Christina Licata received the distinction of Westview Health Care Center’s September Employee of the Month award. A trusted member of Westview’s Support Services Department, Christina has a reliable impact as a Housekeeper in patient and resident settings. This October will mark her second year working at the Dayville, CT skilled nursing facility. She speaks to how much she enjoys working at Westview, appreciating the consistency of communications and expectations between everyone she encounters. “I really love it here—no one conducts themselves differently from the next person. Whether it is a new Westview team member, a long-time department manager, a visiting medical technician, a beloved patient, or their family, we approach every interaction with the same dignity and kindness.” Christina commented further, saying: “I really respect the work ethic of everyone at Westview. From our leadership, to our managers, and throughout all of our departments—everybody is willing to do whatever it takes, and to help in any area to make sure we always operate in our best form as a health care facility.”
Beyond resetting bedding, laundering linens, and tidying up private rooms and common areas, Christina finds further importance in being an additional social connection for the patients and residents she serves. She loves chatting with everybody that she can engage with during these brief interludes. While always maintaining respect and dignity for those being treated at Westview, Christina seeks opportunities to learn more about them whenever possible. She appreciates how those interactive moments inspire and benefit her efforts; reminding her of the true value to be found in her work. Recognizing that some patients and residents can feel isolated at times, she knows that a little conversation can have a big impact towards improving their day. One of her Westview colleagues in the Nursing Department recently observed Christina speaking with a patient as she finished cleaning their residence; before entering the room, the nurse told Christina how kind she found that interaction to be, and how they could instantly see it raising the patient’s self-esteem.
Christina and her husband, Henry Frechette III, live a short distance from Westview in the town of Dayville, CT. Keeping them company are their two cosmically-coexisting cats, Sun and Moon, and their beloved dog Buddy, a Shi-Tzu. For enjoyment, Christina likes working on do-it-yourself ideas around her home and enjoys seasonal crafting projects to stimulate her creative ambitions. During the warmer months she takes pleasure in making floral arrangements and festive table-top centerpieces; utilizing the same imaginative flair to create wreaths and other décor during the winter holiday season. Tie-dye creations are her latest artistic endeavor, and she looks forward to learning more techniques for customizing clothing and creating other uniquely designed items with this colorful concept. Whether looking to totally relax or plan a big activity, Christina is thankful that she has a lot of family and friends in this area to spend time with. She and many of her colleagues from a previous workplace have maintained their bonds from that time and they love to reconnect. Christina’s two brothers live in the Norwich area, just south of her location, and her sister Kathleen Licata also works at Westview as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Kathleen earned Westview’s March 2022 Employee of the Month award, and Christina’s achievement of the September 2022 Employee of the Month award culminates a very successful year for the Licata sisters at Westview.
The wonderfully positive energy that Christina bestows on others is one of many reasons she was selected by her peers and patients for this distinction. Her upbeat outlook has definitely given her accelerated opportunities to integrate with the team at Westview. “I am amazed and very grateful for receiving this honor for the month of September. Although I’ve only been at Westview for two years, I feel like I have already connected with my coworkers and our patients on a deep level. We trust, respect, and care for each other like a family. I enjoy every moment here at Westview!”
David T. Panteleakos, Administrator of Westview Health Care Center, praises the thoughtful way Christina approaches her role as a Housekeeper. “I am so impressed with how Christina goes above and beyond her responsibilities each and every day,” stated Mr. Panteleakos. “In addition to helping us maintain our environment as a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Five-Star rated facility, she brightens the mood of everyone around her. Congratulations to Christina on her well-deserved recognition!”
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, consecutively for the past 14 years.
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