June 2015

1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees Meet this Month

The 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees will hold their Joint Annual Meeting from Wednesday, June 24, through Friday, June 26, at the Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey. The Trustees will review the work of 2014 and attend a featured session on the challenges presented by the increasing impact of high-cost specialty drugs. Once again, Trustees will be able to access conference materials via an iPad or other web-enabled device. For those interested in attending a refresher course on using the iPad, onsite training will be available on Wednesday, June 24, from 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm. For more information about the 2015 Annual Meeting, contact Daphne Lewis at (646) 473-8407 or Daphne.Lewis@1199Funds.org.

  

Awards Recognize Excellence in Nursing

On May 11, the 12th Annual 1199SEIU League Nurse of Distinction Awards were held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, where over 600 people gathered to honor 1199SEIU nurses for their professionalism, dedication and leadership. The nurses representing New York hospitals and nursing homes were recognized for their commitment to excellence by a host of dignitaries, including Clare Thompson, a Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and Daniel Murphy, Jr., a Consultant for the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York, who served as the emcees for the event. George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Bruce McIver, President of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York, and Norma Amsterdam, Executive Vice President of the 1199SEIU RN Division, each offered congratulatory remarks to the nominees, the winning nurses and their families and friends. The awards ceremony honored nurses in hospital and nursing home settings at various stages of their career, including nurse novice, nurse leader and nurse preceptor. 


Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2015 Nurse of Distinction Awards:

Nurse of Distinction in a Hospital Setting
Jane Chacko, RN -- Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

First runner-up 
Colleen Smith, RN -- Eastern Long Island Hospital
 

Second runner-up
Ronette Shaw, RN -- Montefiore Medical Center (Wakefield Division)
 

Nurse of Distinction in a Nursing Home Setting
Keisha Budd, RN -- CenterLight Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 

Nurse Leader
James Hudson, RN -- Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

Nurse Preceptor
Enid Berg, RN -- Orange Regional Medical Center

Novice Nurse 
Anthony D'Annunzio, RN -- North Shore-LIJ Forest Hills Hospital

For more information about the 1199SEIU League Nurse of Distinction Awards, please contact Bernadette Braddy at (212) 894-4322 or Bernadette.Braddy@1199Funds.org.

 

Labor and Management Come Together to Educate and Honor Healthcare Workers
Labor and management leadership, members and staff from the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds were among over 300 healthcare leaders from voluntary hospitals and home care agencies who met in late April for the conference "Palliative Care for People with Dementia: Why Comfort Matters." The conference, held at New York City's Grand Hyatt Hotel, was presented by the Quality Care Community (QCC), a collaborative partnership between the 1199SEIU Nursing Home Division and the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC), the NYC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and Mount Sinai Hospital's Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care. Workshops focused on topics such as assessing pain in people with advanced dementia, offering a variety of food choices, creating comfort-focused care plans and best practices for connecting with patients. Nursing staff from Cobble Hill Health Center, Isabella Geriatric Center and Jewish Home Lifecare shared how their facilities provide comfort care for patients. For more information about the QCC program or the 1199SEIU Nursing Home Division, please contact Janice Dabney at (212) 894-4315 or Janice.Dabney@LaborManagementProject.org.


The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Programs

The Training and Upgrading Fund helps 1199SEIU members stay abreast of developments in their fields, and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through its Institute for Continuing Education. For more information, visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute. 

 

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1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center Is Among New York City's Showcase Schools

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) honored the 1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center (FALC) last month as a pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) "Showcase School." As part of the DOE's new Showcase Schools Program, 17 learning institutions, including FALC, will host educators from other schools to discuss successful strategies in specific learning areas, as well as the processes behind their development. On May 1 and May 12, teachers, principals, site directors and other staff from schools throughout the city observed classes and attended workshops at FALC. Pre-K head teachers Sara Gilbert and Nila Johnson demonstrated how to create learning stations and assessments for them, while FALC Site Director Erica Vincenty-Nieves shared activities and strategies to engage parents. In addition, FALC Chief Operating Officer Bonnie Mallonga led a workshop on targeted professional development training. The two visits generated positive interest in FALC's programs, as several principals and site directors noted. Frank Severino, Assistant Principal of Public School 9, said, "The way the children navigated the classroom and engaged in their activities with minimal help from the adults was just phenomenal."   

 

On May 4, FALC hosted another special visitor: Richard R. Buery, Jr., New York City's Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and leader of the universal pre-K program. Buery joined Child Care Funds Executive Director Vivian Fox and Chief of Staff Rossmery Dais, visiting pre-K classrooms and interacting with children at learning stations based on Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. For more information on FALC or any of the programs offered by the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation and the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds, call (212) 564-2220, or visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf 

 

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In This Issue
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees Meet This Month
Awards Recognize Excellence in Nursing
1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center Is Among New York City's Showcase Schools
   
  
   

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