November 2019

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families and special friends.
Message From The President
A golden stuffed turkey, the smell of apple pie baking in the oven and a table overflowing with the buzz of conversation among family and friends—what could be better than a Thanksgiving feast?

For me, and likely for many of you as well, the month of November evokes these images, scents and sounds that are hallmarks of the holiday season.

It is also a time of year for giving thanks, and for good reason! Did you know that showing gratitude is actually good for your health?

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, and author of Gratitude Works! researched ways that gratitude affects our lives. Emmons and his colleague Michael E. McCullough conducted a study that showed why giving thanks can be good for you:

  • Research revealed that grateful people had less depression and stress, lower blood pressure, more energy and greater optimism.
  • In older adults, a daily practice of gratitude slowed down the aging clock.
  • Positive emotions like appreciation significantly lowered levels of cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone,” which can deplete the immune system and raise blood sugar levels.
  • Gratitude can lead to increased production of oxytocin, which can foster feelings of calmness and security. 

This year I am hoping to reap all of these health benefits, as I have a lot to be thankful for. I am grateful to our dedicated employees, our vibrant residents, and their supportive families. Thank you for being a part of our extended Weinberg Campus family! I look forward to celebrating with you at our upcoming Family Thanksgiving festivities. Please check your community’s activities calendar for details.

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Have questions or comments? Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 716-639-3311 ext. 2468.
What's New
Devoted Couple Celebrate 60 Years Of Marriage
Hal & Phyllis pictured together in October 2019.
The late Maya Angelou once said, Love recognizes no barriers.

That certainly holds true for Hal and Phyllis, who recently celebrated their 60 th wedding anniversary.

Hal lives in the Grand Island home where they raised their family while Phyllis, who has dementia, is a resident at Rosa Coplon Living Center. Although they no longer share their lives under the same roof, it’s evident that their love and commitment is as strong as the day they said, “I do.” 

Hal, 84, and Phyllis, 83, first met in 1957 at a young adult group that gathered for religion and socializing on Sunday evenings at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Niagara Falls. After a two-year courtship, they became engaged on Valentine’s Day 1959 and were married that fall. The newlyweds honeymooned in the Poconos – with a side trip to New York City to see “The Music Man” – and bought their first home in Lewiston. Hal was in the early years of his career at Hooker Chemical/Occidental Petroleum in Niagara Falls, where Phyllis worked as a secretary. She became a stay-at-home wife and mother following the birth of their two children, David and Amy.

“Phyllis was the best kind of homemaker,” Hal recalls proudly. “She was there when our children came home from school, taught them good habits, and prepared them to become responsible citizens.”

In 1973, the family moved to Grand Island. In addition to being devoted parents, the pair were active in their community. Phyllis did volunteer secretarial work for the Grand Island Help Center and Hal held numerous roles as a leader and mentor for the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout as a youth, he served as a Scoutmaster for three years, an Explorer Post advisor for 30 years, and a District Committee member for more than 20 years, receiving the Silver Beaver Award in 1995. In gratitude for his tireless service to Scouting, Hal recently received the 70 Year Veteran Award and a Sparkplug Award.

“Phyllis has always been very supportive of my Scouting activities – even during my years of monthly Scouting camping weekends when she was home alone with our children,” Hal explains, noting that she willingly served as a chaperone for Explorer Scout co-ed activities. 

Married life shifted for the couple when Phyllis suffered a stroke in 2016. After a stay in rehab she was able to return home for six months and cared for herself with Hal’s help. In March 2017, Phyllis was diagnosed with dementia. Hal made the difficult but necessary decision to move his wife to Rosa Coplon Living Center.

“She receives the best of care here – something that I could never provide her at home,” says Hal, who since retiring in 1996 has continued to work part-time as a chemical-environmental engineering consultant for area companies.

Seven days a week, Hal makes the 20-minute drive from Grand Island to Weinberg Campus to visit his beloved wife. Although dementia has robbed Phyllis of her short-term memory, she still recognizes the love of her life and lights up when she sees him walking down the hallway toward her. When Hal arrives each day, Phyllis rushes to him and gives him a hug. She cherishes the pictures of her children and on many days, she carries them around with her.

In addition to enjoying many mutual interests during their decades of marriage, including traveling and attending theatre and playhouse performances, the couple share a love of wildlife and birds. Their property on Grand Island is surrounded on two sides by woods and a large yard brimming with flower gardens, hanging baskets and bird feeders, providing a perfect backdrop for birdwatching.

Hal happily reports that Phyllis continues to enjoy her favorite pastime from a new vantage point at Weinberg Campus.

“At Rosa, Phyllis still likes to look out the windows, watching geese fly by overhead or counting them one-by-one as they walk on the ground below. It brings her so much joy,” Hal says with a smile.
Weinberg News extends a very special thanks to Hal for sharing his story and photo with our publication.
Employee Recognition: High 5 Award
Give these employees a high-five next time you see them! They are the esteemed recipients of Weinberg Campus' quarterly recognition award of $250. Employees may be nominated by a manager, coworker, resident or family member. All nominations are reviewed by a committee and winners are selected based on five pillars, including customer service, teamwork & collaboration, innovation, initiative and integrity. Nomination forms are located outside the Human Resources office. Congratulations to our Quarter Three winners!
Mary Beth Doster, Resident Care Manager, Dosberg Manor
Mary Beth always gives 100% to ensure residents are cared for. She also gives extra - she trained new staff; attended outreach visits at rehab centers; revised interview questions for aides; initiated training on customer service and resident rights with the HR Educator and Ombudsman; and she came in extra hours on weekends, evenings and nights to offer support and assistance. She is highly respected by our families and is a great asset to our team.
Ashley Pace, Payroll Manager, Human Resources
Ashley took on the role of acting Recruiting Coordinator while the position was vacant, while also maintaining her current role. She did an outstanding job multitasking to ensure everyone's needs were met. Prior to her promotion to Payroll Manager, Ashley also stepped in to cover payroll when needed, so that employees did not experience any interruption. 
Clarissa Sawyerr, HHA, Garden House
During routine landscaping maintenance, a tree grinder bob cat was in the enclosed courtyard. When a resident started to go outside, Clarissa was watching. "She came out of nowhere and told the resident to come inside and be safe." Thank you to Clarissa for ensuring that resident safety is a top priority!
Julie Smith, Director of Social Work, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Julie exemplifies the definition of team work. She has established a strong relationship with Family Choice, nearly doubling enrollment! She has also improved communications for safe and appropriate discharges. Julie follows up with family or patient concerns to create positive experiences while setting team expectations and requirements. 
Bobbie Woods, CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Bobbie is very attentive to our Mom. He is always in a happy mood and makes sure all of her needs are addressed. He is always busy helping residents and I've never once seen him sitting around. Mom feels best on the days he's working as she knows he'll take great care of her with a smile on his face. All CNAs should strive to be like Bobbie.
Letter of Thanks
"I never saw her
smile so much..."

Below is a note of appreciation from the family of a Weinberg Campus resident.

I am very happy with your staff and how mom is becoming very at ease at Garden House. I never saw her smile so much and she looks forward to the meals. [There is] more space to walk around, and this will allow her to strengthen her legs. She is very relaxed and comfortable with the people who help her... I loved talking to your staff while I was settling mom into her new home. The food is amazing, so I would not be surprised if mom starts to add a few pounds on. I never saw her eat so much...Great staff!
Featured Events
Happy Thanksgiving!
Family Celebration Nov. 24

Rosa Coplon, Dosberg Manor, Forest Creek & Meadows

Reservations Required.
Monthly Activities For Residents
New Employees October 2019
Jennifer Arcovio, RN, Home Care
Imani Alexander, CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Natasha Arias, HR Coordinator
Kelly Barber, PCA, Dosberg Manor
Jessee Beuchat, Activities Assistant, Garden House
Alexis Bryant, CNA, Rosa Coplon
Iesha Dunbar, CNA, Rosa Coplon
Angela Giglia, RN Supervisor, Rosa Coplon
Brionna Harris, CNA, Rosa Coplon
Brittany Herron, PCA, Dosberg Manor
Fauzia Owusu, CNA, Rosa Coplon
Teresa Parker, RN, Nurse Supervisor, Rosa Coplon
Jayla Smith, Housekeeper           
Frances Stevens, CNA, Rosa Coplon
On The Move!
Congratulations to Brittany Lepkowski, who was promoted to Activities Director, Dosberg Manor.

Brittany, pictured left, with Jessee Beuchat, the new Activities Assistant at Garden House.
Photo Gallery
A Taste Of Italy
Matt McDougall and Clare Crook enjoy an Italian-style beverage.
(As they say in Italy.)
Alsha Paulk, Holly Steeg and Amy Hashemi welcome more than 80 guests.
Halloween Fun at Rosa Coplon Living Center
Families gathered in costume for some spooky fun.
It's a "Toy Story" Halloween for these trick or treaters!
Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat team up to collect goodies.
Fun at Dosberg Manor
It's a Halloween Party! Staff, residents and grandchildren celebrate in the Deli.
Debbie, LPN, and Cynthia, PCA, make working at Dosberg Manor fun!
Residents create patriotic artwork to commemorate Veterans Day.
Faces of Veterans
Veterans were presented with a carnation for the Salute To Veterans ceremony.
Pictured below are a few of our honorees from Dosberg Manor.
We honor all of our Veterans
for your selfless service to our country. We hope you enjoyed a peaceful holiday on November 11th.
More Play. Less Worry.
Independent, enriched and assisted living apartments available now. Refer a friend to move in before the holidays. Be sure to ask about our referral reward program.

Call 639-3332 today!