Across the United States, it’s National Nursing Home Week – a time to honor the lives and milestones of the people we serve and the staff who serve them, as stated by the American Health Care Association. At Concordia, May 14-18 also serves as our Staff Appreciation Week.
In recognition of the special week, last year we posted a letter from our President and CEO Keith Frndak, expressing his gratitude for the 1,700+ people who carry out our mission every day. This year, we asked some residents and patients what they think of their caregivers…
The responses were both humbling and overwhelming to say the least. Below are some of the replies we received from residents and patients throughout the system.
“Moving here (Concordia of the South Hills) is the best decision I have ever made. The staff is very friendly and goes out of their way to help me. I am so grateful for all the assistance I receive so I can remain in my own apartment. I am the ‘happiest camper’ here.” – Doris R., Concordia of the South Hills Independent Living
“The kitchen staff is polite and goes above and beyond. And the activities are wonderful and keep getting better.” – Donni W., Concordia at the Orchard Personal Care
“This is my home and I’m happy here. I could never do without the Personal Care staff members. I also appreciate the efforts for the church services brought into the facility.” – Mary H., Concordia at Rebecca Residence Personal Care
“Concordia people are the most helpful people around. If there’s a problem, they always fix it. They’re like family!” – Dave P., Concordia at Cabot Personal Care
“I’ve been here 11 years and I’ve never met a staff member that hasn’t treated me wonderfully.” – Viola K., Concordia at the Orchard Personal Care
“I’m treated like a queen here. The staff is very efficient and kind to me. And the activities staff is just stunning.” – Lois L., Concordia at Rebecca Residence Personal Care
“The staff is wonderful.” – Fay N., Concordia at Cabot Skilled Nursing
One testament to how great our caregivers are at Concordia is our Staff Appreciation Fund. Last year, over $16,000 was donated to this fund by residents, patients, friends and family who have been touched by the loving care our employees give every day.
Money donated to this fund helps offset the cost of a variety of perks and benefits (Christmas party, Kennywood day, Pittsburgh Zoo trip, staff appreciation week, etc) we offer our employees as a way of thanking them for a continuous job well done. Donors have found it to be a wonderful way to thank the staff for the special care they received. Visit the Concordia Careers page for information on joining the family!