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In the News at Bethel

 

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Santa Delights at Bethel’s 19th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting!

December 10, 2018

As always, Santa was the center of attention at Bethel’s 19th Annual Tree Lighting at The Pines in Ossining! Whether they were wide-eyed, talkative or not too sure about the man with the booming voice and red suit, each child was mesmerized and smiling as Santa greeted them with a hearty Ho! Ho! Ho! He made his way through the crowd, handing out candy canes to all the children while carols were being sung by those assembled around the tree.

The evening kicked off with Bethel’s CEO, Ms. Beth Goldstein welcoming everyone to the tree lighting and then introducing Mr. Robert Elliott, Chairman of Bethel’s Board of Directors, who also thanked people for attending and highlighted Bethel’s role in the community where it has been providing services for over 100 years.  Rev. Kevan Hitch, also a member of Bethel’s Board of Directors, and pastor of the Valhalla United Methodist Church, offered a reflective narrative and convocation before Mr. Elliott lit the tree, an honored bestowed upon him having being elected Chairman of the Board, earlier this year.

Everyone was then invited inside for delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks where they also had an opportunity to meet new people and spend time with friends.

 

Marina Charles is Named Employee of the Month At Bethel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

December 6, 2018

Marina Charles has been named Employee of the Month at Bethel’s 200-bed Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  As a staff member for almost 20 years, Marina  has spent the last 11 years as a CNA on the memory-impaired, Van Gogh unit.  Prior to that, she  had been assigned to both the Monet and Degas units, having begun her career at Bethel as a floater.

She said she was shocked to hear her name called as the Employee of the Month during the Staff Meeting. “I was crossing my fingers for a co-worker who I thought was going to be chosen. It was a very humbling moment for me,” says Marina.

“I love my job,” she continued, “because I love people. It is very fulfilling to me to know that I can help people who cannot help themselves. It can be challenging at times, but when I leave here at the end of the day I have a clear conscience, and heart, knowing that I helped someone.”

 Says BNRC Administrator, Jill Smoller, “Anyone who meets Marina is immediately taken with her warmth and kindness. She is hard-working, compassionate and beyond dedicated!”

 Jill continued, “Marina is always ready to help anyone who needs it and she does it all with a smile and genuine empathy. She is a real treasure.”

 “I try to encourage people to be leaders, not followers, and to do the right thing,” says Marina.

 In her spare time, she enjoys reading her Bible and singing in her church’s choir. A member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Wappingers Falls, where she is a Head Usher, Marina says, “I love my church! It is an important part of my life.”

 A resident of Beacon, Marina is originally from St. Lucia and is part of a large family. Although her parents still reside there, she has three sisters, a brother, nieces and nephews living here in the U.S. with whom she spends time.

 

Fitzroy Genus Named Employee of the Month At Bethel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

November 7, 2018

Fitzroy Genus Named Employee of the Month At Bethel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Fitzroy Genus has the singular distinction of being named the first Employee of the Month at Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Croton-on-Hudson, as part of a new program to recognize staff whose commitment and hard work truly make a difference in the lives of those around them.

Says Jill Smoller, Administrator of the 200 bed facility, “Fitzroy has been an integral member of Bethel’s Housekeeping Department for 16 years and in that time has consistently demonstrated a positive and thorough approach in everything he does. He is universally respected and liked by co-workers, residents, family members and all who meet him.”

As a housekeeper on Bethel’s short-term, sub-acute unit, Fitzroy interacts with residents and staff while carrying out his responsibilities each day. “He is quiet and soft-spoken, but has a big presence on the floor. He is everyone’s go-to guy,” says Jill. “All the staff burst into a loud cheer at the presentation when they learned Fitzroy had been selected as Employee of the Month,” she continued.

“I was shocked when I heard my name called out,” says Fitzroy. “I was not expecting it.” As part of the recognition, he received a monetary gift and sole access to a specially designated parking spot for the month.

Says Fitzroy, “I like to come here each day and do the best job I can and I also enjoy getting along with everyone, both staff and residents. Bethel is a nice place to work.”

Fitzroy is married with three children and two grandchildren (Ava and Shasidia) with whom he loves to spend time. In addition to being with his family, Fitzroy enjoys working in his vegetable garden.

 

Colleen Melville Appointed Director of Nursing Services at Bethel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

October 26, 2018

Bethel Homes and Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Colleen Melville, RN, to the position of Director of Nursing Services at Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Croton-on-Hudson. 

This is a homecoming for Ms. Melville, who, earlier in her career, had served at Bethel’s Ossining campus where she had nursing and administrative oversight for the residents and staff of the skilled nursing facility.

Says Beth Goldstein, Bethel’s CEO, “Colleen has a proven track record of designing and implementing quality improvement measures, and we're excited that she has rejoined our team as Director of Nursing. Colleen’s passion for providing the highest quality of care with compassion and integrity, combined with her experience and vast knowledge, make her a perfect fit for Bethel.”

BNRC is a 200 bed skilled nursing care facility with a dedicated rehabilitation unit and dementia unit, in addition to continuous care.

“I am proud to bring my expertise back to the community of Bethel.  It has always been a special place for me,” says Ms. Melville.  Prior to assuming her current position at Bethel, she was the Director of Nursing at Field Home in Cortlandt. Throughout her career, Ms. Melville  has also served as an oncology and surgical nurse, among other senior level positions, and found her passion in caring for seniors.

Colleen is a long-time resident of the Hudson Valley and enjoys scuba diving, hiking and the outdoors.