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Photo (left to right): Edmonde Rosier, Tina Vandermosten, Marcia Hunter, Melissa Mastriano,Carol Annette McLaren






Middle Island, NY- September 22, 2010:  Oak Hollow Nursing Center congratulated five Certified Nursing Assistants who were the first at Oak Hollow to graduate from the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Career Development (GNACD) Program.  The staff members were chosen to participate in the program because of the compassion and dedication they exhibit while performing their duties at Oak Hollow.

The Geriatric Nursing Assistant Career Development Program is conducted by the Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) in Albany.  Skilled nursing facilities apply to participate in the program funded by a three-year grant from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Richard Patterson, the Executive Director of NYHSFA, came down from Albany to attend and speak at the celebration. Mr. Patterson said, “This is the best part of my job -- to be able to personally honor the dedicated staff at a chosen facility. It is a proud moment.”

The 27-hour program is designed to enhance skills used while caring for geriatric residents living at skilled nursing facilities.  The newly graduated Geriatric Nursing Assistants will join 220 fellow GNACD graduates within the State of New York.

Vilma Osborne, Administrator, and Facility Director Dr. Jacob Dimant presented each graduate with a certificate and gift.  Dr. Dimant noted, “Oak Hollow’s care is best because of people like you who have taken the initiative to further educate yourselves with the intention to better help others.  Oak Hollow has been dedicated in helping those who can no longer help themselves.  Thank you for helping us achieve that.”



Oak Hollow Nursing Center is a 164 bed skilled nursing facility specializing in Subacute Care and Rehabilitation for those with Complex Medical Needs.  Oak Hollow provides short term and long term care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, care for bariatric residents up to 450 pounds, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, peritoneal dialysis, care for residents with respiratory conditions and tracheostomies, residents with neurological conditions and disorders, TPN (total parenteral nutrition), IV therapy, wound care, comfort care and hospice services.   For more information or a tour, please visit or call 631-924-8820.