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Published on October 26, 2015

Long-term care workers to be honored Oct. 28

Fifty-seven professionals in the field of nursing home and long-term care will be recognized as "Employees of Distinction" on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at a luncheon ceremony at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Binghamton.

The employees have been selected by the facilities at which they work to receive special recognition from the Long-Term Care Administrators of the Southern Tier, a region-wide professional association.

"The 57 honorees represent 11 skilled nursing facilities in Broome, Tioga and Chenango counties," said Michele Gordon, RN, administrator of UHS Senior Living at Ideal and principal coordinator of the eighth-annual luncheon. "We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize their dedication and call attention to the great work they do."

A keynote address, "Meaningful, Valuable, Special - That's You!," will be presented by Dorothy Gardner, a Greater Binghamton motivational speaker and expert in the elder care field.

Regional facilities who will recognize staff at the luncheon are: Absolut Center Endicott, Bridgewater Center for Rehabilitation, Good Shepherd Fairview Home, Good Shepherd Village at Endwell, Elizabeth Church Manor Nursing Home, James G. Johnston Memorial Nursing Home, Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, UHS Senior Living at Ideal and Willow Point Nursing Home (Broome County), Chase Memorial Nursing Home and New York State Veterans' Home at Oxford (Chenango County), and Elderwood at Tioga (Tioga County).

Ms. Gordon said long-term care professionals provide a valuable service that should never be taken for granted.

“These individuals offer essential services that contribute to our long-term care residents’ comfort, health and well-being," she said. "They are the backbone of the long-term care system, providing hands-on care, managing building maintenance, planning activities and serving delicious, nutritious meals."

The Long-term Care Administrators of the Southern Tier affords a forum for administrators to discuss issues facing long-term care, and to share survey and best-practice techniques.