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ST. JOSEPH’S PLACE RESIDENTS ENJOY VISITING PETTING ZOO AND CARNIVAL

People-Friendly Animals Visit with Residents in Front Parking Area Outside Bon Secours Community Hospital

PORT JERVIS, NY  – (June 13) On Wednesday, June 11, residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, had an opportunity to pet, handle and feed gentle people-friendly animals. Later that afternoon, they reassembled in the facility’s dining room for a carnival featuring games and refreshments.

The off-site petting zoo was provided by Country Ark Farm, a non-profit organization located in Milford, Pennsylvania. Founder Donna Ciancitto and her daughter Rebecca brought along a variety of animals from their 26-acre farm that ranged from African pygmy goats and an Oriental Silkie chicken to a 25 pound African Spur tortoise. The residents especially enjoyed feeding bottled milk to the goats who appeared to have an insatiable thirst.

“Pet and other recreational therapies including games and entertainment have an important value in long term care at St. Joseph’s Place,” said Recreational Director Amy Barra, “They are essential to the quality of life and the quality of care for individuals receiving health and human services.”

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Nursing Home Compare, a useful tool for consumers available on the official United States Government Website for Medicare, has awarded St. Joseph’s Place its highest “much above average” five-star rating in overall quality.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide array of activities including gardening, games, music, arts and crafts, education, and fitness programs. They also enjoy group day trips and outings to local restaurants. In addition, many local groups and organizations regularly visit St. Joseph’s Place and help to keep residents involved and in touch with their community.

St. Joseph’s Place is located on the first floor of Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 E. Main St., providing residents with easy, ready access to the hospital’s medical facilities and staff.

In addition to quality long term care services, St. Joseph’s Place also offers long term and short term rehabilitation, tracheotomy care, head trauma care, respiratory care, and psychological services in a comfortable setting that residents can call "home."

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Every year, nearly one million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania turn to Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) for innovative healthcare delivered with compassion. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides.

BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the region’s largest employers

Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of nearly 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.

BSCHS is a member of the Bon Secours Health System—a national Catholic healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information, visit www.BSCHS.BonSecours.com. For a complete list of practitioners, visit http://bschs.org/find-a-physician-bon-secours-medical-group.html



1.    On Wednesday, June 11, residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, had an opportunity to pet, handle and feed gentle people-friendly animals like this African crested porcupine held by Country Ark Farm founder Donna Ciancitto.


2.    St. Joseph’s resident Caroline Gruberthrom enjoys petting a bunny held by Rebecca Ciancitto.


3.     Residents like Betty Lynch and Euginia Szeremea especially enjoyed feeding bottled milk to the goats who appeared to have an insatiable thirst.


4.     Mary Flieger holds a white ferret held by Rebecca Ciancitto.


5.     Ann Baechelen holds a Silkie chicken held by Rebecca Ciancitto.


6.     St. Joseph’s Place Recreation Director (left) and Recreation Aide Jessica Maillet had to recapture a couple of African pygmy goats who had wandered a short distance from the petting zoo in search of more food.


7.     Ernest and Betty Skinner visit with an albino ferret held by Rebecca Ciancitto.


8.     Shirely Van Orden tosses a beanbag to win a prize at the carnival.

                                  

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