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Linden Ponds named ‘Top Place to Work in Massachusetts’

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December 25th, 2012

This year, Linden Ponds and its sister community, Brooksby Village, ranked ninth in The Boston Globe s annual survey: Top Places to Work in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe ranked Linden Ponds and Brooksby together in the largest company category for organizations with more than 1,000 employees. The Globe s ten-question survey measured employers based on six factors, including the organization s leadership, compensation and benefits, and employee appreciation. We ve always believed that happy employees help create the extraordinary culture that our residents love so very much, says Ian Brown, executive director of Linden Ponds, the Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass. All of us have come to value the privilege of working in our residents homes and to be of service to them. My sense is that The Boston Globe ranking of top places to work that includes Brooksby and Linden Ponds is reflective of our commitment to excellence and to do the right things for our residents and colleagues, Brown adds.

Evolving and impactful ' mission

Meredith Scott, Linden Ponds director of resident life, began working for the community in 2004 as the social work manager. She now oversees community resources, social work, pastoral ministries, community TV, volunteers, fitness and aquatics center programs, intermissions social day program, and home support nursing services all programs that facilitate Linden Ponds vibrant day-to-day activities and events. This position over the past seven years has allowed me to grow professionally, as well as to have an impact on so many aspects of the residents lives, Scott says. The departments I oversee touch the body, mind, and spirit of our residents. It is gratifying every day that resident life is impacting so many experiences of residents and creating a resident-driven culture of self determination. Those who live at Linden Ponds lead and participate in a wide range of more than 160 groups, clubs, and organizations. Residents can pursue a newfound passion that they may never have tried before. They can share a lifelong talent and open doors of self-expression for others. They can set fitness goals for themselves and achieve them for the first time in their lives with the help of our fitness specialists, Scott adds. It is a dynamic environment that is constantly evolving to better serve our residents, says Matt Hollingshead, facilities manager in general services, who oversees customer service, transportation and housekeeping. The genuine care and determination that my fellow coworkers exhibit comes from a deep sense of community and the understanding of impactful responsibility.

Dream come true

Employees at Linden Ponds remain connected through bimonthly all-staff meetings, monthly department director updates on the closed-circuit television station, and Executive Director Ian Brown s open-door policy, welcoming employees at any time. Linden Ponds employees represent a team, Hollingshead says. Jackie Scungio, Linden Ponds director of human resources, says the community is a dream come true for someone in her role. We are not perfect, but we strive each day to make it a great place to work while we create great day experiences for the residents, she says. It all begins with hard-working employees who give their all and having an executive director who encourages all to lead with a servant s heart.

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