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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 email@example.com.
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 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.
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.