Daniel’s infectious smile is contagious and it shows when walking into Williamsbridge Center! The genuine happiness seen on the faces of staff members and residents alike, is due to Danny’s warm personality. As the original facility in the Centers Health Care portfolio, Danny says “it is very humbling and satisfying” to be a part of Williamsbridge Center. Having worked in the corporate office before training under a seasoned administrator, Daniel understands the nuances of running a building from an office setting and from a boots on the ground perspective. Always approachable, always willing to help and always there for everyone, Daniel is a leader that can be counted on to tackle any issue that arises.
“Patricia has been in nursing for more than 20 years. She earned her “stripes” as an Emergency Room nurse before moving to long term care. “This suits me best. I love working with the elderly. I come from a long line of caregivers, so maybe that’s where I get it from. My own mother is 94 and I have six children and three grandchildren so you could say I’m a care giver 24/7”. When she’s not at the bedside seeing to one her residents, Patricia is probably coaching a staff member, stopping in at rehab to check on care plans, or counseling a family member, but you can bet that wherever she is, she’s delivering the kind of care that our residents and their families just love her for.
Sundeep is responsible for maintaining a world class therapy program in a “small town” facility. “This was the perfect assignment for me. It’s work that I love to do and our community is small enough that I get to spend a lot time with each resident, I get to know them, and everyone on the team here has the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. I was born in India and educated in the United States at East Tennessee University. I love to travel and explore so I worked in rehabilitation in Texas and California before joining Centers Health Care at Triboro Center, not far from Williamsbridge. But Triboro had hundreds of residents, so when I had the chance to move to Williamsbridge where we have a smaller, close knit group, I jumped at it. Now my traveling days are over. I found a home at Williamsburg and I love it here”. And we love having him.
You might not think it, but there’s more to recreation that having fun. In fact, it takes a lot of hard work – and training - to coordinate as many as 30 organized activities every week, ones that meet the personal needs and cultural preferences of 75 different people! Add to that organizing all of our family events, trips to local attractions, community events, birthday parties, staff celebrations …well, you get the idea. It’s not easy, but Stephanie does it flawlessly. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy – that’s right, she designs every resident’s care plan into the activities we host. That way the work that takes place in our therapy suite is reinforced in our activities room. At night she is working toward her Master’s degree in Recreational Education. Where does she get the energy? “It’s easy. I love what I do. I’ve always wanted to be helping people and now I get to do it for a living. What could be better?” Are we having fun yet? You bet we are!