The Pitman Birthday Brigade

Community Life Associate Wendy J. makes resident Joan L. smile (yes they are smiling under the masks) on her birthday

Over the last year the pandemic has brought out the best in people and here at UMC Pitman was no exception.  Associates from several different departments rose to the occasion to help residents celebrate their birthdays with flair and a dash of love and good humor.  The day-long celebration kicks off with the Community Life Team decorating the residents’ door with balloons, ribbons and pictures guaranteed to make the residents smile and their neighbors take notice.  Then at lunch the rest of the Brigade sings Happy Birthday, delivers cupcakes, and places a festive “celebration hat” on the birthday person’s heads.  Dining Services and the wait staff do their part by offering special meal options that include filet mignon, lobster tail or salmon and serving up a big bunch of smiles and good wishes.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all felt the need to make our residents’ birthday feel special especially during the worst of the pandemic when many were separated from friends and family.   We tossed around some ideas and before you knew it the Birthday Brigade was born and judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction, we received from residents … I don’t think the Brigade will be disbanded any time soon,” said Michele Sesok, Director of Sales for UMC at Pitman.