The Copeland Experience May 2017

by May 12, 2017The Copeland Experience

Copeland Staff Goes Bald for St. Baldrick’s

Brian Waseman has become a “fixture” on the Copeland Oaks campus as the Spectrum technician assisting residents with cable TV and WIFI hookups as well as troubleshooting problems with digital equipment. When the Copeland housekeeping staff learned that Brian and his wife, Stephanie, had lost their daughter, Emily, at age 9 to childhood cancer, they wanted to help.

“It’s one thing to read statistics about serious diseases like childhood cancer, but when it strikes home, it has quite another effect,” said Tracy Burge, Copeland Oaks Housekeeping Manager. “We needed to do something to help.”

St. Baldrick's Copeland Oaks Head Shaving Event Staff PhotoLuckily, the staff found the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. A non-profit organization, St. Baldrick’s helps to fund high impact clinical trials searching for new pediatric cancer treatments, train new researchers focusing on childhood cancer and provide supportive care to improve the quality of life for young childhood cancer patients and survivors.

The Foundation is also known for their Head-Shaving Events. Event participants shave their head in the go bald chair – not only raising funds, but raising awareness and showing support for the children who have lost their hair during treatment.

Hearing Brian’s story and wishing to help with St. Baldrick’s mission, Mark Baia and Mike Moss, Copeland Oaks Maintenance Dept. employees, volunteered at “GO BALD for St. Baldrick’s” to support the Waseman family in Emily’s honor. The Copeland Oaks housekeepers pitched in the funds to sponsor Mark and Mike for the shaving event held recently in Alliance.

Recent Events

Copeland Oaks events are always well attended and provide many an exciting story! Last month’s line-up was no exception.

Copeland Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Compassion and caring are the qualities that were celebrated recently as National Volunteer Week was observed on the Copeland Oaks campus. Volunteer residents were honored at a brunch reception held in the Williamsburg lounge to recognize their caring, compassion and dedication. Copeland Oaks residents staff the library, manage the Thrift Shop, the Acorn Gift and Consignment Shop and provide programming for the Copeland Oaks TV station.

They also serve as Helping Hands partnering with new residents learning Copeland campus life, serve as Caring Friends visiting folks in residence at Crandall Medical Center and provide many other special advantages to the Copeland community.

“From tending the altar flowers in the chapel to serving as members of the Resident Liaison Committee, resident volunteers foster the culture of service and enhance the quality of life for which Copeland Oaks is known,” said Jackie Palmer, Coordinator for Independent Living. “We want to recognize them for their selfless gifts of time and talent.”

During the event, residents were invited to have fun photos taken with western-style props.

Upcoming Events

2017 Summer Concert Series

Copeland Oaks is excited to announce our 2017 Summer Concert Series! All concerts begin at 7 pm, will take place in the Murphy Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Enjoy your favorite performers from last year as well as new groups and artists.

  • May 23 – Canfield Community Concert Band
  • May 25 – Michael Sonata Trio (Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist/Dance Floor Open)
  • June 1 – James Marron Classic Guitarist (Presented by University Circle Senior Connections)
  • June 15 – Valerie Weingart (West Brand Alumnae)
  • June 29 – Youngstown Area Community Concert Band
  • July 13 – Kool Nights Band (Dance Floor Open)
  • July 30 – Summer Cruise-In by the Lake
  • August 3 – Salem Quaker City Band
  • August 10 – Beyond Repair Barbershop Quartet (Barbershop Quartet & Free Ice Cream Social)

Copeland Chorale Performance

Friday, May 19 at 7pm

Just twice each year the Copeland Chorale treats residents and guests to a musical experience. The Spring Chorale Concert will be presented Friday, May 19, at 7 pm in Murphy Auditorium. The 50 voices under the direction of Dorothy Wegman will join to present both secular, popular and sacred music.

The concert will open appropriately with, “How Can I Keep From Singing.” Guaranteed to get your toes a tappin’ is, “Order My Steps,” a Black Gospel rendition. The program of sacred music will include traditional favorites such as, “Down To the River to Pray.” The Copeland Men’s Quartet will croon, “Moon River,” and “Side By Side.” The singers will offer a choral showcase of tunes from “Fiddler on the Roof” to round out the performance.

Accompanying the singers is Jane Beck. Special attraction will be a “mystery guest.”

You are invited to come to the Copeland campus early and enjoy dinner at the Lakeview Terrace restaurant before the concert. A great night out!

A Message from Dave Mannion, CEO

Copeland Oaks Looks to Past, Present and Future

At Copeland Oaks, we believe in growing our own. In the corporate world our philosophy would be defined as a “promote from within” policy. This means that Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center have a commitment to consider current employees for new or replacement job opportunities and promotions before hiring candidates from outside of the organization.

People are motivated when we look for future talent among our current pool of employees. Knowing that Copeland and Crandall “grow our own” serves as a recruitment tool for support staff who wish to pursue a long-term career path within the organization.

Current employees understand our culture, mission and goals. Because they are already part of the team, they know how to get work done through the policies and procedures that are in place and their established relationships within the company. This allows us to be good stewards of our resources because it saves on advertising and orientation costs.

Our nursing assistant training program offers an opportunity for many to enter into a healthcare career. Many of our STNAs have pursued additional training to become Licensed Practical Nurses and completed college programs to be Licensed Registered Nurses. Copeland Oaks provides opportunities for internships to college students and Crandall Medical Center has guided Administrators in Training (AIT) through their field experience requirements.

We want to send a strong message to the members of our Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center teams that we value loyalty and performance. We want to recognize employees who are highly self-motivated to expand their knowledge and skills with opportunities that lead to personal and professional growth.

By identifying the right skills in good workers and giving them the right training and tools to become successful as they are promoted, we can ensure that Copeland Oaks remains a strong, stable and prosperous community.

Meet the Hustler, Neil Eft

Racking Up Good Times at Copeland Oaks

Always the inventor – looking for new ways to improve things – decided to move to Copeland Oaks!

  • Served during World War II in the Pacific on the USS Hornet as Naval Ordnance Officer
  • Studied chemical engineering at U. of Illinois
  • Wrote Babcock and Wilcox, A Corporate History, where he worked for 38 years
  • Known by fellow engineers as Jack of all Trades
  • Enjoys growing beautiful flowering plants

Why Copeland Oaks?

Meet Neil Eft. He’s made himself quite a home at Copeland Oaks…but that’s pretty easy to do, with its many amenities. The former chemical engineer hasn’t exactly retired – he simply applies his engineering physics to the billiard table. Outdoors lovers will enjoy our hiking and nature trails and our lake. Residents who prefer the indoors love our activity programs, social hall, woodshop, rec room and even our billiards…as long as Neil isn’t running the table on them! Our residents like Neil share a zest for life and new experiences. At Copeland Oaks, they live life to the fullest.

Meet Katie Taylor, Crandall Medical Center STNA

When the nursing 2nd floor staff at Crandall Medical Center kept getting compliments from the family members of residents, they wanted to recognize Katie Taylor for her dedication as a caregiver.

Katie Taylor, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA), has been honored as Copeland Oaks/Crandall Medical Center Employee of the Month for April. “Katie is always so kind with our residents and with her co-workers,” wrote one of Katie’s nursing supervisors. Another complimented Katie on her “patience and sweet demeanor.”

A graduate of South Range High School, Katie completed the phlebotomy course at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, and decided a career in healthcare was for her. When a friend told Katie how much she enjoyed working as a nursing assistant, Katie applied to take the STNA training program at Crandall Medical Center. “That was 4 years ago, and I have enjoyed working at Crandall ever since,” remembered Katie.

Katie now lives in Leetonia where she and her sister, Jodi, share care for their grandmother. In her free time, Katie enjoys going to tractor pulls and is looking forward to an exciting summer.

Choose an apartment or villa by the end of May and we’ll waive your application fee.

Apartment or Villa – which option is best for you?

Our independent living homes and apartments are close to all amenities and allow you to live freely in your own space. Catered living apartments offer light housekeeping assistance and meals where you can live comfortably with a little help. Assisted living apartments allow you to live with reassurance and care with STNA and skilled nursing assistance.

We’ll Help With Moving Costs!

Choose a Lakeshore Apartment by the end of December and Copeland Oaks will help with moving costs.

Experience Copeland Oaks by exploring this website or visiting in person. To schedule a friendly, no-pressure tour, call 330-938-6126 or 800-222-4640.