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.
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.
The Society of St. Johnland, the sponsor organization behind St. Johnland Nursing Center, celebrated its 150th anniversary at a special dinner honoring the Kings Park Fire Department and EMT Squad.
St. Johnland has a proud history since its founding in 1866. Today St. Johnland Nursing Center is a Four-Star rated facility that cares for 300 individuals each day, some in long term skilled nursing, some in the Alzheimer’s/dementia, traumatic brain injury and subacute units and others in two adult daycare programs.
(Shown to the left) John Gallo, Fire Chief, accepted a check from Nursing Center CEO & Administrator Mary Jean Weber that represented donations from a group of individuals, businesses and from St. Johnland.
Enthusiastic residents and staff at ST. JOHNLAND NURSING CENTER took part in a walk to raise money for post-surgical care for needy individuals in conjunction with the United Breast Cancer Foundation of Huntington Station. 100% of all money raised by the Foundation goes to support this effort. The St. Johnland staff also sponsored a bake sale, a raffle and Wear Pink Day which raised additional funds for research.
Nine residents from St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park participated in the 13th 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 volleyball and a bronze in bowling. The oldest team member is 97!
Congratulations to the entire team!
St. Johnland Nursing Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Kay Jung, R.N., B.S.N., as Director of Nursing. She is responsible for the supervision of the nursing staff of 300 in the 250-bed facility in Kings Park. A resident of Dix Hills, Ms. Jung has thirty years of nursing experience and most recently served as Director of Nursing Services at Water’s Edge at Port Jefferson for Rehab & Nursing; previously she was the Director of Nursing at Island Nursing and Rehab Center.
St. Johnland provides skilled nursing care with specialties in head injury rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s/dementia care and subacute care. They also provide home health care and adult day care. For further information, please call (631) 269-5800.
Claudine Welti; Dr. Sydney Gary, Director of Research Operations, CSHL; Dr. Nicholas Tonks, Dagnia Zeidlickis, Trudy Calabrese, Bryan Amico
ST. JOHNLAND NURSING CENTER, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and U.S. Trust Company co-sponsored their thirteenth annual symposium at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on “Drugging an Undruggable Target – a Scientific Journey from Discovery Research to a Clinical Trial”.
The speaker, Nicholas Tonks, Ph.D, F.R.S., Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, CSHL, detailed his work and personal journey that began with his discovery 25 years ago of a key enzyme involved in cell signaling. Although it was clear that this enzyme was a potentially powerful target for new drugs to treat human diseases, Dr. Tonks was discouraged from pursuing this line of work by major pharmaceutical firms, which pronounced the enzyme “un-druggable” – an impossible target to hit. Today, several enzyme-inhibiting drugs based on molecules Tonks designed are in development to treat diabetes, obesity, and breast cancer.
Principal Lauren Moreno and Christine Schneider
St. Johnland Nursing Center is the proud recipient of a beautifully designed new outdoor chair thanks to the Kings Park Middle School art department. Organized by teachers Christine Schneider and Beth LaFantano, the “Chair About Our Town” project was created to capture the attention of our Kings Park community to increase awareness of William T. Rogers Middle School’s Fine Arts program and highlight the artistic talents of the middle level students. Many of the local businesses were given an opportunity to participate in the project.
The teachers worked to organize the student artists, supervise them, and encourage their best creative efforts. All of the art sessions were scheduled after school. “I love the project’s connection to the community and enjoy working in the more relaxed manner with the young artists of my group. At our initial Fine Arts Department planning meeting, I jumped right away to work on a chair for St. Johnland Nursing Center. With their 150-year history of caring service, and their consistent support whenever my orchestra has performed there, I’ve always felt a personal connection to them”, said Ms. Schneider. “We researched the nursing home’s website for additional ideas and began to sketch some templates. After a few planning sessions and choosing between paint samples I had picked up at the hardware store, we finally started to paint. We tweaked and discussed our vision as we worked, and our St. Johnland chair is a showpiece that I hope the nursing home will be proud to display.”
St. Johnland sends sincere thanks to the student artists!
St. Johnland Nursing Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Ilene Isaacs, LMSW, as Director of Social Work. She is responsible for managing all of the Social Work staff who care for the residents and families in the 250-bed facility in Kings Park. In this field for over 17 years, Ms. Isaacs most recently served as a social worker at Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk after leaving St. Johnland in 2011.
Ms. Isaacs is particularly interested in the geriatric population – in supporting residents and their families as individuals make the transition to long term care. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Dowling College and a M.A. in Social Work from Stony Brook University.
St. Johnland provides skilled nursing care with specialties in head injury rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s/dementia care and subacute care and adult day care. For further information, please call (631) 269-5800.