Gardens at Westlake takes home two state awards

Executive Director Christina Melaragno and Business Manager Rosey Cichon received top honors from the Ohio Assisted Living Association.

The Gardens at Westlake senior assisted living center was the recipient of two awards from the Ohio Assisted Living Association. Christina Melaragno was named Oustanding Executive Director and Rosey Cichon won in the category of Outstanding Business Manager. The two women each received a plaque and recognition at OALA’s statewide conference in Columbus on Nov. 7.

Melaragno, who has served as executive director since 2007, began her career working as a nurse aide and going to night school to become a licensed practical nurse. The time she spent working directly with patients served her well, as she makes it a priority to connect with the Gardens’ residents and employees.

“Despite her executive status, she does not put herself above her employees,” said Director of Community Relations Barb Bartlome, who nominated the women for their awards. “She will serve meals to our residents, mop a flooded bathroom and assist nurses and caregivers with hands-on care for the residents.”

Rosey Cichon has also spent many years working with seniors, beginning her career at a young age in the laundry department of a long-term care facility in which her mother worked. The family connection continues today, as Cichon’s two sisters, niece and nephew all work with her at the Gardens at Westlake.

In her job as business manager, Cichon manages the facility’s caregivers and can go from dressy attire one day to scrubs the next, as she “takes care of the seniors.”

“Rosey is hardworking, compassionate and very thoughtful in random acts of kindness which is a major part of her general demeanor,” Bartlome stated. “It is evident that the residents all love her.”

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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 4:14 PM, 11.16.2011