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October: Message from the President — Stephen B. McPherson

November 2, 2012

Our national association, LeadingAge, tells its members to Inspire – Lead – Advocate.  This is certainly true in the context of caring for the 4,500 patients and residents we serve each and every day at Masonicare. They are the inspiration behind all that we do. Some very special moments have occurred recently that I would like to share with you.

 Two dear friends and residents of Masonicare at AshlarVillage passed away this summer – Alberta“Bert” and Harry Subkowsky.  As part of a celebration of their life at Masonicare, you may notice a new flag flying outside Bridgehouse, the “Ashlarian” flag of AshlarVillage.  The flag was Bert and Harry’s brainchild.  During the celebration, many speakers commented on how positive and welcoming the Subkowsky’s were, and how much they contributed to life at Ashlar.  In his remarks, their son Robert insisted that the Ashlar community had done the same for his mom and dad.  It’s been said that we get out of life what we give, and Bert and Harry certainly were proof of that.

At Masonicare Partners, our home care partnership with Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, a very moving ceremony took place last month when several Connecticut State Troopers were made honorary members of our Pedi-Pal team. They had partnered with our hospice team to make a difference in a child’s final days – a child whose wish was to go into law enforcement.  While the services of our Hospice team and the State Police were appreciated by this young man’s family, I am equally sure we received much more in return.

 AtMasonicare Health Center inWallingford, we have just completed work on a Medical Affairs Suite.  This allows us to accommodate our medical staff (house doctors, PAs and APRNs) in one central location.  Given our medical model, the new suite provides an opportunity to show our appreciation for the many contributions they make 24/7.

 Also in September, two members of Masonicare management enrolled in a prestigious two-year program known as the LeadingAge Connecticut -Leadership Academy.  Only eighteen people were admitted from our industry across the state.  We wish Carl Anderson, vice president for mission effectiveness, and Hilde Sager, assistant administrator for independent living, much success in their pursuit. 

Lastly, you may not be aware that the 2012 Connecticut General Assembly authorized the creation of an Aging in Place Task Force. The newly formed task force is comprised of several key players from our industry, and I’m pleased to tell you that Tom Gutner, special assistant to the office of the CEO, is one of them. The task force is already hard at work looking at ways that seniors might age in place safely.

 Inspire – Lead – Advocate.  It’s what we are privileged to do.