Congratulations to Sheila Strahorn, our Employee of the Month for July 2013. Sheila Strahorn July 2013 Employee of the Month

Sheila is a full time certified nursing assistant (CNA) in the Smith Care Center.  She came to Plymouth Harbor in December 2011.

Sheila received Exceeds Standard remarks in Quality of Work, Efficiency, Attitude, Relationship with People, and Attendance.  Her supervisors describe her as, “Very kind and friendly, helpful and considerate with the residents and staff.  She is supportive of the vision of Plymouth Harbor.”  “Sheila has demonstrated a very high standard of performance.”

Sheila’s nominators said of her:

Sheila is always pleasant with staff and residents.  She never gets upset and always helps others with a great attitude!  She is a good team player.  When asked to do something she never hesitates, she is always there to help any resident even when the resident is not in her section.  Sheila is very pleasant, friendly, and hard working.  She has a wonderful attitude and we know the residents are getting the best care when she is here.

Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Sheila graduated from Harlem High School and earned an Associate in Arts Degree from Rock Valley College.  Before moving to Florida she worked as a CNA at Riverbluff Nursing and at Super Nurse, LLC for 8-½ years.

Sheila and her husband Lorron and have two children: Alec (14) and Anna (16).

Please join us in congratulating Sheila for an exemplary job!


Debbie Chitwood, Sheila Cantrell, Josh Karn are among those honored during National Nursing Home Week

At Plymouth Harbor’s Smith Care Center, the compassion, dedication, and expertise of the health care staff are the qualities most often cherished by residents who receive care.  We like to think our gratitude is expressed every day, but for one week every May the entire country celebrates National Nurses Week and timed to coincide with the May 12th birthday of the most famous nurse of all, Florence Nightingale.

The staff of the Smith Care Center planned an entire week of fun activities to honor the nursing staff by combining National Nurses Week with National Nursing Home Week from May 12 through 18. The week started with Monday morning continental breakfast and Tuesday Nurses Cap Day. Nurses donned their traditional white caps and enjoyed an ice cream social, resident/staff relay race, and a Blessing of the Hands.

Liz Clark and Bridgett Chapman guess the number of lifesavers in the jar.

Wednesday launched with a morning of bingo with prizes and pizza for everyone in the living room. The feast continued on Thursday when the certified nursing assistants (CNAs) were given special honors with an afternoon of Decadent Desserts.

By Friday, it was time for some outdoor fun. Staff from across the campus, and some residents, too, gathered for an afternoon light picnic and a bean-bag toss tournament out on the bayside lawn under a beautiful flowering jacaranda tree.  It was a gorgeous warm, sunny day and nearly everyone took their turn trying to toss their bean bags right into the target. It was good old-fashioned fun.

It was a light-hearted way to say “Thank you” to all the nursing staff for their day-in day-out jobs well done.  Until next year!

A day of decadent desserts! Margaret McFarlane, Pat Ringstaff, Nancy Cressotti, Dorothy Barichak, Andy Davis, Carol Dodson (l-r)

Harry Hobson, Erwin Edelman, and Joe Devore at the picnic.

A big hug for Karen Novak and Carol Dotson, who donned their nurses caps.

Please join us in congratulating Nancy Baldwin, our Plymouth Harbor Employee of the Month for June 2013.

Nancy Baldwin is June's Employee of the Month!Nancy has been with Plymouth Harbor since December, 1987, when she was hired as a resident sitter. In April of 1990 she was promoted to a Certified Nursing Assistant in the Smith Care Center, where she consistently received “exceeds standard” remarks on her appraisals in several areas including Job Knowledge, Quality of Work, Efficiency, Attitude, Relationships with People, and Personal Conduct.

Her supervisors and nominators commented:

  • Nancy knows her job well.  She arrives to work ready to work and works well with coworkers.  Nancy goes the extra mile to assist others.
  •  Nancy is a pleasure to work with.  She takes excellent care of her residents and is helpful to others when needed.  I am glad to have her as a member of the night shift.  She is an asset to Plymouth Harbor.
  • Nancy takes a lot of pride in her work.  Her residents are always well taken care of.  She has a positive attitude and works well with others.
  • Originally from Cairo, Georgia, Nancy attended Washington Consolidated School.  She moved to Sarasota in the late 50’s where she graduated from Booker High School.

Congratulations, Nancy, on this recent honor, that comes from your loyalty and hard work.