It is with great pleasure we announce our induction into the National Funeral Director Association’s (NFDA) Hall of Excellence, having received the NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence Award for 10 consecutive years in recognition of a consistent display of professional and ethical excellence and providing outstanding service to families and the community. Ballard-Durand is now 1 out of 162 funeral homes in the U.S. and 49 other countries around the globe to earn a place in the Hall of Excellence.
This month we were happy to award the Caregiver of the Month to Kathleen Ghegan of Hospice of Westchester! We love being able to recognize these selfless members of our community. We were proud to present her with an award plaque, a floral bouquet, and a $100 visa giftcard in appreciation of the kindness and compassion she displays each and every day. To nominate a deserving caregiver in the area - a selfless hospice professional, physician, or nurse - please visit https://ballarddurand.com/caregivers/nominate/ to nominate them to win our monthly caregiver award.
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Congratulations to our April Caregiver of the Month, Robin Thomas from Hospice of Westchester! Robin was nominated for the personal attention she gives to each person she meets, her selfless and hardworking spirit, and her advocacy for animals. We were proud to present her with an award plaque, a floral bouquet, and a $100 visa giftcard in appreciation of the kindness she displays each and every day. If you know a deserving caregiver in the area - a selfless hospice professional, physician, or nurse - please visit https://ballarddurand.com/caregivers/nominate/ to nominate them to win our monthly caregiver award.
Our February Caregiver Award Winner was awarded this week! CAREGIVER of the Month is Herma Stewart, Day Nurse for the Haven Residence at The Kensington. Herma was nominated by the Director of Nursing Mary Ann Durso and the Executive Director Celina Watson for her positive impact on the physical as well as spiritual well-being of the patients, their families and staff. We surprised her monthly staff meeting with cookies, flowers, a plaque and a $100 Amazon gift card! Executive Chef Norm Fintz provided delicious refreshments and also joined us for the presentation. Herma is pictured receiving her award from Matthew [...]
At Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services, we hear about the wonderful work hospice caregivers do for families in the Hudson Valley every day. In 2018 we have started our Caregiver Award Program to honor these dedicated people for the great care and comfort they bring to patients and their families. We are excited to share the winner for the month of January - Sun Young Keum from Hospice of Westchester! Matthew Fiorillo and Jenna Triano were happy to present her the award for excelling in the care and compassion she shows to her patients. Do you know a selfless hospice [...]
Hear Michael Bizzoco describe his amazing experience with Ballard Durand Funeral and Cremation Services.
https://ballarddurand.com/staff-member/jenna-triano/ Jenna serves as Ballard-Durand’s family care coordinator, facilitating many different details of a funeral service. Her voice is often the first a family hears when they call the funeral home. Jenna strives to ease the burden a family experiences after a loss and assist the funeral directors in providing comfort and unmatchable personal service. Jenna graduated with an Associates of Applied Science from Eastwick College. She currently resides in Rockland County with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
Lulu, a golden doodle, our newest staff member came to our Westchester County funeral home organization by way of Florida and has been trained for duty as our official Therapy Dog. Affectionately called the firm’s “Comfort Companion,” Lulu follows the lead of service dogs often used in health care settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes, and provides families with unconditional love and support, as well as a subtle distraction from their grief. A fixture at both funeral homes, Lulu is often seen lounging around the office and is only introduced to families upon their request. Although extremely friendly and [...]