Around the House. January | 2021
Historic Moment
The COVID-19 vaccine comes to Broadway House.
Meet Our Queen of Quality
A commitment to high standards has long defined the career of Lois Beatty, Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Broadway House for Continuing Care. In fact, during her 22-year tenure at Broadway House, Beatty has earned the nickname “The Queen of Quality.”

That moniker took on new importance during the pandemic. Beatty was relentless in her quest to keep patients and staff safe, playing a key role in the low COVID-19 infection rate achieved at Broadway House over the past ten months.

At a recent ceremony in December, Beatty was recognized with the Exceptional Leadership During COVID-19 Pandemic Award. Human Resources Director Donnamarie Lynch, PhD, said of Beatty, “Lois takes the quality of the facility very seriously. She seeks out and implements any measures necessary to mitigate exposure to COVID-19 for residents and staff. Her leadership contributed to our facility having favorable outcomes related to COVID-19 over these last ten months.”

In addition, Robert Hardrick, activities, was named Employee of the Year. Lynch noted, “During the height of the pandemic, we were significantly short-staffed in the activities department. Robert held down the fort and took the lead. For three months, he made it happen for our residents while training a new employee. Robert has incredible passion and commitment to the mission of Broadway House and its residents.”

Five employees were also presented with awards recognizing their dedicated years of service to Broadway House and its residents: Lenore Shamberger-Jackson, nursing, and Angela Moroney-Cymbaluk, finance, 25 years; Gloria Horton, social services, 20 years; Rachel Jaslow, activities/art therapy, 15 years; and Damary Lugo, social services, 10 years.
What's Happening...
Broadway House was the recipient of the Silver Award from the New Jersey Department of Health for the second consecutive year. Announced in early December, the award recognizes top performing healthcare facilities for maintaining high standards for antimicrobial stewardship.

Established in 2019, the New Jersey Antibiotic Stewardship Program requires facilities commit to stringent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve antibiotic use, advance patient safety, and improve outcomes. “This Silver Award—our second in as many years—reflects the high standards Broadway House maintains for the safety of our residents,” said Rodolfo Munera, MD, Broadway House Medical Director.
Broadway House for Continuing Care will share in the $532 million in incentive payments awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services, recognizing facilities that have met its stringent COVID-19 infection challenge. We’re proud to be one of more than 9,000 nursing homes in the nation to be recognized for successfully containing COVID-19 related infections and deaths.

Since the start of the pandemic, Broadway House has recorded very few coronavirus cases and no deaths among our residents and staff, despite the serious spread of the disease throughout Newark. “This has been a lifesaving effort on the part of our medical staff and residents, who have remained vigilant in keeping our Broadway House community safe,” said Broadway House President and CEO James Gonzalez. “The funding will go a long way toward ensuring that we continue to provide safe and effective care for our residents.”
Broadway House has achieved what very few facilities in the nation attain—three consecutive years of five-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In awarding the designation, the national organization considers critical markers, including overall quality of care, health inspections, quality measures, staffing, and RN staffing. Nursing homes that receive five-star ratings are regarded as providing the highest quality of care.

Broadway House President and CEO James Gonzalez said, “Broadway House is truly the best of the best when it comes to subacute care. Our high standards are reflected every day in the medical care we provide and the atmosphere in our facility. We’re a nationally-recognized facility in so many ways—but the most important accolades we continue to receive are the positive experiences of our residents.”