Dishwasher at Senior Living Community Wins a New Car Through IntegraCare’s Company-Wide Attendance Contest

Updated on March 5, 2022

Greensburg’s Ryan Hershey hasn’t missed a day in eight years with Newhaven Court at Lindwood

Ryan Hershey hasn’t missed a day of work in his job as a dishwasher at Newhaven Court at Lindwood, a senior living community in Westmoreland County.

Thanks to his perfect attendance, Hershey, 27, will be driving a new Ford Focus to work in the Food Services Department at Newhaven Court at Lindwood.

Hershey was the lucky winner of IntegraCare’s second Continued Attendance Rewards (CAR) Program. His name was selected from among 453 eligible employees who earned 23,410 raffle tickets based on their perfect attendance at nine IntegraCare senior living communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

“I am humbled, glad, and just really surprised,” Hershey said following Tuesday’s announcement, which was made on IntegraCare’s Facebook page.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Ryan,” said Lori Grant, Executive Director of Newhaven Court at Lindwood. “Over the past eight years Ryan has been at Lindwood, he has never called off or has never been late for work. 

“He demonstrates an excellent work ethic and is a great role model for others when it comes to his attendance and dependability,” Grant said. “Ryan is very deserving of such an amazing award.  He has been receiving high-fives and a pat-on-the-back from everyone in the community – even the residents and resident families who watched the live stream on Facebook.”

In addition to the new car, employees in the CAR Program at each community were eligible to win three grand prizes. All nine communities gave away:

  • First prize, a 55-inch television, one year subscription to Netflix, and one week of paid vacation.
  • Second prize, a laptop computer and printer, Microsoft Office, and one week of paid vacation.
  • Third prize, an i-Pad, Amazon Prime membership, and one week of paid vacation.

“We respect our employees and consider each one a key member of our team,” said Richard Irwin, co-founder and CEO of IntegraCare. “In turn, they improve the quality of life for residents and their families. We ask our residents and their family members to encourage our team and help make our communities better places to work, which in turn makes it a better place to live. What better way for us to set an example than to provide an incentive contest in which our team members have a chance to win a new car?”

In its second year, IntegraCare’s CAR Program has had a significant impact in retaining team members and recruiting new employees.

Through the CAR Program in 2015, IntegraCare gave away eight vehicles and additional prizes after the announcement of the inaugural contest results in early 2016 – one car at each community participating in that year’s contest.

“Of the 24 prize winners from last year’s contest, 23 of those team members still are employed at their respective communities,” said Loriann Putzier,  president and co-founder of IntegraCare. “Overall organizational attendance has improved, and turnover was reduced by 5 percent system-wide and reduced anywhere from 25 percent to 100 percent in select communities where we have struggled in the past. We are also getting feedback from influencers (referral source) in our markets about the focus on our team members.”

Putzier said interest in the second year of the program was evident during the winner’s announcement on the company’s Facebook page.

“We had 3,900 views of the live video, over 2,000 opens on the ancillary videos, and feedback from residents and families,” she said.

Guidelines for the program stated that team members received a raffle ticket for each payroll they achieved perfect attendance. For each consecutive payroll period with perfect attendance, all employees received additional tickets equaling the number of consecutive periods of perfect attendance.

 Those IntegraCare senior living communities participating in the contest were:

  • Candle Light Cove (Easton, Maryland)
  • Colonial Courtyard at Bedford (Bedford, Pennsylvania)
  • Colonial Courtyard at Tyrone (Tyrone, Pennsylvania)
  • Magnolias of Chambersburg (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania)
  • Magnolias of Lancaster (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
  • Newhaven Court at Clearview (Butler, Pennsylvania)
  • Newhaven Court at Lindwood (Greensburg, Pennsylvania)
  • The Pines of Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • The Woods at Cedar Run (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania). 

“The C.A.R. program gives all team members something to look forward to,” Grant said. “It is an amazing program that recognizes those who demonstrate solid attendance each pay period and throughout the year. Being able to depend on your co-workers is vital to any operation.” 

For more information, contact Eric Walker, Director of Sales and Marketing, IntegraCare, at 724.940.5544, EXT. 114, or [email protected].

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