Thanking Staff For Irene Evacuation
Hurricane Irene has come and gone, but the efforts of the staff at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation will not be forgotten by the facility leadership or by its residents. At a special barbecue sponsored by the Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary, many staff members were recognized for their exemplary performance and dedication to their jobs and to the residents for whom they care. As the hurricane neared, Mayor Bloomberg ordered the evacuation of the facility and its 175 residents.
It took a team of PCECR professionals to make sure that the evacuation met both the physical and emotional needs of the residents. Many of the staff left their own homes as flood waters approached to accompany the PCECR residents to the evacuation facilities, some quite far away, to make sure they stayed safe and properly cared for. The task was a daunting one as each resident traveled with some personal belongings, medical records, medications, oxygen and some with ventilators.
Janet Miele-Powers, Sr. V.P., Administrator of PCECR, was extremely emotional during her award presentation saying that “the experience was one of the most difficult and challenging of my life, both emotionally and professionally. Our residents were understandably frightened as they left uncertain of what was to come and even though we all tried very hard to lift their spirits and calm their fears, it was a very difficult time. The staff was extraordinary. Some left their own families behind during the storm and after the storm, some brought their families in to help ready the facility for our residents’ return.
From the very bottom of my heart, I thank them.” Miele-Powers also recounted personal stories about each recipient as she presented them with a commendation lapel pin.
The most common and memorable comment from the PCECR residents as they returned to the facility after the storm was, “It’s so nice to be home.” “And,” responds Janet Miele-Powers, “it’s very nice to have you home.”