Sol is a skillful administrator with an outstanding ability to connect with his residents. A walk through the Halls of the Brooklyn Center with Sol means stopping frequently to greet people by name and ask “How ‘ya doing today “. Sol’s emphasis on personal connections with our residents extends throughout the building to every single staff member. “We’re a small facility, just like our residents who all came from small homes with big families. We need to like each other in order to make this place fun”. And it’s obvious to any visitor that the residents and staff at the Brooklyn Center like each other, a lot.
“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.
Dania really knows how to put the Centers spirit of Heart Health Home into everything she does. Ask her what she likes best about social work and she’s quick to respond. “It’s all about making people feel safe, comfortable, and welcome. And that extends to the whole family. It’s tough to be separated from loved ones, so I try to let people know that they are always welcome here. When they have difficulties dealing with other entities and the health care red-tape, I can usually help them through it. All that’s important because our job here isn’t just to provide care; it’s to provide a lifestyle that meets our residents’ social, spiritual and physical needs as well. And working here, I get to be part of a five star team.” And with leaders like Dania, we’ll stay a five-star team for a long, long time.
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.