McLean Honors Volunteers at Appreciation Breakfast

Almost 400 volunteers recognized for work and dedication to McLean

On Tuesday, September 9, Lisa Clark, Vice President and Administrator of the McLean Health Center, alongside David Bordonaro, McLean President, and Kathy Cookson, Volunteer Coordinator, took the opportunity to honor McLean volunteers who provided extraordinary services in 2014 by holding a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the newly renovated Pfirman Dining Room.

 “We want to thank you for the time and energy you devote to McLean and to our residents. It’s your dedication that makes McLean the vibrant and caring organization that it is. Your personal sacrifice for the benefit of our community is greatly appreciated,” Clark addressed the room full of volunteers.

 Lorraine Daigle, McLean Auxiliary President, also addressed the volunteers, thanking them for their continued service in making the Gift Shop an integral part of McLean’s successful fundraising efforts.

 “The McLean Auxiliary was established in 1972 to support and operate a gift shop, with the proceeds of sales to benefit residents, employees, guests and community. Today our Gift Shop, staffed by both auxiliary members and non-auxiliary volunteers is an important source of revenue, which in conjunction with auxiliary fund raisers, membership dues and memorial donations help support patient programs and services, as well as finance a scholarship fund designated for employees or children of employees pursuing a degree in healthcare.”

 Currently, McLean has a total of almost 400 volunteers who serve in various departments including Hospice, Memory Care, the Auxiliary, the Gift Shop, Therapeutic Recreation, Wellness, Admissions, Assisted Living, Development, and Meals-on-Wheels. Volunteer activities can include visiting with residents, assisting with programs and activities, administrative tasks, driving, and community outreach.

 For more information on the McLean volunteer program or for ways to become involved, call 860-658-3700 or visit





Activites for the week

McLean Home Care and Hospice a Top Workplace

McLean Home Care and Hospice is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Hartford Courant, FOX CT and Hartford Magazine Top Workplaces for the third year in a row.

Pat Adams RN, MPH, CMC, and Administrator of McLean Home Care & Hospice congratulated McLean Home Care and Hospice employees for making McLean a leader in senior living, and senior healthcare again this year.  “We are very proud of the high quality expertise and care our trusted home care and hospice teams consistently provide. It is their dedication which continues to earn accolades and achievements, including this latest recognition of being a TOP CT Workplace three years running.”

The Top Workplaces are determined primarily on employee feedback. Initially, a member of the Home Care & Hospice team nominated McLean Home Care and Hospice for the award. All employers that were nominated were not charged a fee for their nomination. The next step includes an employee survey. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United StatesThe results of the survey put McLean in a select group of over 700 employers.

Contest judges reviewed the survey results which included responses on McLean's leadership, values, compensation packages and other factors. In addition, to be eligible for the designation of Top Workplace, a company must exceed a standard that is consistent across the United States.  All of this and more contributed to the official recognition of a Top Workplace.

The Hartford Courant and FOX CT published the complete list of Top Workplaces on September 21st. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists please visit

For more information on the award winning McLean Home Care & Hospice programs, please visit 


 Members of the McLean Home Care & Hospice teams join  Pat Adams, RN, MPH, CMC, Administrator of McLean  Home Care & Hospice (second row, right) at a celebratory  event recognizing Top CT Workplaces in September.  This is McLean’s third year in a row to receive this  prestigious distinction.




Activites for the week

Continuity and Preservation: Past, Present and Future

Grant from Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Will Replace Water-Outflow Control System in Spring Pond at McLean Game Refuge

Thanks to a generous grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Spring Pond in the McLean Game Refuge will receive a new, water-outflow control system.

Senator McLean built two ponds in the McLean Game Refuge: Trout Pond and Spring Pond. Both ponds represent a confluence of conservational vision and national importance. Three Presidents, Coolidge, Taft, and Hoover were guests of Senator McLean at Trout Pond. Additionally, Gifford Pinchot, originally from Simsbury, and later first head of the U.S. Forest Service and Governor of Pennsylvania, also frequented the ponds with Senator McLean.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Trinity College to offer course at McLean

Religion & Secularism in a Free Market: Belief, Belonging & Behavior among 21st century Americans”

Taught by Barry A. Kosmin

Dates: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4

Time: 2:30-4:00 PM

Location: McLean, Burkholder Community Center, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 0607

Cost: $125 ( Must pay for the entire session)

Barry A. Kosmin is a research professor of Public Policy & Law and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & culture at Trinity College

Course Description:  For two centuries the U.S. has operated a free marketplace of ideas which allows different generations and groups to seek different responses to their spiritual and religious needs.  Change is a constant feature so whatever you learned about religion in the U.S, a generation ago is out of date.  Whether you are a political consultant, a marketer, a religious leader or a social scientist, it’s impossible to fully understand American society today without understanding what’s happening to religion in America.

For questions please call Tina at 860-658-3727

McLean hosts "So Much More" Educational Series

Winter Wellness

 Healthy Habits to build your immune system and reduce stress during the holidays, Simple indoor exercises to increase strength and balance, best ways to improve circulation and stamina

Monday, October 6, 2014

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

McLean 75 Great Pond Road

The Burkholder Community Center

RSVP: Karen (860) 658-3786

Click here for information on the four speakers.

Laughter, Camaraderie and Commitment!

Dedicated Golf Sponsors and Volunteers enrich McLean’s

Home Care and Hospice Programs

A glorious day of sunshine, golf and support for the cause brought together broad community of support for McLean’s 24th Annual Tournament at Hop Meadow Country Club.  The tournament netted nearly  $45,000 and proceeds benefitted McLean’s Home Care and Hospice program.  Golfers enjoyed excellent company, a great course, delicious food, coveted auction items and, of course, Simsbury’s own Bob Maxon, to kick-up the evening with humor, energy and charitable support.  A special thanks to presenting sponsor, Sodexo and Platinum Sponsors BrightStar, Landmark Partners, Marsh & McLennan, McKesson, Newfield Construction, Omnicare, Willis, Sage Age Strategies and S/L/A/M.

McLean’s Dedicated Golf Committee: Decades of Combined Commitment!

Left to Right: Doug Barrett, Bob Griffin, Mark Nelson, Bob Ellis (Chair), David Bordonaro (President, McLean), Joe Shinman and Bill Gombert.  Missing from photo: Bob Hensley, Denis Horrigan, Mark Murnane and Joe Cuticelli, Sodexo.


Activities for the Week of September 20

Click here for all the events and activites for the week of September 20-September 26

McLean Game Refuge

Fall 2014 Caregiver Educational Seminar Series

The Atwater at McLean invites you to a series of events designed to help caregivers better understand how Alzheimer's and dementia impact their loved ones and offers support for those facing the challenges of caregiving.

The series starts on Wednesday, October 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Burkholder Community Center at McLean.  A light supper will be provided.