Heritage Ministries honors Burch as Employee of the Year for The Village

Submitted Photo Pictured are Charlene Burch with Valerie Johnson, administrator at The Village and Maureen Winne, director of nursing at The Village.

GERRY — Heritage Ministries recently honored their 2018 Employee of the Year for The Village in Gerry. Charlene Burch was presented with a special award for her achievement. Charlene currently works at The Village as a nurse facilitator.

Nominated by her colleagues for the award, Charlene exemplifies Heritage’s core values (REACH), which state that they strive for the following: Respect for human dignity, Excellence in everything they do, Acceptance of every person, Compassion for all, and Honesty above all else.

Her co-workers said of her, “Charlene is a valued asset to our nursing department since becoming the nurse facilitator this past spring. She has guided our (new) nursing staff in how to provide excellent customer service; always having patience with those that need extra education. Charlene maintains a giving staff that provides residents and visitors with a lasting and positive impression of Heritage. She is always willing to make time and go the extra mile for others.”

Administrator at the Village, Valerie Johnson, also shared, “Charlene recently became a certified instructor for Dementia Capable Care. She is a true team player and an advocate for all staff and residents. She should be proud of the impact she has had at The Village.”

Heritage Ministries was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry to six locations in New York with additional affiliations in the states of Washington, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, independent retirement housing and assisted living. The Homestead Stables provides intergenerational equestrian opportunities as well as boarding, training and lessons. In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs. For more information on Heritage Ministries, please visit www.heritage1886.org.