FULTON – Michaud Residential Health Services employee Deanne Burke is the recipient of a 2014 Leading Age New York Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award.
Burke, who has been with Michaud for 23 years, is a Certified Nursing Assistant at the healthcare residence.
Patrick Cucinelli, vice president of Financial Policy for Leading Age NY, presented the award during a reception held in Burke’s 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.
Cucinelli said, “The award’s purpose is to provide patients, residents and other employees the opportunity to recognize individuals who demonstrated a willingness to make personal sacrifices to improve the lives of others – those who go beyond the expected and bring a special compassion and personal commitment of excellence to their job each and every day. Deanne has certainly demonstrated these characteristics and we are proud to recognize her accomplishments.”
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 Burke 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 hand to congratulate Burke and thank her for her dedicated service and care of residents spanning over two decades.
Michaud’s administrator Mary Costigan described Burke’s dedication in caring for residents and work ethic as contributing factors leading to her nomination and ultimately, for her selection for this award.
“When you think of Dee, you think of a caring and compassionate person dedicated to the wellbeing of our residents, and those in our community,” said Costigan. “This recognition is well-earned and we are fortunate to have Dee and thrilled we can celebrate this achievement with her among family and friends.”
About LeadingAge New York
Founded in 1961, LeadingAge New York, formerly the New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging, 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. Together they provide care and services to more than 400 and employ more than 500 in our community.