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Our Staff

A facility is only as strong as its weakest link.

That’s why we insist on rock-hard links—hand-picked employees who couple extensive skill with heaping heart.
Providers who are trained to ask constantly: what would I do if it were Mom or Dad?

Our team leaders have been with the facility for years. The result:

Stability, consistency, and unmatched continuity of care

An intimate familiarity with residents’ needs

An environment that pulses with a powerful positive energy

A deeply collaborative team spirit, trickling down to residents in every interaction

Employees say that work feels like home—a place of laughter and goodwill and genuine concern for others.

And through ongoing, in-house professional development, they keep their skills razor-sharp. Each year, we run at least 24 trainings for every staff member—double the mandatory minimum . Topics include fall prevention, resident decline detection, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and more.

For a day in the life of Morris Park, check out some recent photos.
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Justin Weinberg, Administrator

Mission:

Oversee all departments; ensure flawless quality and compliance.

In other words:

Make sure every resident’s stay is completely personal and enjoyable.

Background:

Nearly a decade of healthcare management.

I take pleasure in developing a personal, genuine connection with each of our residents. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a patient heal and return home, thankful that they chose our facility.

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Jonathan T. Chang, MD, Medical Director

Mission:

Optimize quality of life for residents by coordinating a diverse team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

In other words:

Empower you to live—and feel—your best.

Background:

10+ years of experience in skilled nursing facilities.

I take pride in

my thoughtful, holistic approach to problems. Before making recommendations or initiating treatment, I take the time to understand the conditions and concerns of my patient and their family members.

The friendly, welcoming atmosphere is the most enjoyable aspect of working at Morris Park. This atmosphere is created by the facility’s family-owners, the administration, the nursing staff, the rehabilitation department—and most importantly, the loving and caring certified nursing assistants (CNAs). They’re the ones who really make Morris Park a special place.

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Marc M. Silverman, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Mission:

Provide expert evaluation and recommendations for residents requiring orthopedic consultations.

In other words:

Determine the best medical approach for YOU—if and when you need surgery of the shoulder, knee, or ankle, or total knee replacement.

Background:

Director of Sports Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital. Lecturer at the NYU School of Medicine, New York Medical College, and NYCOM. Orthopedic Consultant and Sports Medicine Adviser at Fordham University. Over 20 years consulting in nursing facilities and rehab centers. Graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

I take pride in

my niche expertise. I’ve developed a specialty in knee and shoulder surgeries, consulting in nursing facilities and rehab centers for over 20 years. I’ve worked at the US Open, and appeared on numerous TV and radio programs to discuss sports medicine and knee and shoulder surgery.

The medical team at Morris Park is run extremely efficiently. That allows patients to receive the best care possible.

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Janet Rodriquez, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing Services

Mission:

Coordinate a broad team of RNs, LPNs, and CNAs in providing peerless resident care.

In other words:

Ensure you receive the most skilled, compassionate nursing care available.

Background:

Over 30 years experience in long-term nursing care. Holder of Master of Science—an advanced-level postgraduate degree for registered nurses.

I take pride in

building high-caliber clinical teams. I also enjoy leveraging my varied work background to address new or unusual situations.

Morris Park is a ‘family facility.’ Many of the staff have been here a long time—a testament to the work environment and positive energy.

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Edma Martial-Hutson, Director of Admissions

Mission:

Assess proposed admissions for appropriate placement, consulting with nursing, administrative, and therapy personnel as needed. Provide facility tours for prospective clients and families.

In other words:

Make sure every prospective resident gets the placement that allows them to thrive.

Background:

Bachelors in Healthcare Administration from CUNY Lehman College.

I take pride in

my warm, unique personality. I love what I do—making people feel at home—and it shows.

I’m the first person families meet when they come to the facility, so we develop a special bond. They trust me enough to come back and talk after they’re settled, with any concerns, or just to sit and chat about their day. My favorite thing? When residents stop by my office just to say hello.

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Krunal Bhatt, PT, MS, Director of Rehab

Mission:

Manage all aspects of the rehabilitation department. Coordinate with all therapy disciplines to ensure superlative delivery of care.

In other words:

Ensure every patient gets a customized, effective rehab plan that works.

Background:

Bachelor in Physical Therapy. Masters in Sports Science. 8 years experience in skilled nursing facilities, providing therapy to patients with a wide range of diagnoses.

I take pride in

my ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Honestly, Morris Park feels like a second home. The staff is very close-knit, and we share a common goal: make the facility feel like home for our residents.

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Heather Hutchinson, LMSW, Director of Social Services

Mission:

Provide comprehensive support to residents for discharge planning, advance directives, and any other concern that comes up.

In other words:

Serve as your personal advocate every step of the way.

Background:

14 years experience working with seniors and families.

Having a loved one in rehab or long-term care can be incredibly draining. My job is to eliminate the overwhelm—and doing so brings me great joy.

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Eugenia Pelaez, RDN, CDN, Registered Clinical Dietitian

Mission:

Formulate nutritional assessment for each resident. Recommend diets/feedings for residents based on medical condition, medications, and laboratory results.

In other words:

Make sure you are getting the food that’s right for you.

Background:

18 years at Morris Park. Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. Active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

I take pride in

my personal connection to residents. I’m a baby boomer myself, so I can really relate to their needs.

What I love about Morris Park is the freedom to apply my dietetic knowledge—and the steady interaction with a multidisciplinary team.

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Doreen Morris, Culinary Director

Mission:

Provide exemplary culinary service to Morris Park residents. Oversee ingredient ordering, food preparation, and meal distribution.

In other words:

Ensure your food is consistently, exceptionally good.

Background:

New York Institute of Dietetics. 35 years of organizational food preparation.

I take pride in

exuding patience and warmth. Giving service with an unfailing smile.

When I discover a resident’s gastronomic wants—and then make it happen—that’s magical.

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Scott Kleckner, MS, Recreation Director

Mission:

Design and implement targeted programs to greatly enhance our residents’ quality of life.

In other words:

Make sure every resident is enjoying themselves—and maximizing their physical & cognitive abilities.

Background:

Masters in Recreation from Lehmann College. Nearly 30 years experience in senior programming and nursing home recreation.

As a child, I was cared for by two doting grandmothers. That’s when I began developing a love for the elderly—and a keen understanding of their needs.

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Aulton E. Herbert, Director of Housekeeping

Mission:

Direct a dynamic team of cleaning professionals to ensure highest levels of hygiene and aesthetics.

In other words:

Keep the facility spotless. Always.

Background:

10 years experience in skilled nursing facilities.

I take pride in

my ability to collaborate with all departments. I endeavor to learn basic functions from each department.

Morris Park is an exciting place to work! Servicing the residents—and working with other staff members—is very gratifying.