November 2020

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

This month we celebrate one of America’s favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. While we have been celebrating Thanksgiving as a federal holiday since 1863, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the very first Thanksgiving.

All of us know the story. In September 1620, a small ship named the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers aboard, seeking a new home where they could practice their faith freely or seek opportunities for prosperity. It was an arduous 66-day journey, ending at what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they began the hard work of establishing a village in the wilderness. Their first brutal winter took its toll; only half of the passengers and crew survived.

With the aid of Native Americans who welcomed them to the New World, Plymouth’s first inhabitants learned about cultivating corn, making maple syrup, and catching fish. When their first corn harvest proved successful, in November 1621 the colony’s governor, William Bradford, organized a celebratory feast and invited the Native Americans who had helped make it possible to join the colonists. Thus began our country’s autumn tradition of giving thanks.

In our early history there were a number of times when we formally gave thanks as a nation. Presidents George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison all designated days of thanks during their presidencies. But Thanksgiving first became an official national holiday in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation asking all citizens to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”

It’s interesting to me that the Thanksgiving we celebrate today – a holiday when families and friends give thanks for our many blessings – has its origins in hardship and strife; both the original Thanksgiving and its formal creation as a national holiday. And this year, 2020, has been a year of hardship for all of us. But I find much to be thankful for this year. I have unbounded appreciation for the health care heroes who are Weinberg’s staff. At great personal sacrifice, employees have continued to care for our residents, day in and day out. They have worked very hard to keep residents safe and engaged. I am also thankful for our residents and their family members for their optimism and resilient good cheer during these many months, especially without being able to see each other in person. This has been inspiring to me and our staff.

Here at Weinberg Campus we will do all we can to make Thanksgiving a special holiday for our residents. Similarly, I hope each and every one of you has a Happy Thanksgiving.

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
At Weinberg Campus, our environmental services staff has been working diligently each day to keep our campus safe and clean for residents and staff using cutting-edge UV technology and germ fighting cleaning protocols recommended by the CDC. As temperatures become cooler, we will only work harder to ensure that we don't let our guard down as we fight the spread of this virus. We want to thank you all for your patience as we continue to follow the Department of Health guidelines regarding in-person visitation.

For more information about COVID-19 or visitation, please contact one of our communities directly or visit
Helpful Resources
Traveling During a Global Pandemic

It's that time of year where traveling will start to pick up given the holidays are just around the corner. The CDC recommends that this year, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you must travel this holiday season, please do so safely. The CDC strongly advises to cancel travel plans if you are sick or have been around someone who has contracted COVID-19 in the last 14 days. You can find more resources about safe holiday celebrations here:
Weinberg Campus Honors Its Resident Veterans
Next week is Veterans Day, a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served in the military. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It is celebrated on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" to honor all veterans in all wars.

We salute all of our Weinberg Campus veterans! Below is a snapshot of some of our veterans who submitted their photos to us. Thank you all for your service to our country!

Virginia Snyder

Military Branch
U.S. Cadet Nursing Program

Years of Service

Harold Boniface

Military Branch
U.S. Army

Years of Service

Emil Auslander

Military Branch
U.S. Army

Ernest Gaiser

Military Branch
U.S. Navy

Years of Service

Salvatore Maggio

Military Branch
U.S. Army

Years of Service

Albert Dorer

Military Branch
U.S. Army

Years of Service

Ed Ferraro

Military Branch
U.S. Air Force

Years of Service

Thomas Giordano

Military Branch
U.S. Army

Years of Service

Joe Gunta

Military Branch
U.S. Navy

Years of Service

Paul Beaton

Military Branch
U.S. Army

Don Weber

Military Branch
U.S. Army

Years of Service

Michael Donohue

Military Branch
U.S. Marine Corps

Years of Service
Letters of Thanks
...from a family member of a Garden House resident
The staff at Garden House are very professional, friendly, easy to talk to and always there to help with any issues with my mom. They are like family to me. Mom smiles a lot now. She is more alert and has a positive attitude since she moved into Garden House. This makes me very happy to see mom happy.
...from a family member of a Dosberg Manor resident
When my mom moved into Dosberg Manor she was overwhelmed, due to the many changes in her life, including new schedules, personal physical challenges, new surroundings, and unfamiliar people. As a family we felt helpless as we could not visit to help mom 'settle into her new room' due to COVID restrictions. This decrease in family visits increased mom's anxieties as we had been very frequent visitors prior to COVID. The staff nurse, Monica, was amazing. She spent time with mom, explaining procedures,
reasons for all the changes, and encouraging her interactions and even teaching her to relax. My mom tends to be hesitant asking for
help as she does not 'want to be a bother'. Monica encouraged her to ask questions and to contact staff. Slowly, my mother is adjusting
to her new surroundings and all that it entails, thanks to Monica's support and TLC. We are truly appreciative for all that she has done
for our mom.
Grow Your Career at Weinberg Campus
At Weinberg Campus, there are so many opportunities to grow personally and professionally in your career. We caught up with some of our rock star staff who shared their career paths at Weinberg Campus.
Meet Mary Beth Doster, Resident Care Manager at Dosberg Manor. Mary Beth began her journey at Weinberg Campus in 1996 as a Personal Care Aide in Dosberg Manor and then was promoted to Home Health Aide. After a few years, she became a Medical Technician, and it was in this role that she discovered her passion for nursing. In 2001 she left Weinberg Campus to work with people with disabilities. For 14 years she gained experience in a number of roles at two different agencies. She has fond memories of piloting a successful program that helped individuals with disabilities develop work skills while volunteering in the community. Through these volunteer opportunities, she found her way back to Weinberg Campus!

In 2015 Mary Beth completed her LPN nursing degree and she knew immediately that she wanted to come back to Dosberg Manor – she said that something about it always felt like a second home to her. She returned as a floor nurse and a couple years later, a Resident Care Manager position opened up, and she has been serving in that role ever since.

In her most recent position, Mary Beth had the opportunity to learn more about operational, policy, and regulatory differences in other departments. She says, “When I look at the campus as a whole, I’m amazed to think of everything Weinberg Campus offers, with so many levels of care and services under one roof. To be part of it has been very rewarding.”
Meet Deb Jones, who started her career journey with Weinberg Campus as a Home Health Aide in 2013. Since then, she has been promoted to Office Coordinator at Garden House. Deb says that both roles allowed her to be in the medical field doing what she loves – whether it’s caring for a resident or preparing the team for success, she is happy! One of her favorite things about working at Weinberg Campus, Deb says, is the potential growth that is available for every employee.
Meet Debbie Schultz, Office Coordinator at Dosberg Manor. Debbie began her career at Weinberg Campus in January 2018 as Activities Coordinator for Forest Creek and Meadows. While there, she took the initiative to become certified as a Medical Technician for the Meadows Enriched Housing program. Her favorite part about her role was getting to know the residents on a personal level. She says, “I saw my role as important in preserving the quality of life for residents, providing them with opportunities for intellectual stimulation, physical activity and social interaction. A few of our day trips are some of my greatest memories at Weinberg Campus!”

When Debbie was promoted to Office Coordinator at Dosberg Manor, it allowed her the opportunity to interact with employees within every department almost every day. She still has the one-on-one connection with the residents, and thrives in the fast-paced environment of this position. In her current position, Debbie has grown both personally and professionally, improving her networking and communication skills, and reading as much as she can. Her advice to peers who are looking to advance in their careers?

“Treat every job as a career because you never know where it will take you. No matter what you do, make sure you do it with pride!”

Could this be you in the future?
Visit our website to learn more about career opportunities at Weinberg Campus:
Photo Gallery of Resident Activities
Our activity directors take great pride in keeping residents active with a variety of safe activities that incorporate social distancing and individual participation. Here are some snapshots from the past month! As always, you can check out our activities calendars online. Click the links below or visit:

Cookie Decorating, Crafting, Pet Visits, Flower Deliveries & Daily News With Ed
Rosa Coplon Living Center Residents Give Thanks
Annette says, "I am thankful for a wonderful family."
Rosa Coplon Activities Assistant, Roksana Rafique, delivers a tasty treat to Betty.
Joseph enjoys independent adult coloring - a relaxing past time he enjoys on campus.
Noris says, "I am thankful for good health."
Robin shows off her love for the Buffalo Bills. Her favorite player is Josh Allen!
Barbara says, "I am thankful for a wonderful family."
Jody says, "The color pink is pleasing pulchritude. Amen!"
Donald says, "I am thankful for a wonderful family, especially my loving wife of 21 years."
Marina enjoys viewing holiday decorations. She is interested in adult coloring, needle pointing, reading and dressing up in fancy clothes.
Halloween Fun!
New Employees October 2020
Mirleine Charles, RN Supervisor, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Love Chelley, HHA, Garden House
Linnier Cherry, Food Service Worker, Dietary
Breanna Garner, HHA, Garden House
Nychelle Hagans, Food Service Worker, Dietary
Maris Lenk, Unit Nurse Supervisor, RN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Rico Lewis Jr., PCA, Dosberg Manor
Crusade McPhail, PCA, Dosberg Manor
Autumn Myree, Food Service Worker, Dietary
Mazin Omar, Food Service Worker, Dietary
Sheila Williams, PCA, Dosberg Manor
High Five Award Winners
Congratulations to High Five Award winners! The Weinberg Campus High Five Award honors employees who demonstrate exemplary customer service, teamwork and collaboration, innovation, initiative, or integrity. Residents, staff, family members and visitors are always welcome to submit a nomination to the HR office, or by visiting this link:

Let's meet this quarter's winners!
Danielle Furgerson, Social Worker, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Danielle was nominated by Matt McDougall for demonstrating teamwork and collaboration. She showed exceptional leadership when the Director of Social Work was out for six weeks - Danielle worked closely with families, performed virtual visits, and managed facility discharges - all with a positive can-do attitude. She stepped up when needed and excelled. Way to go, Danielle!
Jennifer Jarrett, Administrative Assistant, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Jennifer was nominated by Lori Magee for consistently going one step beyond in her daily tasks, making everyone's lives easier. She is always cheerful and never lets stress get the best of her. The team would be lost without all of her help and support. We're happy you're here, Jennifer!
Dana Zientara, Social Worker, Dosberg Manor
Dana was nominated by Dana Notaro and Amy Hashemi for showing great customer service, teamwork & collaboration, initiative and integrity throughout the pandemic. She has been a huge help in moving residents into and out of Dosberg Manor, keeping the residents as her first priority at all times. Her positive attitude makes her an amazing asset to the Dosberg team. Thank you for all you do, Dana!
Diane Hunger, Campus Educator
Diane was nominated by Melissa Feider for being an integral part of COVID-19 education and testing since March. "You can count on Diane to always be on top of any situation, always going where she is needed. We don't know what we'd do without you, Diane!"
Hend Habir, RN, Garden House
Hend was nominated by Dana Notaro for customer service, initiative and integrity. "Hend is always recognized by families for her patience and compassion, going above and beyond for the benefit of the residents and their families. She is a true team player, helping out where needed across campus. Hend - you are one of a kind and we are lucky to have you on our team!"
Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and no matter how you're celebrating this year, there's room for creativity in the kitchen. Spice up your holiday dinner with these all-star side dish recipes!
Rosa Coplon Living Center Rated Among America's Best
U.S. News & World Report released the ratings for its “Best Nursing Homes 2020-21” list last week. Rosa Coplon Living Center was recognized with a “High Performing” rating.
Each year the ratings are based on U.S. News’ in-depth analysis of publicly available data. A “High Performing”, “Average”, or “Below Average” rating is assigned to short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term care facilities across the U.S. Nursing homes receive badges based on the ratings given, and Rosa Coplon Living Center is among only 21% of U.S. nursing homes that earned at least one badge.
"This recognition is a true testament to our hardworking team for bringing their absolute best to our campus every day, and for keeping our residents safe, healthy, and happy," said Matt McDougall, COO and Administrator of Rosa Coplon Living Center.