Bert Adams (4)Each year, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful asks the community to nominate individuals who, time and time again, demonstrate their commitment to our environment. These individuals are then recognized at the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Annual Volunteer Awards Recognition Dinner.

This year, Plymouth Harbor is proud to announce that we nominated our very own volunteer superstar, Bert Adams (an employee in our Smith Care Center). To no one’s surprise, Bert’s nomination was well-received, and she was invited to attend the annual dinner where she received the prestigious Guy Hudson Award for promoting volunteer interest and participation!

KSCBAwards2015-4The 27th annual dinner was held on November 4, 2015, at Robarts Area, and was hosted by Tampa Bay Rays Emcee, Bobby Milliken, and the Oriole Bird. A group of Plymouth Harbor employees attended the event alongside Bert’s family to cheer her on and support efforts being made throughout the county that promote environmental stewardship and innovation through education and action.

Bert’s award is not only well-deserved, but extremely fitting as it “recognizes an extraordinary life-long volunteer who has contributed to litter prevention and public awareness efforts.” Since Bert started at Plymouth Harbor in 1991, she has been committed to involving employees and their family members in volunteer efforts throughout the county. She has consistently organized company volunteer cleanup projects, and her efforts go beyond beautification.

Bert is the reason Plymouth Harbor adopted All Faiths Food Bank as our corporate charitable project, and she continually participates and promotes other local charities, such as the Crop Walk, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, and many more.

Both Sarasota County and Plymouth Harbor are extremely lucky to have Bert Adams as member of our team — congratulations, Bert!

 

On Tuesday, October 27, Plymouth Harbor attended The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Salute to Business Awards luncheon. This event recognizes Chamber member employers who demonstrate growth, commitment, years of service, and high levels of achievement within three categories: Hiring Our Neighbors, Investing in the Future, and Reaching a Milestone Anniversary.

There are three honorees in each category, and we are excited to announce that Plymouth Harbor was named an honoree in the Investing in the Future category this year! Matter Brothers Furniture and Sarasota Ford are also honorees in this category.

To be eligible for this recognition, Plymouth Harbor completed and submitted an application in August 2015 regarding years served in the community, number of full-time employees, and capital investments. As a result, Plymouth Harbor was recognized for this award  because of past and future capital investments. Our Northwest Building Expansion will officially kick off in December with our groundbreaking ceremony.

Capture684706The event was held at the Hyatt Regency, with over 500 attendees, including local media and business professionals. In addition to recognizing the top nine honorees within each of the three categories, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce also presented certificates of recognition to those members that reported positive gains within the same categories.

As a part of the event, Plymouth Harbor was also asked to participate in a short video that features our President & CEO Harry Hobson, as well as footage of the campus and design plans for the Northwest Building. The video will soon be available on Plymouth Harbor’s website, and Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PlymouthHarbor.

 

“Have I got a story for you!” This phrase is not only Susan Mauntel’s signature slogan, but also accurately reflects her life and career. Susan was born and raised in Philadelphia, but later moved to Boulder, Colorado, to attend the University of Colorado. She was an art major, journalism minor, and destined for show business.

After school, Susan continued west to California—modeling in TV commercials and print advertisements, first in San Francisco, then Los Angeles. From there, Susan’s next adventure was broadcasting – she hosted daily live TV shows in San Diego and San Francisco, interviewing prominent figures like Maya Angelou and Gerald Ford. Then, she co-anchored the news in Los Angeles. Later, she made her way to Aspen, where she made her living with a paintbrush, rendering fine art on furniture, and co-founded a resident theater company.

How did Susan make it in Los Angeles? And what did she learn along the way?

View her October 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.

Susan Mauntel was our final Insights presentation for 2015. The Insights program will pick back up in January 2016, so stay tuned for more!

 

21116554478Back in June, we asked you to complete a survey rating your current level of satisfaction on a wide variety of topics here at Plymouth Harbor. In order to ensure the best possible results, the Plymouth Harbor Board of Trustees contracted with Holleran, a highly reputable independent research firm, to conduct the survey. In September, Plymouth Harbor received an extensive report of the results and held a resident meeting to present the findings. Below is a summary of the results and survey responses.

Holleran uses a national benchmark when analyzing survey results. The benchmark is comprised of 71,000 cases from 302 independent living communities, 11,000 cases from 250 assisted living communities, and 12,300 cases from 230 skilled nursing communities. Data collection from our survey lasted from June 5July 6. Seventy-four percent of independent living residents completed the survey, along with 87.5 percent in the Callahan Center, and 73.5 percent in the Smith Care Center.

Overall, independent living residents indicated administration, dining, and daily living, such as competency and courtesy of staff and quality of services, as strengths of Plymouth Harbor. The Callahan Center also identified administration as a strong point, along with quality of care, confidence, and responsiveness. In the Smith Care Center, strengths were indicated in areas of accessibility of the Director of Nursing, quality of care, friendliness and courtesy of staff, and most importantly, preservation of dignity.

Of course, we recognize that within each segment there are areas of opportunity for Plymouth Harbor. The very purpose of this survey is to help us identify areas where we can better serve you, and we vow to take a closer look at these areas. In particular, such opportunities include further explanation and clarity of contract, fulfillment of expectations, and effective management of changes and growth.

That said, we are excited to share that Plymouth Harbor was awarded two Holleran Highest Honors this year! Holleran Highest Honors recognizes areas that score significantly above the Holleran Benchmark. Plymouth Harbor received the award in two categories, including:

  1. Overall Plymouth Harbor for Daily Living and Dining Services
  2. Smith Care Center for Overall Satisfaction

Overall, we hope that you are satisfied with the services here at Plymouth Harbor. If you would like to view a full report of the survey results, two copies are now available in the Plymouth Harbor Library.

From a young age, Walt Mattson had a profound interest in the newspaper and printing business. He delivered neighborhood newspapers, and even worked as a printer’s devil (one step below an apprentice) at his uncle’s weekly newspaper business in Pittsburgh during summer vacations. In the 1950s, he landed a job at a commercial printing plant in Portland, Maine, and went on to hold several high-ranking jobs in the newspaper business. Walt quickly climbed the corporate ladder, and in 1979, he was named the president of The New York Times Company.

How did he land this prestigious title, and what got him interested in the business in the first place?

View his September 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.

Upcoming 2015 Insights Presentations:

October 23                         Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

 

Ted Rehl fell in love with music…not once, but twice. His love for music blossomed around piano, Fran’s around cello, and they met at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. With two music degrees, and a thirst for teaching, they began their careers. After retiring, Ted closed his piano and didn’t play again for 18 years. What brought him out of retirement?

View Ted and Fran’s August 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.

 

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

September 25             Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                         Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

Do you ever feel like it takes years to get something accomplished in Washington? So did Senator Marlow Cook, who was featured in our July Insights Program. Throughout his time in the Senate, he co-sponsored several bills that passed Congress during Nixon’s presidency. Senator Cook has always been a “go-getter.” Even before serving in the Senate, he served as a county judge, was elected to the Kentucky State Legislature, and became the youngest county executive in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 36. After his Senate term, he spearheaded the effort of a major Kansas City law firm to create one of the top decision-making firms in D.C.

How did Senator Cook accomplish it all? View the full 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, OnBoard, Insights 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.

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

August 28                     Ted and Fran Rehl:  “Inspired by Music”

September 25             Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                         Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

Have you ever seen a fashion show at Macy’s, read an advertisement for Vanity Fair lingerie in The New Yorker, or dried yourself on a Martex Towel? If so, you might know Plymouth Harbor resident Jane Smiley, who was featured in our June Insights Program. Jane has lived an exciting and active life – working in fashion advertising in New York City, serving as an advocate for women in the workplace, and promoting education and scholarships for youth. Jane shared with us how she broke the barrier for women in top executive positions during the 1950s, and how her journey eventually led her here to Plymouth Harbor.

You can view Jane’s full Insights presentation here:

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, OnBoard, Insights 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.

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

July 24                           Senator Marlow Cook:  “Politics are Politics”

August 28                     Ted and Fran Rehl:  “Inspired by Music”

September 25             Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                         Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

Beverly Vernon, or “Bev” as most residents know her, was featured in our May Insights Program, along with some help from her husband, Bill. Bev is a gourmet cook at heart, and a columnist second. However, the latter ended up generating a paycheck when she stumbled into the career simply by writing about something she loved. Bev shared with us her journey to the Chicago Tribune, developing recipes for big-name brands like Kraft, and exciting stories of cooking alongside world-renowned chef, Julia Child, and even the Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks!

You can view Bev’s full Insights presentation here:

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, Insights 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.

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

June 26                     Jane Smiley:  “Style—It is My Life

July 24                       Senator Marlow Cook:  “Politics are Politics”

August 28                Ted and Fran Rehl:  “Inspired by Music”

September 25        Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                   Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

Don and Peggy Wallace were featured in April’s Insights.  Don Wallace wrote the script for several soap operas during his career, including The Edge of Night and One Life to Live.  Peggy was his right hand person, inspiring and typing the script every day.  The Wallaces shared how they met and entered into a fruitful career.  For them, life certainly was a Soap Opera!

You can view the full presentation here:

Insights is a new monthly connection where residents share their stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with employees.  A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing Employee Wellness Program, Insights is offered the fourth Friday of each month at noon.  Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund.

Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.  It will also enable us to develop an archive for future employees to view.

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

May 22                     Beverly Vernon:  “Let’s Cook”

June 26                    Jane Smiley:  “Style—It is My Life”

July 24                      Senator Marlow Cook:  “Politics are Politics”

August 28               Ted and Fran Rehl:  “Inspired by Music”

September 25       Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                 Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”