By Tanner Harding | Jun 24, 2016 courtesy of Sippican Week
MARION — The Sippican Healthcare Center celebrated its 25th anniversary with a party on Thursday evening. The center had a pianist in the lobby, and chairs and tables set up on the back patio where food and drinks were available for guests.
According to the center’s activity director, Anne O’Connell-Bishop, around 100 invitations were sent out to people from the Marion community, those who helped the center succeed or provided services to its residents.
O’Connell-Bishop emphasized the importance of working well with the town to meet the needs of the residents.
“It’s important to work with the community,” she said. “We have to have a good relationship with all the people who give their time to us. It takes a team of people to take care of the needs, and we are fortunate to have a great community in Marion.”
Working with Marion residents to provide care and services to the center’s residents means a lot to the center’s administrator, Karen Wadlow.
“A resident told us we’re a hidden gem,” she said. “It means a lot because of all the special things we try and do for our residents.”
The Sippican Healthcare Center opened in 1990 as a 123 bed facility offering medical, nursing and rehabilitation care, as well as nursing and therapeutic services.
Photos (top): Sippican staff pose for a photo with a citation from the senator’s office. From left to right – Karen Richards (Admissions), Anne O’Connell Bishop (Activities Director), Patricia Rucker, RN (Case Manager), Ana Amaral (Director of Environmental Services), Michelle Souto, RN, Louis Laura (District Director for the Office of Marc R. Pacheco), and Karen Lee Wadlow (Administrator).
Bottom, left to right: Betsy Botelho, Director of Nursing, Michelle Souto, RN and Karen Wadlow pose with the swan ice sculpture, representing the swan in Sippican’s logo. The citation from the Senator congratulating the staff on 25 years. Another view of the lovely swan sculpture.