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Gardens at Westlake wins two awards

            The Gardens at Westlake retirement community, located on Detroit Road, recently received two awards at the annual meeting of Spectrum Retirement Communities, the property’s owner.

Christina Melaragno, executive director at the Gardens at Westlake, with the top financial performance and community of the year awards the senior living facility received from the property’s owner. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley)

Christina Melaragno, executive director at the Gardens at Westlake, with the top financial performance and community of the year awards the senior living facility received from the property’s owner. (West Life photo by Kevin Kelley)

            The Gardens at Westlake received Spectrum’s top financial performance award as well as the community of the year award last month in Denver. Christina Melaragno, executive director at the Gardens, received the awards from Spectrum Managing Directors John Sevo and Jeff Kraus.

            Melaragno said she is most proud of the community of the year award, which is given based on nine criteria, including resident and employee satisfaction and financial performance.

            “This award embodies everything we do,” she said. “This was an award for everyone who lives here and works here.”

            Melaragno said she is also proud that the Gardens at Westlake has been able to keep expenses down while maintaining quality services.

            The Gardens at Westlake offers lofts, one- and two-bedroom apartments to seniors 55 years and older. About half of its 109 residents receive assisted living services, Melaragno said.

            Melaragno, a licensed practical nurse, said at the end of staff meetings she tells her employees to make a difference in the residents’ lives.

            “I know they make a difference, and it was recognized,” she said.

            The Gardens at Westlake is one of 21 retirement communities owned and operated by Spectrum, which is based in Denver. Spectrum purchased the property in 2007.

 

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