OUR STAFF

Ava Pannullo, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Ava Pannullo is the Medical Director for the Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center and for The Hospital at Hebrew Health Care.  She oversees the medical department as well as the treatment for all of the residents from the skilled nursing care units and the treatment for all of the patients on the medical and behavioral health units. 
 
In addition to seeing her own patients, Dr. Pannullo is also directly involved in supervising the medical care of residents and patients who are assigned to other Hebrew Health Care staff physicians.
 
In addition, Dr. Pannullo is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, and graduated from the New Jersey Medical School. She also completed her residency at the New Jersey Medical School, and earned a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from the University of Connecticut Travelers Center on Aging.
 

Jonas Steiner, Vice President for Admissions and Social Work Services

Jonas Steiner is responsible for identifying appropriate candidates for admission to Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center based on individual assessments of all applicants in a sensitive, timely, and professional manner. He also oversees all social work and community outreach activities within Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Key contributions that Mr. Steiner has made to Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center include consolidation of admissions and social services to streamline and accelerate the admissions process, negotiation of favorable managed care rates, and initiation of formal procedures for determining reimbursement source for all applicants for admission.

Mr. Steiner joined Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center in 1980 as a social worker. He became Director of Admissions in 1984, and has been in his current position since 1998. He has a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Social Work from St. Louis University School of Social Service in St. Louis, MO.

Renata Ogrodnik, Vice President for Nursing Services

Renata Ogrodnik, Vice President for Nursing Services at Hebrew Health Care oversees the quality, performance of nursing services and day to day operations for 277 residents. Ms. Ogrodnik develops, implements, and maintains policies and procedures to address State and Federal regulations. She implements Quality Improvement programs for nursing units and focusing on resident/family educational needs. She oversees nursing administration and works with vendors to develop new products.
 
Ms. Ogrodnik has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph College and a Masters of Science in Nursing Management from the University of Hartford both in West Hartford, Connecticut. She also earned a Masters Degree in Organization and Management in Industry from W. Pstrowski Silesian Technical University in, Poland. 
 
A thirteen year veteran of Hebrew Health Care, Ms. Ogrodnik began her career as Nurse Manager in 2000. In 2006, she assumed the position of Assistant Director for Nursing and in April of 2010 Ms. Ogrodnik became a Vice President of Nursing.
 

Pamela K. Atwood, Director of Dementia Care Services

Pamela Atwood joined Hebrew Health Care in 2002 to create and manage the Dementia Care Services department, including curriculum development, training, policy creation, community elder care consultations, specialized activity programs and grants to support same. She does extensive public speaking, consulting, research and teaching. From 2008-2012 she also served as Director of Life Enrichment. 
 
Ms. Atwood volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association of Connecticut and facilitates three support groups. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the APDA CT Chapter and the Education Conference Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter.  Ms. Atwood has also been appointed by the Connecticut Legislature to serve on the State Alzheimer’s Task Force. In addition to in-service education, workshops and conference presentations, she educates people through college and online courses. Ms. Atwood and her husband Tom authored the book Total Engagement: An Arts-Based Guide to Meaningful Engagement.
 
Ms. Atwood earned a Masters Degree from University of Saint Joseph in Gerontology and Human Development and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a Qualified Dementia Care Provider and a Certified Laughter Leader.