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McCracken Achieves January Employee of the Month

February 17, 2020

     Distinguishment found its way to Bronwyn McCracken’s table: the Licensed Massage Therapist was named Westview Health Care Center’s January Employee of the Month. Working her way into their outpatient therapy branch in July 2018, she has firmly placed herself in the range of care offered at the Dayville facility.

     Some of Bronwyn’s clients are referred to her expertise because of a specific back-related or muscle-related issue for which Westview’s Sports Medicine Physical Therapy are treating them. Bronwyn has earned the admiration of her clients and colleagues.

     Born in Long Island, New York, Bronwyn spent the first few years of her life there, briefly moving to New Orleans and then back to New York in her youth. Her family moved a lot due to her father’s career as an engineer. This helped to instill a love of travelling which she continues to nurture today (Bronwyn eagerly awaits an adventure to Austria this summer). She returned to the Northeast as an adult and began raising her family: four girls which she proudly considers the ‘center of her everything.’ Now living in Plainfield, Connecticut with her daughters Mariah, Nicole, Meagan, and Madison, they form a strong unit around each other—bound together with love.

     Bronwyn joined the Westview’s Sports Medicine staff in July 2018 and has built a steady base of clientele within their patient community as well as the broader community. This is hardly her first foray into a medically allied field: for twenty years she worked in hospice care providing home health visits. Interestingly enough, it is in this line of work where Bronwyn first encountered a colleague who was a Licensed Massage Therapist. In this formative time in her professional career, Bronwyn first learned the essential importance of human touch through the perspective of elder care. She observed how older individuals lacked many of the basic physical contact experiences that younger individuals might take for granted. When something as simple as a momentary shoulder rub is missing in a senior’s life, it is easy to imagine the profound impact that a dedicated massage may have on their daily life.

     Her work has a dually beneficial impact; easing the mind as well as relaxing the body. The music she coordinates, the aromas she integrates, the lights she illuminates—all central elements to the meditative escape one hopes to find in a session with Bronwyn. Still, the physical benefits cannot be overstated. Her value is esteemed among her colleagues at Westview Sports Medicine. Their team of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers are often seen working closely with her on a patient’s care plan—or at other times, these same staff members can be seen in her pop-up massage chair receiving a brief easement of daily tensions. Her unique contributions to the quality care options available at Westview have introduced new possibilities at the long-standing facility. The most evident statement of staff appreciation towards Bronwyn is her selection as their monthly honoree.

     “I am beyond surprised and absolutely grateful to be chosen as Employee of the Month—grateful because it shows that all of my efforts are recognized and appreciated! I am so lucky to work in an environment surrounded by so many wonderful people. I am constantly learning something new from my co-workers. Westview is a place that has a reputation for excellence and I am so proud to be a part of that team.”

     Knowing that Bronwyn delivers this specialized treatment within the consistency of quality care expected of Westview Health Care Center, Administrator David Panteleakos appreciates her integration to the facility’s offerings. “Bronwyn is a perfect fit here at Westview,” stated David T. Panteleakos, Administrator. “Her outstanding work ethic, amazing dedication to her profession and compassion for her clients is truly commensurate with the essence of the employee of the month distinction.”

Westview Health Care Center is a 103-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, which includes a distinct and self-contained 28-bed sub acute short term rehabilitation unit and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies including: Sports Medicine, Adolescent/Pediatric, Adult, and Aquatic Outpatient Centers, all dedicated to providing outstanding quality health care services. The Dayville, Connecticut facility is consistently ranked among the top nursing facilities in the nation, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as U.S. News and World Report, for the past 12 consecutive years.

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