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By: Marissa Salvesen on October 31st, 2016

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Middlewoods of Newington Employee Honored by UMH


middlewoods of newington senior livingNewington, CT (Monday, October 17th) Zofia Kempna, a longtime employee at Middlewoods of Newington Independent and Assisted Living Community, was recently recognized by United Methodist Homes (UMH) as a winner of the organization’s annual Values in Action Award. The award, presented at UMH’s annual Employee Recognition Celebration dinner on September 29th, is given in recognition of employees who have demonstrated extraordinary behavior that exemplifies the organization’s core values of Respect, Spirituality, Excellence, Collaboration, and Stewardship. All employees are eligible to be nominated and to nominate any of their team members who demonstrate these core values. One individual from each of United Methodist Homes’ communities is chosen to receive the award and Zofia, Certified Nursing Assistant in the wellness department at Middlewoods of Farmington, was chosen to receive this year’s award. She was recognized with a monetary award and a trophy and praised by her supervisor, Executive Director, Stacy Kesl, for her outstanding character and service. 

Zofia was nominated for the award for her positive attitude, punctuality, diligence, and her commitment and dedication to providing the very best care for every resident. She is sensitive to the changing care needs of each resident, understanding and supportive to family members, and always willing to offer her help to other departments when needed. Her contributions to the team make Middlewoods of Newington a special place to live and work. Congratulations, Zofia! 

Middlewoods of Newington is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes. For more information about the great team of staff at Middlewoods of Newington, visit our website at or contact us at 860.667.1336.

Photo Caption: From (L to R): John Dipoalo, Zofia Kempna (Middlewoods), Victoria Dompierre, Beth Cairone, Hector Velez, Linda Midwinter, and Angela Gaites. Not pictured is Angelo Costantini. (Zofia is also pictured with members of UMH’s Wesley Village communities.)

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About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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