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Published by Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, 2018-02-01 13:03:25

The Current February

Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay's employee newsletter.

PLYMOUTH HARBOR ON SARASOTA BAY EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2018
ISSUE 49

mark calendar!
your

Date: Friday, February 2nd Remember: FEBRUARY 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. DATES TO REMEMBER
Location: Club Room - 1 Box per person.
Catered By Panera Bread - No picking up boxes for other FEBRUARY 1
Learn n Earn
This luncheon is celebrating sta members. Fitness with Elizabeth
Plymouth Harbor placing in the - Must be working on this date
Top 25 in the Sarasota Herald- FEBRUARY 2
Tribune’s “Best Places to Work” to receive a meal. Catered Luncheon
survey. Thank you to our employees - Pizza will be provided to evening (Celebrating Best
who completed the survey! Places to Work)
shift working on February 2nd.
Box lunches will be available for pick FEBRUARY 8
up in the Club Room, with seating Learn n Earn with
and bottled water available as well. The Food Pharmacy
We will offer the following lunches:
Sandwich with chips and cookie OR FEBRUARY 9
Salad with baguette and cookie. Valentine’s Day
Card Decorating
Date: Friday, February 9th
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. FEBRUARY 13
Location: Club Room 401k Consultation

This Valentine’s Day, let’s show our FEBRUARY 15
residents we care by decorating cards Wellness Support
for Smith Care Center, assisted living, Group
and independent residents. Join us
to craft cards and enjoy some light FEBRUARY 22
refreshments. Cards and supplies Learn n Earn with
are supported by The Foundation. The Food Pharmacy
(Repeat of the February
8th Learn n Earn)

FEBRUARY 23
Insights Luncheon
Dr. Jim Griffith

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Fighting the Flu independent speakers at a recent
medical hygiene conference,
By: Karen Novak, RN, MS, SCC Director of Nursing hand washing with soap is the
Hand washing is something that most of us do ultimate key to improved health
several times a day without a second thought. and hygiene.
But, if more people around the world adopted
this simple practice, it could save 650,000 So, as it turns out, hand washing
lives a year, according to hygiene experts. with soap does seem to have a
Understanding the importance of hand washing quantifiable impact on health, but what makes
with soap and water is by no means rocket science. it such a magic formula? According to experts,
However, experts would have us believe that its role this is because it is a relatively simple practice to
in our day-to-day lives is at least as important. Not promote, and soap is also widely available – even
only could it improve our health, but it could even in communities where warm air dryers and clean
save thousands of lives. towels are a rarity.
Over the years, arguments have raged over the
hygiene benefits of hand washing and the means When to wash your hands:
required to carry it out successfully. In the 19th As you touch people, surfaces, and objects during
Century, when clean water was hard to come by, the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. You
people were suspicious of water since it was can infect yourself with these germs by touching
associated with diseases such as typhoid. As a your eyes, nose, or mouth, or spread them to others.
result, many people were unwilling to use it. Although it’s impossible to keep your hands germ-
In recent years, there have been debates as to free, frequent washing can help limit the transfer of
whether or not soap is a crucial factor in hand bacteria, viruses, and other microbes.
hygiene regimes, or if water alone is sufficient to
reduce the bacterial load on hands. Then, there are Always wash your hands before:
further discussions over whether alcohol gels can • Preparing food or eating
take the place of soap, and whether hand drying with • Treating wounds or caring for a sick person
a towel is more hygienic than air dryers or vice-versa. • Inserting or removing contact lenses
Admittedly, arguments concerning the benefits and
disadvantages of each hand washing and drying Always wash your hands after:
method have generally depended on who was • Preparing food
putting forth the argument. According to • Using the toilet or changing a diaper
• Touching an animal, animal feed, or waste
• Blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• Treating wounds or caring for a sick person
• Handling garbage

This flu season, we encourage you to wash your
hands and do your part to stay healthy!

RACE-PASS WINNERS Vision Update

The following employees correctly answered Our insurance company,
the RACE/PASS test during the Quarterly Fire Meritain Health, has notified
Drill in January, earning $10 each. us that there has been a delay
regarding Plymouth Harbor’s
Congratulations! new Vision Insurance.
Please note: If you call VSP, our
Sande Esparza, Housekeeping Steve Matosky, Security vision provider, they may inform
Samera Shuler, Housekeeping Cora Cruz, Housekeeping you that they do not have your
Lori Hoskins, Dining Services Krystle Harvey, Sales/Marketing information in their system.
Denis Ortiz, SCC Timothy Delaney, Security Meritain is currently working on
Jeanne MacArthur, E-Tech Corey Schmitz, Dining Services this issue. As soon as it is resolved,
Human Resources will make an
Time to study up for the next Fire Drill this Spring! announcement.

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Employee of the month Back for 2018!

Nataly Duran Friday, February 23rd
12:00-12:30 p.m.
Housekeeping in the Club Room

Employee since June 2014 Featuring: Dr. Jim Gri th

Notes from Nataly’s
nomination form:

Nataly is thorough in her
work. She gets a lot done
quietly and has an infectious
smile that makes you happy just to be around her. Nataly has
added sparkle to SCC. Throughout her assignments you see bits
of Nataly...from a beautiful crafted flower, the shine of all her
bathrooms, and the glow from her heart. She adds such beauty
to all the lives she touches in SCC.

February Welless

Learn n Earns every Thursday! Replacing Plymouth
Harbor Pets...
In 2018, we will hold a Wellness-related
Learn n Earn each Thursday of the month. For the last few months, we have
featured “Plymouth Harbor Pets” –
On the first Thursday of each month Elizabeth Goldsmith, where an employee would submit a
Health & Fitness Specialist, will hold an interactive Learn photo of their pet, and the one with the
n Earn at noon and 2:00 p.m. On the second and fourth most votes from the OnBoard team
Thursday, we will have the Food Pharmacy for January would be featured in the next month’s
and February, and HealthFit for the remainder of the year, issue of The Current. Moving forward,
similar to last year’s schedule. On the third Thursday, we are going to switch up the photo
HealthFit will host a Wellness Support Group. “topic” each month!
Next month’s “Best Photo” will be...
While we hope you will attend all four events,
participants can earn only $2 in Wellness Rewards Best Travel Photo
OnBoard Bucks per month. No bucks will be earned
for attending the monthly Wellness Support Group. Have a photo you’d like to submit?
Email: [email protected]
Scheduled February Learn n Earns

February 1st @ 12-12:30 p.m. Wellness with Elizabeth
& 2-2:30 p.m. “Workouts for Weight Loss”

February 8th @ 12–12:30 p.m. Food Pharmacy (spacesfilled!)

February 15th @ 2–2:30 p.m. Wellness Support Group

February 22nd @ 2–2:30 p.m. Food Pharmacy (spacesfilled!)

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Corey Schmitz, Dining Services RAFF PROGRAM
CONTEST WINNERS
Corey is clearly a man of many
talents – great customer service and As you may know, Plymouth Harbor has a
team leadership are at the top of that referral program, called the RAFF program
list. I am so glad he is a vital part of (Refer A Friend or Family member). Through
living here. this program, an employee who refers
someone for an open position will receive
Toccarra Jefferson ALF/MC 1st $50 at the time of hire. They will also receive
Deborah Perren Home Care 1st an additional $200 when the new employee
Juanita Ibarra Dining Services 3rd passes their 90-Day introductory period.
Donn Smith Security 5th
Lori Hoskins Dining Services 7th In November, we held a RAFF Referral
Andrea Davis Home Care 8th Contest in line with our recruitment for the
Stephanie Leathers ALF/MC 8th new Northwest Garden Building. The contest
Jason Redmon Smith Care Center 9th was simple – the employees with the most
Michele Kolp ALF/MC 10th referrals (who received an interview) during
Elizabeth Sparr Marketing 10th the time period of November 2nd through
Erica Underwood Smith Care Center 11th November 17th would win: 1st Place – $250;
Tamika Fairclough Home Care 12th 2nd Place – $125; and 3rd Place – $75.
Kervens Joanis Dining Services 13th
Tiara Cheaves Home Care 13th Congratulations to our winners! (Pictured
Debbie Chitwood Housekeeping 14th below). For more information on the RAFF
Carlos Morales Dining Services 14th program, contact Stephen Moros, HR
Nataly Duran Housekeeping 15th Recruiter (Ext. 538).
Domitila Velasquez Smith Care Center 16th
Cathy Laponius Dining Services 19th 1st Place:
Armando Cortez Dining Services 19th Ashley
Monica Leahu Front Desk 20th De Ramirez
Fran Vancil Maintenance 21st
Phillips Daugherty Security 21st 2nd Place:
Jennifer Bruneman Resident Services 21st Felipe
Carlos Anguiano-Moreno Dining Services 23rd Morales
Yaima Comas Home Care 25th
Bert Adams Smith Care Center 27th 3rd Place:
Elliott Wright Dining Services 27th Carlos
Jeanne MacArthur Housekeeping 27th Morales
Lisa Siroky Facilities 28th


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