Officials representing Southington Care Center (SCC) recently credited its 25 years of success to the overarching guiding principle: to care for residents and patients with respect and dignity within a culture of family.
This philosophy was at the crux of the 25th anniversary celebration held June 12 at the community, located at 45 Meriden Ave.
Trish Walden, former executive vice president of what is now Hartford HealthCare Senior Services (HHCSS), was credited for having the vision to establish a skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation center a quarter-century ago. SCC was the first facility in the extended network of what was then-Central Connecticut Senior Health Services (CCSHS).
Over the past 25 years, this non-profit health care consortium has expanded into an additional five communities, featuring assisted-living, independent-living, memory care living, long-term skilled nursing, and short-term rehabilitation. The center also houses the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, all dedicated to providing the setting, services, and resources to enable older adults to achieve an optimal quality of life.
At the celebration, Carol Barno, HHCSS vice president of finance, announced the establishment of the Trish Walden Living Your Legacy Award. This recognition will be given to one staff member in the HHCSS family who demonstrates Walden’s characteristics such as integrity and passion for resident-centered care, ability to inspire others and willingness to collaborate, with no thought to personal gain or recognition.
The award will be launched this summer. A video detailing Walden’s 25-year career with CCSHS was also shown.
In addition to Walden, 10 other SCC employees were recognized for their individual 25-year tenure on staff. They include: Dr. Joseph Babiarz, medical director; Robin Capra, RN; Mary Celella, infection control nurse; Sheri DeFilio, nursing secretary; Pauline Gendreau, CNA; Hanna Gutowski, CNA; Cynthia Jackson, CNA; Marsha Jarush, LPN unit coordinator; Susan Keim, unit secretary; and Doristine Walker, dementia leader. Care center resident Marion Gifford presented these awards.
Several legislators presented state and town proclamations as a crowd of more than 200 people observed.
“For 25 years, Southington Care Center has made a life-changing impact on the thousands of people it has served through its skilled nursing and rehabilitation services,” SCC Executive Director William Kowalewski said in a SCC press release. “We believe it has also made Southington a better place to live. We look forward to continuing this legacy indefinitely into the future.”
Southington Care Center offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, and is a not for profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. For more information, visit www.southingtoncare.org.