Robert is an experienced Director who actively sought out his assignment to Richmond Center. “I’d been at a number of facilities at Centers Health Care. I wanted to be a part of the Richmond Center team right away. I love leading facility teams in places where the progress our residents make is apparent, every day and that’s what we have at Richmond Center. This is the kind of place where I can know everyone by more than just their names; I can get to know my residents the way I know my friends.” That’s exactly the sort of director we want to have in places like Richmond. We think it’s a perfect match.
“I love the challenge” is the quick response from Marsha when asked how she
can keep up with the health care demands of a campus with the diversity and
breadth of the Richmond Center. “And I love being a nurse. We have lots of
nursing home residents here who are very independent and don’t need a lot of
skilled nursing. And then we have patients that are restricted to a ventilator, or
are recovering from a traumatic brain injury, and they require hospital-level care
24/7. And we have a team here that can do it all”. We have no doubt that
Marsha’s leadership, and can-do attitude is one of the reasons that the
Richmond Center has earned such an outstanding reputation among hospitals,
caregivers and families.
Iris Goldstein has been at the Richmond Center for nearly twenty five years. After starting her career at Brookdale Hospital and then to St. Elizabeth’s where she remained until 2102 when the Richmond Center become part of the Centers Health Care family. There may even be some truth to the rumor that Centers added a facility on Staten Island just to get Iris Goldstein. She is the “mother hen” to hundreds of residents and knows them all by name, mentor to a team of energetic therapists and life coach to friends and co-workers. Plus, she does it all while running a state-of-the-art rehabilitation department, where she not only participates in developing the care plans for each patient, she is a hands-on therapist as well. And she does it all with a smile. The only time you can expect to see Iris sad are those bittersweet days when she says good-bye to a resident who became a treasured friend in the therapy department and is walking out of the Richmond Center to return to their own home.
“Finally!” That’s how everyone here greeted George when he became our Director of Social Services. According to Richmond’s administrator, “Sometimes getting just the right fit takes a little extra work, but it was worth it”. And just the right fit was George, who began his Centers career in the Bronx, then moved to Queens and most recently was at the Neurobehavioral Center right here in Richmond. From the prestigious Wurzweiler School of Social Work and through several Centers facilities, George has used his passion for family, travel and sports to make lifelong connections with scores of residents and their families. “I grew up in suburban New Jersey, in a Brazilian family, and I think that’s why I find it so easy to relate to people of all cultures. Or else I just make friends easily!” says George. And he’s right about that. George is one of the easiest people to be friends with, and as our social services director, he may be one of the first people you meet here at Richmond. Lucky you!