Changing of the Guard For Employee Council Employee PRIDE

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					 Employee Newsletter for the NewCourtland Elder Services Network                                                                                    January 2008


Changing of the Guard For Employee Council
The	NewCourtland	Elder	Services	Network	Employee	Council	welcomed	13	new	
members	at	its	final	meeting	of	2007.		The	Employee	Council	brings	together	
representatives	from	each	nursing	home	in	the	NewCourtland	Network	on	a	
monthly	basis	to	exchange	ideas,	problems,	and	solutions	with	NewCourtland	
Elder	Services’	President	&	CEO,	Gail	Kass.
The	new	Employee	Council	members	are:
Care	Pavilion	–	Delnita	Sims,	TR Aide,	Steve	Brockington,	Central Supply Coordinator
Cliveden	–	Lorraine	Reese,	CNA,	Aminata	Sy,	Housekeeping
Cheltenham	York	Road	–	Arnetta	Gardner,	CNA,	Diane	Rhoden,	CNA
Germantown	Home	–	Sonya	Gore,	CNA Specialist,	Ernestine	Martin,	CNA,	Lindsay	
                                                      Johnson,	Maintenance Technician
                                                                                                                  Curtis Moore, Maintenance employee at Maplewood
    Inside this Issue                                 Kearsley*	–	Tara	Clark,	Dietary Aide	                       Manor and outgoing Employee Council member,
   Seven	Care	Pavilion	                               Maplewood	Manor	–	Ricky	Murray,	CNA,	                       addresses the crowd at the NewCourtland Elder Services
   Employees	Receive	                                                                                             Network Employee Council meeting on December 19.
   Activity	Director	                                 Tykeya	Burnett,	Housekeeping Aide
   Provisional	Certification
   	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	. 2 Tucker	House	–	Mamie	Hatcher,	Unit Clerk
  Elders	and	Staff	to	be	
  Recognized	at	King	Event		
                                                       When	an	Employee	Council	position	opens,	Nursing	Home	Administrators	nominate	five	employees	
  	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	. 2   as	potential	Council	members,	from	which	one	is	selected	to	serve	a	two-year	term.
  Holiday	Party	 . . . . . . . . . . 2
                                                       Thank	you	to	all	outgoing,	and	congratulations	to	all	new,	Employee	Council	members!
  December	Trivia	Winner
  	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	. 2   *Managed by Courtland Management Services
  January	Trivia	. . . . . . . . . . 2
  Employee	Wellness	
  Corner	. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3


                                                         Employee PRIDE – What is Employee PRIDE?
  Network-Wide	2007	
  Holiday	Art	Contest	
  Winners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
  Care	Pavilion	Employee	
  Awarded	Scholarship. . . 3
                                                          NewCourtland	Elder	Services	has	become	            •	 Neighbor	to	Neighbor	employee	referral		
  Maplewood	Manor	
  Residents	Host	Costa	                                   known	for	its	commitment	to	improving	             	 bonus	program
  Rican	Exchange	Students		
  	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	. 3      the	quality	of	life	of	its	staff	and	the	elders	   •	 YOUrHome	employee	assisted	home		
  Employee	and	Resident	                                  they	serve.	The	NewCourtland	Elder	Services	       	 ownership	program
  News	and	Honors	. . . . . . 4
                                                          Network	Employee	PRIDE	program	(Provide	           •	 Employee	Assistance	Program
  NewCourtland	IT	Help	
  Desk	Changes . . . . . . . . . . 4                      Respect,	Incentives,	career	Development,	          •	 10K	Club
  See	Care	Pavilion	                                      and	education)	creates	a	partnership	that	
  Administrator’s	Wedding	
                                                          centers	on	a	shared	vision	of	excellence	for	      Contact	your	human	resources	manager	
  Online!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
                                                          the	elders,	reinforced	by	the	NewCourtland	        for	more	details	about	the	Employee	PRIDE	
  Maplewood	Manor	
  Residents	Know	“What’s	
                                                          Network’s	commitment	to	improving	the	             program,	and	continue	to	read	this	section	
  Happening” . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
                                                          lives	of	the	staff	through	various	employee-       of	Network	News	each	month	for	informa-
  Employees	of	the	Month			
  	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	.	. 4
                                                          centered	programs,	including:                      tion	on	specific	Employee	PRIDE	initiatives	
     January Dates                                                                                           and	other	employee	benefit	information.
  New	Year’s	Day	. . . . . . . . . 1
                                                          •	 Ladder	of	Opportunity	nursing	career		
                                                          	 and	advancement	program	
  Martin	Luther	King	Day	.		21
Seven Care Pavilion Employees Receive Activity
Director Provisional Certification
Seven	Care	Pavilion	employees	recently	received	their	Activity	               to	a	degree	as	a	Certified	Therapeutic	Recreation	Specialist	
Director	Provisional	Certification	(ADPC)	from	the	National	                  (CTRS).
Certification	Council	for	Activity	Professionals	(NCCAP).                     “Therapeutic	Recreation	employees	usually	don’t	start	(their	
Joyce Green, Robin Hunt, veronica Jackson, Kim mason,                         jobs)	with	specialized	job	training,	and	this	process	gives	that	
Rennie moore, Delnita Sims, and esmine Snell	will	have	                       opportunity,”	said	Care	Pavilion	Resident	Services	Director	Mia	
six	years	to	complete	a	combination	of	college	courses,	work	                 Stahl.
experience,	and	continuing	education,	to	receive	their	Activity	              Congratulations to the ADPC recipients!
Director	Certification	(ADC),	which	qualifies	them	to	become	
Recreation	Directors	in	long-term	care	facilities,	or	can	lead	

Elders and Staff to be Recognized
at King Event                                                                                         December
                          The	NewCourtland	Elder	Services	annual	Reverend	Dr.	
                                                                                                      Trivia Winner
                                                                                          Congratulations	to	Annette	Stewart,	
                          Martin	Luther	King,	Jr.	tribute	and	luncheon	will	be	held	
                                                                                          CNA	at	Tucker	House,	who	correctly	
                          Monday,	January	14,	2008	from	1:00	p.m.	to	3:00	p.m.	at	the	
                                                                                          identified	Theodore	Roosevelt	as	the	
                          NewCourtland	Education	Center.                                  20th	century	American	President	who	
                        The	event	will	recognize	elders	and	staff	throughout	the	         barred	a	Christmas	tree	from	being	
                        NewCourtland	Network	who	embody	the	spirit	of	selfless	           displayed	at	the	White	House.		For	her	
Former Pennsylvania     service	to	others,	as	modeled	by	Rev.	Dr.	Martin	Luther	King,	Jr. correct	answer,	Annette	receives	an	
Senator Harris Wofford                                                                    American	Express	Gift	Card.		Enjoy!
                       Former	Pennsylvania	Senator	Harris	Wofford,	co-author	of	the	
King	Holiday	and	Service	Act,	will	serve	as	the	keynote	speaker.
Attendees	will	have	the	chance	to	recognize	the	work	of	others,	and	will	also	be	
inspired	to	volunteer	their	time	and	energy	to	support	elders	in	the	surrounding	
                                                                                                         JANUARY TRIVIA:
community	on	January	21,	the	2008	Rev.	Dr.	Martin	Luther	King,	Jr.	Day	of	Service.                    For	an	opportunity	to	win	a	Barnes	
                                                                                                      &	Noble	Gift	Card,	send	your	answer	

Holiday Party
                                                                                                      to	the	following	question	to		
                                                                                                      mhagarty@newcourtland.org		
                                                                                                      or	via	fax	to	215-965-1909	by	
NewCourtland	Elder	Services	hosted	its	annual	holiday	party	for	corporate	
                                                                                                      Tuesday, January 15.
employees	at	the	Education	Center	on	December	4.	This	year’s	theme	was		
“Home	for	the	Holidays.”                                                                              From what New England
                                                                                                      University did Rev. Dr. Martin
Throughout	the	evening,	employees	had	the	opportunity	to	get	pictures	taken	
                                                                                                      Luther King, Jr. receive his PhD in
                                               with	special	guests	Santa	
                                                                                                      Systematic Theology in June 1955?
                                               Claus	and	his	merry	elf,		as	
                                               well	as	have	their	picture	
                                               taken	in	a	photo	booth	and	
                                               hang	it	on	the	tree	in	the	
                                               Education	Center	lobby.
                                                                                                      SECOND CHANCE DRAWING
                                                                                                      	
                                                                     Attendees	also	enjoyed	          All	2007	trivia	submissions	will	be	
                                                                     listening	to	holiday	music,	     entered	into	a	drawing	in	January.			
                                                                     partaking	in	a	gift	giveaway,	   Be	sure	to	check	the	February	issue	of	
                                                                     and	took	turns	playing	golf	     Network News	for	the	lucky	winner!
(from L to R) Denise Roberts, Alisa Joe, Kelli Keys, Rashidta        and	bowling	on	a	Nintendo	
Richardson, Chavon Carroll, and Ebony Fox pose at the holiday party.
                                                                     Wii	video	game	system.

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Employee Wellness Corner
Check	out	the	February	issue	of	Network News	for	the	                       Wellness	Committee	members,	will	focus	on	providing	
first	installment	of	the	“Employee	Wellness	Corner”.		                      NewCourtland	Network	employees	with	the	knowledge	
Articles,	which	will	be	contributed	by	Employee	                            and	skills	to	remain	in	good	health.


Network-Wide 2007 Holiday Art Contest Winners
Residents	from	the	NewCourtland	Network	were	invited	to	participate	in	a	Network-Wide	
Holiday	Art	Contest	in	October	2007.		Participants	were	asked	to	collaborate	with	local	
artists,	and	to	create	unique,	holiday-themed	artwork	to	be	displayed	throughout	the	
nursing	homes.
Approximately	70	people	participated,	with	six	residents	awarded	for	their	creations:
•		 1st	Prize	–	Mary	McLean,	Maplewood	Manor	–	Decorative	Trinket	Box
•		 2nd	Prize	–	Seleda	Taylor,	Maplewood	Manor	–	Decorative	Trinket	Box
•		 3rd	Prize	–	Christine	Thompson,	Ernestine	Bond,	Bessie	Smith,	and	Margaret	Ridgley,		 	                1st Prize – Mary McLean, Maplewood
                                                                                                           Manor
	 	 Tucker	House	–	Decorative	Tiles
To	see	all	of	the	winning	holiday	art	contest	pieces,	go	to	www.newcourtland.org/gallery.php.



Care Pavilion Employee Awarded Scholarship
                                                     Stanley	Dawson,	dietary	store	room	clerk	at	Care	Pavilion,	was	awarded	a	
                                                     scholarship	by	SEPANPHA	(the	Southeastern	chapter	of	the	Pennsylvania	
                                                     Association	for	Non-Profit	Homes	for	the	Aging)	on	December	13.
                                                     Mr.	Dawson	,	a	member	of	the	NewCourtland	Network	since	2004,	said	he	will	put	
                                                     the	scholarship	money	towards	computer	classes	with	the	hope	of	advancing	his	
                                                     career.
                                                     “It	feels	great,”	said	Mr.	Dawson,	“this	can	help	me	move	up	to	a	higher	position	in	
                                                     the	dietary	department.		I	really	appreciate	the	award.”
                                                     Every	year	SEPANPHA	awards	scholarships	to	non-nursing	personnel	at	their	annual	
                                                     Management	Forum.
Scholarship winner Stanley Dawson (l), with Care
Pavilion Nursing Home Administrator June Griffith,
and Assistant Nursing Home Administrator Justin
Klotz, at the annual SEPANPHA Management
Forum.


Maplewood Manor
Residents Host Costa
Rican Exchange Students
The Maplewood Manor Reading Buddies program hosted Costa Rican
exchange students from Greene Street Friends School on November 11.
The students entertained the residents with traditional Costa Rican
songs and dance routines.


 Network News — January 2008                                                                                                               3
               EmployEE and R EsidEnt                                                                    EmployEEs
                  nEws & honoRs                                                                         of thE month
Congratulations	to	Cliveden	employees	marlene Tooley,	Therapeutic	Recreation	                       Congratulations	to	the	following	for	
Director,	and	Kristal Harcum,	Charge	Nurse.		Both	recently gave birth to healthy                    their	recognition	as	“Employee	of		
baby boys	on	December	7	(Kristal),	and	December	10	(Marlene).                                       the	Month”:
Welcome new nurse Practitioner Kate Coulter!		Kate	is	a	dually	certified	nurse	
                                                                                                    novemBeR 2007:
practitioner	with	specialties	in	Gerontology	and	Adult	Health,	and	is	Board	Certi-
                                                                                                    Care Pavilion:
fied	by	the	ANCC	in	both	specialties.		It’s great to have Kate aboard!                              	 Katina	Nesmith-Tyson,	ADON
                                                                                                    Cheltenham York Road:
NewCourtland IT Help Desk Changes                                                                   	 Stephanie	Ige,	Dietary	Aide
                                                                                                    Cliveden:
In	order	to	provide	better	service,	IT	Help	Desk	technicians	have	now	been	                         	 Kenneth	Patterson,	LPN
assigned	to	dedicated	locations:
                                                                                                    Germantown Home:	
•		 Carmen	Gervasio	–	1845	Walnut;	Tucker	House;	Care	Pavilion                                      	 Robert	Hinton,	Dietary	Cook
•		 Anthony	Tucker	–	Germantown	Home;	Financial	Services;	Education	Center;		 	                     Kearsley:
                                                                                                    	 Karla	McIntosh,	Staffing	Coordinator
	 	 Weiss;	Carriage	House
                                                                                                    maplewood manor:
•		 Tom	Paget	–	LIFE;	Cheltenham	York	Road;	Maplewood	Manor;	Cliveden;	Kearsley                     	 Tyrahn	Dennis,	Staffing	Coordinator
The	technician	assigned	to	each	location	is	committed	to	serving	all	of	the	IT	                     Tucker House:
                                                                                                    	 Rose	Davis,	TR	Aide
needs.		IT	asks	that	you	continue	to	use	the	TrackIT	system	to	enter	new	cases,	
but	to	also	feel	free	to	reach	out	to	your	assigned	technician	with	any		                           Correction	–	October’s	Employee	of	
additional	IT	questions	or	concerns.                                                                the	Month	at	Germantown	Home,	
                                                                                                    Darlene	Menyweather,	was	listed	in	
See Care Pavilion Administrator’s                                                                   last	month’s	Network	News	as	a	CNA.		
                                                                                                    Darlene’s	correct	title	is	LPN.
Wedding Online!
Everyone	is	invited	to	see	Care	Pavilion	Nursing	Home	Executive	Administrator	
June	Griffith’s	wedding	online	by	visiting	http://webcasting.cashmanpro.com.
Click	on	the	Flamingo	link,	then	fill	in	the	date	(12-28-07)	and	click	on	
Robert/June.
Congratulations	June!		Best	wishes	to	you	and	Bob	for	the	future!


Maplewood Manor Residents Know
“What’s Happening”                                                                                    Care Pavilion • Cheltenham York Road
                                                                                                         Cliveden • Germantown Home
                                                                                                       Maplewood Manor • Tucker House
                                                                                                        Kearsley Retirement Community*
                                          Maplewood Manor resident council President Thomas
                                                                                                     * Managed by Courtland Management Services
                                          Smallwood and Nursing Home Administrator
                                          Janet McNemar cut the ribbon to unveil the “What’s
                                          Happening” space at the nursing home. In response              Comments, Questions,
                                          to a challenge put forth by residents looking for an              Submissions?
                                          entertainment area available at all times, Maplewood            Contribute your ideas by contacting
                                          Manor employees created the “What’s Happening” space         Mike Hagarty at Network News
                                          in the main dining room filled with checkers, dominoes,
                                                                                                     via e-mail at mhagarty@newcourtland.org,
                                          cards, and Connect Four. Residents and staff hope to
                                          build upon the successful early reviews of the space by
                                                                                                       phone 215-965-2398 or fax 215-965-1909.
                                          continually adding games and hosting events.