Cedarbrook Celebrates Excellence in First Ever Awards Ceremony of its kind for Facility Staff

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Cedarbrook Holds First Annual Celebrating Excellence Awards

(Allentown, PA)- Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center held its first ever “Celebrating Excellence” Awards Ceremony today where it honored three of its outstanding staff members – a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) who won a distinguished statewide award and two staff members who won internal C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Awards, which are named after Cedarbrook’s mission of “A Community with Heart Offering Individualized Care and Excellent Service”.

The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. awardees were James Leibensperger, who works in environmental services and Amber Surman, a medical social worker.  James works at the Cedarbrook Allentown facility and Amber works at the Cedarbrook Fountain Hill facility.  They were both nominated by their peers for the award.

The ceremony was capped off with awardee Lindsey Ruff receiving a statewide honor.  Ruff was recently selected by the Pennsylvania Coalition of Affiliated Healthcare and Living Communities (PACAH) as the CNA of the Year in Pennsylvania.  PACAH represents over 143 organizations, including County nursing homes, Veterans homes, nonprofit facilities, private homes, and other businesses throughout the state.

“Cedarbrook is blessed with caring and dedicated staff like Lindsey, James, and Amber.  It is no coincidence that the awardees work in positions that are very involved in the lives of our residents on a daily basis despite being in very different departments.  It takes excellence from every department working in collaboration to produce high quality service.  We are very thankful to have so many outstanding employees at both of our Cedarbrook campuses,” said Cedarbrook Administrator Jason Cumello.

The PACAH CNA award was initially accepted by Cumello on Lindsey’s behalf at the recent statewide PACAH conference in September in Pittsburgh.  Thousands of CNAs work at PACAH affiliated facilities.  The attendees at Cedarbrook’s jovial “Celebrating Excellence” event on 10/30 included staff, residents, and County and State dignitaries.

“Today is a day of recognition, a recognition that it is the people who make up Cedarbrook and who serve its residents that matter most.  Cedarbrook is where it is today, because of its nurses, aides, kitchen crews, housekeepers and physical therapists (to name a few) who provide residents with comfort, care and compassion during the golden years of their lives,” said Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong.

Armstrong praised Cedarbrook for its quality ratings and its recent designation by Newsweek as one of the top skilled nursing facilities in the State of Pennsylvania.

Newsweek recently designated Cedarbrook as being among the top twenty skilled nursing homes in the state, and top in the country.

These ratings are arriving at a time when Lehigh County is making further investments in the longevity of the county home, ensuring it remains for future generations.  Lehigh County recently took out a $46.7 million bond to finance the construction of a new wing.


Information provided to TVL by:
Joshua Siegel
Public Information Officer
County of Lehigh, Office of the County Executive
17 S. 7th Street, 4th Floor, Suite 436
Allentown, PA 18101