Representatives of the Roos-Kates family, Peninsula Volunteers staff, Board members, Rosener House Committee members and friends came together to celebrate the fourth annual Roos-Kates Awards on February 23, 2016.
Mrs. Patricia Roos Kates established an endowment to recognize the special efforts of two special individuals engaged in direct care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Since 2012, the endowment has allowed this reward to be given to Rosener House staff members. Mrs. Kates recognized that people with Alzheimer’s disease require special care, and the health care professionals working with them were not often recognized for their dedicated and often challenging work.
The awardees are chosen by voting among the Rosener House staff who are all in a position to know who is making such a positive impact, and the award is all the more meaningful as the selection is made by one’s peers.
This year’s award recipients are Augusto Manalang, Certified Nursing Assistant and Jette Knudsen, Activity Leader.
· Augusto Manalang found his calling as a Certified Nursing Assistant and has been in the field for many years, after deciding on a career to help people. Augusto has been at Rosener House less than one year, but has had a very large impact on the program. His patience and willingness to do whatever needs to be done is most appreciated by participants and co-workers alike. Augusto is dependable, independent, and exceptional in his quality and quantity of work. He quickly and quietly carries out his duties, and then looks for more ways to help everyone. His warm and friendly personality make him very approachable. Congratulations to August Manalang on the Arthur J. Kates Award for Patient Caring Care for 2016.
· Jette Knudsen has worked as an Activity Leader at Rosener House for 15 years. Jette is Danish, and she has the Danish sensibility for artistic design. She helps to make Rosener House attractive with her special displays for holidays. Jette’s friendliness and sincere regard for each participant is evident in her transactions with participants, and she treats everyone with kindness and respect. Jette is especially perceptive in knowing when a participant may need a little extra attention and reassurance. She is supportive of her co-workers and a true joy to work with. Congratulations to Jette Knudsen on the Irene and George Roos Award for Patient Caring Care for 2016.