December 17, 2008: 2008, Issue 51
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Norwood resident gets Distinction Award

Norwood-area resident Lisa Wade, one of Schervier Nursing Care Center’s exemplary Certified Nursing Assistants, has been selected to receive one of only two Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Awards in all of New York City from NYAHSA—the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aged. Carl Young, NYAHSA president, will present the award and a gift prize at a celebration in Ms. Wade’s honor on Tuesday, December 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Hall of Schervier Nursing Care Center, 2975 Independence Avenue near 227th Street in Riverdale. Local, state and federal legislators have been invited to attend.

Schervier Nursing Care Center, part of Bon Secours New York Health System in Riverdale, nominated Ms. Wade for this award for her extraordinary dedication and care of residents at Schervier, a skilled nursing facility. In March 2008, she also won the Bon Secours New York Values in Action Award, an honor that recognizes exemplary staff that demonstrate the values of compassion, respect, integrity, justice, growth, quality, innovation and stewardship.

“Time and again, employees in the long term care profession demonstrate their commitment to the people they serve,” said NYAHSA president Carl S. Young. “As New York’s providers face the challenges associated with the current workforce shortage, this program is an opportunity for us to recognize those individuals who perform their job in an exemplary manner day after day.”

The NYAHSA Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Awards program recognizes the extraordinary efforts of front line staff, such as RNs, LPNs, certified nurse aides, home care aides, personal care aides, food service/dietary and housekeeping workers, at New York’s not-for-profit, mission-driven and public nursing homes, senior housing, adult care facilities, and other long term care providers. In its seventh year, the NYAHSA Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Awards program is a joint provider-regulator-policymaker effort that is also meant to honor those who deal with the staffing crisis in long term care on a daily basis while successfully facing the challenge of providing quality care.

Karen Wilson, vice president of Nursing for Schervier Nursing Care Center, says, “Ms. Wade’s patients, their family members and her co-workers praise her for the extra care she provides and for how she positively affects their quality of life.”

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