Staff, volunteers honored at MRCC

By Brian Sweeney
Staff and volunteers at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville were recently at for their dedication to the facility.

Mountainside hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on June 21. The event serves an opportunity to thank community members who give time assisting at the long-term care residence.
As part of the festivities, a special Certificate of Appreciation was presented to “Rain,” on behalf of her dog Schnoz, a nationally certified pet therapy dog that has been a frequent visitor at Mountainside for several years.

Staff and residents also celebrated National Nursing Home Week in May. During the week-long commemoration, all staff members were presented with specially-made pins that read: “Committed to Excellence” and contained five stars — representing the Five-Star rating that Mountainside has earned from Medicare “Nursing Home Compare.” This recognition indicates that Mountainside has placed in the top 10 percent of nursing homes nationwide.

Esther Ronning, president of the Mountainside Resident Council, presented the pins at a special ceremony.

Activities Director Kathy Roberts said the pins were a nice gesture.
“The pins symbolize that the residents are very appreciative of the care they received from our staff,” Mrs. Roberts explained.

Mountainside Residential Care Center began operation in 1994 to provide area residents quality, 24-hour, skilled nursing services in a comfortable, comprehensive and accessible setting. Mountainside replaced the Skilled Nursing Facility that was part of its sister operation, Margaretville Hospital.