Hello everyone and welcome to your March Newsletter. We have been so fortunate this winter and I hesitate to celebrate our wonderfully mild winter with March being historically a difficult and potentially snowy month. The good news is we start Spring this month as the days get longer and longer. Let’s all hope we can continue our streak of good luck.
I wanted you all to know my time as Interim Administrator is coming to an end. The Board of Directors of The John Clarke Retirement Center has had the good fortune to hire a wonderfully talented and experienced leader and Administrator. Ms. Joan Woods has accepted the position of CEO/Administrator and will begin her tenure on April 6, 2020. Joan has been an Administrator and Executive in Health Care for well over 20 years and has had tremendous success in her career. Joan is a leader in the Health Care community and is nationally recognized as an expert in Quality. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Health Care Association and on several national
committees on Quality at the American Health Care Association. I know you will join me in welcoming Joan in the same warm fashion you welcomed me when I began my interim assignment here.
I want you to be aware we are upgrading our phone system with Cox Communications on March 5th. We will be transitioning from old to new system from 10am to noon and during part or most of this time our regular phone lines will be down. During this period if you need to contact us please call our Admission phone line at 401-602-2185. This upgrade will afford us greater capability and reliability of service. Thank you for your anticipated patience during these 2 hours.
I would draw your attention to our Activity calendar to see the wonderful activities that Robin and her staff have planned for you this month. We have some extra special St. Patrick’s Day fun planned for you and of course how can we forget Zeppole’s on St. Josephs’ day.
I want to recognize our Whatever it Takes Award winner for February, Dionne Williams-Rossi, RN. Dionne is a Nurse Manager on our 11-7am shift, and she has been an incredible asset to John Clarke in so many ways. Her dedication to our residents and to her nursing duties is exceptional and we are so thankful we have her part of our family. Thank you, Dionne, for all you do.
I wish you the best month ever this month enjoy each day to the fullest.
Best Wishes, Hugh