June / 5 / 2017
Dear Family and Friends of Forest Hills,

With the 25th Annual Golf Tournament coming up in just two weeks, I am very pleased to announce a special guest speaker: Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, Joe Krebs! You won't want to miss this year's event, which will be extra special to honor the milestone anniversary. Read on in this newsletter for more information on how to participate -- there's not much time left!

In other exciting news, I am so pleased to announce that the DC Health Care Association (DCHCA) selected our own Major Wanda Mitchell as "Nurse of the Year" at its annual convention in May! Wanda is our Director of Nursing and Health Services for Forest Hills and Forest Side. She was recognized for her work over the past 2 1/2 years as a full time Nurse Case Manager in the US Army, while simultaneously carrying out her responsibilities here in our community.

DCHCA, the local branch of the American Health Care Association, represents all nursing homes in the District of Columbia. Wanda received a cash award, along with a plaque from DCHCA, which will be displayed outside her office for the next year. Read on in this newsletter for some excerpts from Wanda's nomination.

As always, it is my honor and privilege to serve you and your loved ones here at Forest Hills and Forest Side.

Looking forward to see you all around our community, 

Mary Savoy, RN, MS, LNHA
Executive Director 
Forest Hills of DC & Forest Side Memory Care  
In This Issue

Did you know...

Our Concierge Desk has a new friendly face: Ingrid Prieto has completed orientation and is ready to greet you -- in Spanish or English!

New & expanded hours for the Concierge Desk:

7am - 7pm
11am - 2pm

Ingrid is a gem and a personality natural, perfectly complementing Nancy Morgan at the Concierge Desk.

Stop by to say "hola!"
25th Annual Golf Tournament & Awards Banquet
Monday, June 19, 2017 at Norbeck Country Club

There are still a fe w spots available to join us for this year's event! And we are very excited to announce a special guest speaker: Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, Joe Krebs! You won't want to miss this!

Year-round, the staff at Forest Hills and Forest Side dedicate themselves to providing person-centered care to ensure the highest quality of life for our residents. On Monday, June 19th we offer our community the opportunity to support the work we do through our only major fundraiser: the Annual Golf Tournament and Awards Banquet.

Even if you do not play golf, you can still participate by taking advantage of various event sponsorships, joining us for the Awards Banquet, or simply by making a tax deductible contribution.

For sponsorship, donation and registration information, click here.
June Life Enrichment Programs at a Glance
Highlights from the upcoming month

Tue., June 6th
11:00am - Musical Bingo with Jerry Roman (Assembly Hall)
Wed., June 7th
10:30am - Lecture: Dolly Madison, Definitive First lady (Library)
Sat., June 10th
10:30am - Piano Favorites with Pianist Wayne Wilentz (Lounge)
Mon., June 12th
10:30am - Current Events & Discussion with Lenore (Library)
Thu., June 15th
3:30pm - Happy Hour & Classical Music with Steve Baddour (Lounge)
Fri., June 16th
10:30am - Coffee & Pie Social (Gift Shop & Deli)
Sun., June 18th
12:30pm - Father's Day Lunch (All Dining Rooms)
Mon., June 19th
10:30am - Art Lecture with Joey Mánlapaz (Library)
Wed., June 20th
10:30am - Health Smoothies with Debbie (Gift Shop & Deli)
Fri., June 22nd
10:30am - Lecture: The Story of the Spanish Armada (Library)
Sun., June 25th
2:30pm - Memorial/Celebration of Life, Ophelia Muller (Assembly Hall)
Tue., June 27th
10:30am - Music & Memories with Bertram McLeish (Lounge)
Every Sunday
11:15am - Worship Service with Ceres (Assembly Hall)

Click for full calendar
April 2017 Ceca Award Winner
Donald Philogenes

Congratulations to Donald Philogenes on winning the April 2017 Ceca Award! Last month we celebrated his award at Forest Hills with some of the nice things people had to say about him:

"Donald is very unassuming and quiet. If he's given a task he puts his all into it and takes care of it. If he is setting up the assembly hall single-handedly, or breaking it down again without a blink, it's never a never a question for Donald! He is receptive to both staff and resident requests."

Thank you to Donald for all you do for our residents and our community!

Click to learn more about Ceca Awards
Nurse of the Year 2017
Major Wanda Mitchell

An excerpt from the nomination that landed Major Wanda Mitchell the "Nurse of the Year" award from DCHCA:

"Our nominee has had a very exciting and productive career as a nurse. As a Director of Nursing (DON), our nominee manages the nursing department and supervises all clinical activities. Because her responsibilities are so typical for any facility's DON, you might ask what makes our nominee different. The answer is simple: she performs her duties as DON on a full time basis, while simultaneously fulfilling her responsibilities as a full time, active-duty RN Case Manager in the US Army.

In August of 2014, our nominee was called from her Army Reserve status to serve as a Case Manager for the Wounded Warrior Project at Fort Belvoir, Virginia...When the initial assignment was up in August of 2016, her orders were extended indefinitely. She was only able to obtain permission from her military superiors to allocate 1 day per week to work her civilian job, but she knew that would not be enough time to run her department. She decided that she would work for the Army 4 days each week until 5PM when her office closed, go home to change into civilian clothes, and then report to our facility at 6."

For more on this incredible story, click here for the full nomination article.
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