfect pooch
              ILIFF / DUNN LORING, VA                                                           elsewhere at the show.

              17   Iliff Derby                                                                  25You’ve got to                         26   It’s easy being green
              In May, the activities department held the first Iliff Derby in honor of the      move it, move it                       Kirk Lowe and Dave Marino from
              Kentucky Derby. Residents attended the outdoor event wearing their best           Nurse Kimya Parker and Joanna          maintenance stop for a quick
              Derby hats and sipped mint juleps. Four “horses” competed in the race—ac-         Lezenby, guest services have a         snapshot at the Meadow View
              tually staff members in wheelchairs holding hobbyhorses! Teams included                                                  flea market.
         17                                                                                     ball taking part in the Fun Fit
              Deandre Sims, resident and Taniqua Jones, DT; activity assistants Audrey          Friday exercise program.
              Swann and Corey Smith; Farida Azad, nursing assistant and Liz Crawford,
              therapy; and winners Jeannette Corrales, LPN and John Puerta, mainte-

              18   Nursing Home Week
              This year’s Nursing Home Week at Iliff featured the sports theme “Team Iliff.”
              Each day, employees got small, sports-themed gifts. Events included musi-
              cal chairs (winner Audrey Swan, activity assistant), a donut eating contest
              (winner John Puerta, maintenance, pictured with Hassan Kamara, LPN and
              pediatric resident IIesha), an Ice Cream Social, Football Scavenger Hunt
              (winners Jaennette Corrales and John Puerta), and Guess the Candy
8        18   (winner Shan Dodson, Peds unit secretary).                                                                                                                       24             9
                         MONTESANO / MONTESANO, WA                                                       ORCHARD PARK / TACOMA, WA
                         27                                                                              35   Con-graduations
                               You’re a grand old flag
                         Veterans George Lund and staff member Cari Logan raise the American Flag        Congrats to graduates Woodetta Owens RN, MN who received her Masters
                         during the Flag Day ceremony at Montesano.                                      in Nursing from the University of Washington, and Ren Mendoza DPT who
     27             28                                                                                   earned his Doctoral degree from Boston University. From left: Susan Ramsey,
                         28    Dinner with the stars                                                     rehab director; Dianna Hart, interim administrator; Ren Mendoza physical
                         During National Nursing Home Week, Montesano went Hollywood, as three
                                                                                                         therapist, and Woodetta Owens, assistant director of nurses.                       35
                         glamorous center stars demonstrate. From left: MDS coordinator Larissa Jen-
                         kinson, administrator David Miller and social service director Toni Haggerty.
                                                                                                         PARK MANOR / BLOOMFIELD, NJ
                         29    Hollywood heroes                                                          36   Cinco de Mayo
                         Montesano’s activity staff made Hollywood Week a great success. From left:      Martha Chicaiza, accounts payable clerk and Tonya Norwood, activities
                         assistant activity director Janet Vaughn; activity director Lori Mellquest;     assistant celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.
                         and activity assistant Tracy Anderson.
                                                                                                         37   Caribbean queen
               29        30    Here comes Amy Cottontail
                    30                                                                                   Elvira Garcia, RN, MDS coordinator, celebrates her culture during “Caribbean
                         Amy Turpin, dietary manager hops to it as she greets egg hunters Aliza Jane,    Cruise of Caring” which was held during Nursing Home Week.
                         daughter of Montesano social service assistant Martha Wilcox, and Jalen
                         Wassell, granddaughter of environmental director Joyce Martin.
                                                                                                                                                                                           36         37
                                                                                                         REDSTONE VILLA / ST ALBANS, VT
                         NEPTUNE / NEPTUNE, NJ                                                           38   Where did you put the key?
                         31   Honoring Dr. Roper                                                         Activities director Tina Pelletier “arrests” administrator Charlene Bedor to
                         Neptune’s Mayor Kevin McMillan (left) joined Neptune administrator Noreen       start the scavenger hunt that kicked off Nursing Home Week at Redstone
                         Heller in honoring medical director, Dr. Brian Roper (pictured right) for his   Villa. The first staff member to complete the hunt won a prize and set Char-
                         dedicated service to the center and the greater community. The ceremony,        lene free.
                         which was held during National Nursing Home Week, was reported in local         39
                         newspaper, The Coaster, where this photograph first appeared in print.
                                                                                                              Surfin’ safari
                    31                                                                                   Tina Pelletier and housekeeping supervisor,
                                                                                                         Kristy Paradis enjoy a “day at the beach” during
                         OAK RIDGE / WAYNE, NJ                                                           National Nursing Home Week. Thanks to Tina
                                                                                                         for all her work organizing such a great week!                                          38
                         32   And the winners are...
                         Pat Kaelin, activities director displays the gift card she won during Nursing
                         Home Week, alongside Marsha Wong, first floor unit manager.

                         33   What’s the scoop?                                                          RENAISSANCE MANOR ON CABOT / HOLYOKE, MA
                         I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream from second floor unit        40   Smells like team spirit
                         manager Susan Halverson, and Brittany Davis, administrative assistant.          Cabot kicked off Nursing Home Week with a Sports Day as staff and
                         34                                                                              residents wore team shirts and hats. Front, from left: Carly Washington,
                              Hippity hoppety                                                            nursing assistant; Anne Houle, resident; Jessica Rivera, nursing assistant; and
                         Easter made its way to Oak Ridge. A certain cotton tailed rabbit hops into a    Edie Brady, volunteer. Back, from left: Linda Greenwood, activities director;
                         shot with Shephanie Chu, nursing assistant; Mary Wilson, nursing assistant;     Laura Guy, LPN/inservice director; Walter Estrada, maintenance assistant; and
                         Nina Orleans, LPN; and Naomie Julien, nursing assistant.                        Karen Dwyer, director of social work.
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                                                                                                         41   Administrative assistants rock                                               40
                                                                                                         Cabot recently celebrated Administrative Assistants’ Day with a reception for
                                                                                                         everyone. The guests of honor were Sunny Thorn, administrative assistant
                                                                                                         and Lisa Garreffi, director of business services, who were joined by Joel Camp,

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                     42   Party on the patio                                                            ROWAN COURT / BARRE, VT
                    Perfect weather, hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings.... staff member
                                                                                                        49   Sweet Jane
                    thought the Cabot Memorial Day picnic was a blast, including Carly Washing-
                    ton, and Linda Greenwood, activity director, smiling for the “sky cam”—main-        Administrator Jim Beeler and DNS, Kathy Hemmelrick congratulate Jane
                    tenance assistant Walter Estrada, who bravely climbed on the roof for aerial        Huntington for 35 years of taking wonderful care of the residents at
                    shots.                                                                              Rowan Court.
                                                                                                        50   Going for the gold
                    RENAISSANCE MANOR OF WESTFIELD / WESTFIELD, MA                                      Rowan Court accepts their Gold Star Award. From left: Bev Sinclair, Rowan
                                                                                                        Court interim ADNS; Kathy Hemmelrick, DNS; Jim Beeler, administrator;
                     43   What a wild week                                                              Aleksandra Shultz, Rowan Court HR Also pictured is Gail Callighan, Benning-
                    Every day of Nursing Home Week at Renaissance Manor of Westfield was                ton DNS, and Tom Depoy, Regional Vice President.
                    filled with fun activities, from “Minute to Win It” and “Fear Factor” contests to
                    Baseball Day, where staff members showed off their pride for their favorite
     42        43   teams.
                                                                                                        SOUTH COUNTY / NO. KINGSTOWN, RI
                                                                                                        51   Always on the run
                    ROCHESTER MANOR / ROCHESTER, NH                                                     Lisa Galligan, South County activities director (pictured with assistant Gina
                                                                                                        Wilcox) organized the center’s 7th annual 5K run on Saturday, June 4. (See
                     44   Spring Stars                                                                  story on page 2 for more details). Great job, Lisa!
                    Beth Muehlen-Overton, a nursing assistant at Rochester since 2009, is                                                                                               50
                    Rochester’s April Employee of the Month. First chef Bill Leduc, an 11-year          SPRINGFIELD / SPRINGFIELD, VT
                    center vet, earns the honors for May.
                                                                                                        52   Aloha!
                     45   Turning a new Paige                                                           National Nursing Home Week brought out the real Hawaiian style at
          44        RN Paige Hundley, nursing assistant Carole Allen and the whole Rochester            Springfield. From left: Scott Belt, MDS; Melissa Demond, nursing assistant;
                    Manor team congratulate Kelley Leonardi of medical records, who just                Dannielle Webster, nursing assistant; Linda Lauzon, LPN; and Pat Lowden,
                    graduated with a BS Degree.                                                         nursing assistant.
                     46   A sure bet
                    A group from Rochester Manor gambles on a great time at the Rochester
                    Rotary Lottery Night. Seated: Bob Veno dietary manager with wife Michelle.
                    Back row, from left: Rotarian Donna Dynan, resident & family services; Mary                                                                                         51
                    Flynn administrator; Jenn Manning, admissions coordinator; and Gretchen
                    Colpritt, assistant DNS.

                    47    Buster brown                        48   Grillmasters
                    Buster, with Dr. Edwin Charle, is        Andy Hubbard, dietary, and
               45   the perfect medicine to lift resi-       Dave Chlosta, district manager
                    dents’ spirits on a rainy day.           for Health Care Services grill up
                                                             goodness at the Rolling BBQ for
                                                             the local Charpentier Apartment
                                                             residents during National                  ST JOHNSBURY / ST. JOHNSBURY, VT
                                                             Nursing Home Week.
                                                                                                        53   Volunteer spirit
                                                                                                        The center held a big volunteer brunch during National Volunteer Week. The
                                                                                                        dining room was full of volunteers enjoying an extremely delicious brunch
                                                                                                        served by Saint J. dietary manager Vince, as Marguerite Willey was honored
                                                                                                        for 35 years of service!

                                                                                                        54   Surprise for Shawn
                                                                                                        Administrator Shawn Hallisey unwraps presents at a baby shower planned by
                                                                                                        residents, who raised the money, went on the shopping trip and decorated
                                                                                                        the room. The event was a complete surprise; Shawn had no idea what he was
                                                                                                        walking into!

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                    VILLAGE GREEN OF BRISTOL / FORESTVILLE, CT                                       WHITING / WHITING, NJ
                    55   Home on the range                                                           63   Honoring excellence
                    As part of National Nursing Home Week, Leslie Sacharko, medical records,         Cathy Gentile, admissions and marketing director held a luncheon for the
                    Delina Fiondella, social services, Yong Crandell, ADNS and resident Jeff         retired nurses of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church in Whiting to honor them
                    Dewitt celebrate OK Coral Day at Village Green of Bristol.                       on Nurses’ Week. There was a great turnout and a great lunch.
                    56   Crossfit commandos                                                          64   Boogie oogie oogie                                                              63
                    Director of nursing services Leslie Merwin and part-time recreation director     Members of the Whiting staff take a dance break during National Nursing
                    Rick Ahmed recently demonstrated the rigorous Crossfit exercise program          Home Week.
                    to Bristol staff and residents.

                    57   All shook up                                                                                                          65   Sky high
                    Elvis wants staff RN Diane Miller, Marie Cinron bookeeper/receivables, and                                                Therapy team member Michele
                    Bridget Fortier to be his teddy bears during National Nursing Home Week.                                                  Bortner sees how high she can fly her
                                                                                                                                              kite during a National Nursing Home
                    VILLAGE GREEN OF WALLINGFORD / WALLINGFORD, CT                                                                            Week “Minute to Win It” challenge.

                    58   STAR power
                    Wallingford people were all smiles at the recent STAR Rehab Open House
     56        57
                    Gala. From left: Kerry Augur, ADNS; LaToya McCrea, director of therapeutic                                                                                            64
                    recreation; Donna Koritkoski, nursing supervisor; and Beth Schmeizl, admin-      WILLOW CREEK / SOMERSET, NJ
                    istrator.                                                                        66   STAR performance
                    59   Prom knights                                                                The stars were out in force for the new STAR unit ribbon cutting, including
                    Members of the dietary staff came dressed in their tuxedos on their way to       Revera senior VP Stuart Lindeman, the local mayor and regional VP of opera-
                    the Lyman Hall High School Senior Prom. From left: Thomas McKeon, dietary        tions Brian Karstetter, along with administrator Grace Kidney and the staff.
                    aide; Joseph Falcone, cook supervisor; and Joshua Lanci, dietary aide.           67   What’s cookin’?
                    60   Who you lookin’ at?                                                         The Willow Creek dietary staff represented at the STAR unit grand opening.
                                                                                                     From left: Calin Hayler, dietary aide; Michelle Virone, dietician; Hanane Sir, di-
                    Say hello to the newest addition to the Village Green of Wallingford family, a
               58   twelve-week-old French bulldog puppy owned by Beth Schmeizl, administrator.
                                                                                                     etary aide; DeAndre Holmes, cook; Kayla Brown, cook; Yannique Drummond,
                                                                                                     cook; Ramon Perralta, kitchen supervisor; Robert Badalamente, food service
                                                                                                     director; Matt Thornton, district manager; Brian Emery, assistant food service
                    VILLAGE GREEN OF WATERBURY / WATERBURY, CT                                       director; Sharon Allen, cook; Jarred Morris, dietary aide; and Daniel Kidney,
                                                                                                     dietary aide. The picture was taken after they did a fabulous job for our Grand
                    61   Caution and ice cream                                                       Opening.
                    Health and Safety Week at Waterbury featured a Q&A session along with
                    dessert. The theme of the day was Caution, Caution, Caution! Pictured:           68   Out and about
                    Courtney Cleary, nursing assistant; Erica Blizzard, rehab aid; Bridgett Carey,   Willow Creek people had a great time at the Saint Peters University Hospital
                    LPN; Melissa Grella, LPN; Shaena Gonzalez, PT; Helen Karpan, housekeeping;       Annual Gala. From left: Grace Kidney, administrator; Maryann Dunhman, RN,
                    Matt Mangiacopra, OT; Maricel Chua, PT; and Cheryl Delgado, PT.                  C, CCM, BS network care manager; Suzanne Foster, director of admissions;
          59   60                                                                                    and Joanna Domanico, director of nursing.
                    62   Peace and love
                    Hippy Day was a highlight of National Nursing Home Week at Waterbury.                                                                                                 67
                    Getting groovy are MaryJane Leonetti, dietician; Maria Feola, director of
                    recreation; Lisa Ruby, restorative aide; Colleen Moravec, staff development;
                    Krista Caouette, recreation; and Dee Caouette, TRD.

                                                                                                     69   Lighting up the room
                                                                                                     “Best Smile” at the Willow Creek Awards went to Cleon Claire, nursing assistant
                                                                                                     and Michelle Virone, RD.

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                                  Aloha, Anne
                                  Glen Ridge welcomes Anne
                                  Engelhard, who joined the
                                  team in May as staff develop-
                                  ment coordinator—a position
                                  in which she has 11 years
                                  of experience. Anne previ-
Baby alert                        ously worked as a director of                         The welcome wagon
Kathy Key, COTA, gave birth       nursing, a pharmacy nurse                             Iliff introduces three great
to her second child, Helena       consultant, and a regional                            new members of the Iliff
Elizabeth Key on the 20th of      pharmacy nurse consultant/                            team: Bolaji Lakanse, director
May. Jennifer Price, pediatric    director of nurse educa-                              of nursing; Marilyn Fleming,
social worker gave birth to her   tion. An RN who is certified                          quality improvement/privacy
second child, baby girl Emery     in Gerontology, Anne has 40                           officer; and Sherry Gilstrap,
Ann Price on June 9. Both         years of experience working                           director of central supply.
mothers are doing great!          in long-term care.                                    Welcome aboard!
ILIFF                             GLEN RIDGE                                            ILIFF

                                                                    Sue times two
                                                                    Sue and Sue: In May, Renaissance Manor on Cabot and administra-
                                                                    tor Joel Camp welcomed two new Sues to the staff: Sue Weber,
                                                                    MDS coordinator and Sue Spencer, director of nursing.
                                                                    RENAISSANCE MANOR ON CABOT

                                     Maximum Vorce
                                     Aleks Shultz, HR congratulates Jeremy
                                     Vorce, nursing assistant for being nominated
                                     as Employee of the Month for May. Jeremy is
                                     beloved by residents.
                                     ROWAN COURT

Proud grandma
Scheduler Debbie Montiero            Fun flip-flop trivia                     •	 The	oldest	confirmed	Flip-flop	was	discovered	in	Fort	Rock	Cave	
poses her granddaughter,                                                         in the U.S. state of Oregon.
Sofia Dmuchowski on her                                                       •	 President	Barack	Obama	was	the	first	U.S.	president	ever	
day of baptism.                                                                  photographed wearing flip-flops.
                                                                              •	 Flip	flops	did	not	originate	in	Egypt	as	most	people	know	but	rather,	
                                                                                 they originated in Japan where a similar type of footwear called the zori
                                                                                 inspired the flip-flops that we use nowadays.
                                                                              •	 Flip-flops	were	named	based	on	the	sound	that	they	make	when	worn	
                                                                                 as it is originally known as “zori” when it first landed in the U.S.
                                                                              •	 Flip-flops	were	first	seen	worn	on	the	beach	by	the	1950s.

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