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Employee of the Month

December 1, 2021

      Anna Sekula, RN has been bestowed the distinction of November 2021 Employee of the Month at Westview Health Care Center. Anna (pronounced Ania) has been a member of the Westview nursing team since her hiring in September 2009 and has previously earned the Employee of the Month award in February 2015. No doubt—she is a dedicated, determined health care professional. In her commentary upon being named for the 2015 award, she mentioned her passionate pursuit of a nursing degree. Six years later, she is a well-liked Nursing Supervisor at Westview Health Care Center; one fellow staff member cheerfully referring to her as her unit’s “Fearless Leader!” when her portrait for this honor was displayed.

     Anna first moved to the United States from Poland as a teenager. Initially living in Massachusetts through her high school years, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Management from Worcester State University. As mentioned, she began working at Westview in 2009 as a Certified Nursing Assistant—and with the support of Westview’s Tuition Reimbursement program—Anna ultimately worked towards her Nursing Degree while also working to care for patients at the Dayville, CT skilled nursing facility. In 2018, Anna graduated with her Associates Degree in Nursing from Three Rivers Community College. Since that time, and with great devotion, she has guided multiple units of nurses in the wings of Westview during her second-shift Nurse Supervisor role. During those hours, as day turns into night, Anna is a constant beacon of encouraging energy to help the other nurses go above and beyond expectations.

     Presently, Anna lives in Putnam with her husband Lukasz, their daughter Ewa, and their son Adam. She is a fan of many different styles of music—as long as it has a good melody and a good beat for her to dance along with. It certainly seems that her life plays to an upbeat soundtrack, as good energy is standard daily procedure for Anna. In her free time Anna enjoys hiking, especially in the form of long walks with her husband and walking on the Putnam River Trail with the whole family. The Sekulas delight in their vacation time together and list the beautiful landscapes of New Hampshire’s Green Mountains and New York’s Catskill waterfalls as some of their favorite destinations. Anna’s culinary creativity comes alive with her love of cooking and baking; especially by making traditional perogies and experimenting with new recipes when she’s feeling extra ambitious. She looks forward to baking more of the pumpkin rolls she recently learned to make this fall. As the New England weather turns colder, Anna can be seen warming up at her favorite spot next to the backyard fire pit.

     One of many things that brings Anna so much appreciation from her Westview colleagues is the appreciation that she has for them. This is clearly shown in her response to receiving the November 2021 recognition: “I would like to thank everyone who believes in me at Westview. I’m so happy to be one part of a great team! Go Westview Warriors!”

     David T. Panteleakos, Administrator of Westview Health Care Center, has long admired Anna’s commitment to making the best of every day, every shift, and every team that she works with at Westview. Furthermore, he is proud to know of her continued achievements in education and how she applies her accumulated knowledge on a daily basis. “Anna has proven her comprehensive healthcare skills since she began at Westview, along with her fun-loving spirit and encouraging approach to our Nursing Department,” Mr. Panteleakos said. “In her role as one of our trusted Nursing Supervisors, I take great comfort knowing that Anna is an excellent example and a strong leader for others to follow.”

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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