Statement from Gracedale Nursing Home Administration
In order to offset the likely call-offs from the snow we received overnight, and in recognition that two dozen Gracedale staff are quarantining due to COVID-19, Gracedale Administrator Jennifer Stewart-King has petitioned the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to send six general purpose personnel to Gracedale beginning Friday, January 7th. PANG has graciously agreed to provide assistance for five days.
The general purpose Guard members will be tasked with assisting Dietary with passing trays and water, transporting patients, answering call bells and generally facilitating the non-medical needs of the residents. PANG personnel will not be performing any nursing functions at this time.
County Executive McClure said, “We are more grateful to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard than we can express in words. As the largest nursing home under one roof in the Commonwealth, we’ve needed their help from time-to-time. The Guard has always come when we’ve called. They have our eternal thanks.”
“We always put our residents’ needs first,” says Gracedale Administrator Jennifer Stewart-King. “It’s why I’ve asked PANG to assist us.”
Information provided to TVL by:
Deputy Director of Administration
Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042