What Employees Say
Management is competent at running the business.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
What They Do
We asked Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center & Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.
The Gurwin Family of Healthcare Services offers a full continuum of care including short-term rehabilitation; long-term care; respiratory care; memory care; palliative and hospice care; home care; adult day care; on-site dialysis; assisted living; and a proposed independent housing community.
About this Company
| Website: www.gurwin.org|| Industry: Aging Services|
| US Headquarters: Commack, New York, 11725|| US Sites: 2|
| US Employees: 936|| US Revenues: $94.9 million|
| Worldwide Revenues: $94.9 million|| Corporate Structure: Non-Profit|
| Founded: 1988|
Perks and Programs
We asked Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center & Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.
- Crisis Support: Several programs exist to help employees who are experiencing a crisis (for example: death of a child, illness or injury, or the loss of residence due to fire or hurricane, etc.). The Board of Directors established an Employee Emergency Fund, which provides financial assistance to employees in true crisis. Employees in true crisis also have the ability to borrow from their accrued but unused benefit time through a Payroll Emergency Loan program, often helping them over a temporary financial hurdle. In addition, employees have the opportunity to donate the value of their accrued but unused PTO (not including sick time) to fellow employees who are in crisis. An Employee Assistance Program is offered for all
- Unusually Generous Benefits: While direct-care provider salaries are comparable to others in the industry locally, it’s in our outstanding benefit package that Gurwin stands out as an employer. In addition to our robust medical benefits (with options including minimal employee contributions, minimal copays and deductibles), eligible employees can take advantage of: medical insurance waiver (payout) should they have other coverage; tuition reimbursement; an employer-contributed 403B plan; up to six months maternity/paternity leave; three additional PTOs for bereavement and/or marriage; supplemental benefits including critical care, additional life insurance, hospital indemnity, and accident; and a Wellness Program attached to the medical benefit that helps employees stay healthy and earn up to $200 in credits. Free flu and pneumonia vaccinations are available. Eligible employees are also paid for accrued but unused sick time at the end of each year.
- Formal Employee Recognition: Our employees are celebrated during Nursing Home and Assisted Living Weeks with give-aways, raffles and more. The celebrations honor all staff and their valuable contributions to our mission of caring for our residents with dignity and compassion. In addition, departmental recognition days are celebrated with breakfasts/lunches, social media recognition and a shout-out on our lobby digital communication displays. A formal Customer Service program exists specifically to recognize employees going above and beyond to be sure our customers have a positive experience. Winners are profiled in a monthly newsletter, recognized at an employee service awards celebration, and receive a bag of goodies including movie tickets, gift cards, a pin and other premiums.
- Staff Talent Show: Each year, nursing home employees and their family members donate their time to participate in a vaudeville-type talent show, produced by our Therapeutic Recreation department expressly for our resident’s enjoyment. Participants sing, play musical instruments, tell jokes, dance and perform magic, all to the delight of the resident audience. A member of Administration emcees the evening, making sure the residents know who the performers are, and residents are delighted to see the children of a beloved staff member or to discover a staff member’s musical talents. Employees come together for months prior, during lunch hours and after hours, to rehearse dance routines and create costumes. Of particular note are the family members who began dancing or singing in the show when they were just small children, who the residents have watched grow through the years. Gurwin Volunteer corps members also participate as performers, ushers and stagehands.
- Walk of Ages & Family Fun Day: Staff members, along with their children and pets, are invited to participate in a community 5K walk and family fun day, which is held on the Gurwin campus on a Sunday in October each year. Employees join resident family members and other community members in walking to raise funds to benefit Gurwin programs and services, often bringing residents out to walk, stroll or roll the course and enjoy the day, weather permitting. To the sounds of a local DJ, walkers complete the course, while others with small children can participate in the family fun day, including face painting, bouncy houses, gaga pits and dance contests. Participants are encouraged to raise $25 to receive a commemorative t-shirt; however, no contribution is necessary to participate. All participating employees are entered into a drawing to win a day off with pay.
- Fun at Work: While our mission is to care for our residents, it’s nice to have fun while doing so. Spirit days are planned throughout the year, encouraging employees to break out of their uniforms or business attire and wear the jersey of their favorite sports team or a particular color for a specified cause. An annual Masquerade Day is held, where departments are challenged to come up with the most creative costume and decorations, with a parade held for the residents and prizes given to the top groups. Family Feud-type trivia contests pit teams of staff members against one another for resident entertainment and department team building. Randomly, small gestures of thanks to our staff include the delivery of ice cream bars and Italian ices (complete with vintage ice cream truck!), complimentary hot chocolate or hot apple cider on particularly cold days, and free meals during extreme weather events.
- Summer Teen Camp: Nothing stresses a working parent more than deciding what to do in the summer with a teen who is not old enough to work, but is too old for camp. Our Volunteer Services Department hosts a “Teen Summer Camp” for high school students who are interested in a career in health care. Students, many of whom are employees’ children, may attend one or two three-week sessions, spending their days learning about the various careers in healthcare, learning skills to assist the staff and residents, transporting residents or visiting with them one-on-one. Many return as formal volunteers during the school year, meeting community service requirements while finding mentors who eventually help with college applications and recommendations. The number of camp slots is limited; however, the children of employees receive preferential placement.
- Priority Admission: Gurwin offers a full continuum of services for seniors and other adults in our community. We hear often that Gurwin is the preferred choice of many seeking residential or community-based care, and it stands to reason our employees would want the best for their own family members. Often, our census is full or nearly so; however, priority admission is always extended to members of our staff, should the need be appropriate for one of our care levels.
- On-Site Conveniences: Frequent vendor sales are hosted on the campus by various departments for employee and resident shopping, as well as a fully stocked Gift Shop selling various sundries, cards, snacks and lottery tickets. In addition, various banks and wholesale membership companies visit, allowing staff to sign up without leaving the building. An ATM is available in the nursing home building. In addition, employees can take advantage of outside community groups who visit, providing such services as bereavement counseling, financial planning advice and driver safety training, among others.
COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS
| $38,815 Average salary and additional cash compensation for CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT||100% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for full time employee's with individual coverage)|
| 99% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for spouses not eligible for coverage through own insurance)|| 50% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers|
| 18 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance|| $2,500 Average Tuition Reimbursement|
WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS
| 27 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment|| 14 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment|
| 12 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment|| 6 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment|
FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS
|180 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) ||90 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)|
|180 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*|
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS
- Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
Community and Environmental Impact
| Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit|| 1 LEED certified building(s)|
| Yes Recycling program|
- Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
How to Get Hired
We asked Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center & Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
We have an extensive interview process that we utilize to ensure we hire the right applicant. We look for candidates to indicate an eagerness to learn, flexibility and proactiveness. We strive for candidates to be compassioniate. Strong candidates will have an affinity for the elderly population and willingness to be part of a team.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
We believe candidates should be prepared when they come for an interview. Candidates should have an understanding of the position they are applying for, the organization and express a desire to grow with our organization.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
We are actively recruiting Registered Nurses and CNAs with experience in a long-term care or rehabilitation setting.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
The Gurwin website indicates all our open positions and informs users about our facility and our mission.
| 3% Job Growth|| 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees|
| 19% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees|