Employee Recognition


Crouse community center Magenta Kennedy

Magenta Kennedy

Department: Nursing
Date: November 2020

What did this star do?Magenta has worked at Crouse Community Center for the past 4.5 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She is no stranger with being honored with this recognition as she was a previous culture star several years ago. Our rehabilitation department felt that Magenta deserved to be November's Culture Star because of how thoughtful, caring, and dedicated she is to our residents. Magenta is also a great team member who works well with all her fellow coworkers, no matter the department or position. We are truly blessed to have Magenta as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Crouse Community Center Chris Wilson-Nigro

Chris Wilson-Nigro

Department: Nursing
Date: October 2020

What did this star do?Chris has worked at Crouse Community Center since September 2002. For the past 18 years she has provided outstanding care to our residents as a CNA. Her dedication shows each day and Chris is always there to help out when needed. For the past several months, she has stepped up to help out on weekends which is greatly appreciated and to ensure our high standard of care 7 days a week. She truly has a heart of gold! We are truly blessed to have Chris as an employee for all these years and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Crouse Community Center Katy Pushlar

Katy Pushlar

Department: Nursing
Date: September 2020

What did this star do?Katy has worked for our organization for 19 years this month! Through the years, Katy worked as a staff RN, Nurse Manager, Assistant Director of Nursing, and now Per Diem Supervisor. She has be an extremely dedicated and loyal caregiver to our residents. Her friendly and caring personality shows through when she communicates to each resident and family member. Katy is also a tremendous coworker and leader, especially on weekends when she takes charge of the entire facility. During this summer, Katy has helped Crouse Community Center with our employee COVID-19 staff testing and that has been invaluable us. We are truly blessed to have Katy as an employee for all these years and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Darlene Shantal from Crouse Community Center

Darlene Shantal

Department: Nursing
Date: August 2020

What did this star do?Darlene has been one of the cornerstones of Crouse Community Center since we opened in August of 1991! Technically, with her Gerrit Smith Infirmary years of service, she has served our residents since September 10, 1977! 43 years! Darlene has been the definition of consistency. Her dedication to our residents shows year after year, day after day. She has always been there to help out, be an excellent co-worker and ensure outstanding care to her residents. Darlene is retiring this month and we couldn't think of a better person to reflect our culture and our organization for the month of August. She will be greatly missed. We are truly blessed to have had Darlene as an employee for all these years and want to wish her well in her retirement. Darlene is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Employee Recognition Jamie Jones from Crouse Community Center

Jamie Jones

Department: Adult Day Health Care
Date: July 2020

What did this star do?Jamie has been working at our Adult Day Health Care Programs since June 2013 as our Social Worker. She utilizes her terrific personality daily to assist our registrant's needs. Jamie is a team player who helps her coworkers whenever they need a hand. When asked to help with Crouse Community Center's COVID-19 staff testing, Jamie gladly learned the lab website portal to assist creating lab orders and entering in data. We are blessed to have Jamie as employees and she is outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



ADHC CNAs from Crouse Community Center

Our ADHC CNAs

Department: Adult Day Health Care
Date: June 2020

What did this star do?All 10 of our Adult Day Care Aides are this month's culture stars! As they wait to hear when we can open our three ADHC locations, these outstanding individuals are doing an amazing job helping out with the care of our skilled nursing residents. We are truly blessed to have Christine, Magenta, Suzy, Sharon, Tina, Caren, Taylor, Jenn, Thomasina, and Laura as employees and they are outstanding examples of why each is a CULTURE STAR!



Leah Chamberlin from Crouse Community Center

Leah Chamberlin

Department: Rehab
Date: May 2020

What did this star do?Leah has been working here at Crouse Community Center since June 2019. She immediately became an integral member of the rehab family. When it comes to her residents, she shows great compassion and out of the box ideas that greatly benefits them. Leah shows up to work each day with a "go getter" attitude, initiative, and proactive thinking. She collaborates with all staff in a friendly and professional manner which makes working with her extremely enjoyable. We are truly blessed to have Leah as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Stephanie Young from Crouse Community Center

Stephanie Young

Department: Nursing
Date: April 2020

What did this star do?Stephanie has worked at Crouse Community Center for exactly 2 years this month! As Nurse Manager of our E/F unit she is responsible for ensuring excellent care to our residents. During this challenging time, we have had to consolidate care and make many changes. Stephanie has stepped up and is drawing all labs for the building instead of using a phlebotomist from the hospital to eliminate the risk from that person being in our building. It is this display of teamwork by Stephanie that sets an example for all of us to roll up our sleeves to help in other areas to ensure excellent care, services, and safety for our residents. We are truly blessed to have Stephanie as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



David Link from Crouse Community Center

David Link

Department: Housekeeping
Date: March 2020

What did this star do?David started working at Crouse Community Center in February 1996. For over 23 years he has gone above and beyond to help his fellow coworkers and residents. David takes pride in our facility and you can see how hard he works by how beautiful our facility looks. He takes on special cleaning projects that ensures we look tip-top. His "perfect room" project makes sure every room gets a deep scrub and the floors are redone to original shine! David always rolls up his sleeves to do an excellent job and takes his job to heart with pride and honor. We are truly blessed to have David as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is a CULTURE STAR!



Anne Henry from Crouse Community Center

Anne Henry

Department: Nursing
Date: February 2020

What did this star do?Since 1992, Anne has been an absolute blessing to Crouse Community Center and its residents. She is a trusted member of our nursing team because of her well rounded skills and her remarkable personality. This is not the first time she has been honored with this award because our residents, families, and her coworkers know how special she is. Her calm and professional demeanor puts everyone at easy, even in the most difficult situations. We are truly blessed to have Anne as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!


Adrian Ensalada

Department: Nursing
Date: January 2020

What did this star do?Adrian started working at Crouse Community Center in April 2005. He began his career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and then earned his nursing license in 2007. Adrian primary works on the overnight shift and has become a strong leader in his tenure. He always lends a hand to his coworkers to make sure the residents are well care for. His compassionate nature and high standards shows each and every time he works. Residents and families can rest assured that he will not compromise in his duty to provide and ensure outstanding quality care to our residents. We are truly blessed to have Adrian as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is a CULTURE STAR!



Missy Meigs from Crouse Community Center

Missy Meigs

Department: Nursing
Date: December 2019

What did this star do?Missy has worked at Crouse Community Center for the past nine years and is currently the C/D Unit Nurse Manager. Recently, Missy has been a great resource to the nursing team by helping to cover open supervisor shifts on the 11 to 7 shift by coming in at 3am to start her day. Missy is an excellent clinical R.N. and she has grown her skills in many different areas that makes her a great asset to our organization. Her drive to ensure quality outcomes for her residents is second to none and her relationships with family is one of honesty and openness which is appreciated. We are truly blessed to have Missy as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Hanna Hawes from Crouse Community Center

Hanna Hawes

Department: Nursing
Date: November 2019

What did this star do?Hanna has worked at Crouse Community Center since April 2019 as a Certified Nursing Assistant while going to nursing school. Now working as a nurse on the 3-11 shift, she has transitioned to her new role extremely well. She is a strong leader of her unit and keeps everyone working for the best outcomes for the residents. Her positive attitude spreads through the units making her a joy to be around and well-liked by all. Hanna cares deeply for her residents and makes sure her residents get the care and attention each one needs. She will also help out on the other shifts when needed which this organization can't thank her enough for. We are truly blessed to have Hanna as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Catherine Meeker from Crouse Community Center

Catherine Meeker

Department: Nursing
Date: October 2019

What did this star do?Catherine has been a Unit helper here at Crouse Community Center since August 2018. She puts her kind and gentle personality into her position which makes her very special. Catherine arrives for work on time and is very dependable. She also does extra duties and shifts as needed, even though she spends much of her free time in school.

When you see her in the dining room helping the residents with their meal, she has a calming effect on them. There is an encouragement from her that allows them to ask for things they wouldn't ask others for and she always provides the necessary customer service as well.

When she is done with her required tasks, she will sit with residents and give them personal attention, chatting and keeping them company. Connie White, Director of education states, "I have seen her interacting with a resident by looking through a magazine and discussing the articles in it". When our residents need one on one attention, even if it's only for a few minutes, Catherine is just the right person to work with that resident. Having an employee like Catherine is a godsend, and we do appreciate all she does to make our facility the great place it is. We are truly blessed to have Catherine as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Liz Simiele from Crouse Community Center

Liz Simiele

Department: Nursing
Date: September 2019

What did this star do?Liz has been a dedicated employee at Crouse Community Center since November 2015, took a minor break, then rejoined us as a unit helper. She has worked effortlessly with the residents, knowing their preferences at mealtimes and when making their rooms homelike while treating them with dignity and respect. Liz takes on other responsibilities in the facility like phone receptionist and provides one on one with specific residents who need individualized attention.

Special Story about Liz:
On 7/30/2019 Liz mentioned that the honey thickened milk that is purchased for residents on altered consistency diet was not the proper consistency and that she has had to use thickener to make it the right consistency for residents to drink. Upon investigation, it was found that the product was, in fact, not of a honey thick consistency.

The product's distributor was alerted to the faulty product and the manufacturer placed a nation-wide recall on the product due to its potential to harm anyone on a honey thickened liquid diet.

Due to Liz speaking up and saying something about the product, she potentially saved not only our residents from harm, but anyone nation-wide on an altered consistency liquid diet from harm. This is a great example of "If you see something, Say something" and how one person can make a difference. We are truly blessed to have Liz as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Ryan Fletcher from Crouse Community Center

Ryan Fletcher

Department: Nursing
Date: August 2019

What did this star do?Ryan has worked at Crouse Community Center since November 2017. He started out in the Food Services Department, until he took our C.N.A. training course in March of 2019. Ryan earned his certification a month later and has been a wonderful C.N.A. for our evening shift. He has become one of our most dependable employees and is a great asset to our organization. His uplifting personality shows through with his interactions with our residents and staff members. Ryan believes in the concept of ALL residents on his assigned unit are under his care, not just those that are assigned to him. We are truly blessed to have Ryan as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is a CULTURE STAR!



Catherine Shenkel from Crouse Community Center

Catherine Shenkel

Department: Nursing
Date: July 2019

What did this star do?Catherine has worked for Crouse Community Center since September 2016. She began as a charge nurse on our 3pm-11pm shift and now on the 7am-3pm shift. Catherine is kind with the residents and has been an asset with our wound care treatments. She is detail orientated, communicates resident condition changes extremely well, and is always reliable. Catherine has recently switched shifts to help us cover on our 11pm-7am shift due to an unforeseen issue which we are extremely grateful for. We are truly blessed to have Catherine as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Mary Ann Sawyer from Crouse Community Center

Mary Ann Sawyer

Department: Nursing
Date: June 2019

What did this star do?Mary Ann has been an employee here at Crouse Community Center since the day we opened on August 10, 1991! Beforehand, she was a 7 year employee at Gerrit Smith Infirmary. Mary Ann has been an extremely dedicated employee and is always ready to help out when needed. She currently works to provide Maintenance Therapy to our residents, but also provides care as a C.N.A. when needed on the floor. Another job duty she has is that she fills in for is transportation services to ensure our residents can get to and from their appointments. Mary Ann has a heart of gold and makes sure each and every resident she works with is well cared for. We are truly blessed to have Mary Ann as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Collin Pearsall from Crouse Community Center

Collin Pearsall

Department: Housekeeping
Date: May 2019

What did this star do?

Collin started working at Crouse Community Center in October 2015. Since then he has been a valuable member of our team in the environmental services departments. Collin is a full time college student, but that does not stop him from working full time for us in the evening with a stellar attendance record. He is a hard worker and goes above and beyond to help everyone he can. His coworkers can always count on him to lend a hand. Collin has been volunteering with activities on his days off which speaks to his commitment and dedication to our residents. We are truly blessed to have Collin as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is a CULTURE STAR!



Amber Rounds from Crouse Community Center

Amber Rounds

Department: Rehab
Date: January 2019

What did this star do?Amber has been with Crouse Community Center since April 2018. From the minute she started as a Rehab Tech, she made an instant impact and then some! Amber shows outstanding initiative and always goes above and beyond. She is able to incorporate organization and efficiency under any situation. You can catch Amber talking to our residents and staff with a smile on her face and an outstanding can do attitude. We are truly blessed to have Amber as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Darlene Shantal from Crouse Community Center

Darlene Shantal

Department: Nursing
Date: December 2018

What did this star do?Darlene Shantal has been one of our longest and most dedicated employees since Crouse Community Center opened our doors in 1991. In fact, Darlene started working at Gerrit Smith Infirmary in 1997 and helped in the transition of those residents to our beautiful facility. She has always been willing to go the extra mile for her residents and her compassion always shows through. Darlene is always willing to volunteer to come in early and stay late to ensure excellent care and services. We are truly blessed to have Darlene as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Cyler Newton from Crouse Community Center

Cyler Newton

Department: Dietary
Date: November 2018

What did this star do?Cyler Newton is an essential part of the dietary staff and has been for the past two years. As a foodservice worker, she constantly takes on extra responsibility to ensure that our residents receive the excellent service that they deserve. She is also a trainer and mentor for new staff, as she knows almost every position in the kitchen. Cyler ensures that new staff fully understand the scope of their duties and their main responsibility is to serve our residents. It is her compassion and respect for our residents and her ability to teach and lead others and be a part of a team that makes her deserving of this honor. We are truly blessed to have Cyler as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Lindsey Fowler from Crouse Community Center

Lindsey Fowler

Department: Housekeeping
Date: October 2018

What did this star do?Lindsey has been working in our housekeeping department since August 2017. As a housekeeper, she makes sure all the departments she works with and all her residents have what they need. Lindsey goes out of her way to help everyone, especially with the residents who love her on how attentive she is. She is very accommodating and will help out in laundry when needed and out on any of the units. Lindsey never complains, works with a smile, and does an excellent job with attention to detail. We are truly blessed to have Lindsey as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Chris Eiholzer from Crouse Community Center

Chris Eiholzer

Department: Nursing
Date: September 2018

What did this star do?Chris has worked at Crouse Community Center since the very first day we opened August 10, 1991! In fact, she worked for Gerrit Smith Infirmary for 4 years prior to transferring with those residents and staff to our new building. She works on our 11pm to 7am shift, is always personable, and accommodates the needs of all her residents. Chris knows her residents and their health care conditions very well and will alert the licensed nursing staff on any changes in condition quickly. She has always prioritized her work and can be depended on to come in early, stay late, or work on the weekends to help her fellow coworkers with the residents. We are truly blessed to have Chris as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Nancy Whitmarsh from Crouse Community Center

Nancy Whitmarsh

Department: Laundry
Date: August 2018

What did this star do?Nancy has worked at Crouse Community Center in the laundry department since March 2004! In that 14 years, Nancy has been extremely dependable and never lets us down. She always stays overnight in major snowstorms and is always there to help when others take vacation time. Nancy supports her supervisor with providing necessary feedback on any issues she might see throughout the facility to make sure things run smoothly. The residents and her coworkers enjoy seeing and talking to her. We are truly blessed to have Nancy as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Shelly Strait from Crouse Community Center

Shelly Strait

Department: Social Services
Date: July 2018

What did this star do?Shelly is a valuable asset to the Social Services Department. She is very dependable and steps up to help cover when one of the other staff members are out. Shelly has a wonderful sense of humor, as well as being very compassionate and empathetic toward the needs of residents and families. She advocates for her residents' needs and rights even if met with resistance. Families feel comfortable coming to her with any issues, or to just "check in." Shelly is an integral part of the Care Planning Team and does an excellent job ensuring the needs of her residents are addressed with the staff and families. We are truly blessed to have Shelly as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Kristin Novotny from Crouse Community Center

Kristin Novotny

Department: Therapy
Date: June 2018

What did this star do?Kristin started working at Crouse Community Center in June of 2015, and has been a wonderful employee with a fantastic work ethic ever since. She is flexible and always there when a coworker is in need of help or support. Her residents and patients enjoy her company and her extensive knowledge of how to help them improve. You can catch Kristin working hard or wishing for a unicorn when she is on break, as she is obsessed with them. Please help to congratulate Kristin, and when you see her ask her what the difference is between a woodchuck and a beaver! We are truly blessed to have Kristin as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is a CULTURE STAR!



Cory Hagmann from Crouse Community Center

Cory Hagmann

Department: Dietary
Date: May 2018

What did this star do?Cory started working in the Dietary Department in February 2018. In the short time he has worked here, he has made a positive impact on our organization. Cory always comes into work with a smile, is willing to work any position in the kitchen, and will do what it takes to ensure our residents get the best service possible. He helps out his coworkers and has impressed them so much that the evening nursing staff recommend him overwhelmingly for this award. We are truly blessed to have Cory as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he she is a CULTURE STAR!



Johanna Wentworth from Crouse Community Center

Johanna Wentworth

Department: Nursing
Date: April 2018

What did this star do?Johanna started at Crouse Community Center just over a year ago in our C.N.A. training course, and has been a Full-Time employee since May 2017. She provides excellent care to her E/F residents and is always accommodating their needs. Johanna is extremely proactive and creative in working with residents that have dementia and/or resistive. This allows her to ensure each of those residents maintain their dignity and get exceptional care. She has become a leader on her unit and a great mentor to her coworkers! We are truly blessed to have Johanna as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she she is a CULTURE STAR!



Chalton Skinner from Crouse Community Center

Chalton Skinner

Department: Housekeeping
Date: March 2018

What did this star do?Chalton has been working in the housekeeping department since September 26, 2014. He is a hardworking gentleman that is extremely dependable with an impeccable attendance record. Chalton does a wonderful job in all the resident rooms and our residents love when he is working. He gets along well with his coworkers and is willing to stay and help out when needed. We are truly blessed to have Chalton as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is a CULTURE STAR!



Blanche Swaim from Crouse Community Center

Blanche Swaim

Department: Nursing
Date: December 2017

What did this star do?Blanche joined Crouse Community Center on August 12, 2014 as the E/F Unit Secretary. She is a dedicated coworker to all her E/F team, helping keep them all on track and organized for our residents. Besides providing excellent customer service to our residents and their families every day, Blanche also volunteers her time too with the residents doing bible study on Fridays. She is also extremely helpful, and a life saver, with computer spreadsheets for several nursing administration members! We are truly blessed to have Blanche as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Tracey Gulliver from Crouse Community Center

Tracey Gulliver

Department: Nursing
Date: November 2017

What did this star do?Tracey joined our team on October 31, 2016 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. For the past year, she has shown herself to be a hard worker and someone who goes above and beyond each time she works. Her attitude is always upbeat and positive, and she has a great sense of humor. Tracey is considered the team leader on the unit, as she always ensures the residents get the best care and lends a hand to her coworkers when needed. We are truly blessed to have Tracey as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Julie Williams from Crouse Community Center

Julie Williams

Department: Nursing
Date: October 2017

What did this star do?Julie Williams is our 3 to 11 RN Supervisor. She has been with Crouse Community Center for almost 18 years now. Julie started out as a Unit Helper, took our C.N.A. class to become a C.N.A., and then went on to nursing school as she worked here to become an R.N. Julie is extremely dedicated and loyal to the facility and its residents and is critical in supporting and managing the entire building when she works. She is flexible with her work schedule to meet the needs of the residents. We are truly blessed to have Julie as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Collin Pearsall from Crouse Community Center

Collin Pearsall

Department: Housekeeping
Date: September 2017

What did this star do?Collin has been with us for 2 years! He started with Crouse Community Center on October 1, 2015. Collin is a full time college student and works evenings in a full time roll. He always steps up to lend a hand when needed, especially helping out at our Adult Day Care Centers and filling in when another co-worker cannot work. Collin is wonderful with the residents and is very well liked by his coworkers. We are truly blessed to have Collin as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is our CULTURE STAR!



Ray Wilson from Crouse Community Center

Ray Wilson

Department: Dietary
Date: August 2017

What did this star do?Ray Wilson is one of our longest serving employees! He started with Crouse Community Center on August 10, 1991, the same day we opened and Gerrit Smith Infirmary closed. Ray's dedication to Crouse Community Center's residents is truly unmatched. He is never worried about himself, he rarely takes vacation and is always first in and last to leave, because he puts the residents needs first over his own. No job is too big, no job is too small, and no job is too dirty, as Ray is always willing to do what needs to be done. We are truly blessed to have Ray as an employee and he is an outstanding example why he is our CULTURE STAR!



Tommy Nitze from Crouse Community Center

Tommy Nitze

Department: Nursing
Date: July 2017

What did this star do?Tommy started working at Crouse Community Center as a Dietary Aide in December 2007. Over the past 10 years, he has grown from a Dietary Aide to becoming a C.N.A., and now a L.P.N. Tommy is a pleasure to work with and is a tremendous part of our team. He is a very capable nurse with great skills and is willing to jump into provide resident care when needed. As a treatment nurse he goes above and beyond, including helping with auditing assignments; and as a medication nurse he is always willing to help out on every unit to complete a medication pass. Residents and families all enjoy Tommy and his positive and friendly attitude. We are truly blessed to have Tommy as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is our CULTURE START!



Holly Baker from Crouse Community Center

Holly Baker

Department: Administration
Date: June 2017

What did this star do?Holly has been an employee at Crouse Community Center for over 20 years! She is a tremendous asset to our organization because her knowledge of many different systems and policies allows her to support all departments, including the Board of Directors. Holly is always willing to help and her friendly, good natured personality shines every day with residents, families, and staff members. She is involved in planning of all events and is a critical part of the management team. We are truly blessed to have Holly as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Olivia Holcomb from Crouse Community Center

Olivia Holcomb

Department: Nursing Department
Date: May 2017

What did this star do?Olivia has been a C.N.A for Crouse Community Center since May 2016 when she graduated from our C.N.A. class. She has developed into an excellent caregiver for our residents. Several departments have taken notice of her hardworking, kind, and proactive nature over the last several months and recommended her for this honor. Olivia takes the extra time needed to ensure al l of her residents receive excellent care and treats each one like they are family. She has worked very well with the therapy department and utilizes the approaches she is taught extremely well. We are truly blessed to have Olivia as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Bobbi Jo Potter from Crouse Community Center

Bobbi Jo Potter

Department: Nursing Department
Date: April 2017

What did this star do?Bobbi Jo has excelled as a unit helper at Crouse Community Center for the past 9 years. She takes on extra tasks like marking clothes, putting together admissions packets, and working with our consulting physicians who have all mentioned how helpful she is to them. During the last month's blizzard, Bobbi Jo stayed to help out for 24 hours straight to ensure there was more than enough staff to attend the residents' needs. She has an upbeat personality and also willing to do what is needed with a smile. We are truly blessed to have Bobbi Jo as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Frank Featherly from Crouse Community Center

Frank Featherly

Department: Dietary Department
Date: March 2017

What did this star do?Frank has been an employee at Crouse Community Center for 16 years! In the past month, Frank has really shown great leadership in assisting in training several coworkers and then following up with them after their training period to give them pointers and making sure they were comfortable doing their jobs. His leadership skills go beyond training; as he is always willing to help others, helps maintain a sanitary work place, communicates with the team to make sure things are completed timely, and he has had PERFECT ATTENDANCE for more than a year. We are truly blessed to have Frank as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is our CULTURE STAR!



Jordan Almendinger from Crouse Community Center

Jordan Almendinger

Department: Rehab Department
Date: February 2017

What did this star do?Jordan has been our Rehab Assistant since June 2015. Her coworkers call her the "glue" of the Rehab Department because Jordan is a jack of all trades. If there is something that needs to be fixed, you call Jordan; if a therapist needs an extra set of hands, Jordan is there to always help out; if there is a project to do, Jordan can quickly complete the task! She truly is the heartbeat of the Department. Her friendly, sweet personality shows through each and every day to the residents and her coworkers. We are truly blessed to have Jordan as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Sandy Hynes from Crouse Community Center

Sandy Hynes

Department: Business Office
Date: January 2017

What did this star do?Sandy is currently our office scanner and assistant at Crouse Community Center and has been here since November 2010. She was even an employee at Crouse Community Center in 2002 -2004 when she went through our C.N.A. training program and then worked as a C.N.A. Sandy goes above & beyond and will help out with whatever is needed. Her friendly personality always has her with a smile on her face and makes her coworkers comfortable. We are truly blessed to have Sandy as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Magenta Kennedy from Crouse Community Center

Magenta Kennedy

Department: Nursing
Date: December 2016

What did this star do?Magenta has been a C.N.A. at Crouse Community Center since May 2016. She goes above & beyond for her residents and always helps out all her coworkers, including the licensed nursing staff, without complaint. Magenta is pleasant, always has a smile on her face, and makes her residents feel comfortable and well cared for. She is often seen giving one on one care for ill residents that are not assigned to her without ever being asked. We are truly blessed to have Magenta as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Bob Hemming from Crouse Community Center

Bob Hemming

Department: Rehab
Date: November 2016

What did this star do?Bob has been a Physical Therapy Assistant at Crouse Community Center since January 2015. He is known for his sense of humor and positive attitude in everything he does. Bob is a bit on the competitive side, as he is always willing to participate in any competition we have here at the facility. The residents that he helps each and every day appreciate how helpful, considerate, and motivating he is. Bob is a tremendous team player and is respected by his peers. We are truly blessed to have Bob as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is our CULTURE STAR!



Christine Stith from Crouse Community Center

Christine Stith

Department: Nursing
Date: October 2016

What did this star do?Christine began her career at Crouse Community Center in August 2014, and then became a full-time Certified Nursing Assistant for us in August 2015. She always has a cheery attitude and goes above and beyond to make sure her residents are well taken care of. Christine does anything that is asked of her without any complaints because she is a great team player. We are truly blessed to have Christine as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Daniel Furness from Crouse Community Center

Daniel Furness

Department: Housekeeper
Date: September 2016

What did this star do?Daniel has been a housekeeper for Crouse Community Center since July 2015. He takes pride in his work and is meticulous in ensuring that the facility sparkles. Daniel is very polite and interacts with residents, staff, and families. He takes the initiative to go above and beyond by always lending an extra hand. We are truly blessed to have Daniel as an employee and he is an outstanding example of why he is our CULTURE STAR!



Sarah Moore from Crouse Community Center

Sarah Moore

Department: Therapy
Date: August 2016

What did this star do?Sarah his been a Speech Therapist at Crouse Community Center since September 2015. She has fit right in with not only the Therapy Team, but with the culture here at Crouse Community Center. Sarah is always willing to go above and beyond for the residents and staff. Her bubbly personality and caring nature shows each and every day she works. She is very dedicated to the residents and families feel comforted with Sarah on the case? We are truly blessed to have Sarah as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Yolanda Verdeflor from Crouse Community Center

Yolanda Verdeflor

Department: Nursing
Date: July 2016

What did this star do?Yolanda has been a RN at Crouse Community Center since February 2013 on the A-B unit. Her kind personality and caring nature shows each and every day she works. Yolanda is always willing to help and has been a great resource in helping out all shifts and supervising when needed. She is very detail orientated and holds staff accountable for resident care. We are truly blessed to have Yolanda as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!



Kate Hatton from Crouse Community Center

Kate Hatton

Department: Social Services
Date: June 2016

What did this star do?Kate Hatton, Social Worker, is our June 2016 Culture Star! She has worked as our Social Worker since September 2013, but she was no stranger to Crouse Community as she worked as a Unit Helper for four years while she was in high school. In college Kate even interned during the summer with us to learn her craft from Nancy, our Social Services Director. Kate is a loving, caring, and committed individual who shows it with all her interactions with our residents and their families. She is also a great team member as well and is always willing to lend a hand, including helping to organize employee "Staff Appreciation Fun" days. We are truly blessed to have Kate as an employee and she is an outstanding example of why she is our CULTURE STAR!