OSWEGO, NY – Caring…Compassionate…Dedicated. Those three words were echoed again and again as co-workers, elected officials and other dignitaries recognized Terry Woodworth, recipient of Leading Age New York’s Employee of Distinction Award.
A state-wide non-profit organization, Leading Age New York 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 and community service providers.
A Certified Nursing Assistant Woodworth has worked at The Manor at Seneca Hill for the past 15 years.
She is a source of comfort and encouragement for the residents she cares for, and an inspiration for her co-workers.
It was those qualities that led staff at The Manor to make Woodworth a unanimous nominee for the award.
“Terry takes pride in the care she provides for our residents,” said Esther Field, director of nursing at The Manor. “She goes above and beyond to make each resident feel special. She pays attention to details and is a huge advocate for our patients. She communicates requests from the residents to the interdisciplinary teams and follows through to ensure that our residents’ needs are being met. Terry exemplifies the caring compassion that we expect from our entire staff.”
As the ceremony began, it was a heartwarming moment for Woodworth and her daughter, Alisson Gardenier, a unit helper at The Manor, who was also on hand.
“My mom loves working at The Manor,” Gardenier said. “From the residents to her co-workers she loves everyone here. She is very close to the residents. As far back as I can remember, mom has been an aide. She truly enjoys what she does. She is an inspiration to me as well and part of the reason why I am passionate about helping the elderly and am working towards becoming a CNA,” said Gardenier.
“We at Leading Age recognize that the mission of our members is largely met by the staff,” said Ami Schnauber, vice president of Advocacy and Public Policy for Leading Age New York. “The day-to-day work that they do is what makes these organizations vibrant. Their efforts see to it that these are not institutionalized settings; they are homes for the people that live there. It’s not easy work, which is why we acknowledge that through this Employee of Distinction Award. The NYS Legislature passes a resolution each year recognizing these individuals. Terry deeply cares about those she cares for and is a great advocate for them. We are proud to be visiting Terry’s workplace and presenting her with this recognition, along with a $100 award.”
Assemblyman Will Barclay also honored Woodworth with a signed resolution from New York State.
“Being able to recognize the heroes in our community is very rewarding. The work that Terry does here at The Manor truly makes her a hero. I am honored to present Terry, with this signed resolution from New York State recognizing her as the Leading Age Employee of Distinction” said Barclay.
One of Woodworth’s strongest traits is her ability to create a personal connection with the residents.
She is known for taking added interest in the residents she cares for, making sure that their needs are being met and that they are enjoying a high quality of life.
“Throughout the past 15 years, Terry has touched the lives of our residents every day,” said Jason Santiago, COO of The Manor at Seneca Hill. “It is a pleasure to have a moment like this to recognize someone as special as Terry. She does things that put smiles on the faces of our residents, not because she is asked, but because she truly cares.”
Santiago added, “Speaking with our residents reminds me of how important the people that provide care in this facility are. The care Terry provides to our residents makes her a model employee for all of our staff to emulate. This is the level of excellence we strive for every day at Oswego Health and clearly Terry is already there. Stories like this are what will separate Oswego Health from other providers going forward. We have an opportunity here at Oswego Health to show the communities we serve what amazing care can be like. On behalf of all of us at The Manor and Oswego Health I thank you for the care and compassion you have given to our patients, for choosing to work here and making The Manor a better place to live and work. You are a role model for all of us.”
Woodworth also received a proclamation from NYS Senator Patty Ritchie.
“Theresa Woodworth is a shining example of what it means to devote your career to bettering the lives of others,” said State Senator Patty Ritchie. “In the 15 years she has worked at The Manor at Seneca Hill she has made a difference in the lives of countless people in our community and it’s my pleasure to recognize her for her exemplary service.”
Leading Age New York Distinguished Employee award acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of direct care and indirect care staff that provide patients, residents and other employees with excellent service.
Awardees have demonstrated a willingness to make personal sacrifices to improve the lives of others.
They are unique individuals that go beyond the expected and bring a special compassion and personal commitment of excellence to their job each and every day.
“That says a lot,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of Oswego Health Chuck Gijanto. “I want to thank Terry for her efforts in making life better for her residents and coworkers and for achieving a level of excellence that we can all aspire to. We are on a journey to provide the best community based care in all of our settings. Celebrating your accomplishments sets the tone for what we wish to do. You are setting an example for the rest of us to follow. On behalf of the board of trustees, all of your coworkers at Oswego Health, and most importantly our patients and residents, congratulations and thank you!”