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2018-02-08 / Business

Elderwood awards include Lancaster employee


Denise Bothwell, right, administrator for Elderwood, congratulates Tara Wisniewski, community relations coordinator, on her service excellence award. Denise Bothwell, right, administrator for Elderwood, congratulates Tara Wisniewski, community relations coordinator, on her service excellence award. Tara Wisniewski, community relations coordinator at Lancaster’s Elderwood, has been named an Elderwood 2017 Service Excellence Award winner.

The award is presented annually to staff who work toward providing quality health care and demonstrate honesty, integrity, reliability, teamwork, and respect for co-workers, residents and families, Elderwood staff said.

To be considered for the award, staff must be full-time employees who have been with Elderwood 10 years or longer.

Wisniewski’s marketing efforts and team-building attitude have been instrumental in Elderwood at Lancaster’s remarkable success, according to Denise Bothwell, administrator.

“Tara has helped build our reputation,” said Bothwell.

“Every employee, resident, family member, doctor and anyone with eyes and ears knows we are a Five-Star Medicare rated building. She embodies our mission and vision and encourages her teammates to do the same.”

Wisniewski is joined by fellow award winners Kelly Myhalenko, dietitian, Elderwood at Wheatfield; Carol Merhoff, cook, Elderwood Village at Williamsville; and Bonnie Sobol, registered nurse, Elderwood at Williamsville.

The Service Excellence Award was presented at Elderwood’s annual staff recognition celebration in January, honoring employees marking milestone anniversaries of five, 10 or more years with the organization.

In all, 33 percent of Elderwood staff have dedicated five or more years of service, and 20 percent of employees have been with Elderwood for 10 or more years. This year, Elderwood recognized 254 individuals for five to 35 years of service.

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