Health Update April 6, 2020
Notification from: Dominican Village, Inc.
This message is to serve as an update as to the status of Dominican Village with regards to the Corona Virus and I hope this email finds all of you safe and sound.
Currently, we have six confirmed employee cases which are now recovering, and two confirmed resident cases also recovering. All residents remain quarantined in their apartments out of an abundance of caution.
Our protocols remain strong and our outcomes have been relatively successful thus far.
I am again, grateful to our residents, families and employees for their utmost diligence and cooperation in dealing with this crisis.
Please continue to remain safe and sound.
Health Update April 2, 2020
Notification from: Dominican Village, Inc.
We continue to combat COVID-19 aggressively with strong relative success.
We have had 5 confirmed employee cases but have no confirmed resident cases in the community at this time.
Given the rate of exposure of this particular Virus, these outcomes we deem to be very positive.
This is largely due to your cooperation to our precautionary protocols which we greatly appreciate.
I continue to stay abreast of all CMS, CDC, and DOH guidance and recommendations.
I would like to thank our residents, the families of our residents, and certainly our employees who have been on the front line of this and are doing a wonderful job.
Have good day and stay safe.
In times like these we want to take a moment and thank the community
The call for assistance was answered! Paul Wasser Dominican Village’s President/CEO 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.
Back row, Program facilitators, second from left, Professor Heidi MacAlpine, OTD, MEd, OTR/L, and third from left, Michele Gentile, MA. OTR/L, with Paul Wasser, President and CEO of Dominican Village and Staff.
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 barbeque 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,” said Paul Wasser, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Paul Wasser, President and CEO of Dominican Village (left) congratulates John Walters, LPN, Nurse Supervisor (right) 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.