On December 14th, New Vitae Wellness and Recovery celebrated the holiday season at our corporate party. Employees and staff enjoyed sharing breakfast at Caitlyn and Cody’s Banquet Hall in Quakertown, providing an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends. Various surprises, including raffles and centerpiece giveaways and the Ring the Rafters Barbershop Quartet, helped everyone get into the holiday spirit.
During the party, President and CEO Judith Yanacek addressed the group, discussing the highlights of 2016 and the strategic plans for the future. Yanacek emphasized her thankfulness to staff, noting the benefits of working as a community to serve others. Various highlights for the year included the growth of the organization’s executive leadership team, an increase in salaries for direct care staff, and an expansion of addiction and forensic services. Yanacek praised team members for their dedication to Veterans’ services and continuing focus on providing holistic care. The success of New Vitae Wellness Foundation’s first event, hosting Mr. Kevin Hines, a survivor of suicide, was also reviewed. Yanacek then discussed goals for 2017, including plans to increase funds for the corporate tuition reimbursement program, acceptance of additional private insurances for services, and further development of brain injury, forensic, and mobile psychiatric rehabilitation services.
Yearly employee award winners were also identified during the party, including Employee of the Year for each site and the Iris and Pride Award recipients. Mike Buser was identified as the Employee of the Year for Quakertown House. Mike was recognized for his commitment to safety and open communication. Matt Sabella received the Employee of the Year award for his work with the young adult team at Mount Trexler Manor; he was celebrated for his reliability, consistency, and kindness. Juan Flores received the Employee of the Year award for his support of adults at Mount Trexler Manor. His team members reviewed his dedication, supportive demeanor, and positivity in the face of challenges. The Pathways Employee of the Year award was given to Ron Tucker in recognition of his flexibility and support of service users and colleagues. Additionally, Andrew Amick was awarded the Employee of the Year award for the Quakertown Recovery Center in recognition of his kindess, compassion, and generosity in service to others.
Joan Muth received the 2016 Pride Award, which celebrates innovation and ownership in one’s work with a goal of mastery. Joan focuses on special projects, admissions services, and community education. She shows dedication to service through her work both at New Vitae and as a board member for the National Alliance on Mentally Illness (NAMI), Lehigh Valley. Joan’s humility and grace under pressure is appreciated by all who know her.
Brian Considine is the 2016 Iris Award winner. The Iris Award, named for the flower symbolizing behavioral health, is presented to an individual who personifies an outstanding commitment to the recovery model and who strives to facilitate others’ recovery goals. Brian’s cheerfulness, good humor, and dedication to others embodies the heart of our organization. His compassion for others makes him a perfect choice for the year’s award.
Overall, the event was a success, promoting community, cameraderie, and holiday spirit!