Yale Courses Stream Live to the McLean Health Center Sorenson Center

August 1, 2012

Sorenson Media CenterImagine being able to take a Yale history course on Gettysburg even if you lived in a nursing home or an assisted living facility.

Flower Therapy Brightens the Day for McLean Hospice Patients

Hospice Volunteers

(Shown left to right) McLean Hospice volunteers, Jerri Pease, Simsbury; Jane Erie, W. Simsbury and Kathy Mock, East Granby

On a recent rainy Monday morning, Hospice volunteers gathered at McLean’s greenhouse with their garden flowers in hand.  It was time for their “Operation Hope” project of the day…sharing beautiful and colorful flowers with McLean Hospice patients to brighten their days.  There were white daisies, lilies, black-eyed susans, hydrangeas, carnations, greens, lavenders, and a host of other flowers


McLean Hospice Holds Volunteer Recognition Event

Taffy WilcoxLucian Cascio

Taffy Wilcox (above) of Avon, and Lucian Cascio (right) of Granby, were recently chosen as McLean Hospice's "Volunteers of the Year."


On Tuesday, July 10th, McLean Hospice held its 2011 Volunteer Recognition Picnic to honor the work provided by their more than 60 Hospice volunteers.  The event was graciously hosted at the North Granby home of Kathy and Nelson Toussaint, incredible hosts for the second year in a row!

Golf and Gardening…What is the connection?

by Freddi Hoffmann

Bill Davis McLean GardensThey are two of Bill Davis’ passions that he’s happily pursuing while living in the McLean Health Center. Davis grew up in Ireland where his mother had a very large vegetable garden. “It’s easier to grow things there,” Bill explained “because of the rain and the good soil.”

Neighborhood BBQs are such a fun part of summer at McLean

If we can't get to the farm...then they'll bring the farm to us!

Polish chickenKris McCue is a regular volunteer at McLean bringing her grandchildren to visit with residents and do special activities with them on a weekly basis. This has been a family tradition since Kris' own grandmother was at McLean. But on June 20th, the visit was truly memorable as Sage McCue and her siblings brought in a crate of her prized, Polish Crested Chickens. What a hit they were! Some residents had never patted a chicken before. Others like Billie, pictured left, grew up on farms, and the chickens brought back many memories for them to share.


McLean Health Center Celebrates Certified Nursing Assistants

National Certified Nursing Assistants Day was celebrated at the McLean Health Center on June 20th.

Lisa Clark, VP, Administrator, and Paul Cloonan, Acting Director of Nursing, visited each neighborhood in the Health Center thanking each CNA for the good work done each day of the year. They were given treats and an insulated lunch box celebrating their special contribution to the care of residents.Lisa and Keith Simpson

McLean Auxiliary Awards Scholarships, Grants and Elects New Officers

Samantha and Lorraine

Shown in photo above: Samantha Christensen (left), winner of the McLean Auxiliary scholarship in memory of Gregory B. Thomas, RN, and Lorraine Daigle, Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

McLean Opens The Atwater…a different kind of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Atwater Ribbon Cutting CeremonyMonday, June 4th was a very busy day on the campus of McLean in Simsbury. The public was invited to have a sneak peek of The Atwater, the new memory care assisted living neighborhood in the McLean Health Center, before residents began moving in on Tuesday. David Bordonaro, President, explained “We have been planning this for a long time. Extensive research went into every detail of the design of the environment and the program to maximize people’s independence and their enjoyment of life, while providing a safe, supportive place for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. With this new program McLean offers a full continuum of lifestyle options and healthcare for elders. This continuum of care makes McLean unique in the Farmington Valley. Families now have the peace of mind that McLean is with them for this difficult journey. It is a small intimate neighborhood for 22 residents. Plus the residents have access to McLean outstanding healthcare services including rehabilitation and hospice and can enjoy the amenities such as the gift shop, chapel, beauty salon, walking trails on the beautiful campus, and live musical performances in the Health Center.”

Gail Johnson Retires After 35 Years

Gail Johnson, RN

Gail Johnson, RN, McLean Evening Nursing Supervisor, was recently honored at a retirement reception in recognition of her 35 years of service to McLean. Shown in the photo above are, from left to right: David Bordonaro, President of McLean; Gail Johnson, RN; and Bonnie Ku, VP, Human Resources.


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