The patients at Alaris Health at St. Mary’s have many favorites among the meals prepared by Jean Gachette, lead cook. From baked chicken, roast beef and fried fish to cake and banana cream pie, Mr. Gachette is determined to make everybody happy at his table.
“I run my kitchen like I would run my own restaurant. I take requests for special dishes that patients have enjoyed over the course of their lives and try to find the recipes wherever I can. Everything is possible for me to make, and I do, if it will bring them happiness,” he says.
This dedication to patients has made Mr. Gachette well regarded by the staff. In honor of National Nursing Home Week, May 12-16, Alaris Health at St. Mary’s has chosen to highlight Mr. Gachette 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.
“Jean understands the need of our patients and does not hesitate to go beyond his duties and responsibilities to make them satisfied and ensure that they have a great experience in the facility. We are pleased to choose Jean to recognize during Nursing Home Week,” says Roy Santos, Administrator of Alaris Health at St. Mary’s.
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 St. Mary’s is a well appointed facility, located in Orange, New Jersey, that offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike. Please call (973) 266-3001 for more information.