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 firstname.lastname@example.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. 2 Network News — January 2008 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 email@example.com, 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.
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