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Heritage Ministries recently honored their 2017 Employee of the Year for The Village in Gerry, NY. Dennis Thomas was presented with a special award for his achievement Dennis started at The Village as a CNA in 2012 and currently works as a Registered Nurse. Nominated by his colleagues for the award, Dennis exemplifies Heritage’s core values which state that they strive for: Respect for human dignity; excellence in everything they do; acceptance of every person; compassion for all; and honesty above all else. His co-workers said of him, “He made a seamless transition from CNA to RN over the last few months; never forgetting his roots and assisting the staff and residents with whatever they may need. Dennis never has the never the mentality of ‘it’s not my job’ or ‘I’m and RN now, I don’t do that’. He is approachable by all and always has a friendly attitude, and is a prime example of a Heritage employee who demonstrates our core values while providing the best customer service possible. As a supervisor Dennis is patient and understanding while guiding his staff to do their best. He absorbs knowledge quickly and applies it. He is loved by all staff and residents alike.”
Heritage Ministries was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886. The organization focused its mission on elder care and housing with the elimination of the orphanage in 1965 due to changing regulations. Heritage has grown from its original campus in Gerry, New York, to six locations in New York State, one in the state of Illinois and one in the state of Washington, offering Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation services. Recent affiliations with Heritage include Hearthstone Communities in Woodstock, Illinois, Vinecroft Retirement Community in Clarence Center, NY, and The Kenney in Seattle Washington. Heritage and its affiliates provide independent and/or assisted living residences for seniors at The Homestead (Gerry, NY), The Woodlands on Southwestern Drive (West Ellicott, NY), Vinecroft (Clarence Center, NY), Orchard Grove (West Ellicott, NY), Hearthstone Communities (Woodstock, Illinois) and The Kenney (Seattle, WA). Rehabilitation and skilled nursing services are provided at The Village (Gerry, New York), The Park (Jamestown, New York), The Green (Greenhurst, New York) and Hearthstone Communities (Woodstock, Illinois). Additionally, Heritage Living at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood, NY serves the community by providing an easy-access location for area seniors, and their families, to get answers to questions about the evolving needs of seniors. For more information on Heritage, visit www.heritage1886.org, or call 716-487-6800.