At Sprain Brook Manor, we provide personalized service and do our best to keep life at Sprain as engaging and interesting as possible. That includes our activities program. JC, our Director of Recreation, and his team, provide a rich program that differs from floor to floor. Our 121 bed facility is filled with a diverse population who hail from various cultures, religions and backgrounds, therefore we offer programs that have a wide range of appeal. JC and his team put together a different calendar of activities for each of our patient and resident floors. Our second floor, which offers 40 beds, is for our short-term rehab patients. Many of these activities take place in our main dining room on the first floor of the facility but will sometimes take place in the 2nd floor day room. Our third floor, which holds 41 beds, is a locked unit for our dementia and Alzheimers patients. This calendar is specifically designed for memory impaired adults. Our 4th floor is our long-term, nursing care population and these full-time residents call Sprain Brook Manor home.
In addition to being Gold Sponsors for the walk, the teams from Sprain and Adira are hoping to raise at least $1000 per team. We have a friendly competition going with #TEAMADIRA to see which facility can fundraise the most.
If there’s one quality at Sprain Brook Manor that we have an abundance of, it’s personality! One of those vibrant personalities belongs to Joni Campbell and if you’ve been to Sprain, then you must have met Joni. She is a feisty ball of energy who juggles multiple tasks and when you get to know her, it’s evident that hers is a labor of love.
Joni has been with Sprain Brook Manor for eight years. She arrived in healthcare after several years in retail. When she first came on board at Sprain, Joni started as a receptionist but quickly began taking on other responsibilities from the front desk. Whether it was helping residents with a special food order or aiding a family as they adjusted to their new reality, Joni was always willing to jump in and help. As she told me, “They couldn’t keep me in my seat any longer. So Ari came to me and said, ‘You will be client services now!’”
Her official title may be Client Services but she also helps plan many of our events, is the purchasing director for all non-clinical supplies for both Sprain and our sister facility, Adira at Riverside. As if that isn’t enough hats to wear, Joni also serves as the Administrative Assistant for the company CEO, Allen “Ari” Stein.
Nowadays, many people change jobs the way others change their socks, and eight years is a long time to remain at one company. So, I asked Joni what she loves so much about working at Sprain Brook.
“Our staff treats our residents as family and friends…We offer food to the visitors, this way they can have lunch or dinner with their family or friends. Plus, we have the best recreation here, and bring in entertainment all the time.”
To say that Joni loves her job would be an understatement but the job loves her too. We call her the ‘Google’ of Sprain Brook because if there is anything that you need to know about Sprain Brook Manor, then Joni probably has the answer and if she doesn’t, you can be sure she won’t rest until she gets it.
I asked Joni to give me three words that she feels are best to describe Sprain Brook Manor and she said, “Warm. Family. Outstanding.”
That warm family feeling, the one that many visitors attribute to our facility, comes directly from the people who work here and Joni is certainly at the heart of it. We are a 5 -star facility because of the outstanding people who work here, people like Joni!
Sprain Brook Manor recently received a 5- star rating from CMS.gov, the highest rating a facility can receive from the government. While we are obviously proud of this hard-earned accomplishment, it would not have been possible without all of the people who make our facility the special place that it is.
One of the outstanding individuals who serve our patients, residents and their families, is our Director of Social Services, Sherry Saturno.
When you meet Sherry, you immediately notice her bright smile, gentle demeanor and unmistakable warmth. Within moments of getting to know her, it’s clear that she operates from a place of compassion, understanding, and experience. All of these qualities are key components to her success as the Director of Social Services at Sprain Brook Manor.
Over the course of her highly successful and decorated career, Sherry has worked in various areas within her field. She’s helped at-risk youth and teen sex workers, clients in local housing authorities in New York City, worked as a direct care social worker, as a clinical director at a medical center, and as an executive director of a non-profit but her passion lies in helping seniors and their families.
When asked what she loves best about working with seniors, specifically here at Sprain Brook Manor, she said, “Seeing how seniors can still maintain a vibrant lifestyle…and have lots of friends here, lots of activities. Our nursing home and rehab center can be a place of support, a place of community. Where people are still learning and keeping up with current events.”
Sherry’s passion is evident not only in her day to day work here at Sprain but also in the diverse accomplishments outside the office, of which there are many. However, most families who sit down with Sherry may never know about the wide range of her professional achievements.
You see, Sherry doesn’t like to toot her own horn, so that’s why we’re tooting it for her.
Sherry is a national award-winning social worker with a multitude of degrees, and credits on her resume and this spring she’ll be adding another.
On April 14th, in Atlanta, Georgia, Sherry will be inducted as a Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner at the 2018 National Forum by the National Academies of Practice. NPA is a non-profit, inter-professional organization, comprised of 250 healthcare professionals who are carefully selected from all over the nation. NPA holds Healthcare Policy Forums, Membership Symposiums, Annual Conferences and Congressional Briefings.
Sprain Brook Manor is honored to be sponsoring Sherry’s upcoming trip to the NPA forumfor her induction. She’ll even be giving a speech while she’s there. Some people might feel nervous about taking on this high profile public speaking opportunity. Not our Sherry. Truth be told, it’s not a new experience for her because Sherry has given a TEDx Talk, Use Your Broken Heart to Find Your Greatness.
Wait. There’s more.
When she isn’t rocking amazing speeches, Sherry is busy being an award-winning filmmaker. Her short film, Human Investment, won the 2016 National Association of Social Workers Media Award for Best Documentary Film.
The list of Sherry’s professional accomplishments is seemingly endless and we are so proud to have her as an integral part of our Sprain Brook Manor team.
However, what rises above all the degrees and awards, is Sherry’s kindness and her dedication to the patients, residents, and families here at Sprain Brook.
Keep up the great work, Sherry! We are lucky to have you on our team.
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