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Cambridge, Md. – Signature HealthCARE at Mallard Bay has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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Mallard Bay was chosen by the Salisbury Zoo to receive a generous gift. They brought the Zoo To You program to us. The fees were paid by an anonymous family whose mother passed away. This lady loved animals and wanted local nursing homes to be able to have animals visit them. Mallard Bay is very thankful for this gift. We were visited by a hawk, a snake, a rabbit, and a giant millipede. Our elders enjoyed the program very much. We thank Salisbury Zoo and the thoughtful family.

Today, three elders from Mallard Bay were able to give back to the community and reminisce about their beloved pets at the same time. Mary, Frieda, and Florence all took a trip to Baywater Animal Rescue to donate $50 and a homemade blanket for the animals. They, along with other residents, have been baking and selling homemade dog biscuits for the last several months. While at the humane society, they were able to play with a small puppy named Wishbone, and a larger dog named Jewels. They spent an hour remembering their pets and telling stories. They were also able to visit the cats in the cat condo. Everyone had a great time and the residents look forward to visiting the animals again and helping out wherever they can.


Katie Warfield has been volunteering in the activities department at Mallard Bay since January. She spent several hours a week helping out at Mallard Bay while also attending nursing school. Just recently, Katie has finished school, passed her exam, and received her license as a registered nurse. We will miss Katie’s help as a volunteer, but we are glad she joined our nursing team at Mallard Bay.

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Mr. Leroy returned home after several months at Mallard Bay. He looks forward to his daughter’s cooking and also getting a ham and cheese omelette from Denny’s. We wish Leroy the best!

On April 22,2014, elders at Mallard Bay joined in on Signature Healthcare’s initiative to hold a Spring Break day for all their homes. We spent the entire morning and early afternoon outside in our courtyard.  Phyllis Coleman, administrator, was stationed on the grill and barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers for all the elders. The dietary staff put on a delicious picnic themed lunch with corn on the cob, potato salad, deviled eggs, and watermelon in addition to the hotdogs and hamburgers. Our activities staff provided several activity stations outside: soccer, basketball, and bird feeders. Elders and staff also helped dig up old plants and put down new flowers and a tomato and herb garden. Buddy Bloom was our live DJ for three hours, and played music encouraging dancing and singing. A total of 60 elders participated in this event! More elders than ever ate in the dining room that day, and some even ate in the courtyard! This event was successful due to the participation for various departments. Administrative staff, management staff, and line staff all enjoyed taking a day away from their normal duties to participate in the various activities. Everyone had a great time!

A few elders spend the day out at Choptank Bowling Alley in Cambridge, MD. They enjoyed two games of bowling and pizza for lunch. It was a day filled with fun. For one elder, it was the first time she had ever bowled.

On April 9, 2014 Mallard Bay held an Employee Recognition Breakfast to thank dedicated employees for their years of service. The following employees were recognized as they reached a 1 year, 3 year, 5 year, 10 year, and 15 year milestones.

Mallard Bay thanks you for your dedication!

1 year of Service Awards:

  • Heather Grace: environmental services
  • Barbara Bramble: environmental services
  • Vanessa Wilson: dietary
  • Jackie McCoy: nursing
  • Jaime Ewing: nursing
  • Caroline Williams: nursing
  • Sheila Franks: nursing
  • James Wooden: nursing
  • Chelcie LeCompte: nursing
  • Tonya Coleman: nursing
  • Maggie Jones: nursing
  • Lena Burton: nursing
  • Gerald Dayrit: therapy
  • David Elzey, Jr: therapy
  • Amy Dayton: staff development
  • Darien Young: nursing
  • Lisa Peters: dietary

3 Years of Service:

  • Shirley Wongus: environmental services
  • Machelle Saunders: dietary
  • Star Williams: nursing
  • Ebony Pinkett: nursing
  • Ethel Reid: nursing
  • Yvonne Weatherspoon: nursing
  • Victoria Henry: nursing
  • Mark Norman: nursing
  • Cera Dominello: therapy
  • Kim Palamaras: nursing
  • Cathy Robinson: nursing

5 Years of Service:

  • Diane Jones: environmental services
  • Branson Dixon: maintenance
  • Janet Adams: therapy
  • Lavone Chester: chaplain
  • Alison Trise: therapy
  • Les Simering: maintenance

10 Years of Service:

  • Joyce Jackson: dietary
  • Nicki Rimes: nursing
  • Ronett Stanley: nursing
  • Sharon Taylor: therapy
  • Renee Tyler: social services

15 Years of Service:

  • Patty Robinson: activities

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Mallard Bay is holding a Pampered Chef Raffle to raise money for the activities department. Tickets are currently on sale until April 28th and are $10 each. You can purchase tickets from anyone in Activities or the Receptionist at the front desk. The drawling will be held on April 29th. There will be two winners earning $250 in Pampered Chef items of their choice.  We appreciate all the support.

Recently Mallard Bay nursing home was challenged to incorporate the making of a music video into the daily routine of the elders. The Signature Healthcare corporate staff decided it would be fun to have a friendly competition amongst all its Signature Healthcare homes. Of course, no competition is complete without a prize. The prize in this case was money to be used toward a vacation for the elders. Mallard Bay specifically is attempting to raise about $4,000 which would allow a group of 10 to attend a 3 day, 2 night vacation to Atlantic City, NJ at no cost to the elder. This would be Mallard Bay’s second overnight vacation with the elders. Last year, a good time was had by all during a 3 day vacation to Branson, Missouri.

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