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Health Care Ctr. celebrates anniv.

From left celebrating the anniversary are Ana Guzman, CNA; Sharon Tether, CNA; Elaine Regnier, RN; Dottie Wernick; Zane Wernick; Charlene Drake, Director of Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center; Mountessa Lowe, CNA; Veronica Malerba, LSW.
Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center celebrates 30th anniversary

Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center, located in Longmeadow, MA, recently took the opportunity to bring together its staff, participants, families and friends in order to celebrate the organization's 30th anniversary. The event, which took place at the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home earlier this month, featured food, dancing and fun as attendees were treated to the music of Memories Big Band Sound with Diane Darin an 18-piece orchestra that played songs from the Big Band era.

Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center is a program of Jewish Geriatric Services, which also includes the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home, Spectrum Home Health Care, Ruth's House An Assisted Living Residence, JGS Family Medical Care and Genesis House.

During the celebration, both staff and participants of Wernick and staff from Jewish Geriatric Services took the opportunity to speak about the adult day health care center and the effects its programs and services have had on individuals and the community over the course of the last three decades.

"Since its beginning, the main goal of Wernick has always been to offer families in the Greater Springfield area a safe and comfortable environment for their loved ones," said Charlene Drake, Director of Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center. "We are happy to stand here today 30 years later and be able to say that the organization is still committed to ensuring our participants are being cared for in a positive, dynamic setting that promotes social interaction and stimulation."

Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center officially opened its doors in 1976, establishing itself as one of the first adult day health care centers in Western Massachusetts. Through the generosity of community members Zane and Dorothy Wernick, who attended the celebration, the Center was eventually able to move from the Activities room of the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home into its own space, allowing for expanded services and offerings. Today, the organization offers a wide-range of services including skilled nursing, personal care, recreational programs that encourage social interaction, meals and snacks, and transportation.

"The caring staff and the services offered at Wernick truly create a special environment for those who participate in the program," said Alan Rosenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Geriatric Services. "The staff and Board leadership of the Jewish Geriatric Services system of care would like to congratulate Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center on this milestone and thank all of those in our community, such as Zane and Dottie Wernick, for their generous support throughout the years."