Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Taps New Director of Nursing Services

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls (CNR) —a skilled nursing facility serving the needs of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and the surrounding communities and operated in cooperation with Southwestern Vermont Health Care — has welcomed Melissa J. Reed as director of Nursing Services.

Reed has nearly 20 years of experience in the field, the last dozen years serving elders. She has worked at CNR as a clinical reimbursement coordinator since 2017.

"Along with her notable experience, Melissa has excellent focus on service and exceptional judgement," said David Lovelace, CNR's administrator. "Melissa's commitment to excellence and positive energy will be an asset as we expand our efforts to provide a rich and personalized environment for every resident in our care."

Reed attended Castleton State College in Vermont and earned her medical assistant education at Charles H. McCann Technical School in North Adams, Mass. She received both her licensed practical nursing education and associate’s degree in nursing at Vermont Technical College.

Most recently, Reed worked as a clinical reimbursement coordinator at Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Williamstown, Mass. She has also worked for Berkshire Healthcare, also in Massachusetts.

CNR joined in a partnership with Southwestern Vermont Health Care to improve care for patients and residents in 2017, when SVHC was instrumental in assisting CNR to receive a $2.9 million grant from the New York State Department of Health Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program. Grant funds are being used to make infrastructure improvements to the CNR facilities.


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Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School

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It’s spring at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. That means the sap is rising, the birds are singing, the sun is lingering, and something in the air stinks. This means that the rare corpse flower is in full bloom. Corpse flowers were first planted at Darrow in 2009 in the sheltered confines of the school’s Samson Environmental Center (SEC). Four bloomed in 2012, six in 2013, and now, according to Lily Corral, biology teacher, sustainability coordinator, and director of the SEC, as many as 10 flowers have sprouted, several of which are at the blooming stage.

"The corpse flower is a rare plant that is challenging to grow," Corral said. "It wouldn't be possible in this region without a facility like the Samson Environmental Center and the careful attention of both students and faculty. It's a real triumph for us as a secondary school, and yet another visible symbol of Darrow's commitment to global education and to environmental stewardship and preservation."

The corpse flower is an Indonesian plant, also known as the konjac arum (Amorphophallus konjac). It boasts the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, and the third largest flower of all known plants. The flower gets its name from its distinctive odor, which many liken to the smell of rotting meat. The corpse flower, a relative of the calla lily and the jack-in-the-pulpit, grows wild in the rainforests of Southeast Asia from a large underground corm. The plant first flowered in cultivation in London in 1889. Fewer than 50 of the largest variety of corpse flower, the titan arum, are known to have bloomed in the United States, with the smaller konjac arum, typically found only in botanical gardens, museums, and private greenhouse collections.

The flower's large green bud grows at a rate of about an inch per day, until it finally blooms into a central stem that can reach up to four feet tall, as well as a huge, purplish-brown blossom that resembles an asymmetrical collar. Its powerful fumes, which last for days, help to attract pollinating insects. After about a week, the plant wilts and goes dormant for its next phase, a branching, treelike structure.

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