According to Nick Ferreri, the Tanglewood Group’s President and CEO, 2016 was the best year that his organization has ever had. Ferreri, who welcomed employees from all Tanglewood’s facilities at their recent Employee Recognition In-services praised his staff for their hard work and dedication.
“Tanglewoood Manor and Memory Garden had a very impressive year. It was the best year yet!” Ferreri said. “The memory care units have been a great addition to Tanglewood Manor, offering care at a level that has never been available before in this area. The Frewsburg Rest Home and Comfort Today have also been gaining ground, and with the imminent addition of ALP beds at Frewsburg and the Medicaid Managed care program that is now available at Comfort Today, we expect even bigger things in 2017, so hold on to your hats!”
Ferreri hosted the annual recognition events at both the Jamestown and Frewsburg campuses this year, awarding bonuses to several individuals for various achievements.
The company’s annual Service Award, given each year to the employee with the longest tenure was presented to Housekeeping Supervisor Laurie Capps. Capps, who has been with the Tanglewood Group for 14 years and 10 months was given a watch and a trophy in recognition of her accomplishment.
Six individuals from all three facilities were given Perfect Attendance awards for 2016. Jessica Delahoy, Rebecca Johnson, Valerie Nordine, Linda Peterson, Melissa Sheldon, Victoria Thomas, Linda Earle, Jeff Greer, and Wanda Peterson all received $600 for their flawless records.
Sarah Grable, Diana Johnson, Brenda Eccles, Dixie Martinez, and Erica Johnson were each awarded $500 as “Second Chance” drawing winners for 2016. These customary drawings are held each year from a pool of entries that includes the names of employees from each facility that have been recognized for achieving 6 months of perfect attendance for the first or second half of the year, as well as employee of the month nominees at each facility.
The two biggest winners for 2016 were Ruth Loman, of the Frewsburg Rest Home and Shena Anderson of Tanglewood Manor/Memory Garden, who were both recognized as Employee of the Year for their respective facility. In honor of this prestigious award, each woman will receive round trip airfare to anywhere in the continental United States or the Caribbean and a $1000 check.
All Tanglewood Group employees were also treated to a “Christmas Tea” luncheon, catered by Sandee’s Bakery and given a boneless ham as a token of thanks for their work throughout the year.
Ferreri also took a moment to remember employee Brenda Garris, who recently passed away. Brenda was a longstanding employee of the Tanglewood Group and was known for her dedication and caring to the residents that she served. He expressed his condolences to Brenda’s family, several of whom have connections to the Tanglewood family and to her co-workers, noting that she will be missed by many.
State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, Lisa Vanstrom from NYS Senator Cathy Young’s office and Jacqueline Phelps from the office of Congressman Tom Reed were also on hand for the Jamestown campus ceremony, assisting with the drawing, and giving high praise for the quality of care that the Tanglewood Group provides to local seniors.
“I am always excited to be a part of this annual presentation.” said Goodell. “This group of people makes such a difference in other people’s lives. It is easy to forget sometimes how difficult it can be to care for others. You are all a blessing to so many. You should be very proud of the reputation that the Tanglewood Group has – not only in Jamestown, but throughout the state.”
Ms. Vanstrom echoed his sentiments, congratulating the company on their proud tradition of providing excellent care for over 40 years, and Ms. Phelps agreed, referring to the Tanglewood Group’s employees as the “best of the best.”
Ferreri concluded the Jamestown festivities looking towards the future, mentioning the company’s upcoming expansion.
“We are looking forward to taking the Tanglewood mission to Allegany, NY, where we plan to open our biggest single facility yet.” he said. “We saw a need for our type of care in this neighboring area and we are excited to see our dreams become reality there as well.”