Latest News from Athena Health Care Systems

June 27, 2017
Summit at Plantsville Nursing Home Resident Has Found His Calling

Monday, June 27, 2017 | Source: My Record Journal and FOX 61 News

SOUTHINGTON - Bill Flaherty hasn't built a home since he was injured in a 1999 accident, but he's taken up building model houses for children while undergoing treatment at The Summit in Plantsville.

Flaherty said he always enjoyed building homes. "Now I just build them in a smaller scale," he said. "You have to get correct angles for the roof pitch and all that."

Flaherty’s sisters and Barbara Blau, therapeutic recreation director, suggested he build the models. Blau said he agreed, and later told her that his grandfather had built dollhouses and toy garages for the family. “He is following in his grandfather’s footsteps,” Blau said. Flaherty said he was getting “a little bored” while undergoing treatment over the last several years before the suggestion from Blau and his sisters.

“I look forward to doing it now,” he said. “You never know where your destiny’s going to go.” While he said he wishes he could walk again, building these houses gives him purpose, and he enjoys making children happy.

 

A special needs girl at Plantsville Elementary got Flaherty's first creation, a three-story dollhouse he constructed and painted. He's now working on a log cabin home and accompanying barn for a boy, although a recipient hasn't yet been decided.

He said the child, Kylie, was surprised and excited when she came to The Summit and he told her she could keep the doll house. A few days later, he received a thank you letter from Kylie which reads in part, “Dear Mr. Bill I love my new doll house you made for me. I love to play with it every day. My favorite thing to do is play with the little tiny dollies. I would like to visit you again someday, you are my nice friend. Your friend, Kylie.”

While Flaherty worked on his second and now third project, he has the letter from Kylie hanging on his wall. He said his family has been very supportive, even purchasing the tools he needs to build the homes.

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June 26, 2017
Partners in Dedication - Athena Health Care Systems Honors Employees

Monday, June 26, 2017 | Source: Athena Health Care

Athena Health Care Systems held a Partners in Dedication Luncheon Ceremony on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at The Country Club of Farmington for employees throughout the Athena network who reached their 10, 20 and 30 years of service as of December 2016. Employees were recognized for their dedication and commitment for providing quality of care to residents and patients.

Athena Health Care Systems
Pictured from left to right:
Thomas Walkuski, Director of Personnel Management, Patricia Scofield - 30 Years, Faith Luong - 10 Years, Debra Soucey, Senior Executive Office, Marybeth Hauser - 30 Years and Elizabeth Perugini - 10 Years.

Abbott Terrace Health Center
Waterbury, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Rita Hedu - 30 Years, Deborah Stopper - 30 Years, Mirta Fernandez - 30 Years, Amy Cogswell - 10 Years, Nickeisha Bewry (Administrator), Maureen Dossantos - 30 Years, Kathy Semeraro - 30 Years, Charles Sanzone 30 Years, Elizabeth Mascia - 30 Years and Valerie Pearce - 20 Years.

Bayview Health Care
Waterford, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Michelle Tucker – 10 Years, Tina McKenna 10 Years, Jennifer Sorenson 10 Years, Kimberly Carlson (Administrator), Cheree Miner -10 Years and Jessica Lundfelt – 10 Years.

Beacon Brook Health Center
Naugatuck, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Diana Martone - 10 Years, Crystal Forish - 10 Years and Karen Wilke (Human Resource Coordinator).

Cherry Brook Health Care Center
Canton, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Tom Lyons - 30 Years, Nan Huntington -10 Years, Mary Jane McCue - 10 Years, Denise Woodruff - 10 Years, Luz Mowel - 20 Years and Jake Bompastore (Administrator).

Glastonbury Health Care Center
Glastonbury, CT
Pictured from left to right:
David Durand - 20 Years, Omar Daley - 10 Years, Francio Edmond - 10 Years and David Fife (Administrator).

Laurel Ridge Health Care Center
Ridgefield, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Maria Minaya - 20 Years, Maria Viera - 20 Years, Hetty Asare - 10 Years and Bernadette Stevenson (Administrator).

Litchfield Woods Health Care Center
Torrington, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Althea McKenzie - 10 Years, Tonya Casagni - 10 Years, Amanda Wright - 10 Years, Pam Boles - 20 Years, Christopher Buckley - 10 Years, Corrine Beecher - 20 Years and Denise Quarles (Administrator).

Maefair Health Care Center
Trumbull, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Jenn Arnold – 10 Years and Terri Golec (Administrator)

MeadowBrook of Granby
Granby, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Vicki Griswold - 10 Years, John Haggerty - 10 Years and Rachel DeMaida (Administrator).

Middlesex Health Care Center
Middletown, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Damaris Guzman - 10 Years, Barbara Smith - 10 Years and Beth Schmeizl (Administrator).

Northbridge Health Care Center
Bridgeport, CT
Front row - Pictured from left to right:
Candace Love - 10 Years, Isabel DosSantos - 20 Years, Maria Silva - 20 Years, Amelia Jones -20 Years and Julie Almeida - 20 Years
Second row - Pictured from left to right:
Norma Walker - 10 Years, Deolinda Batista - 20 Years, Mary Luz Aguirre - 20 Years, Luz Acosta - 20 Years, Paula Barreira - 20 Years, Christa Zucco - 10 Years and Janet Smith - 20 Years.
Third row - Pictured from left to right:
Erica Roman (Administrtor), Keisha Best - 10 Years, Maria C. Almeida - 20 Years, Michael Banda - 10 Years, Tracy Gabriel - 10 Years, Marcia Miles - 20 Years, Jacinto Gomes - 20 Years, Lena McKoy - 10 Years and Hope Russell - 20 Years.

Shady Knoll Health Center
Seymour, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Tynema Highsmith - 10 Years, Catherine Sasso-Billings - 10 Years, Deborah Torrey Administrator - 20 Years and Linda Bojarzyck - 20 Years.

Sheriden Woods Health Care Center
Bristol, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Monet Masi - 10 Years, Robin Monahan -20 Years, Nydia Santos - 20 Years and Kathy Moon - 30 Years.

The Summit At Plantsville
Plantsville, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Jack Kelly (Administrator) and Carmen Lapaan - 10 Years.

Valerie Manor
Torrington, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Sandy Silva - 20 Years, Stephen Wood, Jr. - 10 Years, Susan Guillen - 10 Years, Jennifer Seymour - 10 Years, Marisa Jones (Administrator), Teresa Myers - 30 Years and Deb Padgett - 10 Years.

Wadsworth Glen Health Care & Rehabilitation Center
Middletown, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Joseph Bray (Administrator) and Maria Leopizzo – 20 Years.

 

 

September 9, 2016
Athena Health Care Systems 16th Annual Taking Care of Our Own Softball Tournament

Friday, September 9, 2016 | Source: Athena Health Care

Athena Health Care Systems 16th Annual Taking Care of Our Own Softball Tournament was held on August 26-28, 2016 at Panthorn Park in Plantsville, CT. This annual tournament raises money for eligible employees throughout the Athena network who need support while they are undergoing cancer treatments. Larry Santilli, President and CEO of Athena said, “the tournament represents the commitment and dedication Athena has to its employees. Through the generous fundraising efforts from employees, raffle gifts and other donations, we are able to provide funding for our employees stricken with cancer.”

Litchfield Woods Health Care Center, in Torrington won first place in the tournament and took home the championship trophy, Valerie Manor, in Torrington came in second place and Beacon Brook, in Naugatuck came in third place. Other festivities at the tournament included food catered by Elements Fine Catering, ice cream provided by Connecticut Ice Cream and activities for children provided by Teach-Art-2-Me which included games, crafts, face painting, and tie-dyeing of shirts.

Throughout New England, Athena Health Care Systems is known as a leader in providing quality health care services and is recognized as one of the largest managers of skilled nursing facilities located in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Athena managed facilities offer short-term rehabilitation, long-term, and respite care, as well as many other services. Athena also provides home health and hospice care.

August 23, 2016
Athena Health Care Systems Honors Employees

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Source: Athena Health Care

Athena Health Care Systems held a Partners in Dedication Luncheon Ceremony on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at The Country Club of Farmington for employees throughout the Athena network who reached their 10, 20 and 30 years of service as of December 2015. Employees were recognized for their dedication and commitment for providing quality of care to residents and patients. Check out the Partners in Dedication Luncheon Ceremony Picture Gallery.

 

 

May 11, 2016
Beacon Brook Health Center Employees Celebrated National Nursing Home Week

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Source: Athena Health Care

Beacon Brook Health Care Center employees celebrated National Nursing Home Week in May. The theme of this week was "It's a Small World with a Big Heart". The week was filled with activities for staff, residents and community, and employees were invited to wear a silly hat to work on May 11th in celebration.

 

 

March 17, 2016
Beacon Brook Health Center CNA is Recognized for Her Outstanding Service and Dedication within the Health Care Community

Thursday, March 17, 2016 | Source: Athena Health Care

Started in 2003 The Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Health Care Administrators inducts six C.N.A.s into the Connecticut Certified Nursing Assistant Hall of Fame each year, state wide. Among this year's honorees was Beacon Brook Health Center's Marie Testa, a CNA who has dedicated 24 years toward the serving long term healthcare residents.

The purpose is to recognize distinguished service and dedication to the health care needs of all residents. The select honorees are recognized as outstanding caregivers and their names are placed among the finest nursing assistants in the State of Connecticut. All nominees must be C.N.A.s who have worked for a minimum of 20 years, are currently working in the long term care setting and have no findings of abuse, neglect or misappropriation. They need to be nominated by an Administrator in good standing with the American College of Health Care Administrators, the professional organization for Nursing Home Administrators.

Beacon Brook Health Center - Connecticut Certified Nursing Assistant Hall of Fame
Naugatuck, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Wendy Furniss, Branch Chief Health Care Systems, State of CT, DPH, Linda Garcia, Administrator of Beacon Brook, Maria Testa, honoree, Shannon Hernandez, Director of Nursing, Beacon Brook, Theresa Sanderson, ACHCA Region 1 Director, and Blair Quasnitschka, FACHCA Chapter President.

 

 

January 6, 2016
Recent Legislative Visits Held by Athena Facilities

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 | Source: Athena Health Care

Several Athena facilities welcomed some of our State Legislators recently. The legislators met with the administrators, staff and residents to discuss the important policy challenges that are are affecting nursing homes today. Check out some photos from their visit.

 

 

Dec 29, 2015
Athena Announces the Addition of Evergreen Health Care Center to its Network

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 | Source: Athena Health Care

Stafford Springs, CT - Athena Health Care Systems is proud to announce the addition of Evergreen Health Care Center to its network. Evergreen Health Care Center is a 180-bed skilled nursing facility in Stafford Springs, CT offering long-term and short-term care, as well as a variety of other services. Evergreen Health Care Center was previously owned and operated by Johnson Memorial Medical Center and is located on the same campus, thereby allowing residents and patients to have immediate access to the hospital and its resources. Larry Santilli, President of Athena, is pleased with this new addition to the Athena network. "We look forward to continuing to provide the quality services that Johnson Memorial Medical Center has in the past and will continue to strive and meet the needs of our residents and the overall community."

Patrick Mahon, Chairman, Board of Directors, Johnson Memorial Medical Center supports the transaction. "The Board of Directors and Stuart Rosenberg, President and CEO, JMMC, support the sale of Evergreen Health Care Center to Athena Health Care System. We are confident Athena will maintain and provide the same level of quality care our community has experienced from EHCC for the last 25 years."

Athena's network includes 19 nursing homes in Connecticut, 5 in Rhode Island, and 18 in Massachusetts and offers an array of services including home health and hospice care in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

 

Sep 21, 2015
Athena Health Care Systems 15th Annual Taking Care of Our Own Softball Tournament

Monday, Sep 21, 2015 | Source: Athena Health Care

Farmington, CT - September 11, 2015 - Athena Health Care Systems 15th Annual Taking Care of Our Own Softball Tournament was held on August 21-23, 2015 at Panthorn Park in Plantsville, CT. This annual tournament raises money for eligible employees throughout the Athena network who need support while they are undergoing cancer treatments. Larry Santilli, President and CEO of Athena said, “the tournament represents the commitment and dedication Athena has to its employees. Through the generous fundraising efforts from employees, raffle gifts and other donations, we are able to provide funding for our employees stricken with cancer.”

Beacon Brook Health Center, in Naugatuck won first place in the tournament and took home the championship trophy, Shady Knoll Health Center, in Seymour came in second place and Valerie Manor, in Torrington came in third place. Other festivities at the tournament included food catered by The Hills/Elements Fine Catering, ice cream provided by Connecticut Ice Cream and activities for children, such as games, crafts, face painting and tie-dyeing of shirts provided by Teach-Art-2-Me.

Throughout New England, Athena Health Care Systems is known as a leader in providing quality health care services and is recognized as one of the largest managers of skilled nursing facilities located in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Athena managed facilities offer short-term rehabilitation, long-term, respite and hospice care, as well as many other services.

 

May 22, 2015
A Dedication Ceremony was Held to Unveil the New Wall of Honor at Litchfield Woods Health Care Center Honoring the Veteran Residents of the Facility

Monday, May 22, 2015 | Source: Athena Health Care

TORRINGTON - Inside Litchfield Woods Health Care Center is a newly decorated wall, featuring names and images of some of the residents of the facility. What makes the wall truly special is that the residents listed all have something in common: They are veterans.

Members of the community came to witness the dedication of Litchfield Woods new Wall of Honor on Thursday afternoon and to pay tribute to the residents there who served time in the military.

The veterans come from all walks of life and represent all the different branches of the Armed Forces, including the Army, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy.

The wall inside the facility features a plaque with names of the residents and also has a screen that plays a loop of the images and stories of the veterans.

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May 11, 2015
Laurel Ridge Health Care Center & Athena Health Care Systems were a proud Partner of Hope Sponsor for the Alzheimer's Association

Monday, May 11, 2015 | Source: Athena Health Care

Laurel Ridge Health Care Center and Athena Health Care Systems were proud to be a Partner of Hope Sponsor for the Alzheimer's Association - CT Chapter's Celebrating Home 2015 event on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Pictured from left to right:
Kelly Cerini (Dementia Program Coordinator, Laurel Ridge), Stacy Kesl (Dementia Specialist, Athena), Bernadette Stevenson (Administrator, Laurel Ridge), Bonnie Leavy-Mello (Community Coordinator, Laurel Ridge)

Celebrating Hope 2015

It was an evening to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter on Friday May 1st, 2015 from 6:30 - 9:30 P.M. With Special Guest Speakers James Keach Director/Producer Glen Campbell and Mrs. Kim Campbell. At Richards on 359 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830. There were cocktails Plus Hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction plus a raffle event. Dressed up in a Cocktail Attire, it was the perfect time to wear purple.

Believe in a cure - Hope for a world without Alzheimer's - Help those in need.

 

May 1, 2015
Athena Employees are Recognized for their Dedication and Commitment for Providing Quality of Care to Residents and Patients

Friday, May 1, 2015 | Source: Athena Health Care

Athena Health Care Systems recently held a Partners In Dedication Luncheon Ceremony. The event was held at the Country Club of Farmington for employees from 18 facilities throughout the Athena network who reached their 10 and 20 years of service as of December 2014. The following employees were recognized for their dedication and commitment for providing quality of care to residents and patients.

Beacon Brook Health Center
Naugatuck, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Linda Garcia, Tracy Gormley, Kristi Pistarelli, Kelio Walker, Richard Rogers

Bayview Health Care
Waterford, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Amanda Conrad, James (Mike) Pettey, Pamela Wynn

Cherry Brook Health Care Center
Canton, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Kate Stoetzner, Lynelle Guimond, Karen Masse, Helen Avallone, Annette Jacquemin, Kathy Worley, Elizabeth Kassel, Kerry Sullivan, Jake Bompastore, Lynn Edgar

Glastonbury Health Care Center
Glastonbury, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Alan Cameron, Beth Schmeizl, Sandy Ortiz

Laurel Ridge Health Care Center
Ridgefield, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Bernadette Stevenson, Jim Seckinger, Wilfred Pun, Paz Rodriguez, Mercedes Cabrera, Luz Cuevas, William Genao

Litchfield Woods Health Care Center
Torrington, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Aileen Hester, Shelly Corey, Phyllis Grossetti, Lisa Bambakidou, Denise Quarles, Tina Ross, Marnie McClintock, and Debbie Smith

Maefair Health Care Center
Trumbull, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Lennox Burey, Sandy Verrilli, Jackie Russo, Shirley Anthony, Charmaine McPherson, Janice Bradshaw, Veronica Nedab-Holmes

MeadowBrook of Granby
Granby, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Chris McKinney, Tadine Reid, Dorothy Butkus, Ann Skibski

Northbridge Health Care Center
Bridgeport, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Caswell Fowler, Elizabeth Csanadi, Shirley Watson, Patrick Kabongo, Luis Negron

Oakland Grove Health Care Center
Woonsocket, RI
Pictured from left to right:
Deana Zanfardino, Christine Descoteaux, Garrett Sullivan, Vanessa Hazard, Pamela Jones, Julie Turcotte

Sheriden Woods Health Care Center
Bristol, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Joe Coutermanche, Kristine Scott, Tina Parker, Michael Baldino, Louise Goldenberg, Marian O’Neal, Theresa Landau, Robert Fritz

The Summit At Plantsville
Plantsville, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Roger Lavoie

Valerie Manor
Torrington, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Alan Nickerson, Jennie Dziedzic, Nancy Calo, Marisa Jones, Mary Roberts, Rena Bailey, Lori-Ann Crockett, Erin Tierney, Ray Morton

Wadsworth Glen Health Care & Rehabilitation Center
Middletown, CT
Pictured from left to right:
William Russo, Margaret Brown, Pat Hamill

Athena Healthcare Systems Corporate Office
Farmington, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Thomas Walkuski, Julie Koulouris, Jean Rosa, Judy Hyland, Nathan Frisbie

Athena Healthcare Systems Corporate Office
Farmington, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Thomas Walkuski, Julie Koulouris, Judy Hyland, Rachael Rutkowski

 

 

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