Visitors to Steuben Center always start by marveling at what a wonderful place it is, and John is quick to echo that sentiment. After a quick tour, no one disagrees – Steuben Center is a wonderful place. “I’ve been an administrator for close to thirty years. I’ve learned all the things you need to do to make a facility great, and all the things you need to avoid. At Steuben Center we have a tremendously caring staff, a wonderful facility and a world class rehabilitation team, so the job here is all about keeping up the good work!” John took over Steuben Center in October of 2015, but he’s no stranger to the facility. Before Steuben joined the Centers family, when it was a county-owned home, John was the administrator. Needless to say, he came back to a very different facility than the one he left, and we’re all glad he’s back home!
When she started at Steuben Center, Dawn described the job as a dream come true. And guess what? Our administrator said that Dawn is a nursing dream come true. “I just love working in long term care. It gives you a chance to make a positive impact on so many lives, and that’s why I got into nursing in the first place; to be a positive force for people’s good health, their lifestyle, and the peace of mind of their families. I guess that’s why I’m still happily doing it after 23 years!” When she isn’t spreading her positive energy here, she’s doing so at home for her husband of 32 years, their two children and their two grandchildren.
Anthony oversees one of the finest therapy facilities in western New York. Boasting some of the most sophisticated equipment, including a HydroWorx therapy pool and a staff second to none, Anthony is truly making the Steuben Centers physical, occupational and speech therapy department one of the best in the state. “We’re the only facility in the whole Centers family that takes in non-resident patients, and that adds a special dimension. Our therapy team gets to see a broader range of injuries and the more challenging the work is, the more we all improve and the better we can serve everyone” says Anthony. A life-long resident of the Finger Lakes region, his deep desire to help those in need led him to physical therapy, and the reputation of the Steuben Center led him here. “Once I got here, I knew I’d never want to work anywhere else”. Lucky for all of us!
For Deb, being a social worker is not just a weekday job that she performs here at Steuben Center. It’s who she is. “I graduated from Alfred State College with my Bachelor’s degree in Human Service Management and I’ve been doing what I love ever since.” In spite of the hectic pace that Deb keeps as the mother of 2 young and very active boys, she and her husband still find time to be active in the community, but her “second family,” the one here at Steuben Center, is where her heart is. She knows every resident and most of their families, and even some of our new, incoming residents are people that Deb has already known through her community activities. Can you think of a better choice to lead our social services team? We can’t either.