On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Plymouth Harbor held a wonderful “red carpet” Grand Opening event for our newly rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall. All in all, the event celebrations included a donor appreciation, red carpet photos, self-guided tours, a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, and a celebratory reception.

The first Project Design Team meeting for the rejuvenation of Pilgrim Hall was held on December 22, 2015, exactly one year before the Grand Opening, and official renovations began in July 2015. Today, only seven months later, the new hall features exciting upgrades, including acoustics, seating, lighting, state-of-the-art technology, and more.

As a part of Pilgrim Hall’s Grand Opening, we have prepared a special program lineup beginning this month that will run through the end of February. These programs specifically showcase the variety of amenities that are now offered in Pilgrim Hall.

We are so very grateful to all those who helped this dream become a reality and to those who celebrated the opening of Pilgrim Hall with us. As the New Year begins, we look forward to offering many new and exciting programs here at Plymouth Harbor.

Companies That Match Employee Donations
Listed below are companies that match employee donations to non-profit organizations. Some companies even continue to match former employees’ contributions after retirement. If your company is not listed, you can find out from the human resources office if your employer offers a matching gift program. Matching gifts often double and sometimes even triple your donation.

National Companies:
3M Foundation
Abbott Laboratories
ACE USA Group
ADP
AETNA
AIG (American Intl Group)
Air Products and Chemicals
Albertsons
Alcoa
Alliance Capital Management
Allstate
Altria/Phillip Morris
AMD/Adv. Micro Devices
Ameren Corporation
*American Express
American Electric Power
American International Group, Inc
American Standard Foundation
AON Corporation
*APS
*Arizona Republic/Gannett
Argonaut Group
ATMI
AT&T
Automatic Data Processing Inc.
Auto Nation
Auto Owners Insurance
Avon Products
AXA Financial
Bank of America
Bank One
Bard Medical
Barnes Group
BAX Global
Baxter Healthcare
Best Foods
BF Goodrich Aerospace
Black & Decker Corporation
The Boeing Company
Bridgestone/Firestone
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Cable One
Cadence
Carter-Wallace
Cendant Corp
Charles Schwab Corp.
Chevron/Texaco
Circuit City
Citgo Petroleum
CitiGroup
CAN (Insurance & Financial)
Coca-Cola Company
Compaq Computer
ConocoPhillips
Costco
Countrywide Financial
Delta Air Lines
Dial Corp
DirectTV
Duetsche Bank/Alex Brown
Dunn & Bradstreet
Dupont
Eli Lily & Company
Enterprise Rent Car
Equifax
Equitable
ExxonMobil
Fannie Mae
Farmers Group (Insurance)
FedEx
First Data
Follett Corporation
Ford Foundation
Fortune Brands
Frito Lay Corporation
Gannett
Gap Stores
General Dynamics
General Electric
*General Mills
General Motors
Gillett company
Glaxo SmithKline
Harcourt
Harris Trust
Hewlett Packard
Home Depot
Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Household International
IBM
IKON Office Solutions
In-N-Out Burger
Intel
International Paper Company
ITW/Illinois Tool Works
John Hancock Life Ins. Co.
Johnson & Johnson
JP Morgan Chase (Tempe)
Kaplan Educational Centers
Kimberly-Clark
KRAFT Foods
L’eggs
Lehman Brothers Investments
Lockheed Martin
Lowes Home Improvements
Lojack
Macy’s West
March & McLennan
MassMutual Financial Insurance
MasterCard International
May Company
Maytag
Mazda North America
McDonald’s
McKesson (Phoenix)
Medtronic
Merrill Lynch
Met Life
Microsoft Corporation
Mitsubishi International
Mobil Retiree Program
Monsanto
Morgan Stanley
*Motorola
Nabisco
National Computer Systems
Neiman Marcus Group
Nokia
Northern Trust
Northrup/General Signal
Northwest Airlines
Northwestern Mutual
OCE Digital Document Service
Oracle Corporation
*Pacific Life
Pearson NCS
Pepsico
Pfizer
Phelps Dodge
Piper Jaffray
Pitney Bowes
Procter & Gamble
Prudential
Qwest
Radio Shack
Rain for Rent
Ralston Purina
Robinson’s May
Raytheon
SAFECO Insurance
Sallie Mae
Salomon Smith Barney
Sara Lee Corporation
Sealy
Shaklee
Shell Oil Company
Siemens Energy & Automation
Simplex Grinnell Fire System
Sony Music Entertainment, Inc
Southwest Gas
Sprint
Square D
SRP
Starbucks
Starwood Foundation
State Farm
Subaru of America
Sun Micro Systems
Texas Instruments
Ticketmaster
Time Warner
Toys R Us/ Babies R Us
Traveler’s Express
T. Rowe Price
TRW
Tyco International
UBS
Unilever
UPS – United Parcel Service
United Space alliance
United Technologies
UnumProvident
US Airways
US Bancorp
USAA
Vanguard Group
Verizon
Viad
Vulcan Materials Company
Wachovia
Washington Group
Washington Mutual
Wells Fargo
Weyerhaeuser Company
Whirlpool
Wrigley Mg. Co.
Wyeth Corporation
Yum Brands

Every year every skilled nursing facility across the country is surveyed by its state licensing agency as directed by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The purpose of this survey is to determine the level of compliance each facility has with the approximately 200 rules and regulations that apply to skilled nursing facilities. These annual surveys are unannounced and usually involve four to six surveyors who spend an entire week reviewing the facility.

Smith Care Center’s (SCC) annual survey began on Monday, November 14, bright and early. The survey team began by touring SCC, including the kitchen, as well as conducting resident visits to
determine their and family members’ level of satisfaction. Questions, comments, and concerns expressed by residents, family, and visitors typically drive the next phase of the survey. In addition, staff are queried on an array of topics; delivery of services and care are observed.

We had an idea that something special was about to happen when the lead surveyor told us that they would be leaving early Wednesday afternoon (instead of Thursday or Friday). At the surveyors’ exit conference with SCC administrative staff we were informed that we had a deficiency-free survey for resident care! For comparison, the State and National average is about seven deficiencies. A deficiency-free survey is very rare.

It is a pleasure to work with such a great team of professionals in SCC. There is a dedication to doing things right and performing at a high level. We are fortunate to have the talent and support of so many staff members throughout every department of Plymouth Harbor. There is a common theme I have found with our staff. We truly care about the people who reside in Plymouth Harbor and we enjoy assisting you to live life to the fullest.

gh6By: Judy Sarnowski

“Smith’s Best” is a recognition that began in 2013 to honor Smith Care Center’s (SCC) staff role models. We consider these honorees to be our “Hall of Fame” — staff who have performed at a very high level over a long period of time. This is not a monthly recognition; in fact, since 2013, only 11 people have received the Smith’s Best honor.

On November 3rd, SCC staff, along with residents and Plymouth Harbor administration, recognized the 10th and 11th Smith’s Best recipients and first resident honorees. It should be no surprise that this tribute went to George and Florence Heitler!

George is Plymouth Harbor’s very own “Music Man.” His love of theater and music prompted him to share his talents and become a volunteer in SCC in the year 2000. After a decade-and-a-half and almost 200 performances leading sing-alongs at monthly birthday parties and holiday programs, George and his contingent of talented vocalists and musicians are now the longest-running entertainment production in Plymouth Harbor history.

George was no stranger to volunteer work prior to his move to Plymouth Harbor. He had served on the boards of the Chicago Public Library, the Henry Booth Settlement House, and the Longboat Key Democratic Club, and donated countless hours working with Meals on Wheels. Even at a young age, he wanted to be a man of the people and follow in the footsteps of his idol Abraham Lincoln. To that end, he received his law degree from Columbia Law School and served as legal counsel for the Army during World War II, and for National Blue Cross and Blue Shield, setting up health benefits for federal employees until he retired in 1981. Florence can also be proud of her volunteer work, which includes serving with the League of Women Voters and the Citizen Information Service, providing voter assistance to Smith Care Center residents, working with Meals on Wheels, and recording books for the blind.

SCC residents and staff consider themselves lucky to reap the benefits of such a multi-talented couple who had the determination and fortitude to make a positive difference in the lives of others. It is with great humbleness and gratitude that we bestow the honor of being the first non-staff members to receive the Smith Care Center’s “Smith’s Best” Award.

 

img_1145-3It is no secret that our workforce is shrinking and our need for workers is growing. To that end, Plymouth Harbor is participating in initiatives in Sarasota to address this shortage and explore how we can help create awareness of career paths in our industry.

Thursday, October 27th, was the third annual State of Jobs conference, hosted at Suncoast Technical College. This conference was put on by the Chamber of Commerce Talent 4 Tomorrow initiative, and invites high school students to attend, explore career tracks, and prepare for college by interacting with and learning from local businesses and schools.  At the same time, the conference gives the business community an opportunity to work with students and hear firsthand about what interests them and what they need to succeed.

This year’s program offered seven career tracks for students to explore — healthcare, information technology, entrepreneurship/business, manufacturing/engineering, hospitality/tourism, marketing/design, and arts/culture.

Nearly 400 high school students from all over Sarasota County attended the event. Plymouth Harbor was a participant this year, and our goal was two-fold:

1.)  Introduce Plymouth Harbor to the emerging workforce

2.) Inspire students to consider service to seniors as a career path

To accomplish this, we hosted a panel discussion in the Healthcare track that we entitled “Third-Age Nursing.” Tena Wilson, Vice President of Support Services, served as our moderator, and we invited Danny Bushman, SCC CNA; Lauren Krause, SCC Restorative Nurse; Bridget Chapman, Home Care Nurse; and Manny Flores, SCC CNA, to be our panelists. The discussion included our panelists’ perspective on why they chose the nursing field, particularly nursing in senior services, why they remain in it, and how they feel that they truly make a difference in the lives of residents.

To learn more about the State of Jobs conference, you can visit www.stateofjobs.org. Additionally, we plan to share details from the data collected at the conference in a later issue.

 

44564By: Becky Pazkowski

As we watch the new building rise out of the ground and take structural shape, we marvel at the excitement each concrete pour brings, as floor after floor is added. Soon we will start to see the walls form, windows added, and the exterior will be buttoned up for the final months of construction.

With the expanded Assisted Living Residence and new Memory Care Residence, you might wonder what life will be like for our new residents of this building. Our goal is to be known as a premier leader, both locally and nationally, in providing innovative care for individuals and families experiencing cognitive decline associated with dementia. The health services team has been working diligently behind the scenes of construction to define and deliver the breadth and depth of this premier program.

At the same time, the Plymouth Harbor Foundation has been working with the health services team to define the portion of the programmatic features that will be supported by a capital campaign effort. A campaign committee has been formed, and they are in the very quiet stages of the campaign, talking with leadership and donors who have expressed interest in supporting the campaign. The two broad components of the project that the campaign will support are Educational Leadership and Inspirational Programming.

Educational Leadership: We have adopted the Positive Approach® to Care, developed by Teepa Snow, whose techniques and training models are used throughout the world.  Plymouth Harbor has initiated campus-wide training for all of our employees on this approach to caring for and interacting with persons with dementia. We will expand the training to include family members and the community-at-large.

Inspirational Programming: A diagnosis of dementia is devastating for you and your loved ones. The future is uncertain. The past is vague and confused. It is the present in which we must live, to seek and celebrate joy, discovery, and connection that can happen in a moment. This moment. Our programs will establish inspiring and fulfilling opportunities to spark that engagement with the moment, reaching the passion, emotion, and enthusiasm within each resident.

In January, we will share more about the specifics of the A Commitment to Memory capital campaign as we move towards our public announcement. Until then, if you have particular questions or would like more information about the campaign, please feel free to contact Becky Pazkowski at Ext. 398, or any of the campaign committee members listed below. Members of the capital campaign committee include:

Walt and Gerry Mattson, Honorary Co-Chairs

Barry and Phil Starr, Co-Chairs

Marie and Tom Belcher

Bruce Crawford and Joan Sheil

Jack Denison

Charles Gehrie

Jean Glasser

Harry Hobson, President/CEO

Jeanne Manser

Ann and Ray Neff

Cade Sibley

Tom Towler and Nancy Lyon

 

picture1-9The phrase coined for our 50th anniversary stated, Plymouth Harbor celebrates our past and envisions our future.

January 15, 2017, will mark Plymouth Harbor’s 51st year — as we look back, we thank our founder, The Rev. Dr. John Whitney MacNeil, and our many supporters: employees, residents, their families, board members, donors, and members of the community. We also look to the future, seeking ways to innovate and improve for both current and future residents, who we hope will enjoy Plymouth Harbor for more than 50 years to come.

The future is bright for Plymouth Harbor, located in beautiful Sarasota, which has been consistently ranked as one of the top places to live, work, and retire (No. 1 on Gallup-Healthways 2015 Well-Being Index; No. 14 on U.S. News and World Report’s ‘Best City To Live In 2016;’ and No. 2 on Livability’s 2015 Top 10 Places to Retire, to name a few).

A new attribute for Sarasota is that of  “one of the best ‘small cities’ in the U.S.,” on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 list. This list features the top 15 small cities around the U.S. as voted by more than 100,000 readers, highlighting cities that may be scaled down in size, but still offer big-city entertainment and activities.

Plymouth Harbor itself stands as a “small city” — a close-knit community focused on the best in daily living, dining, wellness, and care for our residents. When we look to the future, we realize the definition of “the best” will certainly change over time.

 According to a recent survey by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, emerging trends in our industry point to items like increased use of technology to help sustain independent lifestyles; the expansion of services “beyond” the walls of the organization; and the biggest trend seen across the U.S.— an increased emphasis on choice and value. Older adults want more choices, more control, a redefinition of what community means, and convenience both inside and outside of the community.

Whatever the future holds, Plymouth Harbor is committed to evolving and revolutionizing care for our residents in the years ahead.

 

3212L3-PILGRIM_HALL-SD (3)On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Plymouth Harbor will host a “red carpet” Grand Opening event for our newly rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall. The event will showcase the new hall and will offer self-guided tours of the new space, featuring exciting upgrades including acoustics, seating, lighting, state-of-the-art technology, and more.

The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. with one hour of self-guided tours. While there will be staff stationed throughout Pilgrim Hall to help answer any questions, residents and guests are free to explore the fully-upgraded hall. Also during this time, we will be offering complimentary red carpet photos in the Lobby. At 4:00 p.m., the doors to Pilgrim Hall will close in preparation for the Grand Opening ceremony, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Mayflower Restaurant.

The ceremony will include the dedication and ribbon cutting for the rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall, as well as remarks from President/CEO Harry Hobson and other key individuals involved in the project. A reception with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will follow the ceremony, sponsored by Integrity Sound and WBRC Architects, our audio visual installation team and architect. Pilgrim Hall will again be opened for tours during the reception.

As a part of Pilgrim Hall’s Grand Opening, we have prepared a special program lineup beginning January 1, 2017, that will run through the end of February 2017. These programs, which will be revealed at the event, showcase the variety of amenities offered in the newly rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall.

Plymouth Harbor is proud to celebrate the completion of this exciting project and looks forward to providing the best programming  possible for our residents. Please look for an event invitation with more details and information in your mailbox in early December.

 

Below are some particulars regarding the rejuvenation:

Acoustical Treatments:  The interior walls, ceiling, exterior corridor, and front and back of the room have all been acoustically treated with panels and rounded materials that allow the sound to travel equally throughout the Hall.  There will be a new stage curtain and a curtain in the back of the room, which will further enhance the acoustics.  Sound deadening panels have been added to the exterior corridor that is shared with the Café.  These new treatments were intended to improve residents’ ability to hear and converse in the Café during meals.

Seating:  There will be 100 seats:  95 are permanent and 5 are removable to make space for wheelchairs or scooters.  The manufacturer of the all-new seating is American Seating, the same company that provided the previous seats in Pilgrim Hall.  The size (height and width) of the new seats are very similar to the previous seats, but the cushions are new and improved material that will add to the comfort and long-term durability.  Several of the end caps of the rows will lift up to provide ease in entering the seats.

Integrated Audio System:  The microphone system is all new and it operates on a digital system, which improves the quality of the sound.  Additionally, a new surround-sound system is being installed to improve sound needed for video, computer, or DVD.

 Upgraded Video Technology and Improved Sight Lines:  A new Pan/Tilt/Zoom video camera is being installed that will project a high definition picture onto a new high definition large screen.  To improve sight lines for guests, 55” TV monitors will be installed on both sides of the hall, about half way back.

Enhanced House and Theatrical Lighting:  House lighting is being added to the north and south walls in the form of beautiful sconces.  Recessed house lighting has been added to the ceilings of the house and the stage.  Theatrical lighting, including two movable spotlights, will be added to highlight the stage.

Increased Storage:  A new permanent storage area has been added outside of the rear of the hall for storage of walkers and wheelchairs during dinner or an event in the hall. The Steinway piano has been accommodated backstage for permanent storage, and the vertical rack for the audio/visual equipment has its own storage area backstage.

Increased Accessibility:  A ramp has been added to access the stage.  The two doors from the Café corridor have each been widened by 18” to improve ingress and egress.  The moveable wall at the rear of the hall provides another opportunity to move into and out of the hall quickly.  That wall also allows us to retain our flexibility in expanding seating during an expected overflow event, should the need arise.

Repositioning of the Sound Booth:  Previously, the sound booth was positioned at the front of the hall.  Sound booths are typically at the back of a performance hall, so that the technician will be able to hear and see what the audience is hearing and seeing.  We have been able to add a portable sound booth at the back of the hall, which can be removed when it is not needed.  Mobile applications make it possible for the control of the lights, audio, and video to be pre-set and controlled at any location in the hall.

Colors and Décor:  The décor package has been carefully considered to coordinate with the restaurant and the lobby, but with some added enhancements.  Wall coverings, curtains, paint, carpet, chair fabric, and beautiful woods combine to offer a refreshing new look in the hall, while not taking a complete departure from the existing design of adjacent areas.

 

picture2Making the jump from a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a great accomplishment. It takes hard work and dedication, and is truly something to be proud of.

Over the years, several Plymouth Harbor employees, in both our Home Care and Smith Care Center departments, have made this transition while working here. We would like to recognize these individuals below, and have also included a few comments from these dedicated employees.

Smith Care Center

Danny Bushman, LPN 2016

Nancy Chan, LPN 2016

Many Flores, LPN 2004

Tara Mitchell, LPN 2010

Home Care 

Bridget Chapman, LPN 2009

Haley Coles, LPN 2015

“My love for helping people is what made me decide to go into nursing. Working at Plymouth Harbor has overall been a good experience, and I am thankful for the opportunity to grow.” —Haley Coles

“I decided to go into nursing because I feel that caring for others is especially rewarding. What I enjoy most about working here at Plymouth Harbor is making my residents smile.” —Danny Bushman

 

didyouknowPresident Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Philanthropy Day to be November 15, 1986.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of our country’s annual celebration of philanthropy. We are honored and feel privileged to take this day to extend our deepest and most sincere thanks to our board and committee members, donors, and volunteers for making the world a better place because of what they do.

Philanthropy, “the love of humankind,” is expressed in many different forms, from volunteerism, to community service, to charitable giving. Here at Plymouth Harbor, we witness the expression of philanthropy every day from our residents, families, board members, volunteers, and employees. In some ways, the simplest form of philanthropy, such as a kind greeting, a visit to a Smith Care Center resident, a high school student spending their Saturday morning showing a resident how to use their iPad, a charitable gift to a major project, or an offering of an educational scholarship. No matter the form of kindness, it is an expression of love for humankind.

As we think about the impact philanthropy has on the fabric of our community, even before the Foundation existed, let’s take a moment to reflect and be thankful for every one of us at Plymouth Harbor. For, in one way or another, we are all philanthropists.

Happy National Philanthropy Day to all of you!