July 2021

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families and special friends.
Message From The President
All of us have events in our lives that are highlights, even if they are routine and seemingly small. A highlight for me occurs each month when I get to read the Weinberg News.
There are a number of things about the News that I find meaningful every month when it comes out. One is the enjoyment I get when I can see in words and brightly colored photographs all the exciting opportunities that our residents have to engage in fun and enriching activities. I also take great pride in sharing news about everything that is happening at Weinberg Campus with our residents and their families. And on a personal note, it gives me an opportunity to thank everyone who helps make Weinberg a great place to work and live.

For me, this issue of Weinberg News is special as it highlights many “stand-out moments” when staff members went above and beyond in serving our residents during the pandemic. While I have always been proud of our staff and the work they do, so many of them really rose to the occasion during the past year and a half. I am pleased we are able to recognize just a few of those examples in this issue of the News, and I want to, once again, thank all our staff members for their commitment to our residents and their families.

Summer has finally arrived in Western New York, and we see evidence of it all around us here at Weinberg. Our campus looks great with our trees, shrubs, and flowers blooming and in full growth. But it’s even more gratifying to see so many visitors coming to the campus every day. Full visitation and nice weather create a great combination that significantly enriches the lives of our residents.

The easing of the pandemic not only allows people to come back to Weinberg Campus, it also allows us to get back out into the community. Our staff is looking forward to participating in events where we can give back to the community that has supported us for many years. For example, our staff members are putting together a team that will participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September. Many of our residents and families benefit from services provided by the Association, and we are delighted we can once again support this important event.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Weinberg News. I hope it makes you as proud to be affiliated with Weinberg Campus as I am. 

If you have questions or comments, I encourage you to reach out to any leadership team member or contact me directly at (716) 639-3311 ext. 2468 or [email protected].

What's New

Getting Back Out Into the Community
As an organization, we've looked forward to returning to the many things we loved to do pre-pandemic, and one of those things is returning to our community! Pictured above, Jessica Connors, Community Relations Coordinator, attends the Old Home Days event in Williamsville to spread the word about Weinberg Campus. We look forward to many more opportunities to connect with others in our community!
We're participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on Sept. 18. Want to join our team? Go to www.alz.org and click “Register for Your Walk”. “Find a Team” and search for “Weinberg Campus”.
Know someone who would be a great fit for the Weinberg Campus family? Tell them to stop by one of our hiring events on July 21 & 28 from 10 a.m. - noon and 2 - 4 p.m., in our main gazebo on campus! RSVP to [email protected]
Bright Spot Corner
We've always been proud of all our staff. As we reflect back on the last year and a half, we are so impressed and proud of all they've done to go above and beyond in their roles at Weinberg Campus, making the resident experience the best it can be. We'd like to feature some comments and kudos from management, highlighting some recent standout moments that we can all be proud of!

"Everyone has worked so hard during the past year to keep our residents safe. I can't express how happy and appreciative I am of our team. Without a doubt, the skills and talents have been the driving forces of our overall success here. Real dedication and loyalty are crucial in this line of work and I cannot express my gratitude to our staff for their many years of service. I say thank you to all staff members for their dedication and to many who have gone above and beyond for our residents. From buying care products for daily needs to cutting hair, and maintaining everyone's safety by working extra shifts, this has had a huge impact on keeping our residents safe and thriving. Thank you to all!"

-Dana Notaro, Administrator for Garden House and Dosberg Manor
Going Above & Beyond!
Deb Partello (left) and Trish McDougald (right) are just two examples of exceptional staff members who have gone above and beyond their roles - picking up extra shifts, providing extra care for residents, bringing in special treats for everyone, and training new staff. Kudos!
July 4th Fun!
Dosberg Manor staff members threw the residents a party for the 4th of July, bringing in a grill, plenty of food, and decorations to make the holiday extra special for everyone. Kudos!

Gardening Oasis
Rosa Coplon Living Center staff took the initiative to create a beautiful garden for residents to enjoy. Kudos!

Flowers for Loved Ones
Amy Hashemi, Director of Residential Services for Forest Creek and Meadows Enriched Housing, took the initiative to connect with local florist, Michael's Floral Design, to create beautiful and affordable options for families to send wonderful bouquets to their loved ones throughout the pandemic. Kudos!
Menus to Celebrate!
The Food Services team has gone above and beyond their roles in creating not only delicious and nutritious meals for our residents every day, but going the extra mile to offer special menus to celebrate holidays throughout the year. It's the extra special touches that make the Weinberg Campus experience that much sweeter. Kudos!

Cheers to Safety!
The Environmental Services team has been working around the clock to make sure all campus areas are kept clean and safe. Facilities Director, Carl Salemi, is proud of his entire team and appreciates their ongoing dedication to keeping everyone safe. Kudos!
Movin' On Up!

Tamara Garrett has been promoted to Garden House Activity Coordinator. Tamara began her career at Weinberg Campus as a Home Health Aide, serving in the role for five years before she was promoted to Activity Assistant last year. We are excited to have Tamara in this new role, where she is already thriving with our residents!

Arushanda Artis has been promoted from Garden House Resident Care Coordinator to Garden House Program Manager. Arushanda started at Garden House in 2017 as a Home Health Aide while attending college to become an LPN. She was promoted to LPN in 2020 and continued to attend school, earning her RN degree this past spring. 
Cassie Hafner has been promoted from HR Assistant to HR Analyst/Payroll Specialist. Cassie started at Weinberg in November of 2020 and was hired to help manage the COVID testing process, testing supplies, and reporting while also supporting the HR department. She has shown great growth in her time here and will now handle the payroll processing for all Weinberg employees.
Our activities directors take great pride in keeping residents active with a variety of safe activities that incorporate social distancing and individual participation. As always, you can check out our activities calendars online. Click the links below or visit: www.weinbergcampus.org/News-Events/Activities-Calendar.aspx.

Photo Gallery
Garden House residents enjoyed their first Casino Night led by Activity Coordinator, Tamara Garrett. Residents have been enjoying seeing familiar faces back on campus for activities, including exercise with Janis and birthday celebrations with Kathy Carr!
Residents enjoying the 4th of July festivities. We are always thankful for a beautiful day to be outside and celebrate!
Residents are thankful for the opportunity to be dining together again!
New Employees June 2021
D'Shaun Barefield, Housekeeper, Environmental Services
Grace Gilsdorf, Administrative Assistant, Rosa Coplon Home Care
Christina Hearn, Admission Coordinator, Fallon Health
Courtney Humphrey, Resident Counselor, Greenwood
Lana Kota, Intake Specialist - RN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Marcy Manning, Physical Therapy Assistant, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Keyon Pratchett, CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
NyDiva Thompson, Food Service Worker, Dietary
Donald Vaughan, PCA, Dosberg Manor
Kenya Watkins, PCA, Dosberg Manor
Vivian Whack, Unit Nurse Supervisor LPN, Garden House
Cooking Club Spotlight
This month's recipe submission comes from our very own Garden House staff! Every Monday residents can participate in Cooking Club and learn how to make delicious treats. Below is a recipe for strawberry shortcake, a sure-fire hit for these hot summer months.

Do you have a family recipe you'd like to share in next month's newsletter? Submit your idea to your community's administrator, or email [email protected].