Latest News from Athena Health Care Systems

October 30, 2017
Worcester Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Opening Two Newly Renovated Short-Term Rehabilitation Units With All Private Rooms

Sunday, September 29, 2017 | Source: Michelle Stevens - Director of Admissions/Marketing

Worcester, MA – September 29, 2017 - Worcester Rehabilitation & Health Care Center is pleased to announce the opening of two newly renovated Short-Term Rehabilitation Units. Each unit features 20 spacious private rooms with private baths, new furnishings, air conditioning and flat screen televisions. We hosted an Open House on Thursday, October 19th, from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. But you can come and see us at any time by contacting Michelle Stevens at 508.860.5208 to set up an appointment.

Worcester Rehabilitation & Health Care Center provides a wide range of services such as: Short-Term Rehabilitation, Long-Term and Respite Care, as well as a Continuum of Care Offered for Hospice Services.

Worcester Rehabilitation & Health Care Center is located at 119 Providence Street, Worcester, MA and is managed by Athena Health Care Systems. For more information, please visit our Worcester page at the Athena Nursing Home Website.

October 30, 2017
Veterans Honored with Hand-Sewn Quilts in Southington

Friday, October 27, 2017 | Source: By Jesse Buchanan - Record-Journal staff

SOUTHINGTON – Volunteers wrapped a large, hand-sewn quilt around Army veteran Dana Brown at The Summit at Plantsville during a ceremony to honor those who’ve served in the military.

“I’ve never been treated like this in my life,” he said.

The Summit hosted the Quilts for Valor ceremony Friday, and a week earlier hosted volunteers who had helped prepare the gifts for veteran residents of the home.

As each intricate quilt was displayed, residents and visitors clapped and cheered. Quilters had created a host of designs and decorated the quilts with patriotic themes, flags, eagles, stars and geometric patterns.

Jane Dougherty, one of the state’s Quilts for Valor coordinators, read off a name of each veteran resident and volunteers wrapped them in their quilt.

“Quilts for Valor are not handed to a veteran. We will not ship you one. We will not sell you one. Quilts are wrapped around a veteran,” Doughterty said.

She and fellow coordinator Cindy Guendert helped do just that for many of the Summit’s veterans on Friday. Those included a maple leaf-decorated flag for one resident who was a veteran of the Canadian Air Force.

Barbara Blau, therapeutic recreation director at the Summit, said that every veteran there would receive a quilt.

“Due to the large number of veterans, some will receive their quilts in May,” she said.

After the presentation, Brown sat wrapped in his new quilt wearing a camouflage boonie cap with various Army and Vietnam veteran pins. He was a sergeant while serving in the Army.

Letters and proclamations were read from a host of state legislators and leaders. State Rep. Liz Linehan, a Democrat representing Southington, Cheshire and Wallingford, was present along with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

Jerry Limmer, coordinator for Music on the Green, was the master of ceremonies for the event, which includes songs and poems.

Dougherty said Quilts of Valor started in 2003 when a quilter’s son was deployed to Iraq. Since then, Dougherty said volunteers have sewn and presented 170,000 quilts.

She said Friday’s ceremony was particularly meaningful because the volunteers who made the quilts were able to meet the recipient veterans.

“A lot of times the veteran never gets to meet the quilt-maker,” Dougherty said.

She said the Summit would have another sew day in April and likely again around this time next year to continue providing quilts to veterans.

 

View the original article at MyRecordJournal.com

October 18, 2017
Evergreen Opens Unit Dedicated to Memory Care Patients

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Source: By Zachary F. Vasile - Journal Inquirer

Stafford - At the grand opening of Evergreen Health Care Center’s new memory care unit Wednesday night, a sense of "home" was a recurrent theme.

From the wing’s warm colors and new fireplace to couches draped in throws, the area is meant to give patients a space to thrive, said Deborah Stone, Evergreen’s admissions assistant. "We’ve really tried to make this place warm and inviting," Stone said. "And every detail communicates that."

On a tour through the 31-bed wing, Stone pointed out stations where staff had stocked drawers with dolls, toys, and items like rubber balls and puzzles to provide patients with tactile stimulation.

At the far end of the unit, what had been a utility closet has been converted into a spacious lounge with couches and a large fish tank. Far removed from the bustle of the main activity area, it offers a calming, quieter space for residents to gather and meet, Stone said.

The wing’s doors lock automatically for patients’ safety, but residents still will have access to outside spaces in an enclosed courtyard off the unit’s main entrance.

"Residents will be able to come in and out freely," Stone said. "Sometimes you hear patients say that all they want is just some fresh air, and now they have that in a safe, controlled space." Ann Melite, who designed the new wing, said her goal was to create a comfortable, soothing, and engaging living space.

"We wanted to make it more of a home-like environment rather than an institutional environment," Melite said. To that end, every aspect of the unit down to the smallest details has been calibrated for ease and comfort, she said.

Stone and Brian Marquis, Evergreen’s director of physical plants, said the building, which went up in 2008, had been used as an Alzheimer’s unit when Johnson Memorial Hospital owned Evergreen. The wing was shut down after only 2 1/2 years, however, and sat unused until Athena Health Care bought the facility in December 2015.

Almost immediately, Marquis said, Athena set to work figuring out how the memory care unit could be improved and brought back online.

"Athena saw the potential," he said "And the result is that we have an area specifically tailored for dementia patients’ needs."

Stone said the Johnson-era unit resembled a "fishbowl" style of design - dark and closed in with glass windows. It also was hard to navigate for people with walkers and not accessible for patients using wheelchairs, she added.

"It was very limited before," Stone said. "Now it feels more like home."

Program Manager Paulina Luna said activities at the new unit will go far beyond the stereotypical elder care staples like bingo to accommodate patients’ interests. For many, that will bean cooking or baking or maintaining a vegetable garden that Luna said she hopes to start in the warmer months.

Social activities like card games can help build relationships between residents, she said, while giving patients something to care for, like plants or flowers, gives them some agency in their new home.

Above all, Luna said the goal is to smooth the transition into the memory unit by setting patients at ease and showing them that they can continue their lives here.

Stone said the new wing is now accepting applications. About a third to a half of the new wing will accommodate dementia patients already at Evergreen, but other spaces will be open to those looking to transfer from other facilities or transition into the unit from home.

And early reception has been positive, Evergreen staff said.

At an open house this week for families with relatives already at Evergreen, some could barely contain their excitement, Stone said.

"Some of the families were just in tears," she said. Gathering a crowd around the new wing’s "living room" Wednesday, Evergreen Director Christine McKinney reiterated the staff’s commitment to providing a welcoming and warm atmosphere for patients, while the Rev. Martin Jones, parochial vicar at St. Edward Church in Stafford and All Saints Church in Somers, blessed the wing. Stafford First Selectman Anthony Frassinelli also addressed visitors and commended Evergreen for creating what he called an inviting place that feels more pleasant and intimate then a traditional clinical setting.

"You get a sense, when you come in here, that it’s calming and it feels like you’re in a home setting," Frassinelli said. "It’s brilliant and so important for the folks who are struggling with dementia."

The first selectman also praised the new wing as a resource for patients and families who otherwise would have to look far beyond Stafford for a dedicated memory care unit.

"To have this facility here within Stafford so that those families that are close don’t have to travel like they’ve had to in the past - that’s extremely important," he said.

September 6, 2017
Athena Health Care Systems 17th Annual Taking Care of Our Own Softball Tournament

Monday, June 27, 2017 | Source: Debra Soucey - Senior Executive Officer

Farmington, CT - September 1, 2017 - Athena Health Care Systems 17th Annual Taking Care of Our Own Softball Tournament was held on August 25-27, 2017 at Panthorn Park in Plantsville, CT. This annual tournament raises money for eligible employees throughout the Athena network who are stricken with cancer. Larry Santilli, President and CEO of Athena said, "the annual tournament continues to be a very successful weekend-long event bringing together our employees and their families from CT, MA and RI for one mutual cause... to help fellow co-workers by providing donations that offset the costs associated with cancer treatments. Thank you to all that participated, volunteered and cheered on the games. Without your help, support and dedication, these efforts could not be met."

Valerie Manor, in Torrington won first place in the tournament and took home the championship trophy, Sheriden Woods Health Care Center, in Bristol came in second place and The Summit At Plantsville, in Plantsville 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, mini-golf offered by The Carnival Party, Thomas The Train rides provided by Roaming Raceway & Railroad and also Trevor The Games Man.

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 a continuum of care offered by Athena Home Health & Hospice.

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.

 

 

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