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September 6, 2017
Athena Health Care Systems 17th Annual Taking Care of Our Own Softball Tournament

Monday, June 27, 2017 | Source: Debra Soucey - Senior Executive Officer

Farmington, CT - September 1, 2017 - Athena Health Care Systems 17th Annual Taking Care of Our Own Softball Tournament was held on August 25-27, 2017 at Panthorn Park in Plantsville, CT. This annual tournament raises money for eligible employees throughout the Athena network who are stricken with cancer. Larry Santilli, President and CEO of Athena said, "the annual tournament continues to be a very successful weekend-long event bringing together our employees and their families from CT, MA and RI for one mutual cause... to help fellow co-workers by providing donations that offset the costs associated with cancer treatments. Thank you to all that participated, volunteered and cheered on the games. Without your help, support and dedication, these efforts could not be met."

Valerie Manor, in Torrington won first place in the tournament and took home the championship trophy, Sheriden Woods Health Care Center, in Bristol came in second place and The Summit At Plantsville, in Plantsville came in third place. Other festivities at the tournament included food catered by Elements Fine Catering, ice cream provided by Connecticut Ice Cream and activities for children provided by Teach-Art-2-Me which included games, crafts, face painting, and tie-dyeing of shirts, mini-golf offered by The Carnival Party, Thomas The Train rides provided by Roaming Raceway & Railroad and also Trevor The Games Man.

Throughout New England, Athena Health Care Systems is known as a leader in providing quality health care services and is recognized as one of the largest managers of skilled nursing facilities located in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Athena managed facilities offer short-term rehabilitation, long-term and respite care, as well as a continuum of care offered by Athena Home Health & Hospice.

June 27, 2017
Summit at Plantsville Nursing Home Resident Has Found His Calling

Monday, June 27, 2017 | Source: My Record Journal and FOX 61 News

SOUTHINGTON - Bill Flaherty hasn't built a home since he was injured in a 1999 accident, but he's taken up building model houses for children while undergoing treatment at The Summit in Plantsville.

Flaherty said he always enjoyed building homes. "Now I just build them in a smaller scale," he said. "You have to get correct angles for the roof pitch and all that."

Flaherty’s sisters and Barbara Blau, therapeutic recreation director, suggested he build the models. Blau said he agreed, and later told her that his grandfather had built dollhouses and toy garages for the family. "He is following in his grandfather’s footsteps," Blau said. Flaherty said he was getting "a little bored" while undergoing treatment over the last several years before the suggestion from Blau and his sisters.

"I look forward to doing it now," he said. "You never know where your destiny’s going to go." While he said he wishes he could walk again, building these houses gives him purpose, and he enjoys making children happy.


A special needs girl at Plantsville Elementary got Flaherty's first creation, a three-story dollhouse he constructed and painted. He's now working on a log cabin home and accompanying barn for a boy, although a recipient hasn't yet been decided.

He said the child, Kylie, was surprised and excited when she came to The Summit and he told her she could keep the doll house. A few days later, he received a thank you letter from Kylie which reads in part, "Dear Mr. Bill I love my new doll house you made for me. I love to play with it every day. My favorite thing to do is play with the little tiny dollies. I would like to visit you again someday, you are my nice friend. Your friend, Kylie."

While Flaherty worked on his second and now third project, he has the letter from Kylie hanging on his wall. He said his family has been very supportive, even purchasing the tools he needs to build the homes.



June 26, 2017
Partners in Dedication - Athena Health Care Systems Honors Employees

Monday, June 26, 2017 | Source: Athena Health Care

Athena Health Care Systems held a Partners in Dedication Luncheon Ceremony on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at The Country Club of Farmington for employees throughout the Athena network who reached their 10, 20 and 30 years of service as of December 2016. Employees were recognized for their dedication and commitment for providing quality of care to residents and patients.

Athena Health Care Systems
Pictured from left to right:
Thomas Walkuski, Director of Personnel Management, Patricia Scofield - 30 Years, Faith Luong - 10 Years, Debra Soucey, Senior Executive Office, Marybeth Hauser - 30 Years and Elizabeth Perugini - 10 Years.

Abbott Terrace Health Center
Waterbury, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Rita Hedu - 30 Years, Deborah Stopper - 30 Years, Mirta Fernandez - 30 Years, Amy Cogswell - 10 Years, Nickeisha Bewry (Administrator), Maureen Dossantos - 30 Years, Kathy Semeraro - 30 Years, Charles Sanzone 30 Years, Elizabeth Mascia - 30 Years and Valerie Pearce - 20 Years.

Bayview Health Care
Waterford, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Michelle Tucker – 10 Years, Tina McKenna 10 Years, Jennifer Sorenson 10 Years, Kimberly Carlson (Administrator), Cheree Miner -10 Years and Jessica Lundfelt – 10 Years.

Beacon Brook Health Center
Naugatuck, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Diana Martone - 10 Years, Crystal Forish - 10 Years and Karen Wilke (Human Resource Coordinator).

Cherry Brook Health Care Center
Canton, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Tom Lyons - 30 Years, Nan Huntington -10 Years, Mary Jane McCue - 10 Years, Denise Woodruff - 10 Years, Luz Mowel - 20 Years and Jake Bompastore (Administrator).

Glastonbury Health Care Center
Glastonbury, CT
Pictured from left to right:
David Durand - 20 Years, Omar Daley - 10 Years, Francio Edmond - 10 Years and David Fife (Administrator).

Laurel Ridge Health Care Center
Ridgefield, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Maria Minaya - 20 Years, Maria Viera - 20 Years, Hetty Asare - 10 Years and Bernadette Stevenson (Administrator).

Litchfield Woods Health Care Center
Torrington, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Althea McKenzie - 10 Years, Tonya Casagni - 10 Years, Amanda Wright - 10 Years, Pam Boles - 20 Years, Christopher Buckley - 10 Years, Corrine Beecher - 20 Years and Denise Quarles (Administrator).

Maefair Health Care Center
Trumbull, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Jenn Arnold – 10 Years and Terri Golec (Administrator)

MeadowBrook of Granby
Granby, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Vicki Griswold - 10 Years, John Haggerty - 10 Years and Rachel DeMaida (Administrator).

Middlesex Health Care Center
Middletown, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Damaris Guzman - 10 Years, Barbara Smith - 10 Years and Beth Schmeizl (Administrator).

Northbridge Health Care Center
Bridgeport, CT
Front row - Pictured from left to right:
Candace Love - 10 Years, Isabel DosSantos - 20 Years, Maria Silva - 20 Years, Amelia Jones -20 Years and Julie Almeida - 20 Years
Second row - Pictured from left to right:
Norma Walker - 10 Years, Deolinda Batista - 20 Years, Mary Luz Aguirre - 20 Years, Luz Acosta - 20 Years, Paula Barreira - 20 Years, Christa Zucco - 10 Years and Janet Smith - 20 Years.
Third row - Pictured from left to right:
Erica Roman (Administrtor), Keisha Best - 10 Years, Maria C. Almeida - 20 Years, Michael Banda - 10 Years, Tracy Gabriel - 10 Years, Marcia Miles - 20 Years, Jacinto Gomes - 20 Years, Lena McKoy - 10 Years and Hope Russell - 20 Years.

Shady Knoll Health Center
Seymour, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Tynema Highsmith - 10 Years, Catherine Sasso-Billings - 10 Years, Deborah Torrey Administrator - 20 Years and Linda Bojarzyck - 20 Years.

Sheriden Woods Health Care Center
Bristol, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Monet Masi - 10 Years, Robin Monahan -20 Years, Nydia Santos - 20 Years and Kathy Moon - 30 Years.

The Summit At Plantsville
Plantsville, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Jack Kelly (Administrator) and Carmen Lapaan - 10 Years.

Valerie Manor
Torrington, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Sandy Silva - 20 Years, Stephen Wood, Jr. - 10 Years, Susan Guillen - 10 Years, Jennifer Seymour - 10 Years, Marisa Jones (Administrator), Teresa Myers - 30 Years and Deb Padgett - 10 Years.

Wadsworth Glen Health Care & Rehabilitation Center
Middletown, CT
Pictured from left to right:
Joseph Bray (Administrator) and Maria Leopizzo – 20 Years.



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