Blair Senior Services, Inc. Transportation Department Announces Awards

From Seasons Magazine Spring 2019

Blair Senior Services, Inc. Transportation Department held their annual Safety Training and Awards Meeting on December 10, 2018 at the Central Blair Senior Center in Altoona, PA. Recognitions included a long list of Accident Free Drivers Awards, the 2018 Rex Fahr Customer Service Award, and a special presentation of the Ecolane’s Pennsylvania Partner Award to Blair Senior Services, Inc. as Pennsylvania’s Transportation Provider of the Year.

Celebrating 2018 Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Transportation Departments achievements are: Sean Ford, Nominee of the 2018 Rex Fahr Award for Consumer Service: Peter Harter, Recipient of the 2018 Rex Fahr Award for Consumer Service: Dennis Wisor, Transportation Program Manager, holding the 2018 Ecolane’s Pennsylvania Partner Award: Deb Lee and Robbin Snively. Nominees of the 2018 Rex Fahr Award for Consumer Service.

According to Dennis Wisor, Blair Senior Services’ Transportation Program Manager, the Transportation Department staff had a lot to celebrate this year. “In addition to the employee achievements, receiving Ecolane’s Pennsylvania Partner Award is a true honor,” shared Wisor. “I believe we have an incredible team who goes beyond the call of service, and exercises great communication across all of our departments, which is one of the reasons why we are one of the lowest cost per trip providers in Pennsylvania.”

Vehicle Operators One Year Accident Free: Bill Beck, Kevin Cowan, Kevin Hite, Vickie Killinger, William Kuny, Clark Liebegott, Rick MacIntyre, Raymond Nebelski, Melvin Pfahler, Bill Richard, Jim Settlemyer, and Larry Wagner

Safety awards were presented to the Transportation Department’s drivers in recognition of their accident free records. According to Wisor, “Our van drivers help to provide worry-free, safe transportation. Our consumers don’t have to become isolated because they aren’t able to drive themselves or they don’t have loved ones that are able to take them where they need to go.”

Awardees included:

  • Vehicle Operators One Year Accident Free: Bill Beck, Kevin Cowan, Kevin Hite, Vickie Killinger, William Kuny, Clark Liebegott, Rick MacIntyre, Raymond Nebelski, Melvin Pfahler, Bill Richard, Jim Settlemyer, and Larry Wagner
  • Vehicle Operators Two Years Accident Free: Terry Brumbaugh, Pete Bucci, Gregg Bunn, John Butler, Dan Novak, Craig Schaffer, and Clair Servello
  • Vehicle Operators Three Years Accident Free: CJ Brewbaker, John Scalzi, and Dennis Skorupa
  • Vehicle Operators Five Years Accident Free: Joe Will
Vehicle Operators Two Years Accident Free: Terry Brumbaugh, Pete Bucci, Gregg Bunn, John Butler, Dan Novak, Craig Schaffer, and Clair Servello.

Pete Harter was awarded the 2018 “Rex Fahr Award for Consumer Service” for consistently doing good work every day. According to Wisor, “The Rex Fahr Award was named in memory of the late Rex Fahr, a past Transportation Department driver from June 2013 to January 2016, who was well loved and respected for his exceptional work and personality.” Other nominees for the award included Sean Ford, Deb Lee, and Robbin Snively.

Vehicle Operators Three Years Accident Free: CJ Brewbaker, John Scalzi, and Dennis Skorupa.

Blair Senior Services, Inc. Transportation Program offers convenient and affordable door-to-door transportation services to Blair County residents through their fleet of thirty shared-ride vans. They provide more than 120,000 trips each year. Anyone can ride in the vans, regardless of age, and some programs help pay for transportation for certain individuals under age 60. Consumers age 60-64 are eligible for funded trips to medical appointments and federal buildings, such as the Social Security office. Consumers, age 65 and older can use the vans for any purpose, such as shopping, errands, visiting friends, and medical appointments. Pennsylvania Lottery funds pays 85% of the fare for consumers age 65 and older, while Blair Senior Services, Inc. shares part of the remaining 15% of the cost for most trips.

Vehicle Operators Five Years Accident Free: Joe Will.

For more information contact the Blair Seniors Services, Inc. Transportation office at (814) 695-3500 or visit their website at www.blairsenior.org.

Dottie Hull

Dottie Hull has been a Blair Senior Services, Inc. volunteer for the past 7 years.
Dottie started as a volunteer with Blair Senior Services, Inc. in the Ombudsman Program. Dottie stated, “After I retired as a Registered Nurse, one of my nurse friends asked me to go along with her to see what the program was about. I decided it was something I would like to do.”
Dottie helps with facility visits in Blair and Bedford Counties. Her duties include talking with the residents to make sure their needs are being met and about the care they are receiving. Dottie states, “I also look at the facilities and make sure they are clean, odor free, fire extinguishers are in place, and review the menus. I make sure the residents are being treated with the respect and care they deserve. If they have any concerns, we discuss them and then I bring those concerns to the Ombudsman, Jaime Rose.” Dottie volunteers usually one day a month in Blair County and one day a month in Bedford County, or as needed.
When asked what she likes the most about volunteering for the Ombudsman Program, “With my nursing background this keeps me busy. It gives me something to do and a way of still caring for people. My favorite thing is the people. The wonderful people I work with and the residents,” Dottie said.
Dottie stated there wasn’t any one memory in particular that was special, but the special feeling she gets from helping and being around the residents is what is so special and meaningful for her.
Dottie said she would encourage anyone to volunteer for this program, but especially any retired nurses. She states, “The nursing background just helps you to know what to look for I think. Anyone can learn, but it gives you a better understanding. I encourage anyone to try volunteering for this program. It is a great experience for you and helps people in sometimes a difficult situation.”
If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please call 814-296-6336. For volunteering with any of the other programs at Blair Senior Services, Inc., please call 814-946-1235.