WRC Recognizes Employees at Annual Banquet

kevin(Brookville, PA)- WRC Senior Services’ annual Employee Awards Banquet was held recently at Pinecrest Country Club in Brookville.

WRC owns and operates the Laurelbrooke Landing continuing care retirement community in Brookville, North Fork Heights in Brookville, Ridgmont in Ridgway, Edgewood Heights in New Bethlehem, Highland Oaks in Shippenville and In Home Solutions home care, home health and hospice agency.

Forty-nine employees in all were honored for their dedication to WRC Senior Services.

Sixteen employees were honored for years of service, with a combined total of 250 years.

Twenty-three employees were recognized as “engaged employees.” An engaged employee is one who advances the mission of WRC Senior Services through active participation in programs and quality improvement efforts.

Ten employees were also recognized as nominees for the 2015 WRC PRIDE Awards for their hard work and dedication.

The following employees were honored:

In Home Solutions home health care agency –

5 Years of Service: Occupational Therapist Krysta Hallman of Punxsutawney, Home Health Aide Donna Micoletti of Shippenville and Home Care Aide Renee Wonderling of Summerville.

10 Years of Service: Home Health Aide Blanche Weary of Brookville.

15 Years of Service: Home Health Aide Bonnie Emerick of Brookville.

Engaged Employees: Office Assistant and Home Health Aide Lisa Dunn of Cooksburg; Service Coordinators Janice Hatten and Camille Reitz, Home Health Aides Sandy Lockwood and Janet Mohney, all of Brookville; and RN Roxanne Manson of Fisher.

PRIDE Award Nominees: Home Health Aide Rebecca Bonfardine of Mayport, Home Health Aide Jane Chesnutt of Brookville and Lockwood.

Edgewood Heights personal care community –

15 Years of Service: Recreation Coordinator Joetta Powell of New Bethlehem.

Engaged Employees: Cook I Jessica Garrett of Rimersburg

PRIDE Award Nominees: Resident Aide Advanced Linda Kiehl of New Bethlehem, Resident Aide Advanced Erin Truitt of Mayport and LPN Resident Care Coordinator Angie Rearick of Hawthorn.

Highland Oaks personal care community –

25 Years of Service: Resident Aide Advanced Cynthia Clark of Shippenville.

Engaged Employees: Resident Aide Abigail Gundlach of St. Petersburg and Resident Aide Advanced Judy McCleary of Knox.

Ridgmont personal care community –

Engaged Employee: Recreation Coordinator and Resident Aide Advanced Doris Banks of Brockport.

Laurelbrooke Landing continuing care retirement community – 5 Years of Service: LPN WEBON Laura Bish of Shippenville and LPN Charge Nurse Melissa McLaughlin of Brookville.

20 Years of Service: LPN Charge Nurses Beth Armstrong of Brookville and Brenda Scott of Fairmount City, LPNAC Missy Snyder of Coolspring and LPN Advanced Vickie Troup of Hawthorn.

25 Years of Service: LPN Advanced Chris Phillips of Brookville.

35 Years of Service: Maintenance Tech II Kevin Smith of Brookville.

Engaged Employees: RN Supervisor Kelly Fye of Clarion, Bish, Resident Care Specialist Wendy Little of Mayport, Activities Assistant Katie Fiscus of Corsica, LPN Briana Danielson of Brockport, LPN Advanced Stacy Fiscus and Dining Services Supervisor JoAnna Plyer, both of Sigel, House Services Team Leader Carla Galbraith, Dining Services Assistant Mae McHenry, Recreational Assistant Angie Cyphert, Administrative Assistant Andrea Wallace, all of Brookville.

PRIDE Award Nominees: Housekeeper Jeffrey Reitz of Summerville, Recreation Assistant Rita Shultz, Housekeeper Kimberly Furman, Transport Coordinator Carla Jordan, all of Brookville,

WRC Senior Services Business Office – 20 Years of Service: Reimbursement Specialist Rick Snyder of Coolspring.

Engaged Employees: Executive Assistant Kristin Bickle of Brookville and Accounts Receivable/ Housing Manager Assistant Jason Senior of DuBois.

The 2015 WRC PRIDE Award winners were also announced at the event. The PRIDE Awards are the most prestigious award WRC gives, as the winners are decided through a nomination process.

The awards are given to individuals who exemplify WRC PRIDE. PRIDE stands for Professionalism, Responsibility, Innovation, Dedication and Excellence.

ritaThe WRC PRIDE Award for “Care Partner of the Year” was awarded to Rita Shultz. She is a Recreation Assistant at McKinley Health Center at Laurelbrooke Landing.

She has been with WRC for eight years and served as a Housekeeper prior to her current role in activities.

“Rita is consistently recognized for going above and beyond in every interaction,” said President-CEO Fran Roebuck Kuhns. “No matter what, she always has a smile, always has a positive attitude that makes a real difference in the lives of our residents and each of us as team members.”

christian prideThe PRIDE Award for “Leader of the Year” went to Christian Camuso of DuBois. Camuso has been at WRC for two years and is the Administrator of In Home Solutions.

He was instrumental in the establishment of WRC’s hospice program last year.

“Christian has perseverance. He is able to lead a team of people through all kinds of challenges – challenges that seem insurmountable,” said Kuhns. “No matter what was thrown before him, he hung tough and helped WRC be extremely successful in the establishment and creation of our hospice program.”

Thebarb “Volunteer of the Year” PRIDE Award went to Barb Johnson of Brookville for her volunteer work at the WRC Senior Services business office.

Johnson has been a volunteer for seven years.

“Barb is extremely dedicated,” said Kuhns. “She never misses a day. She helps us and supports us so much in the business office.”

The PRIDE Award for “Volunteer Director of the Year” wenrogert to Roger Richards of Brookville.

Richards has been on the board of directors for over 30 years.

He was the first man to be allowed to serve on the board for WRC, which originally stood for the Woman’s Relief Corp.

“That was a long time ago, and he’s been with us ever since,” Kuhns said. “He’s extremely dedicated. He cares about what he’s doing. His number one focus is on the residents that we serve.”

WRC Senior Services employs over 300 people in Jefferson, Clarion, Clearfield and Elk counties. For information about employment opportunities, call Director of Human Resources Stephanie Cable at 814-849-1207 ext 1110 or visit www.wrc.org.

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