McKinney throws big bash for centenarians

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From left, back row: Janet Larghi, director of recreation; Daveth Forbes, deputy executive director; Ann Whyte-Akinyooye, chief nursing officer; Dr. Robert Holland, chief medical officer; Sen. Zellor, Myrie; David Weinstein, chief executive officer; and April Ann James, director of Rehabilitation. From left, front row, seated: Centenarians Lucille Watson and Carolyn Burton.
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Staffers at New York City Health + Hospitals McKinney on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn on April 20 threw a grand birthday bash for centenarians Lucille Watson and Carolyn Burton.

According to April Ann James, director of Rehabilitation Department Services at McKinney, the two centenarians were surrounded by family members and invited guest, Sen. Zellnor Myrie, representative for the 20th Senate District in Brooklyn.

James told Caribbean Life that the centenarians, who are now residents of the facility, are 104 years old and were born almost three weeks apart in 1918.

“The beautiful ladies were showered with out-pouring love, as the McKinney spirit and ICARE values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence were displayed throughout,” she said.

McKinney Chief Executive Officer, David Weinstein presented the ladies with the Centenarian Star Award plaque, engraved pillows from the McKinney family, along with proclamations from Congresswoman Yvette D. Clark and Sen. Myrie.

“There were greetings from staff, family, and a short interview video where the ladies shared some memories of their childhood,” James said. “The celebration ended with singing happy birthday, as each lady sat in front of individualize birthday cakes, embracing the love.”

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