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December 23, 2020
Dominican Village Residents Participate in the Annual Toys for Tots Drive
The residents and staff participated in the annual Toys for Tots Drive, coordinated through the offices of Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre and Senator John Brooks. Dominican Village’s residents keep the magic of the season through the words of Frank Sinatra’s “Fairytales may come true, it can happen to you, if your young at heart.”
Pictured left to right: Meredith Kelly Dominican Village’s Community Relations Coordinator, Tom Prendergast Transportation Director & Emily Monem, Community Relations Director
December 21, 2020
100 YEARS BLESSED CELEBRATING HELEN GALLAGHER’S 100th BIRTHDAY
Helen Gallagher was born December 30,1920 to Marion and Thomas Lenahan on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her family, with 8 children, moved to Elmhurst and then to Jackson Heights. She graduated from Newtown High School in 1939 and started working for Horn and Hardart, famous for the Automat, and then for Bloomingdales, in the children’s department. She often told us of the many famous New Yorkers, who shopped there for their children.
Her marriage to Bill Rohrman in 1943, ended tragically in September of 1944, when he was killed at the battle of the Siegfried Line, in World War II. Helen married their friend, Bernie Gallagher, in 1950. They later moved to Jericho.
Helen was a founding mother for the Confraternity program at Saint Paul the Apostle Church in Brookville. She served as director of the program or 25 years, and was awarded the Saint Agnes Medal for service, by the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1988.
She had no children. Helen’s 24 nieces and nephews were treated as her children. She has been living at Dominican village since 2006. Helen enjoys her life, her family, her friends, and her Irish heritage. She is everybody’s friend.
PLEASE DROP OFF NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOYS
FOR CHILDREN OF ANY AGE.
BOX IS IN AMITY CENTER LOBBY.
WE WILL BE COLLECTING
UNTIL DECEMBER 17TH
December 4, 2020
Dominican Village Supports St. Martin’s Food Pantry
Now more than ever the Beatles lyric “I get by with a little help from my friends” rings true! Dominican Village’s residents and staff were happy to answer the call by donating non-perishable food items to St. Martins Food Pantry located in Amityville, NY.
Pictured left to right: Sister Marie Josee, St. Martin’s Parish Social Ministry Director, Meredith Kelly Dominican Village’s Community Relations Coordinator & Emily Monem, Community Relations Director
September 23, 2020
CELEBRATING NANCY LEFTENANT-COLON’S 100th BIRTHDAY
Nancy Leftenant-Colon was born on September 29th, 1920 to James Sr. and Eunice Leftenant. One of 12 children, Nancy grew up poor and learned early on that determination and pride were essential survival skills. James and Eunice wanted their children to be bright, positive, and steadfast. Nancy is the epitome of her parent’s wishes. Aviation was in the family blood as Nancy’s brother; Sam Leftenant, was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen who saw extensive action in WWII. Sam Leftenant was shot down over Austria in April of 1945.
In January 1945, following her graduation from Lincoln School for Nurses, Bronx New York, Nancy volunteered for and was accepted into active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps. Lt Leftenant’ s first assignment was at Lowell General Hospital. Fort Devens, Massachusetts. This nursing assignment was the forerunner to the integration of black nurses into the all-white medical units. Prior to this assignment, all black nurses were assigned from basic training to an all-black unit which was in Arizona.
It was in 1946 that Lt. Leftenant was assigned to the 332nd Station Medical Group at Lockbourne Army Air Base in Columbus, Ohio. It was during this assignment that Lt. Leftenant made her entry into history by becoming the first black nurse to be accepted, commissioned, and integrated into the regular Army Air Corps.
In 1947 she transferred to the Air-Force which was designated as a separate branch of the armed services. During 1953 – 1954, as a qualified Flight Nurse assigned to the 648 1st Medical Evacuation Group at Tachikawa, Japan, Capt. Leftenant supervised two or more technicians (depending upon the patient load) while evacuating patients intra-Japan, intra-Korea, from Japan to Okinawa and from Seoul, Korea to Tachikawa, Japan. All outbound cargo carrier aircraft upon return became inbound “Air Evacuation.”
Following the fall of Dien Bien Pu in 1954, Capt. Leftenant was assigned as a member of the first flight evacuation crew assigned to the C-124 Globemaster(s) used to evacuate the first 100 patients (French Legionnaires) from Saigon to Tachikawa, Japan.
Following military retirement (Chief Nurse, Major, USAFNC) Nancy returned to her hometown, Amityville, New York to continue in public service as a high school nurse from which she retired in June 1984.
In March 1985, the Amityville Free School District commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of Nancy’s appointment to the Regular Army Nurse Corps with a reception and a proclamation declaring the month of April as the Nancy Leftenant Colon Month; to be observed by the school community and to be discussed in the classroom as an event of historical significance to the nation and to the district.
Nancy Leftenant Colon served in the position of National Secretary for Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated (TAI), from 1978-1987. At the TAI Annual Convention in 1987, Nancy was duly elected to position of 1st Vice President, and in 1989, she was duly elected to the position of President of Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated, the first woman to be elected to the position.
Mary Leftenant (Nancy’s sister) stated if life treated her unfairly, Nancy only gained strength, it made her a better person.
Dominican Village’s 2020 Money in the Bag Winners
1st Prize $5,000 ~ PATRICIA GAVAGHEN
2nd Prize $2,500 ~ DAVID & LORI VENUTI
3rd Prize $1,000 ~ SUE BREIT
4th Prize $750 ~ STEPHEN GAUGHRAN
5th Prize $500 ~ TRACY ONGENA
6th Prize $250 ~ ANNE KEEGAN
We want to take a moment and thank everyone for their support.
Dominican Village Commemorates National Assisted Living Week
A weeklong celebration kicked off on Sunday, September 13 and Dominican Village joined tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country uniting with the “Caring is Essential” theme.
Sr. Maureen Muir, Chief Quality Officer, and Interim Chief Executive Officer stated “this year, COVID has been an enormous, unforeseen challenge that has resulted in every person working in long term care to step up and go above and beyond expectations. National Assisted Living Week highlights the incredible care provided by caregivers in assisted living facilities. It is a way to celebrate the dedication of staff, the individuality of residents, and the deep connections formed in these settings.”
While adhering to safety requirements and precautions in place for COVID, activities that were offered at Dominican Village included: Happy Hour & Pizza party at each resident’s apartment doorway and additional activities pertaining to the theme of the day. To celebrate diversity each day of the week there was a different ethnic-themed meal prepare by experienced chefs. The week ended with a Classic Car Parade giving the residents the opportunity to reminisce about the good ole days and their classic cars.
Sr. Maureen Muir stated, “Engaging with our residents, whether through a car parade, writing letters, or window visits can be a rewarding experience and makes a tremendous difference in the resident’s lives, especially during this time.” We encourage members of the community to keep in touch and visit Dominican Village’s social media pages to stay informed.
NATIONAL ASSISTED LIVING WEEK - A weeklong celebration kicked off on Sunday, September 13, and Dominican Village joined tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country uniting with the “Caring is Essential” theme.
August 21, 2020
A SALUTE TO OUR SENIORS
Dominican Village saluted our senior residents on Friday, August 21st for National Senior Citizens Day! Refreshments were hand-delivered to over one hundred residents. Staff celebrated each resident personally by “poppin - in” with a fresh bag of popcorn and a watermelon fruit cup to thank them for their contributions to our lives and their communities. “No one is Butter than our seniors!!!!.”
A fin-credible lineup for our Shark Week and Carnival/Circus fun days!
Themes are exciting and stimulating for our seniors. The staff creates fun, entertainment, laughter, and goodwill! Residents stated “It’s fun to see the staff in themed costumes and props.”
August 21, 2020
Dominican Village is ever-so-grateful to Paul Block from Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy. Mr. Block showed his compassion and generosity on many occasions to Dominican Village’s Wellness staff by gifting over 100 gowns, gloves, and face guards. The protective gear and supplies are essential and much needed in protecting our senior residents- who are the most vulnerable to the Corona Virus.
Left to Right: Executive Assistant Carole Maguire, Environmental Service Director Dave Parent & Chief Quality Officer Sr. Maureen Muir.
August 13, 2020
Residents Stay Active While Adhering to Social Distancing Guidelines
Residents stay active and enjoy the benefits of fresh air and sunshine while exercising with Dee.
Our Tight Knit Community knitting for a cause!
Residents keep it moving with a friendly game of Bocce.
July 22, 2020
New York State Department of Transportation Awards Dominican Village $270,000.00
In the Fall of 2017, the Development Department of Dominican Village wrote a New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) grant to secure three new vehicles for our community.
Dominican Village is excited to announce the delivery of three 2019 vehicles. Our new fleet includes a 17-passenger bus, and 2 vans each outfitted with AbiliTrax flooring Platform. AbiliTrax allows for residents that are wheelchair-bound for medical transportation and accommodate small groups for activities.
Pictured Left to right: Vinny Ammirati Driver and Thomas Prendergast, Director of Transportation at Dominican Village.
July 22, 2020
ENS Security Supports Dominican village
During these challenging COVID-19 times, with safety and security protocols in mind, the donation of a State-of-the-Art thermal imaging camera has aided in the processing of staff and visitors entering our building. Dominican Village is grateful for the generous donation of a Dahua Thermal Temperature Monitoring by ENS Security located in Plainview.
The Dahua Thermal Temperature Monitoring System enables a contactless solution which does not require assistance of another individual and can be used for self-administration of temperature checks.
The device is supported by user friendly computer software that allows Dominican Village to download and store temperature check records of all visitors, staff, and residents. In the age of the pandemic, we believe the ability to check visitors/employees without adding additional exposure is paramount.
Pictured is Albert Belcher, Director of Security at Dominican Village.
July 2, 2020
Cubii-Cares donates Cubii elliptical to Dominican Village!!
Residents wish to express their appreciation and gratitude to CubiiCares for their donation. Residents can easily pedal while sitting down on any chair with the Cubii. This compact elliptical machine has an ergonomic design to reduce joint stress and an assortment of tools and adjustable resistance levels to help customize a workout based on individual health and fitness needs.
Lena Prochilo was the first to give it a spin, and declared “it’s wonderful, I love it.”
June 30, 2020
Madlyn Cullen turns 100
Madlyn Cullen born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn NY was one of two children; her only brother died when he was 66 years old. She attended St. Mary's Nursing school in Queens graduating in 1940 as WWll began. She stated, “It was rough – the doctors were busy with the war—we went right to work, just like today with the new doctors and nurses of 2020.”
She and John Thomas had 9 children “I took 16 years off to raise my children. She went back to work at age 63 at St. John’s Hospital in Queens. Both St. John’s and St. Mary’s are now closed Madlyn retired in 1989. “I loved every minute of nursing, there was not a day as a nurse that we didn’t have a good laugh, even in bad times.
Madlyn often read in the newspaper about converting Queen of the Rosary Academy an all-girl school to a senior residence, which is now Dominican Village. “I never imagined I would have been fortunate enough to live here. God smiled the day I moved in here, 10 years ago.”
Madlyn Cullen celebrating her 100-year birthday stated “I always believed in giving back, I think that is what kept me young. After retiring from nursing, I continued to volunteer three 3 times a week”
June 4, 2020
Dominican Village, founded by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, offers senior residents’ programs and services which foster independence, promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, and maximize opportunities for socialization.
COVID-19 has not changed what we do, but how we do it! With safety measures in place, seniors exercise, meals are served, residents enjoy concerts, gardening and bocce, and staff supervise games all while social distancing and wearing masks.
None of this would be possible without the dedicated administrative and nursing staff who have gone above and beyond to keep residents safe and active. While Dominican Village is grateful for the many received donations of PPE, the need for masks, gloves and sanitizer continues.
What Can You Do to Help?
• You can make a monetary donation online to help Dominican Village by clicking here.
• If you have any questions about how to help by donating goods such as PPE supplies, please contact Emily Monem, Community Relations & Development Director at (631) 842-6618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's continue to pray with and for each other and our world during this difficult time.
June 1, 2020
From left to Right: Dominican Village’s Staff Emily Monem Community Relations & Development Director, Toni Yarbrough HHA, Heidi Rios LPN; Emily from AHRC Nassau; Mariann DeMaio Nursing Supervisor; and Diane Ziems Director of Operations.
Dominican Village was visited by Emily a resident of AHRC Nassau. “Emily” in pink and blue shorts gives a thumbs up to our front-line workers. Dominican Village was touched by the visit and the basket of treats. Lynne Brewer (not pictured) AHRC Community Relations Liaison, stated for the past six weeks her students have been making baskets of homemade crafts and cards expressing their gratitude to the Front-Line workers! Dominican Village staff thanks AHRC of Nassau for the special treats and crafts.
May 21st 2020
Photo Left to right: Dominican Village’s Case Manager Supervisor Heather Mahlstedt, Caitlin Zuccaro and Community Relations Coordinator Meredith Kelly
Caitlyn Zuccaro found us on the Deaconess Healthcare website. A Deaconess like Caitlyn put people at the center of everything they do, making a positive difference in the lives of families, employees and community. Thank you for the handmade masks.
Photo Left to Right: Louise Perrotta, Secretary/Treasurer, of the North Amityville Kiwanis, Corinne Durante Dominican Village’s Reception Director, and Sister Catherine O’Shea, O.P., Dominican Village’s Administrative Assistant.
We are truly blessed to have such a friend---Louise always goes above and beyond to assist the staff and residents at Dominican Village. We thank North Amityville Kiwanis for the donation of masks.
Photo Left to Right: Dominican Village’s Community Relations Coordinator Meredith Kelly & A/P Finance Clare Pancoast
All the way from Huntington Beach, California Deaconess Debbie Granada - putting people at the center sends handmade masks to our frontline workers and staff at Dominican Village
Left to Right Dominican Village’s Staff: Nursing Supervisor Mariann DeMaio, John Walters, LPN, Heidi Rios, LPN and Shannel Archila, Wellness/Nursing Director.
Dominican Village’s Wellness Department extends their gratitude to Irena from Harbor Hills Pharmacy, Roslyn NY for the fantastic lunch donation.
May 14, 2020
Outpouring of Support
Attentive Care Really Cares! Without hesitation Gina & Beth were quick to order lunch for every staff member at Dominican Village from Panera Bread
Left to Right: Dominican Village’s Operation Director Diane Ziems, Beth & Gina from Attentive Care, DV Director of Wellness Shannel Archila and Case Manager Supervisor Heather Mahlstedt
The Bond Team Delivers!!! Milton & Luna Bond of Douglas Elliman-Babylon Village have strong bonds with the community they showed their appreciation to the Dominican Village’s staff for all they do to keep the residents healthy and safe.
Girls Scout Troop 2428 delivered handmade cards to Dominican Village for all our residents. The cards were full of hope and well wishes very much needed during this time.
Mother’s Day – May 6, 2020
Notification from: Dominican Village, Inc.
We just want to remind you that Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we encourage you to go to our website at www.domincanvillage.org, and upload any pictures you wish to send to Mom through the “Print Buddy” Icon so that they may receive those special pictures of you. It is a simple few steps that could mean the world to Mom.
May 4, 2020
Masks for Our Heroes
Meadowbrook Financial Mortgage Bankers Corp. raised funds to support the much-needed personal protection equipment for Dominican Village’s frontline workers and for our senior residents. Pictured in the Center Joe Peres from Meadowbrook Financial Corp and his colleagues raised enough funds to purchase four hundred N-95 masks. Dominican Village was humbled by the outpouring of generosity shown by the staff of Meadowbrook Financial Mortgage Bankers Corp and is grateful.
In the photo Left to right: Dominican Village Training Officer Ranita McLean, Joe Peres Mortgage Broker and Dominican Village’s Community Relations Director Emily Monem.
May 4, 2020
Amityville Chamber feeds 100 Healthcare Heroes
Amityville Chamber of Commerce and all the local organizations & businesses of Amityville Village came together to recognize the employees of Dominican Village. Dominican Village is an Independent and Assisted Living Residence located in Amityville, NY. Dominican Village is full of gratitude for the signs and the pizza!!
In the photo Left to right: Jeff & Angela Erath (Jeff – President of the Amityville Chamber and his wife is a member of The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fire Department of Amityville)
April 27, 2020
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER COMMUNITY COALITION INC. ASSISTS DOMINICAN VILLAGE
The members of the George Washington Carver Community Coalition INC located in Wyandanch; NY delivered much needed sewn facial masks to Dominican Village.
We appreciate their kindness and choosing to work with us in the time of need to providing the essential necessities to the staff and residents of the Dominican Village. We thank members Lloyd Robinson, Christopher and James Black for their tireless hours sewing 100 facial masks. The men stated, “Knowing that we are able help our communities is a delight, and we look forward to doing much more in the near future.”
The George Washington Carver Community Coalition Inc. is a nonprofit organization located in Wyandanch, NY. The organization is operated and managed by the George Washington Carver Lodge #95 who understand that every great community is made together, and that everyone has an essential role that makes a difference!
April 17, 2020
Dominican Village Party Parade Brigade!
Best of costumes, hats, props, megaphones, cow bells, whistles, and flags were carried by employees to show their deep love and commitment to our residents.
The Residents out on their balconies and others waving from their windows were overjoyed to see the staff.
In times like these we want to take a moment and thank the community
The call for assistance was answered! Dominican Village employees traveled to Fire Rescue Station in Yaphank where much needed supplies of gloves and mask were retrieved.
Our friends at Print Budii donated a photo kiosk for families and friends to send photos to their loved ones. These photos will be hand delivered by our staff to our residents. Print Budii’s mission is to send a Kodak Moment that brings joy and smiles.
Girls Scouts dropped off cookies to our Health Care workers and a very generous family member purchased pizza and refreshments for all the hard-working staff at Dominican Village.
We wanted THANK those who were thinking of us!
Dominican Village Families and friends are finding creative ways to communicate and show love to our senior residents in such creative ways! Standing outside of windows and singing Happy Birthday or just a simple Hello! Lots of facetiming and even delivery of uplifting artwork from children in the local community. These are the small gestures that are bringing hope and joy to the seniors at Dominican Village.
Just saying HELLO from the Orlando Family.
Delivery of uplifting artwork to residents from children in the local community.
The O’Grady Family standing outside of windows and singing happy birthday to Helen who just turned 87!
In our continuing pursuit of excellence in Person-Centered Care, Dominican Village has joined with the OTA Programs of Stony Brook University, Touro College and Suffolk County Community College to provide their students the opportunity to assist our Activities staff with programs that meet the social, cognitive and creative needs of our Residents, as well as suggesting activities that reinforce self-esteem and sense of purpose.
Messiah Reid, a Dominican Village Security Guard, graduated from the SCPD Explorers 1st Precinct Post #555 on January 24th, receiving the Law Enforcement Career Achievement Award, the highest national award a police explorer can reach.
Messiah completed hundreds of hours of explorer work, community service work and earned nine proficiency awards.
The Explorers program is a goal orientated program for individuals between the ages of 14 to 21, who may be interested in pursuing law enforcement as a career choice.
The program is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life program and administered by the Suffolk County Police Department.
A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Our Annual Festival of Lights celebration has become a holiday tradition at Dominican Village. This year’s festivities included all the holiday favorites, a full performance by North Shore Pops Orchestra, hot cocoa and cookies. Of course, Santa made an appearance! A Special thank you to the Copiague High School Key Club members for continuously volunteering their time to make the evening so joyous for the residents and their families. ‘
A TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS
Dominican Village and Senator John Brooks hosted a special luncheon to honor our local Veterans for their service to our country. Elected Officials and other members of the community were present to honor veterans and their guest with a luncheon and live entertainment.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
When the Sisters of St. Dominic decided to close the Queen of the Rosary Academy in 1986, they began exploring possibilities for the use of the property. Their deliberations resulted in a new senior housing ministry. Hence, the sound of youthful voices that filled the academy hallways became the mature voices that fill the halls of Dominican Village. QRA Alumnae recall their happy days and reunited at Dominican Village to reminisce at the all Class years reunion. Graduates from class years 1952 through 1988 attended. Pictured are graduates celebrating their fortieth, fiftieth and sixtieth High School reunion (Class of ’59,’69,’79). The ladies shared fond memories of the Sisters of St. Dominic and their teen age years.
A GOLDEN GATHERING
In October Dominican Village partnered with Senator John Brooks who sponsored the “Golden Gathering” Senior Health Fair providing Seniors with free health screenings, flu shots and overall wellness tips. We thank the 32 community agencies for helping us promote general health care for all seniors.
A ROOMFUL OF WINNERS
Dominican Village hosted its 14th Annual Chinese Auction Extravaganza! 300 participants enjoyed a buffet and cash bar while making their raffle selections from among 200 beautifully displayed baskets.
A FAMILY DAY BARBECUE
Dominican Village is no longer “the best kept secret in Amityville” and its motto “When you’re here, you’re home” is evident in the various activities and celebrations that our residents, their families and the local community enjoy on its premises.
We thank the Knights of Columbus # 2489 of West Babylon and the community volunteers for making Dominican Village’s annual Family Day barbecue very special. More than 700 Dominican Village residents and their families enjoyed a full day of activities that included live entertainment, carnival games, face painting, petting zoo, prizes, dancing and a special honor guard presentation on horseback.
A COMMITMENT TO SERVE
Dominican Village’s Nurse of the Year Recipient John Walters and Volunteer of the Year Kay McKiernan were honored by New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL). We congratulate them both for their outstanding commitment and compassion.
August 14, 2019
Dominican Village is named a Not-for-profit Business Achievement Award Finalist in the Prestigious HIA-LI 25th Annual Business Achievement Awards
Amityville, NEW YORK, Dominican Village, when you’re here, you’re home, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a not-for-profit finalist in the Business Achievement Awards competition conducted by HIA-LI, the recognized voice for business on Long Island. Recipients will be announced during a gala luncheon event held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 19, 2019.
“Dominican Village is honored to be among the finalists in the category of not-for-profits of the HIA-LI Business Achievement Awards,”, President/CEO of Dominican Village. For nearly two decades, HIA-LI has recognized the best of the best business on Long Island and Dominican Village is proud to be among those nominated.”
“HIA-LI is pleased to recognize Dominican Village as a finalist in the not for profit of our Business Achievement Awards competition,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, President & CEO of HIA-LI. “Our finalists represent some of the highest performing and best-run companies on Long Island. Dominican Village has been named a finalist in recognition of its achievements in industry leadership, creativity, successful business operations, corporate vision, and other characteristics vital to developing and growing a winning organization.”
In choosing the finalists, the selection committee considered multiple factors. The award criteria include:
- Positive employer/employee relations
- Commitment to the growth or betterment of the Long Island business community
- Revenue and profitability trends over the last three years
- Three to five year vision for the company's future
Additional criteria that were considered include:
- Recent outstanding accomplishments
- Technical innovation or innovative processes
- Expansion into new markets
- Industry leadership
- Overcoming adversity
Those interested in attending the luncheon, or companies interested in becoming sponsors, should contact Anthony Forgione, HIA-LI Director of Business Development, at email@example.com or 631-543-5355.
August 9, 2019
John Walters Named NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year
John Walters, LPN, Nurse Supervisor at Dominican Village in Amityville, N.Y. has been named the 2019 Assisted Living Nurse of the Year by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). The NCAL Awards Program recognizes exemplary assisted living caregivers and programs. The award winners represent the best of the assisted living profession, a sector of long-term care that fosters choice, dignity and independence.
LPN, Nurse Supervisor on receiving the NCAL Nurse of the Year Award
As a nurse supervisor, Walters oversees the clinical needs of the 65 residents at Dominican Village, a 2019 recipient of the Silver—Achievement in Quality Award through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. Walters seeks to improve the quality of care residents receive at this Long Island assisted living community by working closely with case managers to develop care plans, setting goals for his Wellness Department team, and serving as a strong team leader. He is known for going above and beyond the call of duty, often working overtime or checking in on residents, especially those on hospice. His knowledge of and passion for quality, end-of-life care means he is frequently consulted and readily offers additional education and support. Additionally, Walters facilitates a support group for families and caregivers, discussing ways to handle stress, among other topics. John also received the NYSCAL Nurse of the Year award this year from the New York State Center for Assisted Living.
“The common element among this year’s recipients is that they all go out of their way to ensure assisted living residents receive the best care,” said NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle. “Whether supporting their team members, offering their personal time, or connecting with family members, they inspire those around them. NCAL is honored to recognize these exemplary caregivers.”
“Having known and seen the way John performs as a nurse, the choice to award John with the NCAL Nurse of the year distinction could not have gone to a better candidate or nurse,” said Paul Wasser, President and CEO of Dominican Village. “We are blessed to have him in our community to care for our residents and lead his team of nurses and care aides.”
John will be recognized at the 70th AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. held October 13-16, 2019. For more information on programs and activities please contact the Community Relations Team at (631) 842-6091.
July 4th 2019
Dominican Village A NYSCAL Member Earns 2019 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award
They have already won the Bronze Award, now the Silver......what is next? Will they go for the Gold?
Dominican Village is delighted to announce they earned the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care in long term and post-acute care. There were 183 Silver recipients in the country and only two Silver recipients in New York State. Dominican Village was the only Assisted Living in NYS to receive the Silver National Quality Award the other member was a nursing home.
Seated in the middle President/CEO Paul Wasser joined by his team of Directors
“It’s amazing to see so many member centers and communities receiving this award,” said Mark Parkinson, President, and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Despite all the challenges we face as a profession, I continue to be astonished by the quality outcomes our members achieve. It’s an honor to be able to recognize them for their dedication to improving lives.”
Based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program challenges member providers to achieve excellence in quality through three progressive levels—Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Members at the Silver award level develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and quality outcomes.
“These recipients are making a difference for their residents and communities,” said Alana Wolfe, Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “This award level shows that these providers are setting and reaching quality goals, and I commend them for this outstanding achievement.”
May 22nd 2019
Dominican Village appoints Sister Maureen Muir, OP, to Chief Quality Officer.
Sr. Maureen has been serving Dominican Village for 6 years, her planning, administration and expertise in senior living is an asset to the future of Dominican Village.
May 17th 2019
Dominican Village & District 8th Senator Support Long Island Cares
Together Dominican Village’s residents & staff support Senator John Brooks Spring Food Drive initiative to bring awareness and attention to local food banks that need support.
Without hesitation Dominican Village’s residents and staff collected boxes of food and supplies.
Help local Food Banks 631-582-FOOD.
Pictured left to right: Emily Monem Dominican Village’s Community Relations Director and Suzann Osterbery Dominican Village’s Activities Coordinator
May 7th 2019
District 8th Senator John Brooks (D-Massapequa)
Senator John Brooks and the entire NYS Senate recognized Amityville resident Emily Monem as the 2019 NYS Senate Woman of Distinction in Albany on May 7th.
Ms. Monem along with 61 other women celebrated this honor together for their services to their local communities.
Pictured left to right: Emily Monem, Dominican Village’s Community Relations & Development Director & Senator John Brooks.
April 25, 2019
READY, SET, GROW!
Public officials, local Representatives and the Administration of Dominican Village gathered for discussion of plans for new construction of 40 cutting edge secured Memory Care apartments and 60 Assisted Living apartments on our Campus. Paul Wasser CEO/President of Dominican Village discussed the growth of the organization and expressed optimism about the path we’re taking in responding to an ever-changing high cost marketplace for senior housing. Wasser stressed that investing in “person centered care” and “aging in place” philosophies is integral for the aging population.
April 17, 2019
CONNECTING AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS
Dominican Village and Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) collaborated in getting the senior memory impaired population together “Make New friends” in a stimulated, safe and engaging environment.
Food, live music and plenty of dancing was the theme of the day! “Best day ever” followed by “see you next time” were the sentiments of many of the participants.
As an added bonus a pen pal program between Dominican Village residents and LIAF day program attendees was established, allowing the new friends to strengthen their bonds.
LIAF is known for making a positive difference in the lives of those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia – one person, one family, one community at a time.
New program “Meet New Friends” collaboration with Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation & Dominican Village
April 5, 2019
NYSCAL TO HONOR DOMINICAN VILLAGE NURSE OF THE YEAR
On Tuesday, May 7th the New York State Center for Assisted Living will present its annual Nurse of the Year Award to John Walters, LPN in recognition of his outstanding work at Dominican Village, a residential retirement and assisted living community sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Amityville.
In addition to his LPN license John holds a Bachelors’ degree from the New York Institute of Technology. John is an ordained deacon for the Diocese of Rockville Center and currently serves in St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood. He is an avid reader of history, a gardener and “an always hopeful Mets fan”.
Prior to joining the Dominican Village staff John worked for twenty-five years at the Helen Keller National Center in Kings Point as a bereavement specialist and later at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home Rehabilitation Center in West Islip, NY serving persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
While he is part of Dominican Village’s Wellness team John is a leader who listens, counsels and provides support. He implements new ideas and sets reasonable goals for his staff to meet, even surpass. He provides a calm and thoughtful way to approach the many challenges encountered by the staff when dealing with issues that affect the elderly and their care. John’s extensive experience, both professional and personal, allows for staff to trust his judgement and guidance A true team leader, John uses his skills to empower staff to be the best that they can be.
The Administration and Staff of Dominican Village are proud to join the New York State Center for Assisted Living in recognizing John Walters as its 2019 Nurse of the Year.
April 5, 2019
Dominican Village celebrates Nurse and Volunteer of the Year!
Dominican Village is very pleased to announce that two very dedicated individuals have been named New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) Award winners!
John Walters, LPN, is awarded 2019 Nurse of the Year and Kay McKiernan, is awarded 2019 Volunteer of the Year.
We are privileged to have both John and Kay as part of our team of professionals who work tirelessly to live the mission, provide quality programs and ensure quality care for the residents of Dominican Village. Congratulations to each of them on this outstanding achievement, we are very proud of them both! John and Kay will be honored at the NYSCAL Annual Awards Banquet at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY on May 7, 2019.
March 14, 2019
A Mission Driven Visit
Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory was on hand to tour Dominican Village’s recently renovated Independent and Assisted Living Buildings.
Gregory’s work as an advocate for seniors is directly in line with our mission and services we provide at the Village. Resident Henry Fairchild was delighted to meet him!
Dominican Village offers outstanding programs and activities for seniors for more information contact us at 631-842-6618
December 20, 2018
Dominican Village Festival of Lights
December 19, 2018
Annual Toy Drive
In photo left to right: Assembly woman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Dominican Village’s Chairman of the Board John Diliberto & Emily Community Relations & Development Director
Making the Holidays a little merrier for local children and families, Dominican Village is proud to be a supporter of Assemblywomen Kimberly Jean-Pierre’s Annual Toy Drive. Christmas was definitely made brighter for children and families in our community.
Happy Holidays From Dominican Village!!
November 27, 2018
The Most Wonderful time of the year
November 8, 2018
We Salute Our Veterans
October 12, 2018
Pallet Paint Night
Approximately 50 professionals from a variety of licensed Home Care Agencies and Assisted Living Facilities networked, ate good food and showed off their crafty side.
October 11, 2018
Dominican Village is looking for volunteers to assist us in implementing an array of artistic and cultural programs for the enjoyment of our senior residents.
Dominican Village is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian senior housing/assisted living facility sponsored by the Sisters of St. Dominic. Currently serving over two hundred residents, its mission is “to provide a supportive environment in which the sacredness of life and the dignity of each person are held in the highest regard. We offer our senior residents a choice of programs and services which foster independence, promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and maximize opportunities for socialization.”
Contact Sarah Fitzpatrick for further information at (631) 842-6167.
July 18, 2018
12th Annual Chinese Auction & Dinner
Friday October 5th 2018
HELEN BUTLER HALL 565 Albany Avenue
Amityville, New York 11701
All are welcome to view and purchase basket tickets
On Friday, October 5th From 12:00-4:00pm
Or Join us for dinner from 6:30-10:00pm
Dinner $45pp or table of ten $400
Click on image above
October 1st, 2018
Bethpage Best of LI 2019
Greetings Dominican Village Family Members, Friends & Supporters,
Dominican Village has been nominated for the Best of Long Island 2019 contest. We are asking for assistance in voting for Dominican Village. Voting begins today October 1st through December 15, 2018. During this time, votes are accepted one vote per category per day per person at bestof.longislandpress.com. This means the general public, you, family, residents and staff can each vote for Dominican Village once a day during this 75-day period. At the end of the voting period the nominee with the most votes in each respective category will be awarded the distinction of winning the "Bethpage Best of LI 2019."
Dominican Village nominated for the
Bethpage Best of LI 2019 Contest in the Assisted Living Category
Nominee: Dominican Village
Section: Health & Wellness
Category: Assisted Living
Hope you will vote and make us the best organization on Long Island!
Thank you for your support
Emily Monem Community Relations & Development Director
September 6, 2018
Dominican Village supports Local School Drive
Dominican Village’s senior residents and staff were proud to partner with Senator John Brooks to sponsor a Back to School Supply Drive for Roosevelt and Wyandanch School Districts. The residents and staff felt it was important that every child has much needed school supplies for the upcoming year. Everyone at Dominican Village would like to wish all local students a successful and rewarding school year.
September 4, 2018
Art from the Heart
The Foundation for Quality Care, the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living presented Dominican Village resident Henry “Hank” Fairchild a certificate in honor and appreciation of submitting artwork in the 2018 “Art from the Heart” program.
June 20, 2018
Therapy dogs give comfort to Dominican Village Assisted Living Community residents
AMITYVILLE - Seven therapy dogs traveled to Amityville to bring some joy to seniors.
Paws of War brought the therapy dogs to the Dominican Village Assisted Living Community.
Residents in the facility say it's an event to which they look forward.
"We all just get so much from the pets," said Norma Cummings. "We get so much love and they seem to know. They take to us immediately because they're filling a void for us and it's absolutely wonderful."
Paws of Wars is an organization that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
June 12, 2018
Dominican Village Honored for its Commitment to Quality Care
The American Health Care (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has awarded Dominican Village its 2017 Bronze National Quality Award in recognition of its commitment to quality care. Long term and post-acute care providers receiving the awards numbered 520 and represented 46 states. Only six awards were granted in New York State. Dominican Village was one of two Assisted Living facilities recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.
The award is the first of three distinctions Bronze, Silver, Gold possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.
“We congratulate this year’s Bronze award recipients and look forward to offering continued support and guidance on their journey to improve quality care,” said AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “The dedication and focus on quality that each organization has shown garners recognition. It will serve their patients and residents well.”
Acknowledging the award, Paul Wasser, President & CEO of Dominican Village, stated "Dominican Village is grateful for this recognition of our commitment to quality service for our residents and in our continuing efforts toward constant improvement; we look forward to applying for the 2018 Silver AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award." This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Dominican Village, senior housing and assisted living community a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Dominic, currently serving over 260 residents. Dominican Village is also receiving an Enhanced Assisted Living Residence certification, a higher level license to allow aging in place.
Dominican Village offers outstanding programs for seniors for more information contact us at 631-842-6618