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On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Presbyterian Home of Central New York was honored with yet another award of Voluntary Protection Programs status. The Presbyterian Home for Central New York is the only nursing home in New York to achieve this status and nationally is only 1 of 8 resident care facilities in the country with this achievement.  

From left to right: Christopher Durr, Corina Chrystie, Michael Sweeney, Diane Gall, Jeff Presbish, Ronald Williams.

Voluntary Protection Programs Status or VPP recognizes employers and workers in many industries who have implemented effective safety and health management systems all while maintaining lower than average injury and illness rates set forth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With VPP, staff and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs.  

“This distinguished accolade is something we pride ourselves on and take very seriously,” stated Diane Gall, Director of Education for the Presbyterian Home for Central New York.  “It assures us that our staff and most importantly our residents remain safe while in the comfort of our care.”  

The award was presented to the Presbyterian Home by Jeff Prebish, Acting Area Director of the OSHA Syracuse Office and Ronald Williams from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Presbyterian Homes & Services is a 62-acre community in New Hartford, NY, that includes the Presbyterian Residential Community, Presbyterian Home for Central New York, the Presbyterian Homes Foundation and The Meadows at Middle Settlement. Presbyterian Homes & Services. Presbyterian Homes & Services is a member of Community Wellness Partners – a faith-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit affiliation of LutheranCare® and Presbyterian Homes & Services. Community Wellness Partners employs 980 employees and serves nearly 1,000 older adults a day throughout our continuum that includes Home Care, Independent Living and Assisted Living, to Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, and more.

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