Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community Receives Multiple Statewide Awards

For the third year in a row, Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community in Windsor, Vermont is honored to be the recipient of three awards presented by the Vermont Health Care Association. The VHCA is an advocate for quality care and collaboration between Vermont’s residential care, nursing, and long-term care communities. The awards were presented at the organization’s Annual Conference and Trade Show Awards Banquet on September 26, 2017, at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe, VT.
This year, Cedar Hill was recognized with three awards: Cathy Connors for Outstanding Residential Care LPN of the year; Liddy Merritt for Skilled Nursing Facility Cook of the Year; and Joshua Martini for Dietary Aide of the Year. Diane Sullivan, Administrator at Pine Heights at Brattleboro and member of the VHCA’s Convention and Education Committee presented awards to 2017 VHCA Award Recipients, assisted by Jim O’Mara from PharMerica.

Outstanding Residential Care LPN of the Year

“It’s such an honor and I’m very humbled,” said Cathy Connors, of her Outstanding Residential Care LPN of the year award. Mrs. Connors has been a member of the Cedar Hill team for six years and has over 40 years of experience in dementia care. In addition to her role as Manager of the Judith Brogren Memory Care Center at Cedar Hill, Cathy also hosts an Alzheimer’s support group and provides trainings for LNA’s.
“Cathy is an extraordinary example of everything the profession of nursing embodies. Dementia care is not for the faint of heart, but she uses humor and compassion to connect with residents and families,” the nomination by Connors’ peers read. “She continues to strive for excellence personally and professionally with ongoing education, she works tirelessly to make sure best practices are being employed in her department, and assists other departments as well.”

Skilled Nursing Facility Cook of the Year

Liddy Merrit, the winner of the Skilled Nursing Facility Cook of the Year award, has been the breakfast and lunch cook at Cedar Hill Health Care Center for nine years. She keeps tracks of residents’ dietary needs as well as each individual’s likes and dislikes. “I want everyone to know that the number one point of my job is to please the resident. I am there for them and I learn from them,” said Merrit. “Every once in a while I ask them what they like for a meal, and how THEY cook it, and that’s how we try to cook it for them, so that they have their own special meal.”
“When a new resident moves into Cedar Hill, Liddy is always happy to provide a meal for the family so that they can dine together. This often helps ease the transition for the new resident,” said Janet Buik, Director of Food Service at Cedar Hill. “It’s the little details that matter in personalizing care. Liddy demonstrates the value of this every single day.”

Dietary Aide of the Year

Dietary Aide of the year Josh Martini has worked in the kitchen of Cedar Hill Health Care Center for 11 years, meticulously tracking food labeling, refrigerator logs, and food and supply deliveries, and maintaining a specific cleaning schedule for all equipment and all areas of the kitchen.
According to his co-worker Liddy Merrit, “If it wasn’t for Josh, Cedar Hill wouldn’t be the same. He looks out for the residents, and if a resident asks for something special, he goes and makes that special thing.”
Janet Buik added, “Josh is one of the most dedicated, loyal, compassionate, young men I’ve ever met and had the pleasure of working with in 30 years of health care. He’s always lovingly cared for the residents at Cedar Hill and I’m proud to be his boss.”
This year’s winners join previous award recipients Mary Louise Sayles, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award; Barbara Flinn, 2015 Nursing Home Activity Director of the Year; Jon Manning, 2015 Nursing Home Volunteer of the Year; Lois Bromley-Ellison 2016 Outstanding Gardener of the Year;  Alfonzo Ramirez, 2016 Maintenance Assistant of the Year;  and Erika Osgood, 2016 Outstanding Ward Clerk of the Year.
In addition to these awards, Cedar Hill has been awarded five stars on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “Nursing Home Compare” site (medicare.gov<http://medicare.gov/>), and 5 Stars “Best Nursing Home” in Vermont by U.S. News and World Report for the fourth year in a row.
About Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community
Cedar Hill offers a continuum of care that includes independent & assisted living apartments, residential care, short-stay rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, memory care, and comfortable and dignified end-of-life care, all on the same campus, with a loving family of caregivers for over 100 residents. Founded in 1988, Cedar Hill has created an environment of encouragement and supportive care for seniors, enabling them to live with dignity and maximize their personal potential, offering a high quality, holistic approach to senior living in a relaxed, friendly and homelike setting.