Noble Horizons Blog

Adam Zies-Way wanted to serve in the military since he was a child. Growing up, he was inspired by the stories about both his grandfathers’ service in World War II--one at Pearl Harbor and the other during the Berlin Airlift.

Michelle Hansen grew up in the Falls Village Fire Department. Her father served as chief and her mother was active in the Ladies Auxiliary. Like smoke from a fire, the experience permeated her. As an adult also joined the Auxiliary but in time wanted to serve in another way.

May 17-23 is National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) week and this Monday is Memorial Day, one of the most revered dates on our calendar. Noble Horizons recognizes and thanks the exceptional heroes who honor and serve our nation and local communities.   

U.S. Army veteran Denise Bergenty celebrated her 21st birthday in basic training in Alabama. Not only was it one of her life’s seminal birthdays but it marked her commitment to serve our country as well.

Marie Castagna’s energy is full-on, all the time. And it radiates out of her in many directions, with the community at its core.

Somehow Falls Village resident and paramedic Andrea Downs makes people feel energized and calm at the same time. With a capable enthusiasm, she tackles her career and her extensive volunteer work and performs them all to a high standard.

Noble Horizons remains COVID-free in large part because of its proactive preparation, meticulous dedication to detail, precise implementation of CDC protocols, and a team united in its determination to keep every resident safe.

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.”