Mount Vernon, NY, February 21, 2013 – The Wartburg Adult Care Community in Mount Vernon, NY, announces the promotion of Janet Palazzolo to Vice President of Residential Services.
A nine-year veteran of The Wartburg and a licensed social worker and experienced administrator, Palazzolo will oversee several residential facilities on The Wartburg’s 34-acre campus, including the highly regarded Meadowview Assisted Living Community; Lohman Village, an independent living community of townhouses; and the new Friedrichs Residence, a 61-unit independent living affordable housing facility opening in March 2013.
“The new Friedrichs Residence fits well with our strategy for the future, adding an independent living, affordable option to The Wartburg continuum of services, so we are very pleased to have Janet Palazzolo lead the management of this important project,” said David Gentner, president and CEO of The Wartburg. “Janet is passionate about Wartburg’s mission and vision of improved services to seniors in this community. She is a vital member of our leadership team and has become a resource to the greater field of aging services. It is a well-deserved promotion.”
Ms. Palazzolo was most recently the administrator for Meadowview, one of the first facilities in the lower Westchester to receive three state licenses – Assisted Living Residence, Special Needs Assisted Living Residence and Enhanced Assisted Living Residence. She recently completed her Site Compliance Specialist Certification. In this capacity, she has assisted in the opening of the Friedrichs Residence. She also opened the 15-bed Memory Care Center at Wartburg in 2005, which has remained in full occupancy since its opening.
“For those of us who get the opportunity to work at The Wartburg, we are fortunate to enjoy an environment where our daily work matters to the people around us including residents, families, friends and staff,” said Palazzolo. “As Vice President of Residential Services, my goal is to continue to maintain the highest standards for our housing programs so that we can meet the needs of the community. I am excited about being part of the continued growth of this organization.”
Ms. Palazzolo participates in the New York State Department of Health Architectural Review Group process, and she serves on the Adult Care Facility/Assisted Living Cabinet and the Retirement Housing Cabinet of LeadingAge, a national advocacy and education professional organization for the aging. She serves as a board member on the board for the social work program at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, as well as the Nazareth Nursery School for the Sisters of Saint Francis in New York City. Ms. Palazzolo is a graduate of Fordham University, where she earned her MSW. She has held her LCSW since 1995.
Recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State,” The Wartburg Adult Care Community is a not-for-profit Lutheran ministry, serving people of all faiths with a full range of residential options and health-related services for older area adults and their families. The Wartburg offers skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and independent living, adult day services, home care, pastoral care and monthly caregiver support groups. The Wartburg is a member organization of the National Center for Creative Aging.