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  The Many Caring People Newsletter


In This Issue:
Celebrate DSP Recognition Week
Dr. Antonio Rodriguez Promotion
2011 Employee Recognition Luncheon
Sunset: A Night Under the Stars
Training Department
80th St. Halloween Bash
Summer Block Party at N.W. 2nd Street
News from N.W. 2nd St, Beach
An Exercise in Etiquette
Independence Through Adaptation
Summer 2011 at the Life Long Learning Program
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Volume IV - November 2011

Celebrate Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week  
DSP's Making a Difference: 
Sofia Capaldo

As part of DSP Recognition Week, Florida Alliance For Direct Support Professionals (FADSP) is pleased to recognize direct support professionals (DSPs) who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve.  Sofia Capaldo is one of those DSPs.  Read More  


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Promotion of MCP Medical Director

Antonio M. Rodriguez 

Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc. is pleased to share with you the announcement and promotion of our Medical Director, Dr. Antonio Rodriguez to Director of the Pulmonolgy Division at Miami Children's Hospital. Rest assured Dr. Rodriguez's commitment to MCP remains unwavering and his promotion will in no way impact his regular MCP schedule or 24/7 availability to our organization. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Rodriguez.


Marta E. Morin, Executive Director 

Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc. 













TO:                  MCH Medical Staff


FROM:            Deise Granado-Villar, MD

                        Chief Medical Officer

                        Senior Vice President for Medical & Academic Affairs


DATE:            October 21, 2011


RE:                  Division Director of Pulmonology



I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Antonio M. Rodriguez as the Director of the Division of Pulmonology at Miami Children's Hospital. 


As many of you know, Dr. Moises Simpser has stepped down as the Division Director after many years of service. A nominating committee to select a new Director of Pulmonology was established as per the Miami Children's Hospital Medical Staff policies and procedures.  The committee unanimously recommended Antonio Rodriguez, MD as the new Director. This was approved by the Medical Executive Committee on August 16, 2011 and by the Board of Directors on October 19, 2011. 


Please join me in thanking Dr. Simpser for his tenure and continued service to our hospital and in congratulating Dr. Rodriguez as he assumes his newly appointed position as Director of the Division of Pulmonology. 

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2011 Employee Recognition Luncheon

On November 4, 2011 MCP held its 2011 Employee Annual Recognition Luncheon Ceremony at the central facility cafeteria.  Employees who have worked for MCP 10, 15, 20 and 25 years were honored.


2011 Employee Luncheon Picture
Left to right:  Marta Morin, Debbie Terenzio, Renee McCray, and Joe Aniello

Our Executive Director, Marta Morin, shared the following words during the ceremony:

"Due to the economic climate, loss of funding at MCP and loss of sponsors this year, we had to drop the banquet hall, catering, gift card raffles, inviting all supervisors and inviting employees with less than 10 years of service - in order to hunker down, but it doesn't diminish the value of the job that this team has done, especially during these difficult financial times. With this in mind, we hope employees find the luncheon genuine, thoughtful and with encouraging praise that will continue to inspire, excite and motivate you and the work you do.   Read More 


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A Night Under The Stars

 A Sunset Facility Event  


On Friday, September 23rd, 2011 the residents of Sunset Facility hosted the Annual event "A Night Under the Stars" which took place at 6:30pm and lasted until 10:00pm. The event consisted of a live jazz band, a live Disc Jockey, and the main featured movie, "Grease", which played for most of the night.   Read More

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News from our Training Department


As always, the department strives to keep up with the times and changes of a dynamic agency such as ours.


The College of Direct Support has developed several new lessons in Spanish. Although most of our staff is proficient in both English and Spanish, and a Spanish glossary has always been embedded in the lessons, the new Spanish lessons will enable staff to more fully grasp important concepts in both abuse training and individual rights training. The Spanish lessons are incorporated into the lesson itself, and the learner accesses the version simply by clicking on a button.  Read More



80th Street Halloween Bash
80th St. Hernandez Family

On October 28th 2011 the Eightieth Street Facility hosted a 'Halloween Bash' for the individuals, their guardians and families, friends, staff and family members.


All three houses of our Facility were transformed into a haven for vampires, goblins, and ghouls each depicting its own flavor of scary treats, unique decorations and special events. There were inside attractions for everyone, including a fortune teller, the sound effects of monsters and the illusion of creatures evolving from life on another planet. The outside the entire Facility landscape, which is beautiful in its natural state, was enveloped by dim lights exposing an expanse of ghostly figures dangling from trees with trunks covered in webs of red and white.  Read More


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Summer Block Party at N.W. 2nd Street Facility

What's a 4th of July weekend without a BBQ? Not a fun weekend at all. That's why the NW 2nd St facility decided to host a block party to commemorate our nation's independence. On Saturday, July 2, 2011, 3 residents from each of the other facilities were invited to come over and share in the fun and excitement. The party was a hit as everyone enjoyed the food and music that kept everyone's feet moving. The residents enjoyed hot dogs and rice for lunch and many were able to enjoy cupcakes for dessert. There were also some fun events set up. Many residents got a chance to throw Frisbees and beach balls while some others got involved with some arts and crafts.  The event was scheduled from 10am - 1pm but many stayed until 2pm! There was so much fun had at this event that many spoke of creating an annual event out of it. Only time will tell if this becomes an annual event, but at least one thing can be said, everyone had fun this year!


Maria Ester Rego



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News from N.W. 2nd Street Facility

At the Beach

NW 2nd St. At the Beach 

On June 23, 2011, residents and staff members at the NW 2nd St facility took off to "el farito" beach located in Key Biscayne, FL for a day of fun in the sun.  A few days of planning were required to ensure everyone's safety, but once plans were set, there was no holding back this wonderful group of people from having a great day. Many team members from Central were present as well to assist in getting the residents into the water. Skip, Robert and Ernest's legal guardian, brought a paddle board along to give some of the residents a ride along the waves. While the waves weren't crashing the shore line, the residents still had excitement all over their faces. The experience in the water was followed by lunch under a gazebo that was able to house all the residents of the facility. Overall, everyone had a great time.  It is certainly a day that will remembered for years to come.     


Maria Ester Rego



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An Exercise in Etiquette 


An Exercise in Etiquette

In mid-September several of our individuals participated in a community excursion to a local bowling alley and then on to a restaurant for lunch (The China Apple Buffet). The individuals and staff were quite excited about the event beforehand, but no one could foresee how well it would turn out. From the time that they were initially seated, their waitress and the manager were quite in awe and appreciative of how well-mannered and well-behaved the group was throughout their visit.  Everyone remembered to say "Please", "Thank you", and did a great job at being patient until their turn.   Read More 


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Independence Through Adaptation


Bobby Baker


Sometimes you just have to try something new! Bobby simply could not see or reach his food to feed himself.  His severe deformities would not allow him to achieve an upright position for his mealtime activity.  If Bobby could not get to the food, then we had to come up with a way to bring the food to him.  Thanks to Gonzalo Trueba, the adaptive equipment specialist, Yordanka Checa, the speech therapist and Nathalie Abreu, our occupational therapy intern, three heads were better than one.  Gonzalo was able to fabricate an elevated feeding platform that attaches to Bobby's laptray.  It raises the plate so Bobby can see to scoop his food.  An insert was also provided to keep his dessert bowl steady and a cut-out was provided to keep his cup secure. With this adaptation, Bobby now can feed himself independently. What a team!


William Cummings

Occupational Therapist

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  Summer 2011 At The Life Long Learning Program


For our summer series this year, our program and teachers decided to take some time out of their classroom routine and pursue a few special interest hobbies with our students. The classes that we came up with were Entemology, Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Book Club, and Music. Each teacher or teachers (since we did have some co-teaching opportunties as well) came up with pre requisites for their courses as well as a syllabus to help us make the most out of only six short weeks.  Read More


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