Penni Martin, Administrator
Penni has been a long-standing administrator in the state of Connecticut and with National Health Care Associates, which is the owner of the Hebrew Center, for more than 10 years now. Previously, Penni was the Regional Director of Operations for all Connecticut-based centers. Prior to that position she has been an administrator at three other National Health Care centers. She came to the Hebrew Center last June, as the new administrator. She enjoys working at the Hebrew Center because it has a great reputation in both the Greater West Hartford community and with regional healthcare providers. She is proud of her entire team and she is happy that she found the right people to make the Hebrew Center a 5-Star CMS center. She’s extremely proud of that accomplishment and the quality of care here. It’s great for her to be able to watch the transition of care. The center is improving and doing great under National Health Care. Hebrew Center is now Kosher HKC certified and they’re the only one in Connecticut with such distinction. Penni feels this was such an accomplishment for the center and she can’t say enough how proud she is of her team for the great strides they have made and what the futures hold for Hebrew Center!
Ryan Bishop, Director of Marketing
Tracee Smith, Director of Medicare
If you see a fluffy white dog attached to a woman’s hip at Hebrew Center, then it’s Tracee and her dog Cody! She’s the director of Medicare here and her job entails being in charge of all aspects of Medicare and making sure the residents get the services they need. Tracee has been a National Health Care employee for about 12 years now. She started working at the Hebrew Center in October of 2017. Previously she was a regional director, but she’s excited for her future at the Hebrew Center. Being able to help somebody in need of care is the best part of her job. She said, getting to see a customer be able to go home and back to their normal living is the most rewarding. Tracee thinks that her team here is the great because of how friendly they are. What she loves is being able to bring Cody around to the residents to cheer them up and he loves it too!
Alexander Georgiou, Director of Life Enrichment
Alex, otherwise known as “the dancer” loves her job here at the Hebrew Center. It’s not hard to find her – often dancing with the patients, showing them a great time! She’s been with National Health Care for eight years, with the last four months at the Hebrew Center. She coordinates all of the activities and recreational events at the center. Working here has been a blast for her, she really does love her job. Alex wants to make a difference in the resident’s lives and feels like her job gives her a purpose. It makes her happy when the residents blow her kisses and are happy to see her. It helps that she loves her co-workers and thinks they work perfectly together as a team.
Robert Hare, Director of Centers Management and Safety
Robert started working in the healthcare industry 15 years ago, so he has a lot of experience in facilities management. His job is to ensure the building runs smoothly for our residents and employees. He deals with state and safety codes to ensure they are regulated and up to date. He loves his job, but sometimes it’s the smaller things that are the most rewarding. For example, when he fixes a resident’s television. He loves being able to help make their stay more comfortable. He enjoys interacting with the residents any way he can. Overall, he’s proud of everything the Hebrew Center has accomplished since National Health Care acquired the center. There’s been change and it’s great to see improvement. Robert thinks the team here is great because they have a positive outlook on everything!
Ken Pina, Director of Food Services
Ken was referred to Hebrew Center from a former supervisor who currently works for the National Health Care, our management company. He’s been in the food industry for nearly 20 years, working for several other companies, but believes the Hebrew Center has the best staff, especially in the kitchen! The most rewarding part of his job is building relationships with the residents. He loves putting smiles on their faces and making them happy. What he’s most proud of is being able to raise the quality of food that is being served here and helping the center become HKC certified, Certified Kosher by the Hartford Kashrut Commission.
Duwayne McPherson, Supervisor Environmental Services
Duwayne’s job here at the Hebrew Center is to manage the housekeeping and laundry services. He manages a team of nearly 30 people who provide these services for the residents. He has been at the Hebrew Center for 10 years now, beginning as a line staff employee and working his way up to becoming a supervisor. His goal is to make sure that the residents and their family members are happy. In order to do that, Duwayne ensures that his employees are happy with their roles in his department; he feels this leads to making our residents happy. He’s proud to say that the changes National has implemented since its acquisition of Hebrew Center have made the building better and he’s looking forward to the future!
John Buda, Infection Control
As the Infection Control Nurse at Hebrew Center, John oversees and develops care plans for anyone who comes to us with a wound and/or infection. He started his position here at the Hebrew Center in January of 2017 and really is enjoying it. It’s rewarding for him to see his patients get better and see results daily. He previously worked for a smaller business so it’s exciting for him to come work for a bigger company. He was excited to meet his new team and they are now his favorite part of working here. It’s been a blast for him so far and he’s looking forward to what the future holds for him, here at the Hebrew Center.