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The Hall Of Fame is an innovative Quality of Life Program developed by Signature HealthCARE designed to honor the lives and accomplishments of our residents, stakeholders, volunteers, and others who have had such an impact on our centers, communities, and nation.

On October 9, 2014, 87 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 350 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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Laurelwood has great love and affection for our GNAs and that was in full display during National Nursing Assistants week.  We kicked off our celebration with lunch for our GNAs (dinner for 11-7).  Then, we created a video appreciation, complete with “happy” overtones, created, by our unique departments.  As the celebration continued, we recognized our Signature GNA of the Year nominee, Christine Jones, and presented her with a gift.  Finally we gave homage to the GNA with the most years of service, Jacqueline Hammond, by presenting a gift also.

Other fun included the “Name that GNA” game, where GNAs were given brief descriptions of someone and they had to guess the GNA associated with that description.  Let’s just say, they got to know one another a little bit better!!    Our Elders paid tribute by participating in their activity for the day – their version of “Name That GNA”.  They had to match the GNA with their baby pictures!  What a blast!!

The featured event was the “Happy” video challenge, 7-3 shift versus 11-7 shift.  Each shift had to work together to create a video to the song, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  Filming the videos made me happy.  Watching the video footage, along with bleeps and blunders during Happy Hour made everyone – residents, family members and employees, laugh out loud!  The winning team was 7-3 shift, for their teamwork and funny antics.

The grand finale was a visit from the Kilby Cream ice cream truck – ice cream cones for everyone!

We appreciate our GNAs and thank them for all they do!

To reserve your seat, please call 410-398-8800

Laurelwood June 11

Laurelwood was a proud  VIP sponsor for the annual Fair Hill Races which supports the activities of Union Hospital. It was a beautiful day to watch the steeplechase races and see the ladies’ hats judged.

Among those attending from Laurelwood was Patricia Cleghorn-Taylor, Administrator, Denise Primo-Huff, Business Office Manager, Catherine Alred, Director of Admissions, and Holly Lenderman, Associate Business Office Manager.

Laurelwood also staffed a vendor booth to provide free giveaways to the public and answer questions about rehabilitation and long term care.

Laurelwood resident receives Lifetime Achievement Award from American Taekwondo Sports Association

Laurelwood Care Center at Elkton will honor one of its own on March 28 with a very special ceremony.

Buford ‘Bunky’ Herbert, who lives at the center, will be recognized for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Taekwondo Sports Association. He will be joined by family, friends and other members of the community.

Herbert had a desire to practice Taekwondo as a child and begin doing so at age 20. He taught the Korean martial art to his wife, children, and family and friends before opening his own studio in Havre de Grace, Maryland, and another in Baltimore.

Mr. Herbert, now 66, also has won several awards for kickboxing and was inducted into the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame. On Friday mornings, he teaches ‘chair karate’ to elder residents of the facility and says, ‘You are never too old to learn something new!’

– Ashley McCracken, Quality of Life Director

Great team effort! The residents loved it and so did I. We were cheering the orange and yellow teams to victory. Tom (our administrator) was an awesome quarterback. Both teams played well.