Submitted by: Mary Jane Eicke
Nominee: Kathleeen Graham
One of our residents was disappointed to see our Connections Director leave for another opportunity in her career. The resident was obviously upset about this persons decision to leave, and was withdrawn and depressed. Kathleen, seeing this change in the resident, made a valiant effort to become closer to her, and share Kathleen’s plans for the Connections Department and how these changes would impact her, as a resident. Before I knew it, this resident was seeking Kathleen to inquire what the scheduled activity programming was, and I immediately observed her coming out of her room more, and participating in the programming. This was nice to see, and the resident seemed so much happier.
Community: Bucks County
Submitted by: Mary Horvath
Nominee: Nicole Crisafulli
I was working alongside Nicole in our skilled nursing facility when we put on a movie for our residents. Nicole and I gathered the residents into the viewing room for the movie, during which we provided snacks. Nicole wasn’t quite sure of some of the residents’ diets so she went above just “guessing” to find out the particular diets of the residents. In the end everyone got what was best suited for their health needs and requirements. Even if it was something as small as a snack it can make the biggest difference. This incident made me feel proud to work in Connections alongside my co-workers, knowing they are putting the residents and their needs above anyone else’s. The feedback was healthy and happy residents.
Submitted by: Ellen Richardson
Nominee: Norman Lewis
Norman has grown from the date of his hire which was February 19, 2016. Norman has only been here for a little over a year and has really stepped up to plate, especially since Tyrone Beal, who is his direct supervisor, is not here. I have watched him grow, and it is a pleasure to work with him. When asked to do something, he does it with no problem. He is so thankful no matter what you give him. It is good to know that an employee is appreciative of what his company does for him. All I hear is others saying how nice and well-mannered he is. He is the right person for Juniper with the right Spirit.
Submitted by: Carol Burg
Department: Dietary Services
Nominees: Tina Madden, Dawn Matthews
This past Sunday we had our Mother’s Day Brunch for the families of our residents and the outside community. After serving our residents breakfast, the kitchen staff rocked out a brunch that was amazing. The brunch was a huge success. The families loved everything. The food was plentiful and delicious. Everyone had a great time being together. It made me feel great seeing the residents and their loved ones laughing and smiling and spending quality time together. The families and residents are still talking about it; they keep telling me how great of a day it was!
Submitted by: Amy Nealy
Department: Business Office
Nominee: Linda Prescott
Linda is always there to help out. We had a Purple Picnic fundraiser for Alzheimer’s. Linda came in, even though it was her day off, and helped. She cleaned up with everyone and was just so pleasant. Linda went above and beyond, and she really did a good job.
Submitted by: Amy Nealy
Nominee: Amanda Savage
Amanda recently ran our Purple Picnic fundraiser event. Amanda helped raise over $482.00 for Alzheimer’s New Jersey. Community members and referral sources who attended all said they had a great time. It was beautiful!
Submitted by: Linda Prescott
Nominee: John Holmes
John always pitches in when help is needed. No matter what the day is, sunny, snowy, busy, et cetera, John is always ready to help in all departments. He delivers mail boxes and packages to residents, always with a smile; he drives the residents to Church on Sunday morning and doctor appointments during the week. John will even sit at the front desk to give a concierge a “step away” when needed. Residents and employees appreciate John and nominated him for “Hero of the Month”. We are privileged to work with someone who is dependable, compassionate, caring, and hard working.
Submitted by: Joann Malanga
Department: Environmental Services
Nominee: Hector Perez, Frank Pascale
In the midst of a blizzard and snow, Hector Perez and Frank Pascale ventured out and went to pick up three employees from their home. Both leadership team members truly collaborated for the common good of the community in getting the employees to work to care for the residents and ensure they had a delicious home-cooked meal. The staff were very appreciative and said that they never worked for a “company” that cared so much. The residents were happy at being so well cared for. I was proud to have such a wonderful team that cared so deeply.
Submitted by: Joann Malanga
Nominee: Maureen Riddick
Maureen saw that two employees were in distress on the night of the blizzard. Maureen had already left that day, but took it upon herself to return at 11:30 pm at night to bring them back to their homes. The employees were very appreciative and grateful that they work for such an amazing company with such fantastic co-workers.
Submitted by: Sandy Dilks
Nominee: Williamstown Team
We had three admissions, all of which were complicated; we also had the State visiting and MLK holiday. Our staff came together to make it all happen and worked smoothly together to ensure all residents needs were met. As hectic as it was, our staff rocked as a team; we made our residents and their families feel loved. Everyone was happy. Families were extremely excited with our care, love, cleanliness of our buildings. I am very proud to be part of the Williamstown Team. They always rise to any situation they are faced with.