May 2021

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families and special friends.
Message From The President
May is a month of celebrations and recognition.
May 9 was Mother’s Day. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Here in the United States, Mother’s Day was officially established in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the holiday offered a chance to “publicly express our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” I am pleased that our staff members were so creative in finding ways to express the love and reverence we have for all the terrific moms who now call Weinberg Campus home.

On May 31 we will celebrate Memorial Day. Today’s Memorial Day has its origins in Decoration Day, established in 1868 by the Grand Army of Republic (GAR). The GAR was the largest organization of Union veterans of the Civil War. In 1868, they established a tradition where members of GAR posts, similar to American Legion posts that exist today, would visit the gravesites of Civil War veterans who had passed away, decorating the graves with flowers and American flags and holding ceremonies to honor their service. Today, as we know, Memorial Day continues as a special opportunity to remember those who have served to protect our country. We look forward to this Memorial Day, when we will be recognizing the dedication of the veterans who live here at Weinberg Campus.

May also offers us two opportunities to recognize many of our dedicated Weinberg staff members. Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6-12, an opportunity to celebrate the nurses who serve in many venues throughout Weinberg Campus. And Skilled Nursing Week was May 9-15, when we recognize all the staff that make Rosa Coplon Living Center a wonderful place for residents in need of skilled nursing care. As we all know, the past year has been an especially difficult one for health care workers. I continue to appreciate and admire all the Weinberg staff for their commitment during the pandemic. Thank you very much for all you do on behalf of our clients, residents, and their families.

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 rmayer@weinbergcampus.org.

What's New
COVID-19 Update
As in-person visitation has opened back up, we've enjoyed seeing familiar faces on campus! Please visit the family portal on our website for visitation guidance pertaining to your loved one's specific residence on campus.
Movin' On Up!
We are pleased to spotlight three Weinberg Campus Staff in this month's edition of Weinberg News.
Congrats to Jeanine Shell, who was recently promoted to Director of Quality Assurance and Admissions at Rosa Coplon Living Center. Jeanine began her career at Weinberg Campus as an RN Admissions Screener in 2018. In her new role, Jeanine ensures quality care is met and maintained while working with her team to achieve that goal. She is responsible for overseeing the admissions department, ensuring proper placement, and collaborating with other departments within Weinberg Campus to achieve a seamless transition for all patients.

When asked what she is most excited about in her new role, Jeanine said, "I enjoy working together and always striving to improve our processes and care."

Jeanine received her BSN from D'Youville College, along with certifications in wound care, RAC-CT and critical care. Before joining the team at Weinberg, Jeanine received the Rising Star Award from her time at Kaleida Health. She has worked in long-term care for 21 years, serving in a variety of positions within nursing, admissions, screening, and management.

Her advice to colleagues? "Work hard and your value will show!"

Originally from Hamburg, Jeanine lives in Buffalo with her husband and three boys. She enjoys traveling, sports, adventure (she has gone skydiving and white water rafting!), and experiencing different cultures.
Congrats to Curtia "Tia" Underwood, who was recently promoted to Day Shift Receptionist. Tia began her career at Weinberg Campus in 2017 as a Food Service Worker, and then was quickly promoted to Second Cook. In her current receptionist role, Tia gives all visitors a special "Weinberg Welcome". Her duties include checking in visitors, taking temperature checks, distributing masks, and ensuring front desk compliance. She appreciates that the management at Weinberg Campus has given her many opportunities to prove herself throughout the years as she continues to pursue education opportunities.

Tia wants to encourage her coworkers to stay up to date on new career opportunities and to pursue their interests as they advance in their careers at Weinberg Campus.

When she isn't working, Tia enjoys watching her two daughters grow as well as cooking spaghetti, ziti - anything with red sauce!
We'd like to introduce you to one of our newest employees, Jessica Connors! Jessica is our new Community Relations Coordinator in our Sales department. She is responsible for building relationships with the hospitals and rehab facilities to gain referrals, as well as increasing community awareness through networking and events.

When asked what she is most excited about in her new role, she said, "I am most excited about getting back out into the community to visit hospitals and rehab facilities so I can educate our Social Workers and Discharge Planners on what we offer, as well as assisting them in finding the right placement for the resident."

Jessica has built strong relationships with hospitals and rehab facilities in the community, as well as with many industry organizations, such as Network in Aging and the Alzheimer's Association.

When she isn't busy making connections and spreading the word about Weinberg Campus, Jessica is very active in her church, is very outgoing and finds joy in the little things.
Activities
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
Mother's Day is such a special day, especially on campus! We enjoyed showering our residents with treats and tunes for the joyous occasion.
This month we had the honor of celebrating our hardworking staff across campus, whose tireless efforts don't go unnoticed all year long. Staff enjoyed treats from coffee carts, to ice cream and food trucks, to photo booths and special gifts.
Weinberg Campus residents spent the last month engaged in many activities and creative outlets on campus. Whether it's painting, planting seeds to grow something beautiful, entertaining a visit from a popular canine, weekly Bingo, or celebrating a special birthday, there is always something fun to do on campus!
New Employees April 2021
Jessica Connors, Community Relations Coordinator
Destinee Gordon, Resident Counselor, Greenwood
Deanna Kelly, Food Service Worker, Dietary
Gene Murray, Resident Counselor, Greenwood
Marianne Witkowski, LPN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Mara Wright, Food Service Worker, Dietary
Letters of Thanks
...from a family member of a Garden House resident
"The nurses at Garden House are so wonderful, caring and informative. I would like to acknowledge Nurse Hend especially for nurse appreciation. I don't know what I would do without them and everyone else at Garden House. Thank you for your service to all the nurses."
...from a family member of a Dosberg Manor resident
"What better time to let you know how appreciated you all are than during Nurse Appreciation Week. What you do each and every day to care for our loved ones shows what special people you all are. The past year has been a difficult one, yet you carried on despite the challenges of the pandemic and never waivered in your committment to those we entrusted to your care. During the many long months that we were unable to visit our loved ones in person, we still were able to have confidence that you were doing your best to help them feel safe and cared for. And that has not only brought your residents comfort, but has also helped us families to feel more comfortable as well.
 
Despite what must have been concerns for your own safety about contracting COVID-19, and the fear you must have felt about bringing it home to your own families, or the discomfort you must have felt at times by following the rigid Covid protocols, you nevertheless kept our loved ones feeling safe and out of harm's way. You truly are all angels and health care heroes! And we thank you and appreciate all that you do every day."