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Mulberry Square welcomes three new administrators to the team

April 22, 2011

Joining the Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation staff recently were (from left) Charlotte McConnell, director of nursing; Karen Brown, administrator; and Jennifer Poltrack, director of admissions and marketing. (Photo submitted)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center would like to introduce three new administrators to its team.

Karen Brown, nursing home administrator, and Charlotte McConnell, director of nursing, began working at the facility March 28. Jennifer Poltrack, director of admissions and marketing, started March 31.
Brown has worked as a manager at a long-term care pharmacy and in skilled nursing administration.

McConnell, a 41-year nurse, has directed long-term care facilities and served as director for two different home health companies.

She previously served as a reimbursement coordinator in Pittsburgh. While there, she also developed a home health program for the Jewish Association on Aging in Squirrel Hill.

McConnell also served as the director of nursing at Snyder Memorial Health Care Center in Marienville.

“I worked here several years ago, and when I heard the position was open, I wanted to come back,” McConnell said about Mulberry. “I know a lot of good people who work here, and I still know many of the residents. It’s a friendly place, and I like it. It feels like coming home.”

Poltrack is formerly a territory sales manager and holds a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management.

Mulberry Square’s emphasis is on short-term rehabilitation, offering physical, occupational and speech therapies.

The Accelerated Care Plus (ACP) therapy program is also being used to decrease pain, inflammation and edema associated with a wide range of conditions. The technology also enables therapists to treat more complex conditions.

Martin Kirsch, who leads Mulberry Square’s seven-person rehabilitation department, said his staff sees clients with “acute, chronic — all kinds of pain” that affect their movements and ability to get around, focusing on short-term and post-surgery rehab.

The rehab program at Mulberry Square runs six days a week, making residents feel comfortable in reaching toward their goal each day.
The ultimate goal: Helping them function independently for as long as possible, Kirsch said.

Residents also know that as they are able to function independently, they can reach their own ultimate goal: Going home.

Once a resident successfully completes rehab and returns home, Mulberry Square offers home care therapy. The resident can continue his or her therapy at the home with the same therapist he or she worked with at the center.

Brown noted that “Mulberry Square continues to have placement for long-term care services as well.”

Many of the facility’s long-term residents currently participate in therapy programs to maintain their strength and mobility. It is important for residents to maintain their functionality and independence.

Mulberry Square’s vision is to promote and maintain the highest quality of life for all residents.

In the future, Mulberry Square would like to renovate several of its semi-private rooms into deluxe, private accommodations. There are also plans to expand spaces for the rehabilitation department.

Currently, Mulberry Square employs about 75 people within the 75-bed facility.

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