Noble Horizons Blog

Five years ago, Chris Galligan and his wife Mim were thinking about the next phase of their lives and a new beginning beyond the Hudson Valley, where they lived. After a long career as an arborist and gardener, it was time to retire.

On May 12th Scenic Hudson President, Ned Sullivan, provided an illustrated Zoom talk about how Scenic Hudson launched the modern environmental movement in the 1960's and emerged as a champion of clean air, water and protected land and farms throughout the region in the 21st century.

"Being a mother and grandmother has been my greatest and proudest achievement!" JoAnna from Recreation

Lu-Ann Brizzie, R.N. gave up a long time ago. For years, she tried to resist and move away from caretaking roles, only to find herself pulled back in that direction. Now, she accepts that this is where she’s supposed to be and can’t imagine herself doing anything else.

 

As the Director of Staff Education, Registered Nurse Agnieszka Ostrowski manages a dizzying array of regulations, protocols, and classes to ensure that every Noble team member adheres to the latest training and certification standards. During the pandemic, however, those demands have accelerated as new research around COVID-19 requires the daily implementation of new policies.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified our collective gratitude for the sacrifices made by healthcare workers across our nation. During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, Noble Horizons salutes the courageous, dedicated nurses who every day put their lives at risk to care for others.  

Salisbury, CT --It can be a difficult and confusing task to assess, compare and understand the nuances of senior living communities. On Monday, May 4, 2020, that decision was made easier for families across the region. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency that administers Medicare and works with state governments to administer Medicaid, awareded Noble Horizons, a senior care,rehabilitation and retirement community in Salisbury, CT, its rare and coveted 5-star rating for the second consecutive quarter.

For Donna Surdam, nursing is part of who she is. A 42-year veteran of the profession she forthrightly admits with a chuckle, “I’ve been around the block a few times.”

Nursing supervisor Owen Barron, RN, arrives at work just before 11 p.m., ready to shepherd residents in Noble’s medical levels through the night. 

Night time at Noble has its own special rhythm, very different from the activity and sociability of the day.

Former educator Rosemary Farnsworth does her research. Back in 2001, she and her husband, George were considering a move to a cottage at Noble Horizons. To become more familiar with the Noble community they began volunteering on campus every Sunday.

By combining her passion for people and volunteering, Lib Grannan has created joy for generations of people up down the east coast!  Fortunately for Noble Horizons, she settled into our community five years ago and has been forging friendships and connections ever since.   

“I know every nook and cranny at Noble Horizons,” pronounces long-time volunteer Mary Barton, “I was one of the first volunteers at Noble and helped organize their first Christmas Fair.” Since then, Mary has had a hand in virtually every volunteer program at Noble, bringing energy, leadership and a good dose of humor to every corner of the Noble community.

Molly Tanner, recently appointed Director of Nursing at Noble Horizons, has cherished her relationships with seniors her whole life. “I was raised by my grandparents, so my love for that population was already there.”

For 24 years Kathy Mera served as the librarian at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. During that time she connected the school community with resources and helped them find answers to their questions. This approach informs her volunteer work to this day.

Keith Moon is a rock star on the Noble Horizons campus, consistently wowing his fans with his knowledge of Russian literature and history. For the past eight years, he’s been teaching in the Noble community, welcoming adult students from throughout the tri-state. Keith selects a new book each spring, facilitating lively discussions about literary works such as Anna Karenina and Crime and Punishment as well as historical books, including Lenin’s Tomb and a biography of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) math teacher and Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Chief Jacquie Rice needs to be good with numbers to calculate how many hours she and her team have dedicated to the Town of Salisbury and the surrounding area in the over 20 years she’s been a part of the squad. Get your calculator and do the math--they’re on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That’s well in excess of 175,000 volunteer hours for the squad during the time she’s been part of the SVAS team!

 

As a mother of five, Mary Ellen Baldwin knows what it takes to build a strong family, and for close to 45 years, her compassion, kindness and motherly love have nurtured the Noble Horizons family. Mary Ellen first joined the Noble in 1977 and fortunately for the many whose lives she continues to touch, her deep commitment to others endures.

Retired IBM electrical engineer Russ Day knows a few things about making connections. For 35 years he figured out how to channel energy where it needed to go to make things work. Today, after a full career and raising his five sons with his wife Michele, he’s the conduit for adding a spark of joy for residents at Noble Horizons.

As executive director of Canaan Childcare Center Fran Chapell has worked hard to create a caring and stimulating atmosphere for those at the beginning of life’s arc. She hires the best people she can find, helps them develop as professionals, sets standards for the center’s functioning, sees her organization as part of a larger connected community, and promotes a high standard of care so that families can go to work knowing their child is well cared for.

Nina Mathus has been part of the Noble Horizons volunteer community since the early 1980s when her mother came to live here. Back then, Nina worked a high-powered job in New York City and spent weekends in Salisbury at her husband’s family’s cottage on Twin Lakes. In the 1990s, her aunt came to reside at Noble as well.