On Friday, June 7th colleagues, friends and family gathered at Connecticut National Golf in Putnam to celebrate former Westview Health Care Center’s Director of Therapeutic Recreation Pamela Fillmore’s official retirement after 32 years of dedication to the organization.
More than 40 individuals attended the retirement party, which included a dinner and special presentation by Administrator David T. Panteleakos. Among the gifts were a gold clock, gift cards and a dozen roses, symbolic of her timeless commitment to the organization.
"Pam truly poured her heart and soul into her career at Westview," stated David T. Panteleakos. “She made quite an impact on the lives she touched throughout the years, and her contributions to this organization have left an indelible mark that will always be fondly remembered. We are grateful for her remarkable commitment to Westview."
In August 1975, Pamela Fillmore started her career at Westview working in the maintenance department and throughout the years has worked in the kitchen, housekeeping and laundry departments. Then, Pam’s passion and responsibilities lead her to transition her job title and duties to Social Services, Discharge Planning and Therapeutic Recreation in 1981. Pam eventually became the Director of Therapeutic Recreation in January of 1988 and has enriched the lives of so many since then.
It was a common and daily sight for Fillmore to have a swirling, joyful presence at her feet, as she would share her two dedicated Yorkshire Terriers Buddy and Hailey with the staff and residents of the facility. This faithful duo would bring comfort and happiness everywhere they visited.
"I enjoyed my career as Director of Therapeutic Recreation,” stated Fillmore. "My daily goal was to assist others in living life to its fullest. I worked with a great team of caregivers who thought outside of the box in order to bring new and exciting programs to the residents and patients of Westview. It was exciting to get people involved with activities they had done in the past but it was most exciting to see them enjoying something they had never experienced in their lifetimes. It moved me and motivated me to do more and more.”
During her retirement, Fillmore plans to spend time with her family, travel, volunteer at Westview and enjoy a variety of activities and hobbies.
Westview Health Care Center is a 103-bed skilled nursing inpatient facility, which includes a distinct and self-contained 28-bed subacute short-term rehabilitation unit and an Outpatient Rehabilitation and Aquatic Center, both dedicated to providing quality health care services. Along with garnering a perfect five star overall rating found on Medicare.gov Westview is proud to have received such accolades as US News and World Report America’s Best, Consumer Reports Top 10 Connecticut Nursing Facility rating and Health Grades 5-Star Top Ranking.
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