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Planting Hope for the Future

June 10, 2021

     A common scene at Westview Health Care Center is to witness multiple staff departments unified in pursuit of a mutual goal. They can be seen huddled around their patients in shared compassion or rallied around each other in empowering solidarity. On June 8th, 2021, a selection of 32 such Westview Warriors stood proudly united around the new Magnolia tree planted on the Westview grounds. This recent addition to the Westview campus is meant to commemorate the lives lost, the love gained, and the hope for new growth following the COVID-19 pandemic. Representing each department of the Dayville skilled nursing facility, their collective presence in this photographic moment created an enduring image of the team-first attitude that helped to maintain the professional passion and compassionate care needed over the last year. One of Westview’s second-shift Charge Nurses, Gloria Albert, first suggested this idea to the facility’s leadership after sensing a need to signify the impact of this tumultuous era.

     Having worked at Westview since February 2013, Gloria Albert has seen many different trials, tribulations, and triumphs in the health care setting. She readily acknowledges there was never a cross-department challenge as comprehensive as the COVID-19 fight. After posing prominently in the group photo with a shovel in hand, Gloria also referenced the dual symbolism of the new Magnolia tree as a way to look backwards and forward in light of recent times. “As we were having our picture taken, my mind traveled to those we lost—those who are so dear and near to all of our hearts.” Gloria continued: “I’m glad 2020 is done, and I’m looking forward to our team blossoming with an improved outlook for the healthcare landscape.”

     This commemorative tree can be seen on the corner of Thompson Turnpike and Ware Road, right next to the Westview's "Caring for Generations" sculpture depicting a family holding hands. Additional developments are also planned for this point of the Westview Commons four corners. Specifically, a stone marker will be placed next to the tree, featuring a stylized Westview logo and an Alfred Tennyson quote: “Shape your heart to front the hour. Dream not that the hours will last.” This quote was selected as an acknowledgement of the Westview staff’s determination in dark times presented and optimism for brighter days ahead. A life-altering event such as this pandemic cannot be forgotten, and this landmark at Westview stands at the juncture of its somber memories and hope-filled future.

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 facility is located in Dayville, Connecticut and is ranked among the top nursing facilities in the nation according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service; and U.S. News and World Report for the past 13 years.

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