Elie joined the facility from the Centers Health Care headquarters to bring his organizational and operational expertise to our first Assisted Living Program. The smooth day-to-day operation of the facility is his daily responsibility, but if you ask him you’ll get a very different answer. ‘Make people feel at home. That’s the goal here. We never forget that this is their home, and we simply work here, so if it doesn’t work for the residents of this community, it doesn’t work for me”. No wonder he’s so popular in the hallway.
“I was born a nurse” is a phrase you might hear from almost anyone on the Brooklyn Center’s nursing team. That’s the kind of group that Dorret has put together. A Registered Nurse for 34 years, Dorret earned her nursing degree from the College of New Rochelle and went immediately into elder care. “I just love taking care of old people. They’re all so sweet”, she says. No wonder her team, her residents, and their families all love to see her in the building.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what makes Maria such a great leader in the Rehab suite. Some say it’s her energy, others her in-depth knowledge of all things related to therapy and recovery, some say it’s her bubbly personality. We think it’s that she has the perfect combination of all three. And she’s a well-organized team leader and mentor too. “I love to make a difference and there’s no place like therapy to see that coming to life. Every day I see my residents come in and they are a little stronger, a little more nimble, a little more confident. It’s great to see how much we can help people, especially when they come in here not sure of how successful their therapy will be. But I tell them all, “It will be successful” and that positive attitude starts them off on the road to a great outcome.