According to the ACNH Professional Staff Association Constitution (pdf) adopted in April, 2003, the PSA shall elect an Executive Committee made up of the following officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and various Building Representatives. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month with the following responsibilites:
Duly elected officers shall serve a two-year term. Their terms expire on December 31, 2013. Members of the PSA Executive Committee are listed below. To view more bio information, where available, simply click on their names.
Jeff Bradt is the ACNH Director of Food and Nutrition. He oversees the delivery of meals and nourishments to residents, which includes staff, purchasing and production of meals. He has been employed at ACNH for more than 15 years. "I enjoy working with the population that we serve and try to improve their quality of life," Jeff says.
Gil Fitz is a Rehabilitation Nurse at Albany County Nursing Home where he's worked for seven years. As a Rehabilitation Nurse he help individuals affected by chronic illness or physical disability to adapt to their disabilities, achieve their greatest potential, and work toward productive, independent lives. Rehabilitation nurses teach patients how to manage their injuries or illnesses by counseling them on physical therapy exercises, proper nutrition, right amount of sleep and medications that can help.
Dan Shaughnessy is a Respiratory Therapist at Albany County Nursing Home where he's worked for 26 years. A Respiratory Therapist evaluates, treats, and cares for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. They also evaluate and treat all types of patients, especially elderly people whose lungs are diseased.
Andy Hubalek is the ACNH Director of Social Services. He has been working at ACNH for two and a half years. Andy's responsibilities include supervising the Admissions Director, two social work assistants, and the department clerk, while meeting the psychosocial needs of the residents and their families. Andy also serves as liaison between ACNH and area community social work agencies. He says he enjoys working with residents and their families.
Michele Scott-Robertson is the ACNH Nursing Supervisor. She began working there in 1996 as a staff LPN, worked fulltime while attended Maria College, and graduated in 2002. She also worked as a staff RN about eight months and then nurse manager for a short time. In 2005, she became Nursing Supervisor on 7-3 shift. In addition to serving as Building Representative, Michele has participated in other committees such as Ethics, Infusion, Admissions, and NYSUT negotiations, and has volunteered making family meals at Ronald McDonald House in Albany. "I enjoy working at ACNH because the staff has compassion in what they do," she said.
Denise Watkins is a Ward Clerk at Albany County Nursing Home where she's worked for 11 years. Ward Clerks are professionals who perform clerical work on the unit of nursing home, while completing most of a nursing unit's paperwork. This includes setting up records for new patients and maintaining patient records. In addition, they serve as receptionists for the ward by answering the phone, directing calls to patients and medical staff and directing visitors to patients' rooms.