March 2021

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families and special friends.
Message From The President

Caroline May was 14 years-old when her family emigrated to the United States from England in 1834. She became a prolific poet, publishing three of her own collections of poems while also editing anthologies of other female poets. She seemed to be anticipating March of 2021 when she wrote this poem.
March, when days are getting long,
Let thy growing hours be strong
To set right some wintry wrong.
I am looking forward to the longer, warmer, brighter days that March portends. And all of us, no doubt, will be more than happy to see the winter of 2020-21 far behind us. We are clearly on the path to “setting right the wintry wrongs” that the pandemic has thrown at us for more than a year now.
Across the country we are seeing a significant decrease in the number of new COVID cases and promising increases in the number of people being vaccinated. These are hopeful trends, suggesting that our future is, indeed, brighter. I am especially pleased that we have had a successful resident vaccination program here at Weinberg Campus. Keeping our residents and employees as safe and healthy as possible has been our focus for the past year. The vaccination program is a huge step forward. And I am especially hopeful that the decreasing community spread of the virus, coupled with increasing vaccination rates, will lead to the day when we will be able to welcome more visitors to the campus.
In the meantime, we will continue to focus our efforts on maintaining the health and safety of our residents and employees. And we will continue to develop programs and activities designed to keep our residents engaged, caring always for their well-being.
I want to thank our residents and their family members for their patience, understanding, and support. And once again, my heartfelt thanks to our dedicated employees. I appreciate everything you have done during these difficult times to support our residents and each other.

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

What's New
COVID-19 Update
We're pleased to report that Rosa Coplon Living Center, Dosberg Manor, Garden House and Meadows Enriched residents and staff that have opted in to receive the COVID-19 vaccine have completed their final rounds of doses on campus, administered by CVS Health.

Our family letters last week outlined the updates in visitation guidance from the Department of Health. Please visit the family portal on our website for guidance pertaining to your loved one's specific residence on campus.
Spotlight On
Rosa Coplon Living Center
Meet the faces behind Rosa Coplon Living Center's award-winning community offering skilled nursing care and inpatient rehabilitation.
Meet the Team:
Meet Nora Passuite, Admissions Coordinator (left), and Jeanine Shell, RN Admissions Screener (right).

The admissions office screens eligible patients for long-term skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation. The team coordinates all the initial procedures to make the admission process smooth so that staff can begin patient care. Nora coordinates the intake of new patients from hospitals, other facilities, or the community, screening patients for admission to our skilled nursing facility. Her partner in crime, Jeanine, screens patients from the hospital/community/other facilities for potential admission to Rosa Coplon. 

Message to Families:
Nora and Jeanine are available from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday to discuss potential admission to Rosa Coplon. They strive to make the admission process simple and seamless for incoming patients and staff. Call them at 716-639-3311 ext. 2477.
Medical Records
Meet the Team:
Lynn Bicker, Unit Coordinator (left), Jennifer Jarrett, Unit Coordinator (middle), and Nicole Holler, Director of Medical Records (right). The Medical Records department manages and ensures the integrity of medical records. The Director of Medical Records manages unit coordinators and maintains confidentiality of all pertinent resident care information, assuring resident rights are protected. The department validates census information, maintains electronic medical records, conducts audits, receives and responds to inquiries and requests for medical record information, and processes submissions and transmits electronically as scheduled by the Department of Health.

Message to Families:
Nicole has been working in long-term care for the past 20 years. She enjoys working with the elderly population, witnessing their wisdom and hearing about their life experiences. She can be reached by phone at (716) 639-3311 ext 2210, and by email: [email protected].
Meet the Team:
Pictured from left to right: Jan Treinin, Activities Director; Charlene Sloan, Roksana Rafique, and Carol Darrow - Activities Assistants. Not pictured: Ann Marie Roach. The Activities Department ensures that residents are provided with an on-going program of leisure-time activities, designing activities to meet the interests of every resident. Individual physical, mental and psychosocial well-being are taken into consideration when planning these programs.

Message to Families:
The team finds it a privilege and an honor to be part of their residents' lives. While many staff are missing their own loved ones during the pandemic, the Rosa Coplon residents - your loved ones - often fill this void. Everyone is truly “family” to one another. Jan Treinin can be contacted at 716-639-3311 x2213.
Meet the Team:
Pictured is Heather Martindale, Director of Nursing, her assistant nursing director, and her team of nurse managers, nursing supervisors, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. Heather oversees the development of nursing staff and ensures policies are in place. One of the things she enjoys most about her position is communicating with families, residents and working with the multidisciplinary team to ensure all the residents' needs are being met. 

Message to Families:
Heather is very proud of the entire nursing team at every level and commends them for their hard work through these difficult times. They show pride in their jobs and have incorporated these residents in which they care for as a part of their family. This nursing team are her heroes, and she can’t thank them enough for what they do every day. Heather can be reached at [email protected].
Social Work
Meet the Team:
Social workers Danielle Furgerson (left), Njegos Petrovic (middle) and Director of Social Work, Julie Smith, (right). The Social Work department assists residents in their adjustment to Rosa Coplon, facilitating and advocating for their needs. The team conducts admission and psychosocial assessments, care planning, discharge planning, and serves as a liaison for community referrals.

Message to Families: Please reach out to Julie at x2128 or [email protected] should you ever have questions about your loved one.
Therapy Services
Meet the Team:
Leah Samsel, Director of Therapy (left) and Jessica Wiatrowski, Manager of Outpatient Physical Therapy (right). When you have an injury or a medical condition you’re recovering from, your goal is to get back to doing the things you love. The therapy team offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services. Whether for therapy after a recent hip, knee or back surgery; recovery from a fall; help dealing with a medical condition; or healing from a work-related injury, the short-term inpatient therapy experience at Rosa Coplon helps put people on the path to recovery. Or, perhaps you need outpatient physical and/or occupational therapy for your recent hip, knee or back surgery, or maybe you need help regaining your balance or recovering from a brain injury or stroke. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic medical condition or recent traumatic injury, Weinberg Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy can help.

Message to Families:
If you or someone you know could benefit from these services contact Leah Samsel, Director of Therapy, at [email protected].
Letters of Thanks
...from a family member of a Rosa Coplon resident
"I very much appreciate all your team's efforts in scheduling "visits" - in every form - for your residents over the better part of a year. Please pass my acknowledgment and appreciation forward, on behalf of my mother and our family."
...from a family member of a Dosberg Manor resident
"Words are inadequate to truly express how much I have valued your compassion, dedication and care for my mother. I have greatly appreciated all the time you gave me whenever I called, so I could take care of mom from Rochester. I don't know what I would have done without you - you gave me peace of mind."
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:

Photo Gallery
Above: Residents celebrating Valentine's Day with treats, a photo booth, and receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine!

Below: Residents across campus celebrate Mardi Gras with crafts, Paula's Donuts, and delicious treats!
Above: It's important to keep active with plenty of exercise!

Below: Bagel day is always a treat, and so is relaxing with a nice manicure, or a day creating art in your room!
New Employees February 2021
Dominique Banks, HHA, Garden House
Lartrice Barefield, Receptionist
Christina Perno, Resident Counselor, Greenwood
St. Patrick's Day Treats

With St. Patrick's Day coming up on the 17th, there's still time to plan and prepare some delicious holiday-themed recipes for you and your loved ones. Why not give these a try?
Spinach Dip
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup minced red bell pepper 
½ cup sour cream 
½ cup mayonnaise 
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt

Squeeze the water out of the spinach, and place the spinach into a mixing bowl. Stir in the onion, garlic, vegetables, sour cream, mayonnaise, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Let the dip stand at room temp for 1/2 hour for the flavors to mix, and stir again before serving. This dip keeps well in the fridge, covered, for up to one week.

Recipe credit:
Irish Tea Cake
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar 
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
¼ cup confectioners' sugar for dusting

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated; stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. If the batter is too stiff, a tablespoon or two of milk may be added. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack, then turn out onto a serving plate. Dust with confectioners' sugar right before serving.

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