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Holiday Art Event

The Lenape Valley High School Service Art Club members recently went to United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen in Newton, NJ to conduct a holiday craft event for the senior citizens living there.

The members of the art club engaged the senior citizens in making holiday buckets with a Santa, reindeer or penguin theme with watercolor backgrounds. The organization of this event was a collaborative effort of Lenape Valley art club advisor Mrs. Sherry Carnegie and Bristol Glen’s Volunteer Services CStudents of Lenape Valley High School Service Art Club oordinator, Mrs. Kaitlyn Eamigh. Mrs. Carnegie stated that “the event was a positive experience for all involved. The senior citizens seemed to really enjoy interacting with the high school students while at the same time making art.

The high school students benefited by being given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the senior citizens through helping them produce a holiday project.” Mrs. Carnegie went on to say that “she appreciates the support that she is given by the high school’s administration for this service art related trip.” The focus of the LVR Service Art Club is to benefit others in some way through the creation of various art projects. Mrs. Carnegie is looking forward to bringing members of the art club back to Bristol Glen in the future for this annual service art event.

Successful Healthcare Triumphs

United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen Attains Deficiency-Free Federal Survey

An elated group of Bristol Glen associates celebrate the federal survey results.

United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen Administrator, Jeff Lisk proudly reports, “Achieving a deficiency-free federal survey affirms and motivates us to practice the highest standards each and every day.” It all began on September 2, when a team of five qualified health professionals arrived at the bustling 235,000+ square-foot retirement community where 473 associates and residents cooperatively work and live.

Five representatives, four from the state and one from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, came  with a specific mission. CMS maintains oversight for compliance with the Medicare health and safety standards for facilities serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Therefore, in order to accomplish that goal and to accurately survey and assess, visits are always unannounced, taking organizations by surprise.

Over a five-day period, the survey team had full access to every operational aspect of Bristol Glen assuring compliance with established standards, requirements and regulations. Their methodical exploration of clinical practices included reviewing medication passes, medication carts, resident charts, and observing meals for issues of quality, sanitation and resident dignity.

Jeff Lisk, administrator, and Deborah Granata, director of nursing, stand below Bristol Glen’s banner announcing the federal survey results.

They scrutinized high risk residents, wound care practices and other innumerable clinical components. Individuals and groups of residents, family members, powers-of-attorney, and associates were interviewed by the five team members.

Executive Director, George Arezzo, proudly remarked “In light of the fact that generally, federal surveys rarely occur, a deficiency-free outcome is a remarkable accomplishment. I extend my congratulations to the entire Bristol Glen team.”

George Arezzo Appointed Executive Director of United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen

United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of George Arezzo to the position of executive director of United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen, a continuing care retirement community located in Newton, NJ.
In this role, he will assume oversight and management of the senior living community. The Bristol Glen management team will report directly to Mr. Arezzo, who brings more than 35 years’ experience in health care.

A Master of Public Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of um-communities-at-bristol-glen-george-arezzoScience in Biology from Rochester Institute of Technology complement LNHA (Licensed Nursing Home Administrator) certification in New Jersey and New York.

“United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen has a great reputation and I am glad to be a part of the organization. I look forward to continuing their commitment to quality care and service,” commented Mr. Arezzo, a resident of River Edge, NJ.

Prior to joining United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen, Mr. Arezzo was campus executive director at Atrium Health and Senior Living in Little Falls, NJ. His experience as an executive director and health care administrator is broad in long-term care, sub-acute and assisted living settings.

Queen of Hospitality Distributes Cookies for Cops: 60 Pounds of Heartfelt Thanks

In May of this year, Cathy Foley, move-in coordinator at Bristol Glen, received the United Methodist Communities Hospitality Award for demonstrating the spirit of unconditional love, care; taking responsibility, following up diligently to enact solutions, and going above and beyond to Cookies for Copsmake everyone feel welcomed. So, it’s no surprise that Foley got an idea, sparked by a September news broadcast about the generosity of a New Jersey pizza restaurant owner to police officers. After sharing the idea with her husband, she called her four adult children to get advice and test the idea — they unanimously agreed and lauded her plan, bringing “Cookies for Cops” to fruition.

Foley, a resident of Sparta, has been baking cookies since she was 12 years old and always wanted to own a cookie shop. In fact, a fellow associate remarked, “As move-in coordinator and concierge, Cathy always has a smile, a plate of cookies and an open heart when welcoming new residents to Bristol Glen.” As an empty-nester with a full-time job, the very-humble Foley loves baking cookies, usually at home in the evening. Her tradition of sharing the homemade cookies with fellow associates spreads goodwill.

Sarah Ur, Bristol Glen’s executive director, had sampled Foley’s cookies, most recently at an onsite ladies’ fashion show. Foley shared the idea with Ur, who suggested she begin by inviting some local police departments to Bristol Glen. Receiving cookies through their established trust with Bristol Glen, made it a perfect match. Cathy chose to bake them during the month of November because it represents a time of giving thanks. A promptly delivered invitation brought associates, volunteers, residents and their families into Bristol Glen’s Town Hall for a presentation. It proved to be the perfect partnership as the residents lined up to greet and personally thank officers for their service.

Through their connections and networking representatives from the Sparta and Newton police
departments came to the kick-off, as well as the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department. Since then through a nephew, brother-in-law, friends, fellow associates, and word-of-mouth, many others have been recipients: Four New York Police Department precincts including its Counter
Terrorism Task Force; Riverdale, NJ and Metropolitan Transit Authority police departments; as well as the New Jersey State Troopers Barracks in Newark and Hope.

The message delivered with each two-pound cookie platter reads, “Cookies for cops with BG Cookies for Copsheartfelt thanks for your courage and your love of community, always remember how many eyes, big and small light up when you enter their world. May God keep you safe each and every day.” Cookie connoisseur feedback has ranked the Pecan Delight (a nut-filled shortbread cookie rolled in powdered sugar) on top, complemented by her Brownie Fingers and Chocolate Chip cookies.

With five to six dozen in each platter, Foley distributed about 60 pounds of delicious thanks in November. Taking it a step further, she also gave out goody bags of cookies to the in-person representatives to dissuade them from unwrapping the platters before arriving back at their respective workplaces.

Elated by the positive feedback beyond her expectations including comments posted on her Facebook page, Foley reflects, “Most of the police officers are just astonished. I have even received personal phone calls. I’m sure I will shed a few tears on Thanksgiving when I share my thankfulness for the ability to do this project.”


Bristol Glen Executive Director Wins Prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®

Sarah Ur, executive director at Bristol Glen, has been awarded the inaugural ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® through the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce (GMCC).

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® was established in 2007 to honor 
emerging leaders under 40 years of age. To celebrate the UMHNJ Briistol Glen Sarah Ur Athena Award30th anniversary of hosting the ATHENA Leadership Award®, the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce gave out the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® for the first time.

As one of the three nominees under consideration, Ur was named for the esteemed recognition during the awards luncheon held at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, New Jersey last week.

The award recognizes emerging leaders who:
• Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession.
• Provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
• Clearly serve as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

The Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce is the only organization in the state of New Jersey licensed to give away this prestigious international award. This new category garnered three nominees in its first year, complementing the six women honorees for the ATHENA Leadership Award®, which celebrates exemplary leadership, business and professional accomplishments, community service, and providing a role model to encourage women to achieve their leadership potential.

David Glenn, vice president of human resources at United Methodist Communities of New Jersey, who submitted the nomination, reflected,