Administrator ‘cares about everybody and he treats everybody like family’

Wildwood Care Centre administrator Scott Walsh holds his Inspired Leader award during a ceremony at the St. Marys, Ont. long-term care home. Standing next to Walsh is housekeeping staff member Helene Near, who received the home’s Everyday Hero award.

Wildwood Care Centre administrator Scott Walsh holds his Inspired Leader award during a ceremony at the St. Marys, Ont. long-term care home. Standing second from right is housekeeping staff member Helene Near, who received the home’s Everyday Hero award this year.

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Wildwood Care Centre celebrates staff, home’s birthday

Wildwood Care Centre staff members are seen here wearing Toronto Blue Jays gear to show their support for the team, which finished first place in Major League Baseball’s American League East. The long-term care home hosted a Blue Jays day as part of its 21st birthday celebrations.

Wildwood Care Centre staff members are seen here wearing Toronto Blue Jays gear to show their support for the team, which finished first place in Major League Baseball’s American League East. The long-term care home hosted a Blue Jays day as part of its 21st birthday celebrations.

Variety of activities mark annual celebration

Wildwood Care Centre gave thanks to its employees as part of the St. Marys, Ont. long-term care home’s 21st birthday celebrations Sept. 20 to Sept. 26.

Each day saw a different activity to celebrate the home’s birthday and to say thanks to staff members. Pizza was ordered for the team on Monday; there was a barbecue on Tuesday; administrator Scott Walsh made breakfast for everyone on Wednesday; there was a chicken lunch on Thursday; and staff members were treated to coffee and doughnuts from Tim Hortons on Friday.

There were also daily prize draws and games, including the annual “bubble-gum draw,” where pieces of gum and sweets are placed into a container and staff members guess how many pieces of a particular candy are inside.

This year registered practical nurse Stephanie Bauman was awarded the grand prize – a paid day off and all the candy in the container – for the best guess. There were 82 Jolly Ranchers in the sweets container and Bauman guessed 77.

On Friday, staff members paid tribute to the Toronto Blue Jays, who finished in first place in Major League Baseball’s American League East division. Staff members showed up to work wearing Blue Jays uniforms and caps to show their support.

Activities were held on every shift to ensure all staff members could participate.

Wildwood Care Centre administrative assistant Lisa Schellenberger says the home’s birthday and Employee Appreciation Week are important celebrations for the home.

“This is a great way (for the home’s management) to say thanks to the staff for all the hard work they do,” she says.

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RN student returns to Wildwood Care Centre for second summer

Wildwood Care Centre

Wildwood Care Centre

‘This is a really enjoyable place to work’

Ashley Horenberg found her first summer working full time as a personal support worker (PSW) at Wildwood Care Centre to be so enriching she came back to the St. Marys, Ont. long-term care home again this year. Read more

Summer job at Wildwood a chance to experience a new type of nursing for student

Wildwood Care Centre

Wildwood Care Centre

‘I definitely want to come back next summer,’ Kelsey Murray says

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Wildwood pie-in-the-face challenge nets $153 for Relay for Life

Wildwood Care Centre environmental services manager Ray Iredale gets hit with a pie during the home’s pie-in-the-face challenge to raise money for the Wildwood Relay for Life team on July 16. Administrator Scott Walsh (at right) is about to get hit with a pie as well.

Wildwood Care Centre environmental services manager Ray Iredale gets hit with a pie during the home’s pie-in-the-face challenge to raise money for the Wildwood Relay for Life team on July 16. Administrator Scott Walsh (at right) is about to get hit with a pie as well.

Fundraising event a step towards goal of raising $5K during next year

Getting hit in the face with an apple-sauce-and-whipped-cream pie was a small price to pay for a good cause at Wildwood Care Centre on July 16.

The St. Marys, Ont. long-term care home hosted a fundraiser in support of its Relay for Life team that day, but suspense was building for a month to decide who would be the manager to get hit with a pie, says life enrichment aide Emily McNaughton.

As part of the pie-in-the-face challenge, each Wildwood Care Centre manager’s picture was put into a pie tin at the nurses’ station. During the next several weeks, staff members, residents, families and visitors dropped money into the tin representing the manager they wanted to see get a pie in the face.

The manager who had the least amount of money in their tin got to throw the pie in the face of the manager with the most.

With $44 in his tin, environmental services manager Ray Iredale was the manager who raised the most money, so he had the honours of getting a pie in the face. Food services manager Julie Brown got to throw the pie.

The pie-in-the-face challenge was held at noon and many of the home’s 60 residents were on hand to watch the fun unfold.

The event collected $153 to be put towards the Relay for Life team’s goal of raising $5,000 during the next year.

In June, 13 staff members and families from Wildwood Care Centre participated in a Relay for Life event in Stratford, Ont., raising about $2,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Relay for Life is a fundraising event held at running tracks in communities across Canada and the world. Participants take turns walking or running to raise money for cancer societies.

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Wildwood Relay for Life team raises $2K for Canadian Cancer Society

The Wildwood Care Centre Relay for Life team (pictured above) raised about $2,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society on June 5.

The Wildwood Care Centre Relay for Life team (pictured above) raised about $2,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society on June 5.

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Wildwood Care Centre feels part of OMNI

West Lake Terrace administrator/CCC Neil Peterson and Wildwood Care Centre LEC Alison Hoskins take part in an exercise during OMNI's managers' forum.

West Lake Terrace administrator/CCC Neil Peterson and Wildwood Care Centre LEC Alison Hoskins take part in an exercise during OMNI’s managers’ forum.

‘They’re awesome people,’ says Alison Hoskins

Monday, May 12, 2014 — Natalie Hamilton

ORILLIA, Ont. – Wildwood Care Centre is being graciously embraced by the OMNI Health Care family.

That is the feeling experienced by three managers of the St. Marys, Ont. home who took part in the recent OMNI Health Care Managers’ Forum.

“Everyone has been so welcoming to us,” says Alison Hoskins, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

“They’re awesome people.”

Hoskins, nutritional care manager (NCM) Julie Brown and environmental services manager (ESM) Ray Iredale share their thoughts about OMNI following dinner at Fern Resort where the annual retreat was held.

Wildwood Care Centre, a 60-bed long-term care home with 25 retirement and two respite beds, became part of OMNI about a year ago. Brown agrees with Hoskins about the reception they’re receiving from OMNI staff.

“They make sure you’re part of the team,” Brown says.

Hoskins notes she’s had interactions with a variety of organizations in the past and has “never met a bunch of friendlier and nicer people.”

Since becoming a part of OMNI, Iredale says there have been changes.

“A lot of good things have come out of it,” the ESM notes.

“I’d like to see more good come out of it.”

For instance, Iredale appreciates the sense of teamwork that exists within the organization. He also appreciates one of OMNI’s integral values.

“Most of the changes have been directed towards making things better for the residents,” Iredale says. “Their goal is looking after the residents and people first. Everything they’re doing is to make things better for the residents, which is awesome.”

The ESM says he’s also impressed by the wealth of resources within the OMNI organization.

“They have a lot of really good, knowledgeable people to draw from.”

As for the experience at Fern, they agree it is worthwhile. “It’s really nice here and the food’s fantastic,” the NCM adds.

Stay tuned to The OMNIway for more coverage of the Fern Resort Managers’ Forum.

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