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July: Message from the President – Stephen B. McPherson

July 9, 2012

In June, as is our tradition, we held several Masonicare “Employee Appreciation” events around the continuum.  We have nearly 2,500 employees statewide – and every one of them contributes to our success and our mission.  This year, more than 265 were recognized for “milestone” anniversaries.  Special kudos were given to three employees who have achieved 40 years of service each:  Patricia Barrett, CNA at Masonicare at Newtown, Karla Jesperson, nurse at Masonicare Health Center and John Zocco, manager of the Wallingford campus powerhouse.  Together, they have a combined total of 120 years of service to our residents and families!

During the first week of June, Governor Malloy paid us a visit.  He toured Masonicare Health Center and met with several of our long-term care and independent living residents.  (When one of them asked him about the state’s new tourism campaign, we learned he is quite a student of Connecticut history!)  With 65% of the revenue at our nursing facilities in Newtown and Wallingford coming from the state’s Medicaid program, it was important that the Governor see for himself the quality of care and breadth of services that Masonicare has.

Our Wallingford campus overflowed with music, food, activities and people of all ages on June 9 when we celebrated our annual Grand Masters Day Community Festival.  It may be a logistical challenge getting all those wheelchairs and scooters lined up, but thanks to our able-bodied volunteers and dedicated staff, a record number of residents were able to enjoy this year’s parade. Thanks to all who made this day so special for our residents, their families and our neighbors.


Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and safe summer.