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POWERED BY THE BRANDYWINE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE ISSUE 37 | FALL 2018

NEWS & NOTES ALL AROUND BRANDYWINE

Team members and residents of Brandywine Living at Fenwick Island, take a photo during their Arabian Nights event for NALW)

From the desk of... Brenda Bacon

First, congratulations on another successful National Assisted Living Week! I love your passion and imagination. I know you are wondering who won. Well‌I like to keep you in suspense, so more on the BCE Awards later. By the way, our efforts with Project Ace (recruitment and retention) are moving along. Community level job fairs were in high gear in October (Voorhees had almost 200 people)! As you know, finding quality people with heart (like you) takes time and is not an easy task. Heart is simply something you cannot teach. You have to love what you do. Agency out. Family in.

Speaking of family, I want you to know our corporate leadership, like I do. I want you to have a comfort level talking with them or seeking assistance whenever, wherever. Get to know them as I know them. So, check out the new Tribute column, The Leadership Series (pg. 5). Our first spotlight is Steve Heaney (Vice President of Operations and Real Estate). If he is not filling in as an Executive Director, getting us storm ready, helping to manage our 29 real estate assets, he can be found speaking nationally on emergency management or working closely with state regulators on assisted

living policy. He is a man of many skills and talents, and he is someone we can count on... and have for over 20 years. People are curious about what makes Brandywine, Brandywine. It makes me smile. With competition opening around us, I gladly open our doors, because we have beautiful communities, incredible care, and programs that keep our residents healthy and engaged. And, we have you. Your professionalism, attitude, and love for what you do shows. It matters. It changes the world for the better. I cannot close this conversation with you without addressing the senseless and disturbing violence and ill will that is so evident in our country and our political atmosphere these days. No matter where you were born, what your race or gender is, what religion you practice, or who you choose to love, we all have the opportunity several times each day to be kinder to each other. May God bless you with the gift of kindness...both given and received.

CONGRATULATIONS!

WELCOME! Bonnie Edenfield Escapades Producer at Haverford Estates

Jessica Easton Escapades Producer at Wall

Calvin Taylor Dining Services Director at Upper Providence

Jessica Wilson INVEST Coordinator at Alexandria

Germania Belen Escapades Producer at Senior Suites

Michael Mwangi Dining Services Director at Alexandria

Heather Whyte Assistant Wellness Director at Alexandria

Miguel Murteira Dining Services Director at Middlebrook Crossing

Jeffrey Giordano Environmental Services Director at Voorhees

Zainab Kabba Business Office Manager at Alexandria

Alyse Semuskie promoted from Chauffeur to INVEST Coordinator at Brandall Estates Ashley Cruz promoted from INVEST Coordinator to Escapades Producer at Voorhees Bianca Tricoli promoted from Wellness Coordinator to Director of Community Relations at Livingston

Christine Warrington promoted from Community Operations Manager to Director of Community Relations at Fenwick Island Linda Rivera promoted from Escapades Expert to INVEST Coordinator at Huntington Terrace Michele Paleos promoted from Reflections Serenade Butler at Moorestown to INVEST Coordinator at Voorhees

Shakia Lee promoted from Reflections Serenade Butler to INVEST Coordinator at Haverford Estates Thomas Norwood promoted from Chef to Dining Services Director at Seaside Pointe


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BRANDYStar SPOTLIGHT Solange Cham joined Brandywine Living at Mahwah when the community opened. Solange says it was the best decision that she has made! Solange works as a waitress. Before joining Brandywine, she worked as a chef and helped establish her family’s business in Montreal, Canada. She has experience in care management through her work as a private home health aide.

SOLANGE CHAM

WAITRESS MAHWAH

3RD QUARTER BRANDYSTARS ALEXANDRIA

Todd Kamber, Chauffeur BRANDALL ESTATES

Yeatu Sidee, Care Manager COLTS NECK

Stephanie Marino, Lead Concierge DRESHER ESTATES

Cherice Bowman, Housekeeping Assistant FENWICK ISLAND

Michelle Wolff, Wellness Nurse THE GABLES

Tammy Jones, Wellness Nurse GOVERNOR’S CROSSING

Disheng Xian, Dining Assistant HADDONFIELD

Sandra DiBella, Care Manager

Solange is a dedicated member of the Brandywine family! She is always picking up additional shifts to help her team and takes pride in having an excellent attendance record. The residents look forward to seeing her beautiful smile. Solange likes to sing and dance in the dining room, making most meals the highlight of each resident’s day. She has a way of turning a simple meal into a dinner theater.

HAVERFORD ESTATES

Sherifa McDowell, Wellness Nurse HOWELL

Gasmy Belzince, Care Manager HUNTINGTON TERRACE

Tara Saunders, Wellness Nurse LITCHFIELD

German Munoz, Waiter LIVINGSTON

Patrick Abello, Butler LONGWOOD

Eva Kelleher, Butler MAHWAH

Solange Cham, Waitress MIDDLEBROOK CROSSING

Pamela Klinger, Concierge MOORESTOWN ESTATES

Russell Douglas, Dining Assistant MOUNTAIN RIDGE

Yves Desrosiers, Chef PENNINGTON

Christopher Agans, Chauffeur

Solange pays attention to details. She knows all of the residents’ individual preferences and ensures that everyone is present for each meal. Her patience, understanding and compassion are an asset to Brandywine. One of Solange’s favorite things about her role is that she gets the opportunity to train all new dining team members. Her career goal is to become a chef at Brandywine. She actively gets involved in the department and shares ideas on menu creation for community events. Her manager, Dane Shouder, values her input and is supportive of her goals. We are so proud of Solange and love having her as part of the Brandywine family. Congratulations, Solange, on being selected as the third quarter BrandySTAR at Mahwah!

Congratulations, Solange! PRINCETON

Faustina “Tina” Peprah, RN Wellness Nurse REFLECTIONS

Sara Davis, Lead Concierge THE SAVOY

Shaquille Sullivan, Chauffeur SEASIDE POINTE

Wendy Ford, Care Manager SENIOR SUITES

Brandee Johnson, Dining Room Supervisor THE SYCAMORE

Marian Pado, Care Manager TOMS RIVER

Antonio Campos, Chef UPPER PROVIDENCE

Tori Reihl, Chauffeur VOORHEES

Lesha Monk, Wellness Nurse WALL

Verna Gittens-Vaughan, Care Manager


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UPCOMING CLASSES 12/5

Brandywine University hosted Management Part II on October 17. The interactive session reminded the attendees that managers not only control the work of a department, but more importantly, must invest time in leading and guiding the teams that do the work. Being a manager means having a commitment to team success. Department success. Community success. Tips for Brandywine managers to be successful:

Dining Innovation Service Hospitality (DISH) • Create a productive and engaging work environment for team members

12/12 Reflections Certificate Program (RCP) 12/19 Company Orientation (CO)

• Inform team members about company policies and procedures • Teach effectively • Be present • Listen and get the team involved in the work that affects them What attendees are saying… “Great learning experience. I began using insights and new skills right away.” “Being able to hear other similar experiences and knowing other communities are going through the same issues you are going through was helpful.” “I enjoyed listening to other managers stories, opinions and input. It helps to hear how problems were solved.”

Shantelle McCullough (Escapades Producer at Upper Providence) discusses the importance of taking a few steps backward even after reacting in the moment.

Brandywine University is one vehicle to strengthen our management teams and our team members, assist in professional growth and guide individuals in their careers. As we take a winter break, think about your role at Brandywine. What training do you need to grow in your role? What skills do you want to develop? If you have suggestions for BU courses for 2019 please email us at BCE@brandycare.com Brandywine is a learning organization committed to training and development for our team members. Your success is our success.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT DOESN’T STOP AT BU... Dear Brandywine Living, I want to take this time to thank you for assisting me in my journey in attaining the Licensed Practical Nurse degree from Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey. It was through the scholarship assistance program and time given to take courses, that I was able to earn my degree. I also would like to thank my supervisor, Kathy, managers, and my co-workers who pushed me through the many times that I questioned this journey. In 2006, I immigrated to the United States from Colombia in search of a better life. During those years, I had a tough time learing the culture and language. Brandywine welcomed me with open arms and assisted me with my dream of becoming a nurse. With all the support that I received, I see Brandywine like a second home. Six years later I have accomplished so much in the healthcare field. I find tremendous joy in working with the residents. I also learned a lot from working with clients in this specific population and have witnessed my growth and love for the health profession. Thank you from the deepest parts of my soul for the opportunity I have been given.

Vanessa Montes Avalos trades in her Care Manager title for Wellness Nurse.


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Celebrating Milestones at Brandywine… MILESTONES IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER! AN OFFICIAL “THANK YOU” FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE!

5 YEAR

MILESTONE

BRANDALL WHEDBEE, MELISSA REFLECTIONS COORDINATOR

LONGWOOD SHANNON, JOAN BUTLER

COLTS NECK MODZELEWSKA, JOLANTA CARE MANAGER

MIDDLEBROOK CODDINGTON, JOLENE ESCAPADES EXPERT

DRESHER BRUCE-BROWN, EUGENNIE CARE MANAGER

MOORESTOWN BADIE, CHARLOTTE CARE MANAGER

DRESHER WILSON, JAMES HOUSEKEEPING ASSISTANT

MOORESTOWN HEIM, AIMEE WELLNESS NURSE

FENWICK RICKETTS, MEAGAN CARE MANAGER

MOUNTAIN RIDGE BAPTISTA, MILENE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

THE GABLES CASSIDY, DARREN CHEF

MOUNTAIN RIDGE BENJAMIN, MARGUERITE CARE MANAGER

THE GABLES MINGUELA, ABIGAIL CARE MANAGER

MOUNTAIN RIDGE MERIDA, BRENDA WAITRESS

GOVERNOR’S ANTWI, JOSEPHINE CARE MANAGER

MOUNTAIN RIDGE SHANMUGARAJAH, GNANESWARY WAITRESS

GOVERNOR’S TIMMER, MARIE ELIZABETH WELLNESS NURSE

PRINCETON DYER-THOMPSON, NARDIA WELLNESS NURSE

HADDONFIELD WYCKOFF, SIERRA CARE MANAGER

THE SAVOY PERETZ, ABBY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS

HOWELL CLEMENTE, ANGELA CONCIERGE

SEASIDE POINTE BEHUN, DEBRA ESCAPADES EXPERT

HOWELL GORDON, LASHON CARE MANAGER

SENIOR SUITES CHARLES, MIMOSE CARE MANAGER

HOWELL MILLER, JENNIFER DINING ROOM SUPERVISOR

THE SYCAMORE CRUMPLER, ADRIENNE WELLNESS NURSE

HOWELL REED, KENDRA WELLNESS NURSE

TOMS RIVER SWEENEY, HELEN CARE MANAGER

HOWELL WALSH, KATHERINE WAITRESS

VOORHEES LOPRESTI, SUSAN ASSISTANT DINING SERVICE DIRECTOR

HUNTINGTON PUERTO - LAINEZ, GARY WAITER

VOORHEES WALKER, VELMA CARE MANAGER

HUNTINGTON WOLTMANN, KIM WELLNESS DIRECTOR

WALL HANDBERRY, GWENDOLYN CARE MANAGER

LONGWOOD DAVILA MEDINA, CARMEN HOUSEKEEPING ASSISTANT

20 YEAR MILESTONE * BRANDYWINE HONORS SENIORITY

Celebrating Her 30th Year Milestone! LYNNE MCARTHUR

BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER SENIOR SUITES

{ { “I have been very blessed to have been able to touch so many lives in these past 30 years. It warms my heart to know that I made a difference.”

Lynne started her career (prior to the community’s opening) as the Admissions Director in October, 1988. Her knowledge of the community’s history and her ties to the community, are a great asset to her team. When Lynne is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, including her father, who is a resident at Senior Suites.

Congrats Lynne! We look forward to many more years with you.

10 YEAR MILESTONE MOUNTAIN RIDGE NAGARAJAH, SARUKA DINING SERVICE DIRECTOR

SEASIDE POINTE FISHER, ANGEL HOUSEKEEPING ASSISTANT

THE GABLES SUTTON, PHILLIP CHEF

MOUNTAIN RIDGE PANCHALINGAM, PUTHIAMMA CARE MANAGER

UPPER PROVIDENCE MCCULLOUGH, SHANTELLE ESCAPADES PRODUCER

GOVERNOR’S LEWIS, JOHN HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR

PENNINGTON GAYLE, LORAINE WAITRESS

HAVERFORD LEE, SHAKIA INVEST COORDINATOR

THE SAVOY RAMBHAROS, NANDRANI CARE MANAGER

LONGWOOD BLANDY, JUSTIN ESCAPADES EXPERT

THE SAVOY SCOTT, MARCIA CARE MANAGER

LONGWOOD HUNT, CHRISTINE WELLNESS NURSE

THE SAVOY SMITH, JENNIFER CARE MANAGER

DRESHER NAVO, MORKEH CARE MANAGER

15 YEAR MILESTONE

THE GABLES COOPER, DAWN WELLNESS NURSE

PENNINGTON MARKULEC, JENNIFER WELLNESS DIRECTOR

WALL FARRELL, DONNA CONCIERGE

HUNTINGTON SEIDE, CATHY CARE MANAGER

SEASIDE POINTE HITCHENS, SHELLY ESCAPADES PRODUCER

WALL JEGLIKOWSKI, JANE WAITRESS

LITCHFIELD YURCHICK, TOBYLYNNE ESCAPADES PRODUCER

THE SYCAMORE THOMPSON, MIKEYIA CARE MANAGER

MOORESTOWN ROSS, JOHN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE DIRECTOR

Next Tribute we Celebrate December, January and February!


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STEVE HEANEY

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS AND REAL ESTATE LEADERSHIP SERIES Steve, you have been hand selected to be interviewed for our new column called Leadership Series. It’s important for our team members to know the person behind the title. So, let’s start by sharing how you got into senior living. STEVE: Quite by accident. I worked my way through nursing school as an EMT thinking I was going to be a trauma nurse or flight nurse. My plan was to get my LPN and then continue on for my RN. When I graduated with my LPN I started working two part time jobs, one at Marriott Senior Living and the other at Whiting Healthcare, both in Ocean County, NJ in 1993. Ironically, the person who hired me at Whiting was Deb Ussery Stine (today...our Chief Nursing Officer and at the time Whiting was owned by Brenda Bacon, Peter J. Burke, Jr. and others before Brandywine started), but my time was short-lived... that’s a whole other story. Once I started working with seniors, I was hooked!

{ { “Steve is one of the first, if not the first call I make when the kingdom is under any risk. He is a rock and cares very deeply about his Brandywine family. I don’t know what I, or Brandywine, would do without him!”- Brenda

So, you started out as a nurse with an early connection to Brenda. What led you back to her and what other roles have you had here? STEVE: Wow, there have been many. When I first joined Brandywine in 1999, we were a nursing home company just getting into assisted living. I was hired as the Executive Director of The Gables (Brandywine’s first assisted living community). Then I was promoted to Regional Director of Assisted Living, Vice President of Assisted Living, Vice President of Development and now, I am the Vice President of Assisted Living & Real Estate.

What has been your favorite role so far at Brandywine and why? STEVE: I always have my Executive Director hat on and love being in the communities. The residents are the reason we are here and our staff are a special group of people. They are here because they want to be here. Let’s face it everyone needs a job - but it takes a special kind of person to be a caregiver.

• Possesses one of the first CALA’s (Certified Assisted Living Administrator) licenses in the state of New Jersey • Founding member of the New Jersey Assisted Living Council • Contributed to several pieces of legislation including the generator bill in assisted living • Represented assisted living nationally as the representative to the National Fire Protection Association 101 (Life Safety Code) Technical Committee and the NFPA 5000 (Building Construction and Safety Code Technical Committee) • Presents nationally on the topic of assisted living • Married to Dawn Heaney for 25+ years

In your years of working at Brandywine, what accomplishments are you most proud of? STEVE: It is not a personal accomplishment, but the accomplishments of our team. Our growth is the biggest thing to me. It’s amazing how we started out with just one assisted living home and now we have 29 communities and growing. To know that I had, and continue to have, a part in that is very satisfying to me. When I first told people I was leaving Marriott to go to this unknown company called Brandywine, they said I was crazy. All I can say is, who’s laughing now.

DID YOU KNOW?

• Two beautiful daughters, Christina, 23 and Emily, 20 Steve Heaney putting out fires, literally.

• Firefighter/EMT • Captain of his local volunteer fire company • EMS at the PNC Bank Arts Center

Steve and his family at Disney World.


NATIONAL ASSISTED LIVING W Livingston - French Bistro & Cafe

Litchfield - Gatsby Gala

Huntington Terrace - The Magical World of Disney

Fenwick Island - Capture an Adventure

Mountain Ridge - European Adventure

Middlebrook Crossing - Cruising the Countries Princeton - Tricky Tray Charity for St. Peter’s University Hospital Child Life Program

Alexandria - All-Star Obstacle Course

Longwood - Captured!

Brandall Estates - Catalina Wine Mixer

Howell - “This is Me” MOMA Museum

The Sycamore - Grandparents Day

Mahwah - Grandparents Day: Capture the Love

CLICK THE ICONS TO WATCH VIDEOS CAPTURED FOR NATIONAL ASSISTED LIVING WEEK!

Dresher Estates - Spirit Day

CONTEST VIDEO

MONTAGE VIDEO

Colts Neck - Cook-Off Challenge


WEEK 2018: WE PARTIED HARD!

Moorestown Estates - Nostalgic Moments

Senior Suites - Captain’s Table

Governor’s Crossing - Hawaiian Luau Party

Pennington - There’s No Place Like Home

Haddonfield - Culinary Cook Off

Toms River - Classic Car Show & Rock & Roll Show

Wall - Project Graduation Party

The Savoy - Coney Island Beach Party

Voorhees - Luau Party

The Gables - Best TV Commercials

Seaside Pointe - Decades Day

Upper Providence - Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Haverford Estates - Country Fair

Reflections - Reflections Goes to Hollywood


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LETTERS FROM FAMILY Good morning Robin, I wanted to pass along my appreciation and gratitude for all the help and support that we received from your group. We were in a very difficult position and it could have been an order of magnitude worse had obstacles not been removed as quickly as they arose. Amber is a superstar. Our original meeting and tour was professional yet very warm and relaxed. She made sure that everything was in place when it needed to be. Julie is a sweetheart and the help that we have received from Jeremy, Barb, Nanette, Allyson and Linda during move-in has been above and beyond.

The

LITCHFIELD TEAM

Everyone that we meet in the building is warm and friendly. Though the transition for Dad has been emotionally difficult, he is very happy with his surroundings and the absence of unnecessary drama. You should be very proud of the group and environment that you guide.

Thank you, Dan Kuhary To Management: I would like to commend Azar for her wonderful efforts at Brandywine Living Reflections. She does her work so creatively, and with great enthusiasm. All the many projects that she organizes and conducts everyday, as well as putting on ‘special events’ for the residents, with many clever details. There are themed get togethers (Teas with fancy hats, french themed days with special treats, and tomorrow a ‘pool party’ that I know will include many decorations and games, music and treats.) I’d like her to be recognized for her efforts. Azar is gentle, loving and kind to everyone I see there, whether residents or visiting relatives and friends. One could say that she was born for this job. There is always an extra ‘over and above’ element that Azar includes in all she presents and accomplishes. This is difficult on some days, when folks are out of sorts. But I have noticed that she will take someone’s hand and encourage their participation. She quietly goes forward to include and support everyone. Please acknowledge her for the extra effort and enthusiasm she brings to all she does!

Azar Tavakolzade INVEST COORDINATOR

Sincerely, Maxine Jacqmin Wife of Reflections resident, David Jacqmin

PRINCETON Azar says, “I feel very honored and I think that we all put our heart and soul into the work that we do. David, the Reflections resident, loves the Beatles. One of our favorite things is dancing and singing.” It’s not just Mrs. Jacqmin who’s noticed Azar’s hard work. Stephanie Gaber, Escapades Producer at Princeton says that Azar gives 100% always. Stephanie continues, “Azar is very creative, patient and a pleasure to work with.” Keep up the great work, Azar!


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To the Staff of Brandywine: I just wanted to drop you guys a line to thank you for the care and attention you gave to my mom, Margie Basmagy. We visited many facilities before settling on the Colts Neck Brandywine and I believe it was the best choice we could have made. My mom was a stubborn woman and caused great grief upon entering the facility, but with your care she came to settle into the routine. I visited as much as I could and always had nice interactions with all of you. I sometimes felt like I was intruding on my mom’s time with you guys and I am comforted in knowing she was well cared for. On the day of Mom’s passing she went peacefully surrounded by family and the staff again was attentive and helpful. I was deeply touched by those staff members who came by to say goodbye to her and to us after she passed. I will always look back to her time there as the best we could have provided given her situation.

YOU CAN TEACH SKILL, BUT YOU CAN’T TEACH

HEART!

I thank you all once again and would not hesitate to recommend your facility to anyone in need of such services. You guys are truly angels walking on earth.

Best regards to you all, Jerard Basmagy “Margie was an amazing woman. She was very kind to everyone and always had a smile on her face that brightened up the room. The staff gave Marge the nickname, “Cookie”, which always made her laugh. Marge had a great sense of humor and loved her sons and family dearly. She always wanted the best for everyone. She is dearly missed by the staff and residents here at Colts Neck.”- Tara Spillane, Escapades Producer at Colts Neck

Our Mission

Brandywine Living will provide our residents with the highest quality care in the most appropriate setting based on an individual’s needs while respecting their individuality, independence and dignity.

Our Core Values •

• • •

We believe that every resident has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and has the right of self-determination. We believe in delivering the best quality service possible to those who have put their trust in us. We believe that honesty, integrity, caring and thoughtfulness are as important as the health care we provide. We believe that our residents are active, joyful and fascinating individuals who will continue to learn and grow each day and will contribute to our learning and growing as well. We believe that great care is a team effort where ideas, collaboration, and mutual respect for each team member’s efforts and contributions are essential to the result.

Mary & John

Mary Shusted is a Reflections resident at Brandywine Living at Haddonfield. She has a very soft personality and her smile infects the community and the people. Mary’s grandson, Paul, and his wife, Amanda, although they live in California, chose to marry at a local venue, Tavistock, in Haddonfield, because of the close relationship they share with Mary.

The wedding was on a Sunday. Mary’s family did not feel comfortable transporting her to the wedding so they asked if the Brandywine Living at Haddonfield team could help.

REFLECTIONS

John Dunn is Haddonfield’s Chauffer and enjoys his job. He hosts a popular Men’s Club at the community and he’s built relationships with all the residents and families at Haddonfield, including Mary. When he heard that Mary needed transportation to her grandson’s wedding, he gladly gave up his Sunday, usually spent watching the Philadelphia Eagles, to be her date. He drove to the community in a suit to escort Mary to the one o’clock nuptials. Although they did not get a chance to share a dance, they had a great time. John said, “I totally enjoyed myself and it felt good to be a part of Mary and her family’s celebration. This is the best job ever!”

eflections MEMORY CARE PROGRAM


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WHAT’S GOING ON AR The Brandywime Babes Jamie Donelan (Reflections Coordinator at Middlebrook Crossing) gave birth to Noah on July 10th. He weighed 7lbs and measured 20 inches. Little brother and big brother cuddle together after meeting for the first time.

Congrats to Melinda Deitrick (Concierge at Middlebrook Crossing) who gave birth to Logan Edward, on October 8th. He weighed 6lbs 10oz. Logan joins his big brother, Jace.

Congrats to Shamira Thomas (Wellness Nurse at Middlebrook Crossing) who gave birth to her second child, Tajay Grayson, on September 12th. He weighed 6lbs 14oz. Tajay joins his big

Congratulations to Cyndia Wright (Care Manager at Longwood) who gave birth to her baby boy, Josiah Jeremiah Gardener, on August 13th. He weighed 8lbs 12oz!

sister, Saniya.

HATS off to the

GRADS Congrats to Asia Dixon (Waitress at The Gables) for completing her Basic Culinary and Sanitation Course at Fulfill’s Culinary Arts Training Program in August. Asia will now be training to be part of our Brandywine Team of Chefs!

John Ross (Environmental Service Director at Moorestown Estates) was a proud dad on September 21st when his son, Zachary Ross, graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Great achievement, Zachary!

Shanta Kaye (Care Manager at Dresher Estates) became an American citizen on August 20th. She is also in her last semester of Nursing school at Holy Family. We are very proud of her!


ROUND THE KINGDOM

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Wedding Bells are Ringing

Melecia Williams (Care Manager at Senior Suites) gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Kaylon, on August 1st. He weighed 8lbs 8oz. Congrats, Melecia!

Congrats to Tara Spillane (Escapades Producer at Reflections at Colts Neck) who married her sweetheart, Andrew, on September 14th. Beautiful dress!

Congrats to Peggy Jones (Waitress at Seaside Pointe) who married her honey, Bradon, on August 11th. What a handsome couple!

Sara Davis (Concierge at Reflections) and her husband, Don, was blessed with twin grandchildren on October 2nd. Emma, her granddaughter, weighed 7lbs 8oz and Owen, her grandson, weighed 5lbs 10oz. Congrats to the first time grandparents!

Lennon Pukowsky (Programmer at Corporate) married his beautiful wife, Jessica, on October 19th. Congrats to the both of you!

Reshell Truitt (INVEST Coordinator at Seaside Pointe) married her love, Clifton Truitt, on August 16th. Congrats to the two lovebirds!

We Remember Patricia Nagel Galilee ‘Lilli’ Rodriguez (Concierge at Haddonfield) has been part of the Brandywine family from the beginning. She was a full time nursing student and a part time Concierge. We are happy to announce she is now a Registered Nurse after graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Program. Congrats, Lilli!

Pat, Patty Cakes, passed away in September, 2018. She worked at Brandywine at Middlebrook Crossing since 2005 as the Assistant Director of Nursing. Pat was a true team player and will be greatly missed by everyone at Middlebrook!


Changing Lives Outside OF BRANDYWINE

Hey Fran! Charlie Placek, Executive Director at Governor’s Crossing, told us that you went to North Carolina after the storm, to volunteer through the Red Cross. Can you share a bit more? I traveled to Durham, North Carolina for approximately two weeks after the storm hit. I was there from October 1st through the 15th. The Red Cross met me there when I arrived. Although the trip started out in Durham, we traveled to other sections of North Carolina - wherever we were needed. Volunteers came from Hawaii, California, Canada, etc. When I told them I’m from New Jersey, they’d say they know, because of my accent. Wow, that’s amazing! What about sleeping arrangements, where’d you lay your head at nights? I slept in a warehouse, a gym (that was no longer in use) and a community center. The lights came on at 6am and turned off at 10pm. Okay not bad. And who’s got time for comfort when you’re there to help people who are really discomforted. Really puts things into perspective. How were things organized while you were there?

Fran Colon

WELLNESS NURSE

GOVERNOR’S CROSSING

We’d go out in teams of six. Each team had a nurse, chaplain, social worker, mental health professional, case worker and a rep to handle the logistics. I’ve been a nurse since 1976 and always felt the need to help people. When the storm hit, I saw an opportunity to help and had the time to do it. I felt the need to be there even though I’ve never done anything like this before.

Very organized, and it’s always wonderful when you take the time to do something selfless and great. What about your experience? Anything heartfelt that you can share? While I was there, I saw a lot of hardship and loss - loss of life but mostly material things. Children asked me to help them find their dogs, although I knew we wouldn’t be able to. They wanted me to help them find their toys. They’d say, “I had toys but I don’t have them anymore.” I let them know that they’d get new toys. Everyone’s attitude left an impression on me. Their attitude wasn’t ‘woe is me’ it was ‘it’s okay, these are material things and it can be rebuilt.’ What a tremendous ordeal for children to experience, but glad you were there to help them through it. Although the impact was great on the adults and the children, did this trip have an impact on you? Yes, everyone’s attitude. People didn’t dwell on the material loss and the hardship. They had that moment of loss and they knew they had to move on and rebuild. People wanted hugs and to be told it would get better. This experience made me look at the world in other people’s eyes, don’t sweat the small stuff and help one another.

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Fran (far left) poses with her Red Cross team and local residents.

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The Tribute | Fall 2018 | Issue 37  
The Tribute | Fall 2018 | Issue 37