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Ann and Ray Neff had occasion to spend a good deal of time with Bobby Broderick before he passed away. Over time, Ray learned of Bobby’s career in the laundry business and heard stories of how he began that business as a job and how it blossomed into a fulfilling and successful career. Remembering this important part of Bobby’s life, and the role it played in his family life — taking his children to work with him on Saturdays and how they would play in the laundry bins and conveyors — it seemed most fitting to Ann and Ray that when our own Plymouth Harbor laundry room was being renovated, to do something to honor Bobby and his contributions to life at Plymouth Harbor.

The Neffs have made a gift to support the purchase of the large industrial-sized washer and dryer (roughly half the cost of the equipment) in memory of Bobby Broderick. A memorial plaque will be installed by the end of the February. Please join us in thanking Ann and Ray Neff for their thoughtful gift to remember our longtime friend, neighbor, and colleague Charles “Bobby” Broderick.

 

 

By: Lorna Hard

Picture4Margaret D’Albert, known as Peggy, was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She  spent the first three years of high school at a prep school on the east coast of Florida and completed high school in Tucson, Arizona. After two years studying at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Peggy transferred to Scripps, one of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges in California.

Her first summer there, Peggy went on a tour of South America with two of her professors. They stopped in Buenos Aires following the death of Eva Peron, and Peggy experienced what life under a dictatorship is like. The following summer she went on a study tour to Mexico.

After graduation, Peggy moved to New York City, taking secretarial and public relations jobs, and attending classes at NYU. When one of her former professors retired, he organized a tour around the world, which Peggy joined. It began in Japan and ended in Spain. When she returned to New York, Peggy tutored with Literacy Partners, Inc., an English as a Second Language program. Subsequently, she completed her master’s degree in literature at NYU.

Peggy married Peter D’Albert, who was born in Switzerland and had American citizenship. Peter was based in New York and worked for a Swiss company. After their first son, Richard, was born, the couple moved to Long Island, living first in Manhasset and later in Locust Valley, where Peter had taken an administrative position with Hofstra University. The D’Albert’s had two more children: Kevin and Maria. Peggy now has eight grandchildren.

While Peter worked at Hofstra, Peggy completed a second master’s degree in education there. She also worked with the Junior League as Chairman of the Arts Committee, where she helped set up an arts loan library for the public schools, a calendar for Newsday, and a Saturday arts program for school children.

When the D’Albert’s divorced, Peggy moved back to New York City, where her children were living and working. She resumed her work with the English as a Second Language program, became President of Vacations for Senior Citizens (VASCA), and sang weekly with the Canterbury Choral Society.

Peggy is no stranger to Sarasota. Her first visit here was for the winter semester of first grade at the Out-of-Door Academy, which was then a boarding school. In her adult life, she spent many winters at her condo at The Landings. She became active with Sarasota’s Literacy Council, and for several years, she sang with United Congregational Church Choir in Sarasota and the Key Chorale.

In Sarasota, she particularly enjoys music, theatre, ballet, art galleries, lecture series at Sarasota Institute for Lifelong Learning, classes at Pierian Spring Academy, and brief kayak rides.

Peggy feels fortunate to be able to participate in the classes, exercises, lectures, and films in the community at Plymouth Harbor.

 

Picture20Anne Foley Alper has been in the fitness industry for eight years, teaching both aquatic and land-based group fitness classes as well as individual private lessons. Since March of 2015, she has been an independent contractor with Plymouth Harbor teaching our group fitness classes Aqua Fit and Body Moves. With a background in dance, she frequently incorporates choreography, such as Modern Jazz, into her classes. In addition to teaching group fitness, she also provides private aquatic instruction to residents in the therapy pool. She enjoys her work here for several reasons, but most notably because her clients are committed to their health and happiness, and they don’t take it for granted.

Anne has AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association) certification, and earned a master’s degree in holistic counseling, giving her the ability to work with individuals managing life with chronic diseases and disabilities, such as Tourette’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, and dementia-related conditions. In addition to Plymouth Harbor, Anne works as an independent fitness contractor for several other local retirement communities as well as for an agency based out of North Carolina that connects her with local members of the Wounded Warrior Project who have suffered from neuro-related injuries.

According to Anne, the water provides 12 times more resistance than land work, without using equipment. The advantage of water therapy is significant as it provides a much more peaceful and safe environment — the buoyancy offers more support and less stress on joints. This allows you to explore a greater range of motion, while having 360 degrees of moving water as massaging support around you. And while older populations have always utilized forms of water exercise, Anne says that more and more people of all ages are using these types of exercise for relieving wear and tear on joints, maintaining and improving balance, and cross-training.

In addition to physical benefits, Anne explains that because it’s a relaxing environment, without any mirrors, people tend to be more open and willing to help one another. “It has properties that go well beyond the water. This is a place where the ego can dissolve and people can expand in a lot of different ways.” It’s also fun. “I don’t think the happiness factor can be overestimated — people are having fun. It’s playful,” she adds.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can find Anne’s contact information in the Wellness Center’s Preferred Professionals brochure.

 

 

Picture3CADE SIBLEY

We are excited and honored to welcome Cade Sibley as our new Chair of The Foundation Board. Cade has served as a member of The Foundation Board since its inception in 2013. She and her husband Whit are residents of Longboat Key, having moved here in 2010 from Denver. In Denver, Cade was involved in advanced estate, business-transfer, and investment-planning strategies. She was a longtime member of several of the Lincoln Financial Group’s most prestigious honors societies, and served as Vice Chair of Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center Board for The Denver Foundation, and on the Denver Arthritis Foundation Board.

Cade assumed her new role as Chair in January of this year. Bill Johnston will continue as a Foundation Trustee as a resident of Plymouth Harbor, as he and his wife Betsy became residents in December of 2015. Harry Hobson continues as Vice-Chair of The Foundation Board, and Garry Jackson continues in his role of Secretary/Treasurer.

 

In December 2015, three members of the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees reached the end of their term, and in January 2016, the Board gained three new members. Below please find biographies introducing these new members.

 

KATHRYN ANGELL CARR

I am looking forward to serving on the Plymouth Harbor Board because it is a facility I have admired since moving to Sarasota in 1983, and the more I learn about Plymouth Harbor, the more I treasure such a valuable resource in our community.”

Kathryn Angell Carr is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where she is Board Certified in Real Estate Law. She has been involved in the representation of both purchasers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate, including several shopping centers, hotels, apartment complexes, restaurants, and office buildings. Kathryn also has experience in the leasing and financing of both residential and commercial projects, including securitized financing and bond financing. Kathryn has represented developers of residential projects in all stages of development, including acquisition, financing of the land, and platting of the property, and has advised clients as to the effects of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and the Florida Land Sales Act.

Kathryn received a BS degree in Political Science from Iowa State University and earned her law degree from the University of Florida. In addition to Plymouth Harbor, Kathryn previously served on several community Boards, including, but not limited to, The Argus Foundation and the Animal Rescue Coalition. She has three stepchildren and six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to 27. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys cooking, having learned much from her husband who was a page boy in the Ringling Hotel in the 1940s while his father was the manager.

 

Grindal 4x5 300 dpi (4) CropALAN B. GRINDAL, M.D. 

As a Sarasota physician​, I have long admired Plymouth Harbor as a model for providing a successful aging lifestyle.”

Dr. Alan B. Grindal is a Board Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his Medical degree from the University of Illinois. Dr. Grindal obtained his Neurology training at the Medical College of Virginia, where he also served on the medical faculty.

For over 30 years Dr. Grindal was in private practice in Sarasota, and he is currently on the Clinical Faculty of Florida State University. He also works with the Memory Disorder Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is a volunteer at the hospital’s Community Clinic. In addition, Dr. Grindal often teaches at the University of South Florida Lifelong Learning Academy and Pierian Springs Academy. He was selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America from 1997 to his retirement in 2004. Dr. Grindal and his wife will be                                                                                                     celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer with their three children and six                                                                                                    grandchildren.

 

McGee Low-ResAMBASSADOR JAMES D. MCGEE

I am pleased to serve on the Board of Trustees at Plymouth Harbor. As the premier vertically integrated care facility in Florida, Plymouth Harbor affords me the opportunity to continue my life of service with an institution that does so much for its residents and the community at large.”

Ambassador James D. McGee spent the majority of his 30-year Foreign Service career overseas working in support of U.S. Government policy. His professional skills include political-military affairs, crisis management, and international negotiation and management. He was nominated and confirmed as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland 2002-2004, Madagascar and the Comoros Islands 2004-2007, and Zimbabwe 2007-2009. He then returned to the National War College in Washington D.C., as the senior advisor to the Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. At his last assignment, Ambassador McGee opened the first political-military office to provide diplomatic advice and guidance to the Commander of U.S. naval forces Europe, Africa and the 6th Fleet. Ambassador McGee served in the U.S. Air Force for five and a half years during the Vietnam conflict and earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 16 Air Medals while flying on 471 combat missions.

In addition to his military honors, Ambassador McGee was presented the Palmer Award for Diplomatic Excellence in 2011, the Diplomacy for Freedom Award in 2008, and numerous Presidential Pay and Superior Honor Awards. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Zimbabwe and the Committee for the Community of Democracies. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Defense Language Institute, and speaks French and Vietnamese.

 

Terry and Maureen Aldrich have been married for 16 years. They met in 1999 when she walked into his antique shop, and it was love at first sight.

Throughout his years, Terry has held two very different careers. First, he spent 20 years as a psychotherapist on active duty in the Air Force and as a program director for civilian mental health clinics. Second, he spent another 20 years as a business owner focused on the import and export of Western European antiques and furniture in Sarasota, Atlanta, and Italy. Maureen on the other hand began as a ballerina with the New Orleans Opera. She also studied world dances, ranging from SW Native Americans, Haiti, Brazil, Ghana, Hawaii, and 17th century France. In her career she choreographed ballets, became an associate professor of dance therapy at the University of Illinois, a professor in the history of dance at Vanderbilt, and has published three books on the subject.

What made Terry decide to make the move from a career in psychotherapy to running an antique shop? And how did Maureen turn her passion for dance into a career?

View their January Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to resident Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

By: Joe Devore

The Governor’s Gold Seal for Excellence is awarded to only three to four percent of nursing facilities in the state of Florida. In fact, to be eligible for this recognition, facilities must have a track record of 30 months of outstanding state surveys — and only about eight percent of facilities do.

The survey test is only the first of five measures that the state puts forth. Another requirement includes outstanding quality measures, such as lack of resident falls, skin integrity, degree of reported pain, decrease in functional level, and significant weight loss or gain. The Gold Seal Award was established in 1999, during Governor Jeb Bush’s first term. Its main purpose is to recognize nursing facilities that demonstrate excellence in long-term care over a sustained period, promote stability of  the industry and facilitate the physical, social, and emotional well-being of nursing facility residents.” The award lasts a period of two years, after which facilities must reapply.

For Plymouth Harbor, attaining the Gold Seal isn’t just about receiving the recognition, but about validating that the Smith Care Center truly operates in a resident-centered fashion, with compassionate staff, first-rate resources, and sound operational methods.

The 2015 list of eligible nursing facilities was posted on the Gold Seal website on August 13, Plymouth Harbor was extremely pleased to be included on the list. With step one of five completed, we moved on to preparing and submitting a detailed application — all within one month’s time. The application included the following topics and information:

  • Information confirming the financial stability of Plymouth Harbor.
  • Proof of resident satisfaction, where we cited the outstanding results from the 2015 Holleran survey.
  • Evidence that the Smith Care Center works hard to address any resident concerns.
  • Evidence of community involvement, where we recognized employee efforts, including our quarterly Keep Sarasota County Beautiful  roadside cleanups, participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, monthly volunteering at All Faiths Food Bank, and our ongoing upcycling program with the Learning Cottage Preschool.
  • Information confirming a stable workforce, where we were thrilled to report stability that’s notably higher than the requested benchmark.
  • Evidence that we adequately address staff education.
  • A review of our best practices, including all staff training for working with residents with dementia, how to create the best first hour and day for new residents, palliative care, our staff skills fair, and our new OnBoard employee wellness program.

After submitting our 1,200-page application in early September, we anxiously awaited the next step. On October 20, our application was officially accepted and we moved on to the third requirement — a conference call with all members of the Gold Seal Panel for Excellence. We again advanced to the next step, and began preparing for an onsite visit with a panel member. This occurred on November 11, and lasted several hours.

The visit was more than satisfactory, and we proceeded to the final step in the process — an official presentation to the Gold Seal Panel for Excellence, where all those in the running make their final pitch to receive the award. The panel occurred on December 8, and we elected to put together a compelling and moving video (shown above) that showed first-hand why the Smith Care Center was deserving of this prestigious distinction. We captured the stories, care, and dedication seen each and every day at Smith Care, and after reviewing, the panel unanimously voted to recommend to Governor Scott that the Smith Care Center be recognized as a Gold Seal skilled nursing facility.

The designation was made official on January 8, 2016 by Governor Scott. Currently, only 26 of the approximately 690 nursing facilities in the state of Florida hold this award.

 

In 1999, Mildred (1897-1996) and Bernard (1898-1997) Doyle established the Doyle Charitable Trust Scholarship. Since then, more than 25 scholarships have been awarded to Plymouth Harbor employees and their children.

A result of the deep admiration the Doyles developed for Plymouth Harbor employees during their residency, the trust was established as a means to provide ongoing educational assistance to “a worthy and needy child of an employee of Plymouth Harbor” or “a worthy and needy employee seeking to increase their skills or to obtain a higher education.” Each year, a scholarship committee at Northern Trust Bank, including former Plymouth Harbor executive director Jack Smith, selects two recipients for the $5,000 scholarships.