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Celebrating International Pharmacy Day With a Letter From the Vice President of Pharmacy Services

September 24, 2020

Celebrating International Pharmacy Day With a  Letter From the Vice President of Pharmacy Services
September 25, 2020

To My Dear Pharmacist Friends:

September 25, 2020, is World Pharmacist Day.  This year’s theme is “Transforming Global Health.”  We are marking this special day to illustrate how pharmacists contribute to a world where everyone benefits from access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable medicine.

World Pharmacist Day celebrates and recognizes the many contribution pharmacists make in our world and here at Westminster Pharmacy Services. Our dedicated team members play a very important role in the communities we serve and in the care provided to our residents. Along with dispensing medications and administering immunizations, our pharmacists offer invaluable advice on medications ensuring that quality and continuity of care is always first.

Pharmacists are the reason why people get the best from their medicine and the care they receive. Using their experience, knowledge, and expertise, pharmacists coordinate how medications are used among all the other factors involved in providing care.

I am honored to be associated with such a wonderful team of professionals, dedicated to service and driven to improve the quality of care for those we serve.

Westminster Pharmacy Services is truly blessed with a wonderful team of pharmacists.  Thank you for your commitment and devotion to your profession and the many you care for.

Thank you for all that you do each and every day.

Dominick DeSarro
Vice President of Pharmacy Services

 

Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

September 22, 2020

Join Us In A Shared Prayer
We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. 
Join us today, September 22, at 2 p.m., for this week's special shared prayer, in honor of the Jewish Days of Awe. The prayer was provided by Rabbi Steven W. Engle from the Congregation of Reform Judaism located in Orlando.

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Thank You To Residents For Raising Over $147,000 For Team Member Scholarships

September 22, 2020

Employee Scholarship Fund Supports  Westminster Team Members

As the school year kicks off this fall, Westminster Communities of Florida is proud that our Team Member Scholarship Funds are already helping nearly 40 team members throughout the state with their college tuition, thanks to the generous contributions of residents and other donors throughout Florida.

In 2019-2020, the Scholarship Funds at our communities provided more than 75 scholarships to 53 team members throughout the state, and raised more than $174,000 in total to support team members now and in the future. So far 2020-2021, the Scholarship Funds have received almost $34,000 in contributions.

Education is expensive and for those team members who are looking for opportunities to advance their careers, we believe in supporting them. We’re also very fortunate that the more than 7,000 residents of Westminster Communities of Florida value our team members and their advancement.

These programs show a preference for those who are interested in “career ladder” opportunities – for example, a cook who wants to become a chef, or a Licensed Practical Nurse who wants to become a Registered Nurse.

One recipient, Marcia Meredith, a Licensed Practical Nurse at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, is studying to become a Registered Nurse. She said that the generous support of the Team Member Scholarship Fund has allowed her to avoid the worries of a large student loan. “It really means a lot to me that the residents showed confidence in my ability to achieve my goals,” she said. “I will do my very best in school and in work.”

Father Ronald Brokaw, a retired Episcopal minister and resident at Westminster Palms in St. Petersburg, says that he gives to the Scholarship Fund to help team members realize their potential. “For 32 years, the scholarship fund at Westminster Palms has been supported by generous donations inspired by our residents’ dedication to encouraging our staff to grow in lifelong learning. We remain enthusiastically supportive of scholarships so that our team members can grow through educational opportunity.”

Brokaw said that hearing from team members helps energize the residents. “Notes of thanks from team members continue to excite our residents who are committed to assist the staff in their desire to learn and grow,” he said.

The Team Member Scholarship Funds are managed by the Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation, to be used to support our team members’ education and provided through the generosity of those who donate to the Foundation. The Team Member Scholarship Fund is one of the many wonderful ways in which our residents express their appreciation for the dedicated services of these valued members of our team.

“It’s heartwarming and amazing that so many residents want to support our team members with their education,” said Noreen Levitt, Vice President of Development. “We receive so many generous gifts from those who want another way to say ‘thanks’ to those who make life more enriching at their communities.”

To learn more about the Team Member Scholarship Funds and how you can support our team members, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.WestminsterCommunitiesFL.org/foundation.

 

Good News This Week

September 18, 2020

Good News This Week

This was an eventful week at the Westminster Communities, we saw a range of events and good deeds from Kentucky Derby celebrations to honoring the anniversary of 9/11. We also had the opportunity to hear an interview with a resident on her 100th birthday and Chaplain Steven J. Bell from Westminster Palms shares with us daily proverb videos. Read about these stories and more below.

 

Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

September 14, 2020

Join Us In A Shared Day of Prayer

We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, September 14, at 2 p.m., in this week's shared prayer, which was written by Steven J. Bell, M.Div., D.MinC., Chaplain at Westminster Palms, located in St. Petersburg.

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