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Patricia Kennedy

Springbrook boosts salaries, incentives, wage access

Springbrook boosts salaries, incentives, wage access

Springbrook – Otsego County’s third-largest employer with more than 1,200 workers – announced today it will give a $4,160 base wage increase to all current employees and offer COVID-related incentive payment of up to $1,500 for current employees and new hires.

The organization provides at-home care, residential and educational services, day services, and clinical, therapeutic, and behavioral support to more than 1,100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across New York State. Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy praised the staff’s strength and dedication to their work.

“As a non-profit, Springbrook relies on funding from the state and has endeavored to make every available dollar work for our employees,” she said.

Opinion by Patricia Kennedy: We’re more than a nice place to visit

Opinion by Patricia Kennedy
We’re more than a nice place to visit

I recently returned from a much- anticipated vacation with my family. In the weeks and days leading to this vacation, it seemed as if all I could think about was how good it would be to get away—from the house I spent a year living AND working in. From the office I’ve become reacquainted with in the last six months. From vaccination reports, retention reports, vacancy reports, and sick leave reports. Away from Zoom meetings. I couldn’t wait to get away from home!

Springbrook celebrates program graduates

Springbrook celebrates program graduates

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Springbrook, an organization that provides services and support for the developmentally disabled, held a graduation ceremony at its campus in the town of Milford on Thursday, June 24.

There were 15 graduates, the largest ceremony Springbrook has had, because of the coronavirus pandemic it was held in an outdoor ceremony, which was a first.

Another first included the first set of graduating siblings, Jessica Miller and Stephanie Miller.

Traci Lanner, the residential school director at Springbrook, thanked the parents and staff at Springbrook.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have you here on this campus on this beautiful day,” Lanner said.

She said the graduates spent between three and 11 years at Springbrook. The graduates had a love for music as well as having a “large number of Disney fans” in the group, she said. 

Lanner acknowledged the difficulty of COVID but praised the dedication of the staff.

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all,” Lanner said, quoting the movie Mulan.

“They don’t always bloom at the same time. … But when they do bloom they are all beautiful,” Lanner said. “I know I speak for the entire staff today that those blooms make us smile and remind us why we do this.” 

Springbrook Tells Staff: Get Vaccinated, Get $500 Bonus

Springbrook Tells Staff:

Get Vaccinated, Get $500 Bonus

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

With 35 percent of its employees not yet vaccinated, Springbrook is offering a $500 enticement to encourage them to get the COVID-19 vaccine shot.

“This is important, this is safe,” said Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy. “It’s going to get us back to where we want to be, being with the people we want to be with and doing things we want to do.

That’s my message for all our employees and the community.”

There’s a distinction between new employees we put in place in January.”

As for the residents on the Milford Center campus, 95 percent have been vaccinated.

Springbrook Envisions Upscale Apartments In Historic Ford Building

Reprinted From This Week’s

Hometown Oneonta, Freeman’s

Springbrook Envisions

Upscale Apartments In

Historic Ford Building

Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy and COO Seth Haight survey the bright and airy space of the Ford Block. The windows also provide panoramic views of Muller Plaza and Main Street, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Springbrook’s Patricia
Kennedy and Seth Haight with the Ford Block keys.

ONEONTA – Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy, got the good news a few nights before Christmas.

Her proposed Ford Block Revival – 22 apartments for executives and professionals above 186-212 Main St. – has been awarded a $1 million CFA grant through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.  The three-story building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It’s not just our Christmas present,” she said. “It’s our gift to the community.”

The Oneonta plan came about last year, as Springbrook completed Century Sunrise, a 120-apartment complex in the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory that provided housing for people with developmental disabilities.

“We realized that this was our first step in working in housing development,” said Kennedy. “We believe we’re a good partner.”

Springbrook Envisions Upscale Apartments In Historic Ford Building

Springbrook Envisions

Upscale Apartments In

Historic Ford Building

Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy and COO Seth Haight survey the bright and airy space of the Ford Block. The windows also provide panoramic views of Muller Plaza and Main Street, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Springbrook’s Patricia
Kennedy and Seth Haight with the Ford Block keys.

ONEONTA – Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy, got the good news a few nights before Christmas.

Her proposed Ford Block Revival – 22 apartments for executives and professionals above 186-212 Main St. – has been awarded a $1 million CFA grant through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.  The three-story building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It’s not just our Christmas present,” she said. “It’s our gift to the community.”

The Oneonta plan came about last year, as Springbrook completed Century Sunrise, a 120-apartment complex in the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory that provided housing for people with developmental disabilities.

“We realized that this was our first step in working in housing development,” said Kennedy. “We believe we’re a good partner.”

Springbrook Names SUNY President, Ommegang CEO To Trustee Board

Springbrook Foundation

Names SUNY President,

Ommegang CEO To Board

The Springbrook Foundation named their 2019 Board of Trustees on Friday, Aug, 30.  At left is Stacey Grady, Springbrook Foundation director of development.  Then, from left, are the Springbrook Foundation Board of Trustees: Patricia O’Brien, Jim Kelsey, Doug Campbell, Patricia Kennedy, Amanda Mirabito (vice president and secretary), John Anderson (board president), Patrick Prior (board treasurer), and Barbara Jean Morris.

MILFORD CENTER – SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris and Ommegang CEO Doug Campbell are among the new board members of the The Springbrook Foundation, the fundraising affiliate of Springbrook NY Inc.

Dr. John Anderson, former Millersville University president and past Hartwick College provost, was named as board president. “One of the most rewarding experiences of my career was serving over 12 years as a board member, and at times an officer, of Springbrook,” he said. “This new opportunity is a tremendous honor. I am absolutely delighted that I can help support Springbrook in this new position.”

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On New Oneonta Clinic

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On New Oneonta Clinic

Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy gets help from one of the organization’s residents, Ken Goodrich in cutting the ribbon, officially opening Springbrook’s new clinic at 438 Main St., Oneonta. State Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, told the 100-member audience before the ribbon-cutting that Ms. Kennedy convinced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to open a seventh Care Coordination Organization (CCO), an arm of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities that partner with providers of services for individuals with developmental disabilities to help them receive Medicaid support and other efforts. From left to right: Frank Panzerella, COO, Bassett Medical Group, Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, Mayor Gary Herzig, Sen. James Seward, Kennedy, Goodrich, Springbrook COO Seth Haight, Springbrook residents Bryan Holt, Steve Nechis, and Brian Weeks, and Clinical Officer Kathy Ramiza. In back are Derek Jackson and Southern Tier Connect’s Executive Director, Meghann Andrews. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Springbrook Ready To Open Family-Engagement Center

Springbrook Ready To Open

Family-Engagement Center

A ribbon-cutting on Springbrook’s Family-Engagement Center is planned Thursday the 20th.

MILFORD CENTER – Springbrook planning a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. next Thursday, July 20, to celebrate the opening of its newest buillding, the Springbrook Family-Engagement Center.

Families, residents, administrators, and several of the organization’s key supporters have been invited to the opening.  Passersby on Route 28 have been watching the building rise for the past several months.

Springbrook Wages Rise To Cuomo’s 2019 Level

Springbrook Hikes Pay

To Cuomo’s 2019 Level

 Goal: Attract Employees, Lower Turnover

Tyrone Lohr, Maggie Reopell and Noble Champen were chosen by their fellow DSPs to represent their point of view in an upcoming article in the Springbrook newsletter.

ONEONTA – Springbrook is getting ahead of Governor Cuomo’s minimum-wage increases, raising its “direct support professionals”  to the 2019 level, effective New Year’s Day.

Otsego County’s third largest employer, Springbrook provides residential living for disabled children and adults on its Milford Center campus and group homes around the region.

The wage increase for its DSPs is a $1.2 million investment, Springbrook said in announcing the wage hikes today.

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On New Housing

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On New Medical Housing

Springbrook Board member Dr. Gerald Pondolfino, Springbrook Parent and Donor Meyer Safdieh, and Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy cut the ribbon officially opening the newest home at Springbrook. (Photo Credit: Kira Delanoy)
Springbrook Board member Dr. Gerald Pondolfino, Springbrook Parent and Donor Meyer Safdieh, and Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy cut the ribbon officially opening the newest home at Springbrook. (Photo Credit: Kira Delanoy)

ONEONTA – With an open layout, single bedrooms, climate control and a therapy bathtub, Springbrook is making sure that their students with the highest medical needs receive the highest quality of care.

“It is a larger, more accommodating space with very thought-out design features,” said Seth Haight, COO.  “The completion of this home is an important part of a broad action plan made up of many exciting projects.”

Polar Bear Visit Brings Warm Hugs to Springbrook

Polar Bear Visit Brings 

Warm Hugs to Springbrook

Springbrook has been named as one of the recipients of this year's Polar Bear Jump! In appreciations, Springbrook students, including Matt Wagner, left, Franklin, decorated donation boxes and presented them to Goody, the jump's mascot, at a pep-rally this afternoon at Springbrooks main campus. Patricia Kennedy, center, Chief Executive Officer at Springbrook, challenged Seth Haigt t take the plunge next month, but it remains to be seen if that challenge will be accepted! (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
At a pep rally this morning at the main campus, Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy, center, announced that Springbrook is one of this year’s recipients of funds raised by the brave Goodyear Lake Polar Bear jumpers.  In appreciation, Springbrook students, including Matt Wagner, left, Franklin, decorated donation boxes and presented them to Goody, the jump’s mascot, with plenty of hugs, high-fives and dancing.  Kennedy challenged deputy executive director Seth Haight to take the icy plunge on Saturday, Feb. 20. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Senate Selects Patricia Kennedy As 2015 ‘Woman Of Distinction’

Senate Selects Patricia Kennedy

As 2015 ‘Woman Of Distinction’

Patricia Kennedy
Patricia Kennedy

ALBANY – Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy has been selected as a 2015 state Senate “Woman of Distinction,” state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announced today.

“Women like Patricia Kennedy provide a better quality of life for our communities and are a prime reason why New York is so special,” said Seward.  “Patricia has helped mold and shape the way individuals with developmental disabilities receive care.  She has devoted a great deal of time and energy to assisting others and is a real trailblazer.  I am extremely proud to honor her as a senate Woman of Distinction.”

As Springbrook CEO, Kennedy oversees a not-for-profit, state-licensed organization serving over 850 people with developmental disabilities from across the state and beyond.   The Otsego County based facility employs more than 1,200 individuals and is a recognized leader in its field.

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