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KASSIE RODDEN PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AT PORT CHESTER NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTRE

Kassie Marie Rodden, LMSW, A-CSWCM was recently promoted as the new Director of Admissions & Marketing at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre. She proudly worked as the Director of Social Work for nearly two years before enthusiastically accepting her new position within the facility.

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Mrs. Rodden brings a down to earth and energetic approach to the admissions department. She graduated with honors from Ball State University in 2005 and went on to earn her MSW from New York University in 2009. While at NYU, Kassie was a recipient of the prestigious Silver Fellowship Award. She is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers.

Mrs. Rodden said, "I am so thrilled to continue my journey as a part of this dedicated and compassionate team". She added, "As a social worker, I am able to witness and appreciate the amazing care provided to the residents at Port Chester Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre. It makes my new position in the admissions department very easy because I am able to speak from experience about all the wonderful things that are happening at this facility."

Kassie works as the liaison between Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation and the communities throughout Westchester, the Hudson Valley, New York City and Connecticut. Please stop by her office and say hello! Don’t forget to ask about all the exciting things happening at our amazing facility!

PORT CHESTER NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTRE APPOINTS NEW THERAPEUTIC RECREATION DIRECTOR

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre has appointed Curvie McMurray, of Tarrytown, as their new Therapeutic Recreation Director. Mr. McMurray comes to the facility with extensive experience in therapeutic recreation, having held previous positions as Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Director of Volunteer Services and Music Therapist in Westchester-area nursing and rehabilitation facilities.

Mr. McMurray is a professional musician who received a Master of Arts degree in music therapy from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from New Jersey City University. Mr. McMurray is integrating his music background into the therapeutic recreation program at Port Chester Nursing in a significant way, recognizing the value music has on patients recovering from surgeries and illness.

"I am extremely pleased to be working for Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre," says Mr. McMurray. He adds, "I look forward to developing and implementing a range of new and exciting music-related programs which will be focused on motivating patients toward recovery and providing a wonderful outlet for social stimulation, stress reduction and quality of life."

In addition to his music background, Mr. McMurray is a certified life coach, triathlete and marathon runner, and publishes books for children.

PORT CHESTER NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTRE PARTICIPATES IN WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

The staff of Port Chester Nursing and Rehab Centre participated in the recent Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's in White Plains. The Port Chester Nursing and Rehab team consisted of 30 members, 25 walkers and 2 dogs and we are proud that we raised $2500 to fight Alzheimer's Disease.

Thanks to so many of you who donated to support the disease as well as to the many supporters who came out to the event to support Team Port Chester.

This Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. Hundreds of teams across the country walked simultaneously in support of a cure.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States today. It's time to reclaim the future - a future free from this disease. The Alzheimer's Association is the world's largest voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research, and the funds we raise will go directly toward supporting their efforts.

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Launches Neuro-Rehabilitation Recovery Program

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Neuro-Rehabilitation Recovery Program at Port Chester, designed for individuals diagnosed with stroke, spinal cord injury, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, Cerebral Palsy and dementia.

Under the supervision of a board-certified neurologist, the Neuro-Rehabilitation Recovery Program at Port Chester is provided up to 7 days-a-week. The program includes physical, occupational and speech therapies as well as neurodevelopmental training techniques, Bobath and Brunnstrom techniques, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, psychological/psychiatric therapy, pain management, medical management, recreational therapy, and more.

We partner with referring physicians and surgeons to follow their specific rehabilitation protocols, and all clinical pathways are adapted to meet the needs of each patient. In addition, there is a designated staff person to schedule follow up appointments and enhance communication with family and physician. Private rooms for post-hospital treatment can be prearranged.

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre is proud to have tremendous success treating paralysis and progressive neuropathic disorders. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for the many patients in our care. We take a deliberate clinical, scientific and academic approach to neuro-rehabilitation, offering each individual the most customized treatment plan for optimal success.

Please contact us if you or someone you know would like more information about this unique program.

95 Year Old Resident of Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Says Stew Leonard's "Best Store in the World"

A lifelong resident of Port Chester, Rocco Scappatura just loves Stew Leonard's. He says it's "the best store in the world". In fact, Rocco had been going to the Stew Leonard's store in Norwalk every week for more than 40 years since the store opened in 1969. Now a resident at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation, Rocco still takes trips to Stew Leonard's, his favorite store. Pictured here is Rocco with (L-R) Lillian Teska, Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation and Diahan Mendez, Assistant Director of Therapeutic Recreation, inside the Stew Leonard's in Norwalk.

William Peterson Turns 100 Years Young

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre was proud to host a large family celebration for William Peterson who became our latest centenarian. Even New York State Assemblyman George Latimer visited William as part of the festivities.

William Walter Peterson was born on December 12, 1911 to Hannah and Benjamin Peterson of Port Chester, New York. William is the fifth of their nine children.

William attended Washington Park grade school and later Port Chester High School. In 1928 William met Mary Selina Robertson and they married the following spring. William and Mary loved to travel, especially on cruise ships. After more than 60 years of marriage, Mary passed away in February 1993.

William has worked for the Federal department of public works, as a life saver, Arnold's bakery, and as a carpenter. Using his expert carpentry skills, William built a home for his family at 37 Garibaldi Place in Port Chester. He also helped build homes for his daughters, Vivian and Marian.

In 2005, William was named volunteer of the year by the Posillipo Senior Center in Rye, New York. William has a large family including daughters Vivian and Marian; grand daughters Kathy, Cynthia, Kim and Janice; great grand children Akua, Sule, Olivia and Ella; and great, great grandchildren Zakalia, Azian, Isiah, Samaya, Sanai and Sule Jr.

William has lived a very full life. He currently resides at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre and continues to lead a very active life. After breakfast William typically plays several games of dominoes. After lunch, he enjoys afternoon activities and also attends facility outings. A superb dancer, William is proud to be an able assistant to the chef during cooking group.

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Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Holds Reunion Lunch for Discharged Patients

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Several former residents who have been discharged to the community, along with family members, enjoy a reunion lunch with Lillian Teska, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, and Diahan Mendez, Assistant Director of Therapeutic Recreation at the facility.
Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre recently held a reunion lunch for short term residents who received rehab at the facility, had recovered and returned home.

A beautiful lunch was served to the excited crowd who was happy to come back to visit the facility after receiving treatment. In addition to the returning residents, family members also returned for the reunion as they had grown especially close with the staff, with some considering them a part of their own extended family.

One reunion lunch attendee was Pastor Ev. Thomas Kuttipurathu who was pleased to join the event to accompany his wife who had recently been treated at the facility for short term rehab following a knee replacement. Not only did Pastor Kuttipurathu provide spiritual counseling to patients at the facility during his wife's stay, he continues to come back with his wife and visit patients in their rooms while providing spiritual leadership at the facility. He states, "Not only did Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre take great care of my wife, they are really such nice and caring people."

Former residents and families enjoyed a delicious lunch of salad, pasta and meatballs with home-baked cakes and desserts before visiting their friends and staff around the facility.

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Staff and Families Donate to the Homeless

The staff and families of Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre are helping the homeless by collecting men's dress shirts and ties for the Dobbs Ferry organization Midnight Run. These items will be given to homeless men to use when interviewing for job positions.

Lillian Teska, Director of Therapeutic Recreation for Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre met with the director of Midnight Run at the Rye Rotary Group and when she heard about the organization and the great things they were doing, she knew the families and staff of the facility would want to be involved. To date, the facility has gathered a tremendous amount of generous donations.

Ms. Teska states, "We are so happy to participate in this worthwhile cause as we believe it is very important to be an active member of the community, helping and giving back to others."

Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the homeless poor. With over 1000 late night relief missions a year, volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal items to the homeless.

For more information, please call Lillian Teska at (914) 937-1200.

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Holds First Golf Outing for Community Physicians

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre held its first annual golf outing in order to thank the orthopedic community for its participation in the facility's pre-booking program for subacute rehab therapy.

Held at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, golfers consisted primarily of orthopedic surgeons from hospitals throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties.

A leader in rehabilitative and restorative care, Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre has become well-known throughout the region for its innovative program that provides orthopedic patients with a seamless rehab service commencing prior to surgery and continuing post-surgery, working closely with the orthopedic surgeon.

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Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Opens "The Internet Café"

-- Residents To Skype Family and Friends --

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Pictured here (left to right) are Lillian Teska, Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Services, Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre; resident Betty Feder; Keith Kelley, CompuCom; and resident William Peterson.
Residents of Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre participated in a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of "The Internet Café". The Internet Café is a specially constructed room including three computers and webcams for residents' use. Webcams and Skype will allow residents of the nursing home to communicate easily with family, friends and former facility residents who have been discharged home.

Rosalie Hines, Program Director of Family Services of Westchester, will provide residents with computer lessons several times a week. Residents will learn how to use the Internet, email, Skype and webcams, and each resident will have their own password to access the system. All computer equipment was donated by CompuCom of Ossining, through the assistance of Keith Kelley.

Many of the residents voiced that they are thrilled to have the opportunity to learn and advance their technology skills, especially so they can send e-greeting cards and talk to children and grandchildren online.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony included live music, refreshments and a ribbon cutting by several residents at the facility who plan on becoming very computer savvy.

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Westchester Community College Honors Helen Spillane of Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre

Helen Spillane, RN, Director of Nursing at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, was recently honored by Westchester Community College in a special Honors Convocation ceremony. Ms. Spillane, a resident of Rye, participated in the College's new program, "Encore Careers" which was designed for experienced nurses interested in becoming Clinical Nurse Adjunct Instructors.

Barbara Loizeaux, Program Specialist of Mainstream, the Institute for the Mature Worker at Westchester Community College, states, "This was our pilot class and the program was a huge success." The program at Westchester Community College received grant funding from MetLife and Civic Ventures, who promote encore careers for adults.

Chosen from nineteen students in the pilot class, Ms. Spillane was selected for the honor by the Chair of the Nursing Department of Westchester Community College for her outstanding work and commitment to nursing education.

Ms. Spillane began her RN career in London, England and continued when she came to this country 26 years ago. She states, "I was so motivated to participate in this program because there is a nursing shortage and we need good qualified nursing instructors in place. This program has been a wonderful experience for me as I enjoy working with fellow nurses."

Carol Spedaliere, Administrator of Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, states, "Helen has been one of our most valuable employees and we are proud to have her as director of our nursing department. We are so proud of her accomplishments and her continued devotion to training and mentoring the nursing staff here at our facility."

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Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Volunteer Receives Award from Statewide Association

Cecily Lynette, a resident of Rye, has received the 2011 District 3 Volunteer of the Year Award in the Adult category from the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA).

Ms. Lynette received the award for her volunteer service at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Port Chester, NY. She has volunteered at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre for the past two years, supervising weekly Mass. Ms. Lynette has even brought her own priest to the facility when no other is available and enjoys playing scrabble with residents in their rooms. Ms. Lynette transports residents to activities and is always available to do whatever she can.

"Cecily Lynette's commitment and dedication to our residents is greatly appreciated," states Carol Spedaliere, Administrator of Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre. "Her volunteerism is truly exemplary and deserving of this prestigious award from NYSHFA."

NYSHFA's Volunteer of the Year Awards Program recognizes outstanding volunteers serving in skilled nursing facilities. NYSHFA is a membership organization of more than 250 licensed nursing facilities throughout New York State. Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre is highly regarded for its short term rehabilitation, subacute care, long term care and skilled nursing services.

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre helps Family Realize Dream of Returning to Japan

-- One Woman's Journey to Save Her Family and Return to Her Homeland --

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Pictured here (L to R) are Helen Spillane, RN, Director of Nursing at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre; Kimino Yonekura; Aleyamna Alexander, RN; and Allyson Mann, MSW, Director of Social Services at the facility.

There were hugs and kisses at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre as the staff bid goodbye to Kimino Yonekura, of Dobbs Ferry, who took her husband, Junji, age 56, a five year resident of the facility, on a long journey back to Japan.

This heartwrenching and tragic story begins on September 20, 2005, an ordinary day for many of us, one that most of us probably cannot even recall. But for Kimino Yonekura, it will be a day she will never forget. A day that changed her life forever and would lead to a chain of events that would impact not only her life, but her husband's and her 6 year old son Wataru.

On a fall day in September 2005 Kimino's husband, Junji, a 51 year old accountant at White Plains Hospital, left work to pick up Wataru after school. During the ride, Junji suffered a heart attack on the highway, which subsequently resulted in a serious car accident, leaving Junji in a coma for the last five years.

Kimino's journey has been a difficult one so far. Here in the United States on visas, she and her husband had enjoyed life in Westchester County, busy with their jobs and raising their son. Adapting to a life in this country can be challenging, but as intelligent and kind people, the Yonekuras made a home in Dobbs Ferry, surrounding themselves with friends, while most of their family was spread throughout the US and back in Japan.

Immediately following Junji's accident he was taken to a local hospital where his condition was grave with a tracheostomy, feeding tube, and other medical complications, Kimino was told her husband would most undoubtedly never awaken from the coma. Kimino realized her life would never be the same, wondering how she would cope and what she should do. The hospital advised Kimino that Junji required permanent nursing home care and recommended several facilities for her to consider, none of which were near where she and her son lived in Dobbs Ferry. Additionally, some of these facilities did not feel they were equipped to care for a resident in such a precarious medical state.

Overwhelmed with red-tape, emotions, insurance complications and challenges, and with no local relatives to offer moral support, Kimino was scared and frustrated. And then, co-workers of Junji's at White Plains Hospital pitched in to help. Through the social services department and with the determination of Junji's colleagues, a quest was begun to find a facility that would accept Junji as a resident, despite the fact that he was a coma, with a tracheostomy and feeding tube and would need precise, quality round-the-clock care.

It only took one call to Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, a small facility with expertise in skilled nursing, subacute care, rehab and wound care, to get the answer they were looking for. The Director of Nursing said the facility was very comfortable accepting Junju and would do whatever it took to stabilize him.

Junji was transferred to Port Chester Nursing and Rehab Centre the day before Thanksgiving 2005. On Thanksgiving Day, Kimino received a phone call from the facility's then medical director, Todd Friend, D.O. Dr. Friend told her he had already been in to see Junji, evaluated him and was confident the facility would offer him the best care possible. Kimino was so grateful for the kindness and caring and finally felt a ray of hope.

Over the next several years Kimino lived life everyday, but with a heavy heart. She was heartbroken about her husband's condition, and worried about her son Wataru. She then made a monumental decision… that one day she would return to Japan with Wataru and …with Junji. She discussed this at length with the doctors, the nurses, the staff, her family and friends. If Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre could stabilize him, keep him comfortable, free of infection and bedsores often associated with long term coma, perhaps it would be possible that Junji could return to his family in Japan.

These years brought on numerous daunting challenges for Kimino as she was resolute in her determination to return to her homeland and make a new life for her son.

For two years, Kimino worked with Japan Airlines to plan how to get Junji safely back to Japan. Junji's father, devastated about his son's condition, traveled to the United States from Japan to see Junji. He was so shocked to see his son's condition, that the day after the visit he suffered a heart attack and died.

Kimino said that this tragic event was a turning point for her. She felt that she was struggling to deal with her husband's situation, but the death of her father-in-law was so terrible it made her more determined than ever to return with her son and husband to Japan, where Junji's mother, who had not seen her son since his accident, and the rest of her family waited.

Last June Kimino and Wataru returned to Kobe, Japan where she grew up. She began integrating her son into the lifestyle and culture, surrounding him with a support team of family and friends and a life that she didn't realize she missed until she returned.

This month, after a long 5 year journey, Kimino returned to the United States to bring her husband home. With help from Japan Airlines, the Red Cross Hospital in Tokyo, Junji returned to Japan to be surrounded by his family. Aleyamna Alexander, Junji's nurse at Port Chester Nursing and Rehab Center, accompanied Junji on the trip, caring for him on the plane during the long journey back. He was taken to the Red Cross Hospital in Tokyo for several days upon his arrival for an initial evaluation and then transported by ambulance to a facility in Kobe near his family home.

Kimino is a quiet woman, petite and attractive. She shares her story with tears in her eyes in a humble way, not recognizing her own strength and determination. She has tremendous gratitude for all those who have helped her along the way, particularly the staff at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre who became a virtual family for her.

She took an insurmountable tragic event and did what few women could do, she stood strong. With only the good intentions of giving Wataru the best life she could, and wanting her husband Junji close by, she did the best she could…everything.

Kimino's parting words to her friends at Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre… " Thank you for your kindness, your compassion, your love and for giving me the hope that one day I would be able to bring Junji home with us."

PORT CHESTER NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTRE CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH WITH GENERATION PINK™ GLOVES

Last month marked the 25th year since the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was declared in 1985. Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, one of the first local nursing facilities to join the national movement, celebrated this anniversary in a special way - by having nursing staff wear pink exam gloves.

"These pink gloves that our caregivers are wearing are a visible reminder that early detection and prevention is key," explained Carol Spedaliere, Administrator. Mammography screening remains the single-most effective method of detecting breast cancer in an early, treatable stage. If all women received regular screenings and mammograms after turning 40, the death rate would fall by another 20 to 30 percent.

In addition to raising awareness, these pink gloves are helping provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. The manufacturer, Medline Industries, contributes $1 for every 1,000 Generation Pink gloves purchased, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that has provided over 130,000 free screenings since 2004.

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women and takes the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually. Breast cancer has many risk factors, including age, genetics, obesity, and family history. Women who exercise regularly, maintain healthy diets, and have regular visits with their doctors may be less likely to get breast cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is committed to spreading knowledge and fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer. By funding free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and supporting research programs in leading facilities across the country, NBCF helps inspire the courage needed to win this monumental battle.

Ms. Spedaliere adds, "Our facility is proud to take place in this important national movement and show our support. As providers of quality medical, nursing and rehabilitative care, we feel it is our responsibility to show support in our community."

Port Chester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre is a 160-bed facility specializing in short term rehabilitation, subacute care, wound care and skilled nursing care. Our recently renovated facility is highly regarded for clinical programs and an innovative approach to wellness and health. We are proud that we have received a 5-Star rating, the highest given, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Cocktail Reception Celebrating New Renovations and Expansion of the Rehab Department

More than 150 professionals from the health care community joined us at our cocktail reception in celebration of our new renovations and expanded rehabilitation department. We were honored to have attendees from the local hospitals, agencies, medical groups, politicians and many others visit, enjoy live music, and take a tour of our renovations.

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