St. Johnland Nursing Center is committed to being an important resource to the community.
We invite you to please join us for many exciting upcoming events at St. Johnland.
For more information regarding these events and to participate, please call Cathie Wardell at (631) 269-5800.
St. Johnland Nursing Center’s Adult Day Health program participants have enjoyed recent visits from a variety of different speakers. Scenquetta Dixon from Cornell Cooperative Extension (left) discussed nutrition, obesity, the new food pyramid and food safety. “Music with Carl” (center) was sponsored by Tully Elder Law, PC of Melville who gave a short informative presentation on estate and elder care planning. Finally, Patricia Calumbraro (right), a Smithtown Fire Marshall spoke to the group on fire safety in the home.
St. Johnland Nursing Center and its food service provider Morrison Community Living were part of the joint NYPD/Kings Park Chamber of Commerce effort to supply food for the thousands of Fire and Military personnel who attended the funeral Mass for Master Sergeant Christopher Raguso, a Kings Park resident, who was killed in Iraq in a recent helicopter crash.
St. Johnland Nursing Center is pleased to welcome Elaina Munoz-Hamill as the Senior Director for Nutrition Services. Elaina is the leader of the in-house food service team of Morrison Community Living, a division of Compass Group. She has a wealth of knowledge in food and nutrition with managerial and leadership experience in the healthcare market.
Elaina began her career as a Registered Dietitian working for several contract management food service companies in New York and spent ten years as a Director of Clinical Nutrition with operational and clinical responsibilities. She served the last five years as a Systems Director of Food and Nutrition Services with Morrison Community Living overseeing a 1,200-bed nursing home in the Bronx. Morrison has provided food and nutrition services to St. Johnland’s residents, staff and family since 2014. The parent company, Compass, was recently included on the Forbes 500 list and it is among the best companies to work for in America.
Talented groups from the local schools performed holiday shows at St. Johnland Nursing Center in December. Orchestras, bands and choirs from Kings Park High School and Middle School led by Jon Nowack all brought a healthy dose of cheer to the 250 residents! The St. Johnland Resident Choir performed a special holiday concert for their peers and families. Practicing for many months, the group’s hard work was appreciated by the audience.
The Catholic Daughters of St. Joseph’s Parish brought their moving tea party to St. Johnland along with a tempting array of baked treats. Thank you ladies!
The patients on the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit were the lucky recipients of some tabletop trees decorated by local elementary school students as part of a contest sponsored by Dr. Inna Gellerman of Huntington.
Santa arrived from the North Pole before Christmas for a visit to both the Nursing Center and the Adult Day Care Program. And the holidays wouldn’t be complete without an Ugly Sweater Day for the staff!
Participants in St. Johnland Nursing Center’s adult daycare program are fortunate enough to have the continuing attention of students from the Stony Brook School of Nursing. This is the fourth year that groups from the school come weekly with interactive presentations on subjects including lifestyle choices, fall prevention strategies, home safety and adaptive equipment. Stony Brook’s clinical course prepares students to work with families using evidence-based nursing interventions and advanced communications skills. St. Johnland’s professional daycare staff enables individuals to stay in the community as long as possible. For more information, please call 631-663-2474.
Nine residents from St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park participated in the 14th Annual Suffolk County Golden Games held at the YMCA in Patchogue. Teams from other nursing facilities across the county competed in five different events at the all-day sports competition. Replicating Olympic ceremonies, the games give the teams an opportunity to display their athletic talents and to connect with residents from other facilities. St. Johnland’s team, which practices for many months to develop competitive skills, took part in team and individual contests and brought home a gold medal in women’s basketball throw and a silver in volleyball. The oldest team member is 97!
Congratulations to the entire team!!
St. Johnland Nursing Center’s 151st Anniversary Gala honored longtime donors the Ann Eden Woodward Foundation and its trustees, Judy and Pat Woods. Over the years, the Foundation grants have generously supported both construction and programmatic needs at the nursing center, where Mr. Woods has served on the Board. Mr. and Mrs. Woods have balanced their leadership of the Foundation with other philanthropic responsibilities in the community. The successful event, held at Huntington Country Club, was co-chaired by Joyce Gay and Heather Spehr.
JOHNLAND NURSING CENTER, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Northwell Health and U. S. Trust Company co-sponsored their fourteenth annual symposium at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on “Immunotherapy & Cancer: The Latest Research”.
The speakers, Dr. Douglas Fearon, Professor at Cold Spring Harbor and at Weill Cornell and Dr. Robert Maki, Professor at Cold Spring Harbor and Hofstra-Northwell Medical School, gave a compelling overview of their research and the clinical applications and trials.
JOHNLAND NURSING CENTER honored their dedicated volunteers at a special luncheon. Administrator and CEO Mary Jean Weber recognized all 114 volunteers and thanked them for their extraordinary service to the residents over the past year. These faithful individuals transport residents to different educational and entertainment programs within the nursing center, bring in therapy dogs, work in the gift shop, host monthly teas and assist with special events and various office functions. Carolyn O’Brien, Director of Recreation Therapy, also offered her praise and said, “our volunteers’ exceptional attention to the 250 residents here at St. Johnland provides an invaluable service. We are very grateful for everything they do!”
The Rehabilitation Department at St. Johnland Nursing Center is proud to receive the HealthPRO 2016 Excellence Achievement Award, one of only 25 teams to be selected across the country. The award highlights compliance advocacy on evolving regulatory requirements that is crucial to serving our residents and patients and providing positive outcomes. The outstanding St. Johnland team of 21 physical, occupational and speech therapists attend regular training opportunities and integrate core values in their everyday practice assisting 300 long and short term patients and adult daycare participants.
HealthPRO is a therapy management and consulting service that offers continuing professional training.
(Shown to the left) Chris Zito, HealthPRO Regional Manager, presents the award to Karen Vittoria, Director of Rehabilitation.