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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 Director

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.

St. Johnland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Symposium

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.

“Chairs About Our Town” Project

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 Director of Social Work

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.

St. Johnland Recognized

St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park has received a Five-Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that covers healthcare in the US. The rating system helps consumers, families and caregivers compare nursing homes online. A variety of categories are given one to five stars in areas ranging from health inspections to staffing to physical and clinical quality measures.

Mary Jean Weber, St. Johnland’s CEO & Administrator, said “we are extremely gratified and proud to have again been awarded a Five-Star rating. This is due to the dedication and experience of our staff of trained professionals who work tirelessly every day to care for our residents and provide them with the best quality of life possible.”

St. Johnland provides skilled nursing care with specialties in head injury rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s/dementia care and subacute care. They also provide adult day care.

St. Johnland Staff Recognized

Valerie Rudelmier, Susan Triolo,
Thomas Muldoon

St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park formally recognized its long-serving nursing and administrative staff with a special dinner and award ceremony. CEO Mary Jean Weber commended the honorees for their dedication, compassion and commitment to St. Johnland’s residents, and praised them for working together as a team. Honored for 30 years of service was Valerie Rudelmier (Dietary). Lisa Noble (Recreation) and Susan Triolo (Environmental Services) celebrated 25 years at St. Johnland, and Oren Lackenbacher (Nursing), Pauline Martin (Case Management) and Virginia O’Connor (Nursing) have been at St. Johnland for 20 years.

Also honored were three retirees: Anne Barwick, Robert Kemperle and Thomas Muldoon

In addition, 40 other employees were awarded anniversary certificates for their service to the residents of St. Johnland. Forty-seven percent of all employees have been at St. Johnland for at least five years and 32% more than ten years.

New Year’s Eve Gift!

DJ Frankie DiGirolamo

Residents at St. Johnland Nursing Center enjoyed a special New Year’s Eve party with DJ Frankie DiGirolamo. A student at Suffolk Community College and a resident of Commack, DiGirolamo is the son of a nurse at St. Johnland, and his wish to bring a joyful celebration was a gift that was greatly appreciated by the residents, their families and the staff. Thank you Frankie for your kindness!

Veteran’s Day Celebration

St. Johnland Nursing Center honored 25 of its residents who are veterans of World War II and the Korean War at a special luncheon. This followed a short prayer service and formal dedication of the day. One of the residents, Ray McLoughlin, now 95, was in an Army engineering group on Tinian in the Mariana Islands that serviced the B-29 Superfortresses, including the Enola Gay. Another, Margaret Scully, served as a hostess for five years entertaining the servicemen at the USO-sponsored Music Box Canteen in Greenwich Village. St. Johnland’s staff is honored to recognize the valuable contributions of all the veterans, and displayed individual posters that listed their other life accomplishments.

Pictured is World War II Veteran and St. Johnland Resident, William Augello holding a picture of himself during WWII.

Outstanding Scout Projects at St. Johnland Nursing Center

Sydney Surgue, Girl Scout Troop #1273

CJ McKay pictured with one of the garden boxes he built and donated.

Two recent scout projects have been completed to benefit the residents at St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park.

CJ McKay, a member of Boy Scout Troop #74 (Coram, NY), chose to complete his Eagle Scout Project at St. Johnland Nursing Center. The project must be completed to achieve the rank of Life Scout. Mr. McKay chose to build wheelchair accessible cedar gardening boxes for residents and Day Care participants at St. Johnland. Mr. McKay had to gain approval from his Scout Master Committee Chair and the Council Supervisor of the Long Island Boy Scout Council. After approval, he had to seek donations and publicize his work. Mr. McKay received donations from many local businesses to complete his project. From start to installation, Mr. McKay finished building 6 cedar gardening boxes in 4 months.

Mr. McKay is a senior at Newfield High School. He has been actively involved in Boy Scouts for over 12 years. He hopes to attend Stony Brook University next year, majoring in Engineering

Sydney Surgue, a member of Girl Scout Troop #1273 (Suffolk County), chose St. Johnland Nursing Center as the focus of her Girl Scout Silver Award Project. The Silver Award Project demonstrates leadership, organization and dedication to the local community and must be completed for a Girl Scout Cadette to advance to a Senior Girl Scout. Ms. Sugrue chose to plant a beautiful garden for the Alzheimer’s residents in the Kipp Pavillion at St. Johnland. As with the Eagle Scout Project, Ms. Sugrue had to gain approval from the Long Island Girl Scout Council before beginning, seek donations and publicize her project. She also received donations from many local businesses and held book sales at her church to raise funds to complete her work.

Ms. Sugrue is a freshman at Kings Park High School. She participates in cheerleading and plays on the high school softball team. She has been actively involved in Girl Scouts for over 10 years.

Karen Vittoria, Director of Rehabilitation at St. Johnland, states “The beautiful horticultural projects that were recently completed provide physical and psychosocial benefits to our residents. They will help maintain the array of plants and flowers while incorporating functional tasks such as endurance, safety awareness, balancing abilities and environmental awareness as they care for the gardens.”