Menig receives 2019 Nursing Home Quality Award, staffer Claudette Goad recognized for dedication to long-term care

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RANDOLPH CENTER — Gifford’s Menig Nursing Home at Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community is one of five of the state’s 36 Medicaid-participating homes to receive a 2019 Nursing Home Quality Award.

Presented in late September during the annual meeting of the Vermont Health Care Association (VHCA), the award recognizes “outstanding nursing homes which have met high standards of quality of care for Vermont’s nursing home residents.”

Homes were selected for the award following review of data related to providing and sustaining superior quality of care, including outcomes from recent health and satisfaction surveys.

Menig previously received the award in 2005-2010 and 2012.

“This award reflects the dedication to excellence and high quality of care provided to residents daily by our team,” said Menig Administrator Ursula Margazano, who accepted the award. “We are proud of our colleagues and appreciate the state recognition, which includes a financial award to further enhance the quality of service provided to our residents.”

Also at the VHCA annual meeting, Menig staff member Claudette Goad was named the 2019 VHCA Executive Assistant of the Year.

Goad, who has worked at Menig for the last four of her 43 years with Gifford, was recognized for her “significant contributions and personal dedication to the long term care profession.”

“Claudette is an invaluable asset to our team,” said Margazano. “She is always ready to lend a hand anywhere one is needed, jumping in to help cover answering phones, greeting families, planning a competency day, or initiating a conversation with a resident that seems to be having a lonely day.”

Menig Nursing Home, a 30-bed facility, is the only skilled-nursing home in Orange County and the smallest in Vermont.