When JoAnn Mangini, Recreation Supervisor for Alaris Health at Cherry Hill, overheard one of her patients and his wife discussing their upcoming 60th wedding anniversary, she wanted to make sure that their small celebration was extra special. While the couple was only planning to have a cake, Ms. Mangini bought yellow roses, the wife’s favorite, and hired an entertainer to play music from the year that they were married. The couple was delighted by this extra touch which made their event more meaningful.
“You have to be a person who loves what you are doing to work in this area. I never say no to a patient. You need to care for patients like you would your own family. I try to treat them the way that I would want to be treated,” says Ms. Mangini, a resident of Sicklerville, Camden County.
This loving attention to details has made Ms. Mangini well respected by the entire staff. In honor of National Nursing Home Week, May 12-16, Alaris Health at Cherry Hill has chosen to highlight Ms. Mangini as an exemplary employee. The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967 as a week-long observance celebrating the positive impact nursing homes can have on the lives of people. Each Alaris Member Health Center is participating in this celebration and has chosen an employee to highlight.
In her role, she handles everything from managing initial assessments and rehabilitation schedules, to overseeing staff, food schedules, budgets, and special programs such as holiday themes and the Men’s Club. She makes sure to be among the first to visit new patients, and encourages them to leave their rooms to socialize and feel welcome in the new environment.
“JoAnne has been with the facility over 17 years and does an outstanding job helping our sub acute rehabilitation patients stay engaged when they are not in therapy. She understands that sub-acute rehabilitation is more than just therapy and she goes above the call of duty to make sure each patient’s needs are met. It is not uncommon for JoAnne to go out and get special items for individual residents upon their request. We consistently get very positive feedback about Joanne and her staff and are thrilled to present her as our employee to be highlighted for National Nursing Home Week,” says Ken Keegan, Administrator of Alaris Health at Cherry Hill.
The theme of this year’s National Nursing Home Week is “Team Care: Everyone Pitches in.” The theme recognizes residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the value of care planning where everyone “pitches in” for optimal outcomes.
“Alaris Health celebrates our employees for improving and enhancing the lives of our patients,” says Avery Eisenreich, President of Alaris Health.
Alaris Health at Cherry Hill is a well appointed facility that offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike. For more information, please call (856) 795-3131.