Facilities Manager, Jim Valenson, receives LeadingAge New York’s “Employee of Distinction” Award

On December 2, Mary Ellen Bloodgood, CEO of Menorah Park, on behalf of LeadingAge New York,  presented the esteemed Employee of Distinction Award (Northern/Central Region) to Jim Valenson, facilities manager, in recognition of his decades-long commitment and dedication to the residents of Menorah Park. Valenson is one of 16 individuals from across New York State to receive this prestigious award.

According to LeadingAge New York, the Employee of Distinction Award recognizes the extraordinary dedication of direct service and indirect service staff, not part of upper management. Nominees may have positively affected the quality of life of those served,  significantly improved a service/program, or has exhibited a strong commitment to the organization and dedication to caring for others.

“The relationship that Jim fosters with our residents and their families enables us to create an atmosphere of warmth, security, and family, “said Bloodgood, “ Jim is extremely deserving of this award.  He represents all that we as providers of senior care hold true.“

Jim’s own story, like Menorah Park’s, is one of legacy. He began his career at the age of 16, working in food services. During that time his father served as the Director of Facilities Management. Jim steadily worked his way into the role of the facilities manager, where he has remained for 33 years.

Humbled to receive this award, Jim said, “ For the past 33 years, I have been lucky enough to be a part of this place and witness its growth.  Every day I am honored to be able to help residents call  Menorah Park their home and bear witness to their love for this place and our staff.”

About LeadingAge New York
Founded in 1961, LeadingAge New York, formerly the New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (NYAHSA), represents not-for-profit, mission-driven and public continuing care providers, including nursing homes, senior housing, adult care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and community service providers. Leading Age New York’s more than 600 members employ 150,000 professionals serving more than 500,000 New Yorkers annually. Learn more


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