The Centers at St. Camillus Welcomes New Directors


 Katrina Seeley, RN, BSN

St. Camillus Appoints Katrina Seeley New Director of Nursing Services

The Centers at St. Camillus is pleased to welcome Katrina Seeley, RN, BSN as its new Director of Nursing Services for the skilled nursing facility, where she will oversee the nursing practice across all inpatient and clinical programs, including long term skilled nursing (continuing) care, short term rehabilitation and the specialized care in Central and Upstate New York’s only state-certified Brain Injury Center.

With a collective decade of successful experience in nursing and health care management, Ms. Seeley specializes in long term care, critical care medicine and advanced wound care. She has held positions responsible for clinical, operational and quality leadership for nursing and clinical inpatient services throughout New York’s Capital district and Central regions.

Katrina received her undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Albany and is currently a master’s candidate. She is a diplomate of the American Professional Wound Care Association and is certified in Nursing Executive Practice.

She has received several honors and awards throughout her nursing career, including the Capital District Region’s esteemed Nurse of Excellence Award.

Katrina’s nursing career is dedicated to quality driven initiatives, and investing in and developing the next generation of nurses and health care professionals to become true leaders.

Mary Wassel, LMSW, LNHA

The Centers at St. Camillus has named Mary Wassel, LMSW, LNHA, as its New Director of Social Services

Wassel has been active in the health care field for more than 25 years with a focus on long term care services. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in gerontology from SUNY Cortland and was integral to the first upstate New York student symposium on aging in coordination with SUNY Stony Brook.

Wassel received her master’s degree in social work with a concentration certificate in gerontology from Syracuse University and has worked in a variety of aging services, from adult day care, home care and assisted living to Hospice, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services in both proprietary and not-for-profit settings.

Mary’s energetic approach to collaboration and leadership has gained her a reputation for being a champion for change. In former positions, she was actively involved with the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, Mutual Aid Disaster planning initiatives, Value Based Program initiatives, palliative care and quality measure workgroups, as well as other quality initiative programs including GOLDStamp, ETTA and implementation of the INTERACT program.

She has served on a number of Board of Directors for long term care providers and was a selected panelist for SUNY Cortland Alumni to speak on careers in health care. Mary is a 2014-2015 graduate the LeadingAge NY Leadership Academy, where she served as a coach for four years.

Wassel’s passion is to provide long term care education and serve the community with a fresh, innovative outlook, as well being part of a supportive interdisciplinary team.

For more information about The Centers at St. Camillus and its professional health care programs for adults,
please call 315-488-2951 or visit and click on the Programs/Services tab.

As we celebrate National Nurses Day
a heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to our entire


for their hard work and daily commitment to provide compassion
and care to our patients and residents, today and every day!



A very special THANK YOU to all of those who are supporting
The Centers at St. Camillus at the upcoming

S.A.D.A. (Syracuse Auto Dealers Association) Charity Preview Gala!

On behalf of our residents, patients, family members and staff, a special THANK YOU to our Gold Sponsor: Buffalo Pharmacies, Inc., our Silver Sponsors: NewsChannel 9, Bill Rapp Superstore, Mary Grace VanNortwick, OneGroup and Summit Auto Group; and to our Bronze Sponsors: Aileen & David Balitz, McClurg Remodeling, The John & Caroline Maestri Charitable Trust, Laboratory Alliance of Central New York, Solvay Bank and ProCare LTC Pharmacy.

We’d also like to thank the dozens of individuals who purchased tickets to the event on our behalf.

We look forward to seeing you on February 5th at the “Party of the Year!”

You’re Invited to the…
“Party of the Year!”

Syracuse Auto Dealers Association (SADA)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020  .  Oncenter, d’town Syracuse  .  6:30 pm

St. Camillus is so grateful to the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association (SADA) for supporting our mission of caring for life, including older adults and the frail elderly, as well as those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

We’ve been chosen again as one of the charities to benefit from the 2020 SADA CHARITY PREVIEW in early February, where our community gathers to “party for a purpose” and help those in need.

Treat yourself to an elegant and fun night out, perusing the newest cars while enjoying complimentary drinks, delicious foods and decadent desserts! Single tickets are $125 each, while Gold, Silver and Bronze Level Sponsorships are available that come with 20, 10 or 6 tickets, respectively.

To purchase your sponsorship or tickets, download and print the accompanying form, complete and mail it in with your payment to St. Camillus. To make a secure donation online, click the following link:…/online-giving/ Either way, we thank you for your support!

St. Camillus is offering an exciting new opportunity!

CNA Training and Education will be offered to select candidates. The class will run December 2, 2019 through January 17, 2020.

Class size is limited so ACT NOW!

Just click the link to apply:


The New York State Fair Comes to St. Camillus!

Yesterday marked the start of the New York State Fair – not just at the Fairgrounds, but at The Centers at St. Camillus, too!

The Dining Services staff decorated the dining room with balloons and streamers and dressed for the occasion in country attire. Residents enjoyed a Syracuse favorite, Dinosaur BBQ, with baked beans and corn on the cob. After lunch, the Ice Cream Booth was a big hit with residents, who then went on to play the ever popular Duck Pond Game where everybody wins a prize!


New Flag & Pole Dedicated at St. Camillus Today Courtesy of Camillus VFW Post 8664

Thank you to our generous friends and neighbors at the Camillus VFW Post 8664, who visited St. Camillus on Wednesday, August 15 and invited our resident Veterans and staff to join in a special new American Flag and new Flag Pole dedication ceremony.

The Camillus VFW purchased and donated the new flag pole to St. Camillus and dedicated it in loving memory of Ruth Houser. Dick Houser, her husband, is a member of the Camillus VFW and was on hand to place the memorial sign at the base of the new flag pole.

The Camillus VFW also donated a new flag that flew over our nation’s Capitol on July 5, 2018, that was obtained by them with the help of Congressman John Katko.

The dedication ceremony concluded with VFW members visiting with staff and residents, and everyone thanking all Veterans in attendance for their service!

Solvay Elementary Kindergarten Classes Visit St. Camillus!

Residents, patients and staff members at The Centers at St. Camillus were all smiles on Tuesday, June 19 as two classes of kindergarten students from Solvay Elementary School visited to “entertain the troops!” They sang several patriotic songs throughout the facility and even performed one number with sign language. Each child wore a shirt displaying their own artwork, a hand-painted version of the American Flag. One St. Camillus resident, a Veteran, said, “I just love this! These kids right here, this is who we fought for.”

Special thanks to the students and their teachers Mrs. Lori Reale and Tammy Hastings, and all the faculty, parents and families at Solvay Elementary School for honoring St. Camillus residents with their visit and through their music.


A Very Special Dedication

Clergy Chair Dedication 1It has been said that “Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference.” We would like to extend our gratitude to those who recently made a difference by donating new chairs to be used by the clergy at The Centers at St. Camillus.

Three chairs were given: One by Davis Mechanical Service, Inc., one in memory of Tom Dugan from his friends and family, and one by the McClurg family. The chairs will be used by the members of the clergy who come for weekly mass, and special masses throughout the year.

The chairs were recently dedicated, and we were delighted to have some of the generous donors present for the dedication. Pictured with the beautiful new chairs are (L to R): Michael Connor, Relationship Development Coordinator, Dc. Tony Paratore, Mary Ellen Steele (daughter of Tom Dugan), Dosie Dugan (Tom’s wife), Fr. Louis Aiello, Candace Lawrence, Pastoral Care Coordinator, and Scott McClurg.

We are truly grateful for these gifts. For more information about donating to The Centers at St. Camillus, please contact Michael Connor at 315-703-0822 or by e-mail:

St. Camillus President and CEO Aileen Balitz to Receive Lawrence E. Larson Award

Aileen Close Up from elbowsWe are very pleased to announce that Aileen Balitz, President and CEO of The Centers at St. Camillus, has been named this year’s recipient of LeadingAge New York’s highest honor, the Lawrence E. Larson Memorial Award of Honor.

LeadingAge New York represents not-for-profit, mission driven and public continuing care providers. The organization’s highest award honors the late Larry Larson, the association’s first chairman, and pays tribute to his distinguished service, dedication and foresight in aging.

The award is given to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the field and is a recognized leader at the state and national level with a reputation for humanitarian achievement and professional vision.

Congratulations, Aileen!

St. Camillus Residents to Attend In the Mood

INTHEMOOD_SHOWMAINPICResidents of The Centers at St. Camillus will be attending the upcoming production of the 1940s musical revue, In The Mood with two performances at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater in downtown Syracuse.

In The Mood celebrates America’s Greatest Generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the 1940s. In The Mood takes a look at America’s Swing Era, the last time when everyone listened and danced to the same style of music!

It recreates defining moments from the 1930s and 1940s, from the happy-go-lucky era before WWII, to the start of the war when thousands of our youth were going abroad to defend our freedoms, and longing for the end of the war when loved ones would be reunited.

For more information, visit and the show’s affiliate organization, Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive!, at

Talk About Taking It Off and Keeping It Off!

023This past September, St. Camillus employees entered our first-ever “Weight Loss Challenge” with the goal of losing weight in a healthy way. Every week for nine weeks, employees weighed in and received $1 for every pound they lost. As further incentive, participants were able to weigh-in at the end of the year. Three of our employees – Joanne Parkhurst, Mary Cassidy, and Caroline Owusu-Bannie – not only kept off the weight, they lost more!  To reward them for their efforts, they each received a $50 gift card.

Pictured celebrating the ladies’ achievement are Aileen Balitz, President and CEO of The Centers at St. Camillus and Lisa Bittel, Occupational Health Nurse.

Congratulations Joanne, Mary, and Caroline!

They’ve Got Rhythm!

Senior Tap Dancers 3

Big thanks to Our Town Tappers, who stepped by for a visit recently.

This lovely group of dancers from the Town of Onondaga Parks and Recreation tapped their way into the hearts of our residents on Monday.

Under the direction of Joyce McLaughlin, these talented ladies perform at various venues throughout the community. Some of the dancers have been in this group for many years, and it certainly shows in their smooth moves!

Thank you, ladies for getting our toes tapping!

Music to Our Ears!

Solstice Check DonationMusicians Bob Halligan, Jr. and Joe Whiting made a visit to St. Camillus today to present us with a donation of $1,000. St. Camillus was the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from Solstice at the Cathedral, a live music event that was held in December.

Pictured with Bob and Joe are Mike Zingaro, Vice President of Finance, Aileen Balitz, President and CEO of St. Camillus, Christine Kearney, Vice President of Rehabilitative Services and Organizational Development, and Mike Schafer, Vice President of the Nursing Facility. Thank you to the organizers of Solstice at the Cathedral and all who attended for your generosity!

You Gotta Have Art!

Color Me Decals

If you’ve seen the Annual Giving Garden, which graces the main hallway here at St. Camillus, then you are familiar with My Wonderful Walls’ creations.

My Wonderful Walls is the company that produces and personalizes the trees, flowers, butterflies, birds, and other elements that make the Giving Gardens so beautiful.

Recently, our friends at My Wonderful Walls were looking for volunteers to try their new Color Me Decals. They asked if some of our residents might want to lend their artistic talents to help color their new designs. Mary Ellen Steele, Director of Recreation Services, had just the right artists in mind!

Pictured adding their creative flair are Rosemary Klug, Henrietta Jaskula, Mary Ellen Steele (Director of Recreation Services), and Angela Scaffido.