Third Quarter GEM
This quarter we recognize three more deserving, Star nurses from each office who truly represent what it means to ‘Go the Extra Mile”.
Saddle Brook GEM: Regina Annor Yeboah LPN
Our GEM nurse is Regina Annor Yeboah, LPN. Regina has worked with her client, a teenage girl with multiple special needs, since 2019. She works evenings and weekends, never calls out and adjusts her schedule when the patient’s family needs it. Regina has formed such a strong bond with her patient through out her time as a Star nurse. Familiarizing herself with the best way to care for her patient, Regina responds to the needs of her patient with true care and compassion. We are so grateful to have Regina on our team!
Mount Laurel GEM: Portia Ellis RN
Portia will be entering her sixth year as a Star Pediatric Nurse. During her time at Star, Portia has worked with many of our complex clients. Clinical Managers from our Mount Laurel office emphasized, “Portia has gone out of her way, many times, to help clinical managers in the field”. They continued to speak about Portia’s intellect and her nurse’s instinct which has helped her be very successful as a nurse. A favorite in many of our clients’ households, Portia has created great relationships with her client and their families. We want to thank Portia for her commitment to the Star Pediatrics family and her willingness to go above and beyond in the homecare setting. Congrats Portia!
Howell GEM: Do J Park LPN
Congratulations to our Howell GEM Do J Park, LPN for being selected as our GEM nurse of the quarter! Do Park is just beginning his career as a Star nurse and quickly took strides to being noticed by our administrative staff. Do Park came to Star as a new graduate and made an immediate impact at our Howell Office and especially his patients. He is already known as one of our most reliable, committed and hardworking nurses. Through his enthusiasm and dedication to nursing, Do creates the standard for home care nurses and is always willing to help if he is able. We want to give a huge thank you to Do and wish him a long, fulfilling career as a Star Pediatric nurse.
Celebrating Milestones: 10 Year Nurses
Thank you to the following nurses for your trust, loyalty, and dedication to our agency and the families we serve. Elsie Cadet LPN (SB), Mary Giordano LPN (ML), Wendy Amerman LPN (ML), Morgan Grimes RN (ML), Myra Sanchez LPN (ML), Marjory Condren RN (H), and Kathy Noyes RN (H).
We are happy to announce the promotion of our clinical team members Betsy Oduro, RN as Director of Nursing and Lashandra Williams, RN as Assistant Director of Nursing. Betsy and Lashandra have both been with Star for over 10 years and are excited to take the lead. Rachel Palmer RN, the previous Director of Nursing, will be transitioning from her role after many years due to a move out of state. CEO, Michelle Stengart took a moment to reflect on the years of service and hard work Rachel has committed to the Star Family. “It has been a true privilege watching Rachel grow within our Star family. Starting out as a field nurse over a decade ago, Rachel worked her way through various leadership positions, progressing from clinical manager to her current role as Saddle Brook’s Director of Nursing. We are sad to see Rachel go but are excited for her as she embarks on her next adventure out of state.” We also welcomed two new Clinical Managers this month, Jessica Ortega RN as Clinical Manager for the Middlesex area and Norma Encarnacion, RN as Clinical Manager for the Passaic area. Also, joining our Saddle Brook team is Deborah Sharp who will be taking over as Staffing Coordinator Manager. Wishing you all a warm welcome and a long lasting career as a member of our Star Family!
All offices are growing this quarter as we are also excited to announce the promotion of Jaqueline Gibson RN and Ashley Goldstein RN as part time Clinical Managers! Jackie and Ashley have both been with Star since 2015 and have countless hours of experience in the field and are a great addition to our clinical team. Additionally, we are sad to see the departure of our clinical manager Tiffany Hill RN as she steps away from a managing role to focus on family and continuing her education to receive her BSN. Our Vice President, Michelle Marano RN, BSN wanted to thank Tiffany for her years of dedication to Star Pediatrics. “We wish her all the best as she steps out of the clinical manager role. We have been very fortunate to have someone so loyal, caring, and kind and we will miss her so much. We had the honor to watch Tiffany grow, get married and have her first born gorgeous daughter. I, we, wish Tiffany nothing but the best and she will always have a place here at Star! She has shined with us for many, many years and this will not be good bye but good luck”. Thank you, Tiffany!
The Howell office has been thriving since our Grand Opening last quarter! The new office quickly became home and continues to be a major step toward our growth as an agency. We are also excited to officially welcome our newest addition to the scheduling coordinating team, Kimberly Cutrona. Kim joined our Star family in April and has been a perfect fit to our team. Welcome Kim!
Home Care Conference & Golf 4 BOS Cause
This quarter, we attended and sponsored the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Every year we make an effort to be apart of this conference as it is vital to the growth and betterment of our company. With spokespeople from all over New Jersey, we get a glimpse of homecare through the eyes of other homecare professionals, especially during this nationwide nursing shortage. Presenters from various home care settings held many seminars to educate agencies, like us, on the importance of every aspect of home care, from the
nurse’s perspective to the medical data platforms being used across the country. CEO, Michelle Stengart and Human Resources Director Barbara Kenny, pictured to the left, representing our Star family at this years conference.
On Friday, June 16th, Star Pediatrics also sponsored an incredible cause that sits very close to our hearts. The Golf 4 BOS benefit, held at the RiverWinds golf course, is a fundraiser to create awareness for an extremely rare genetic syndrome call Bohring-Opitz Syndrome (BOS). BOS is so rare, there are less than 300 diagnosed case world wide. Our nurses and staff work closely with a family and child affected by this rare genetic syndrome. The BOS foundation is
dedicated to furthering medical research and assisting families affected by this ultra-rare genetic condition. For more information or to get involved, you can visit bos-foundation.org.