Resident Vera Kohn passed away in March of this year. During her lifetime, Vera made annual gifts to the Employee Assistance Fund to benefit Employee Hardship cases. In July, we were fortunate to receive a gift of $10,000 from the Vera Kohn Trust to benefit employee hardship. The trust officer said in his letter to us: “Vera held you in high esteem and she wished to express her appreciation and admiration.” We are very honored and appreciative of Vera’s kind feelings for our hardworking and deserving employees. We welcome Vera as a new member of the MacNeil Society.

 

In 1999, Anne and Albert Moore established a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) with their financial managers, naming Plymouth Harbor as one of the recipients of the remainder. Albert passed away in January 2015, and a little over a year later, in February 2016, Anne passed. In June, we received the unrestricted distribution from their CRUT in the amount of $29,000. Anne shared this information with us years before she passed away, so we were able to recognize the Moores in the MacNeil Society over the years and celebrate their estate gift while they were alive. We are very grateful for their forward thinking in establishing this gift.

A Charitable Remainder Unitrust is a gift vehicle that has several advantages to the donor:

1) Generates income to the donor for life;

2) Offers a tax deduction at the time the gift is made;

3) Rate of income is a fixed percent for life;

4) Donor may use cash or appreciated securities to fund;

5) Donor may name more than one charitable beneficiary. With a CRUT, the donor continues to receive a fixed percentage of income over their life, and whatever remains in the trust at the end of life is what is distributed to the charitable beneficiaries.

 

Last month, we learned that Fran Knight had passed away. Fran lived at Plymouth Harbor for nearly 20 years before she moved in early 2015 to be closer to her daughters in Massachusetts.

During her years with us, she was involved in a variety of committees and activities at Plymouth Harbor. One such involvement was in art, as she was both an artist and a lover of art. We are honored to have recently received $5,000 from Fran’s trust, which her daughters wish to benefit the Plymouth Harbor Art Fund. The fund was established to support both resident artists and overall art at Plymouth Harbor. It is our pleasure to include Fran Knight as a member of the MacNeil Society.

 

mural1If you’ve stopped by the Smith Care Center’s (SCC) Therapy room recently, you might have noticed a change of scenery. In July, the SCC Therapy team welcomed a new mural on one of its walls, depicting a colorful and inviting beach scene.

The mural is the work of self-taught artist Carol Roman, who is also the mother of Tony Roman in our Dining Services department. Carol is a talented local artist, having produced artwork for Bradenton Healthcare and Peach’s Restaurants, in addition to specializing in artwork for individual homes, pool areas, furniture, and more.

The mural illustrates a beautiful shoreline with fencing along the beach, an anchored boat, islands off in the distance, and palm trees seemingly extending into the therapy room. While at first glance it may seem mural2like your typical beach scene, you may want to take a closer look. Each member of the SCC Therapy team has a personalized item incorporated into the mural. And if you are lucky, they just may give you a clue behind the meaning.

This mural is only the start for the SCC Therapy team. In the coming weeks, they hope to add inspirational quotes to the room’s remaining walls. With no
windows to the outside, the team felt this was the perfect way to incorporate the unique location and atmosphere of Plymouth Harbor. After stopping multiple visitors in their tracks and receiving several comments from residents, it seems they were right. If you are interested in viewing the new mural, simply stop by the SCC Therapy office and take a look.

 

Wendy Underwood always played by the rules…that is until she met Jim. As a teenager, Jim ran away from home to join a carnival. Always chasing his next dream, he came home a year later to get his father’s signature to join the Air Force. From there, Jim traveled the world and dipped his toe into many different professions. Wendy, on the other hand, was a “good girl” who worked for the same telephone company until her retirement. How was it that these two seemingly opposite individuals met?

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It is with pleasure that I announce that Becky Pazkowski has been promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President of Philanthropy for Plymouth Harbor. Becky has done an admirable job in a key leadership position to help us establish The Plymouth Harbor Foundation since her arrival on June 11, 2012.

During her four-year tenure at Plymouth Harbor, she has successfully led the Wellness Center Capital Campaign and the Pilgrim Hall Rejuvenation Campaign.  In addition, working with donors, she has helped us establish over $14,000 in annual educational scholarships awards, grow the employee hardship fund, establish a young person volunteer program to assist residents, seek grant funding from other foundations, and establish a planned giving program for legacy gifts. In the last four years, Becky has helped to generate over $4,000,000 in gifts to support life at Plymouth Harbor now and into the future.

In addition to her duties as our chief philanthropic officer, Becky has assisted me on other key projects. I hope that you will join me in congratulating Becky Pazkowski, our Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, for earning this promotion.

Harry E. Hobson, President/CEO

 

By: Becky Pazkowski

Picture154Mildred and Bernard Doyle (Mimi and Larry to their friends) lived at Plymouth Harbor from 1977 until they passed away in 1996 and 1997. Mrs. Doyle was a Sarasota native and one of four in the first graduating class of Sarasota High School. She was the sister of Verona Burns, who was married to Owen Burns (of Burns Court).

Mr. Doyle was from Baltimore and came to Sarasota to work on completing the “hard road” that we now know as U.S. 41, between Fruitville and Phillippi Creek. The two met during his time in Sarasota, but he left for the war and other jobs in Baltimore. When his friend mentioned that Mimi was being courted by another, Larry quickly returned to Sarasota on a Thursday, proposed on Friday, and they were married on Saturday! So began their life together.

Although bright and ambitious, neither of the Doyles was educated beyond high school, yet they valued education immensely. When they came to live at Plymouth Harbor, they had much adoration for the employees. The Rev. Dr. Jack Smith, former executive director of Plymouth Harbor, having known them both very well, knew of their passion for education and employees and suggested that a scholarship program be established with the gift they left Plymouth Harbor in their endowed trust. Known today as the Doyle Scholarships, nearly 30 individuals have directly benefited from this generous gift throughout the years.

The 2016 Doyle Scholarship recipients are:

 LaToya Jackson

LaToya Jackson has been a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for seven years, now working in our Home Care department. She is a student at Meridian College, studying Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Her goal is to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Pediatric Cardiac Sonography. She has chosen the healthcare field because she loves to help people and has a “hands-on” approach to care.

She has been described by her supervisors as a compassionate, attentive caregiver, with a deep desire to learn. Anyone who knows LaToya knows that she is a remarkably positive individual with high standards of care, and is a delight to be around. Congratulations, LaToya!

Elly Walton

 Elly Walton just graduated from Riverview High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. She plans to attend Florida State University in a pre-med program, which she has already begun in the IB Program at Riverview. Eventually, she plans to attend Emory University Medical School. Armed with her M.D., she will pursue her longtime goal of service to others somewhere in Africa, hopefully aboard the Africa Mercy (a hospital ship belonging to the humanitarian organization, Mercy Ships).

Elly has over 200 hours of community service, and is a cherished valet here at Plymouth Harbor. She includes her time here at Plymouth Harbor as part of her journey to learning that even one’s wildest dreams can be accomplished. Congratulations, Elly!

 

John Goodman’s interest in the piano started at the age of three. Since then, he has gone from student to musician and composer to professor. He graduated with a major in playwriting from Northwestern University, and went on to receive his master’s degree from Yale School of Music and his doctorate from Boston University. How did he end up in Sarasota?

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3212L3-PILGRIM_HALL-SD (3)We are very happy to say that progress is being made in the rejuvenation of Pilgrim Hall. Following is an update on the project, as it stands at the end of May.

The construction drawings have been completed and are with Willis Smith (the contractor) and the City of Sarasota (for permitting). Willis Smith has invited subcontractors to bid on the project, which will result in a final construction cost. We will have the cost by the end of June, at which time we should also possess the permits from the city.

The Project Design Team (Phil Starr, John DeJongh, Fran Rehl, Ted Rehl, Charles Gehrie, Maryanne Shorin, Harry Hobson, and Becky Pazkowski) has been attending a series of meetings with the architect (Laura Adcock, WBRC Architects) and the interior designer (Marne Kaplan, Marne Kaplan Interior Design, Inc.). A color scheme encompassing fabrics, carpet, wood, curtains, wall coverings, and fixtures has been selected for both inside the hall and the corridor directly outside of the hall that complements the café, dining room, and lobby décor. (Note that the previously viewed wall images for the corridor that were discussed at last June’s resident meeting are not in the final design template). The new design of the entrance includes widening of both doors from the corridor by 18’’ each. New seating is progressing, with two companies still in the bidding process. The seating goal is to improve comfort, maintain capacity, and accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.

The acoustician and audio/video experts have submitted their recommendations, which have been accepted by the Project Design Team. The improvements include upgrades of acoustical materials throughout the hall, surround sound, high capacity voice amplification, high definition video projection, and sound monitoring from the rear of the hall. Also included are capabilities to view Pilgrim Hall performances from the Club Room and Wellness Center.

The Club Room voice microphones, surround sound, and TV monitor have all been upgraded. Previously, only two microphones were available…now, we have 10. Previously, the sound for the video projection and the microphones all came from the same ceiling speakers…now, we have a brand new surround sound system that has dedicated speakers in the ceiling and on the floor in the front and back of the room. This system handles any sound coming from the TV. The new 85’’ 4k television takes the place of the previous video projector and screen. Now all video projection, including cable TV, can be viewed on this screen. This includes anything done from a computer, from cable, or from a DVD. We also upgraded the internet access to hardwire, as opposed to Wi-Fi, which will improve the performance of streamed videos.

We anticipate that the rejuvenation in Pilgrim Hall will commence at the end of June, with a projected six-month schedule. Let’s hope for an end of the year grand opening celebration!

 

ActivityTeamSCCTraditionally, when someone is asked to describe activities in a skilled nursing environment, they might envision a “riveting” game of bingo, or a balloon volleyball match. Today, Judy Sarnowski, Smith Care Center’s Activity Director, and her team are doing away with that notion. In addition to Judy, the Smith Care Center (SCC) team consists of Erica Andrejkovics, Virginia Bailey, and Jason Redmon.

Before coming to Plymouth Harbor, Judy taught for 12 years in the Indiana school system. This experience has absolutely shaped Judy’s approach to her position as Activity Director, providing meaningful leisure activities that help to strengthen the mind, body, and spirit of SCC residents. Judy and her team tend to focus on range of motion activities in the morning, and on cognitive stimulation activities in the afternoon that offer a broader appeal — for example, the game “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” The team also differentiates itself by incorporating technology — including everything from computer games to iPods and iPads to YouTube and Wii games. And, if requested, they will even facilitate FaceTime with residents and their family members.

While sharing the same vision, each member of the SCC activity team brings his or her own unique approach to the job. According to Judy, that is what makes their team work so well together. Jason graduated from University of South Florida with a degree in Psychology. He worked in the healthcare activity field for a few years before leaving to pursue interests in both teaching and IT.  After only four years away, he felt a calling to go back into activities. Erica is similar to Judy in that she has spent many years working in the field of education, and currently serves as a middle school math teacher in addition to her part-time position in SCC. Virginia seemed to always have had her sights set on the healthcare industry, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, and earning her certification as an Activity Assistant and a Certified Nursing Assistant.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have a team that shares my passion to make a difference in the lives of others. It is delightful to work with those who have both the education and background to assist me in providing our residents activity choices that are fun, relevant, and meaningful,” Judy says. “We are a cohesive team that complements one another, and I think that is a rare find.”

There is no doubt that when you visit SCC, you’ll see the activity team in action.