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September 21, 2018

Michaud’s Callen Receives Leading Age NY Employee of Distinction Award


FULTON – Michaud Residential Health Services’ Jennifer Callen is a recipient of a 2015 LeadingAge New York Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award.

Michaud Residential Health Services Activities Assistant Jennifer Callen was recognized with a 2015 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award during a ceremony held in her honor.  From left are: Mary Costigan, administrator at Michaud; Michelle Stepien, representing New York State Senator Patty Ritchie; Callen; Amy Schnauber, vice president of Advocacy and Public Policy for Leading Age NY who presented the award; Terry Wilbur, representing NYS Assemblyman Will Barclay; and St. Luke Health Services CEO Terrence Gorman.

Michaud Residential Health Services Activities Assistant Jennifer Callen was recognized with a 2015 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award during a ceremony held in her honor. From left are: Mary Costigan, administrator at Michaud; Michelle Stepien, representing New York State Senator Patty Ritchie; Callen; Amy Schnauber, vice president of Advocacy and Public Policy for Leading Age NY who presented the award; Terry Wilbur, representing NYS Assemblyman Will Barclay; and St. Luke Health Services CEO Terrence Gorman.

Callen, who has been with Michaud for 16 years, works in the Activities Department at the healthcare residence.

Ami Schnauber, vice president of Advocacy and Public Policy for LeadingAge NY, presented the award to Callen during a reception held at Michaud in her honor.

The Employee of Distinction Award was established to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of front line staff working in long-term care settings across New York State.

Schnauber said, “The award’s purpose is to provide aging services providers with the opportunity to recognize direct caregivers who demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond to improve the lives of frail elderly New Yorkers – those who bring a special compassion and personal commitment to their job each and every day. Jen has certainly demonstrated these characteristics and we are proud to recognize her commendable contributions.”

The award nomination included recommendations from fellow Michaud staff as well as resident family members. The Employee of Distinction award is presented annually by LeadingAgeNY to worthy recipients across the State and was commemorated in a resolution passed earlier this year by the New York State Legislature.

Those on hand to congratulate Callen included her family, friends, Michaud residents and fellow staff members.

Representatives from the offices of New York State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay were also on hand to congratulate Callen and thank her for her dedicated service and care of Michaud residents.

Michaud’s administrator Mary Costigan described Callen’s years of service in caring for residents’ quality of life and work ethic as contributing factors leading to her nomination and ultimately, for her selection for this award.

“When you think of Jen, you think of a fun loving, creative and dedicated to the psychosocial wellbeing of our residents, and those in our community,” said Costigan. “This recognition is well earned and we are fortunate to have Jen, and excited we can celebrate this achievement with her among residents, volunteers, family and friends.”

About LeadingAge New York

Founded in 1961, LeadingAge New York, formerly the New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (NYAHSA), represents not-for-profit, mission-driven and public continuing care providers, including nursing homes, senior housing, adult care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, community service providers and managed long term care plans. Leading Age New York’s more than 600 members employ 150,000 professionals serving more than 500,000 New Yorkers annually.

About Michaud Residential Health Services

Located in the City of Fulton, Michaud Residential Health Services provides both residential skilled nursing and physical/occupational rehabilitation services to 89 residents daily and offers specialized services including Infusion Therapy and Wound VAC Therapy. Michaud is an affiliate of the St. Luke Family of Caring; an affiliation of community-based, not-for-profit healthcare providers serving the greater-Oswego County area. Affiliates include St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego.

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