Autumn View Health Care Facility’s Activity Director, Amy McKnight and Spiritual Volunteer Sister Mary Benedicta Dega FSST, have been named as the state-wide Manager of the Year and Volunteer of the Year by the NYS Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) and the NYS Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL). The award honors exemplary employees working in the skilled nursing setting.
As an activity director at Autumn View, McKnight is responsible for planning, conducting and maintaining records for activities in accordance with New York State guidelines; serving as a resident advocate; promoting community outreach; assisting with marketing; hosting fund-raisers and special events; and serving on committees within the facility.
McKnight is a graduate of Frontier Central High School and Erie Community College. She is a member of the Town of Hamburg Senior Advisory Board. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, watching NASCAR, golfing and participating in politics.
As a spiritual volunteer, Sr. Dega provides visitation to the residents and patients in the Journeys palliative care program at Autumn View; serves as the facility chaplain; leads prayer and communion services; provides rosary recitation and Stations of the Cross; distributes prayers and information about feasts in the church; provides support to residents and staff and creates gifts for the holidays.
She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and resides in Hamburg NY. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rosary Hill College (Daemen College) and Master of Arts degrees from Marquette University and St. John Vianney Seminary. She also earned post-graduate credits from St. Bonaventure University and Xavier University.
Sr. Dega is a Franciscian Sister of St. Joseph. She taught elementary and high school for 40 years serving as principal and supervisor. She also worked as a surgical chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 10 years and as the director of pastorial care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for 15 years. She also worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn and served as the director of religious education in Albion.
In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, crossword puzzles, writing poetry, creative writing, making board decorations and flower arranging.
Autumn View Health Care Facility provides state-of-the-art subacute and outpatient rehabilitation, 24-hour skilled nursing care, palliative care and respite/short-term care. It continuously receives five star ratings from the federal government and is among an elite list of facilities state-wide to have scored in the top quintile of NY State’s quality metric for 6 out of 6 years. For more information, call 648-2450 or visit www.mcguiregroup.com.