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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 5 years ago

Nursing home residents inducted into Hall of Fame for life's work

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Signature Health Care named Helen Greenbaum and Beverly Hoffman this year's Hall-of-Famers.

BY WAYNE GRANT | STAFF WRITER

Two residents of Signature Health Care, 103 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., were honored Nov. 1 by being inducted into the nursing home’s Hall of Fame. Each year, two residents are honored at each of the company's 87 facilities around the country.

In the ceremony, the residents were presented with plaques that listed their lifelong accomplishments and experiences.

“Our residents have given so much to their hometowns and our nation, and these contributions deserve to be celebrated,” said Signature Health Care President Joe Steier. “The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are a small way for us to say thanks.”

Recreation Director Louise Pickett said they want to recognize residents for their accomplishments in their lives.

“It helps family members to know we are involved and interested in the residents,” she said. Pickett said the residents are excited about the award ceremony each year.

Assistant Adminstrator Skylar Melnick said the program brings everyone together and helps the community know about the facility.

“The staff nominates residents for the Hall of Fame, and then they are voted on by all of the residents,” she said. “It adds variety to their life. We do all we can to bring quality of life.”

Harriett Fritts, of Ormond Beach, daughter of honoree Helen Greenbaum, said it’s a very respectful thing to do.

“It’s a wonderful event,” she said. “It adds to their life.”

Her husband, Al Fritts, said the residents of the nursing home were vital citizens and are finally getting recognition.

“What impresses me at this facility is that they care,” he said. “They know the residents and know their needs and wishes.”

Scott Huntzinger, of West Virginia, nephew of honoree Beverly Hoffman, said his aunt felt honored.

“She was a school administrator for many years,” she said. “The people here are great.”

Carol Hamilton, chaplain at the facility, said it was an “honor to the contributions of these individuals.”

Helen Greenbaum was born in 1924 in New York City and has 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was a bookkeeper, legal secretary and office manager, and after moving to Ormond Beach she became administrator of Temple Israel Preschool. At the age of 82, she learned Hebrew. Her family has memories of her cooking holiday meals for 20 people and then playing the piano afterward.

Beverly Hoffman was born in 1924 in Brooktown, Ohio, and worked as a treasurer and secretary for her first husband’s company, and then managed it after his death. She attended Bowling Green University and became a kindergarten teacher. She later married her high school sweetheart. They traveled extensively and enjoyed collecting shells and working with driftwood. After he became ill, she cared for him for several years until his death.

City Commissioner Bill Partington was on hand to read a proclamation signed by Mayor Ed Kelley.

“Many nursing home residents are the people who planted the seeds that have made our community grow stronger. Some were teachers, business people, parents and other central figures who produced all of the good things we now enjoy,” he said.

Also honored were Jean Franklin, who retired after 28 years at Florida Hospital, for her work as a volunteer at the nursing home; and Linda Brooks, minister and founder of the Lamb Effect Ministries, for her contributions to the community.

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