Plaza West Health Center, at Freedom Plaza - About Us

Plaza West Health Center, at Freedom Plaza - About Us

I loved growing up in the hills of West Virginia and I am an

alumna of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

I have had the opportunity to have homes in WV, NY, NC, AZ,

TN and FL. I love to camp (tent camp!), hike, fish, white

water raft, walk on the beach with my rat terrier, crochet,

quilt, am learning to play the guitar, have a special

passion for my family and my church; the list is endless!

I take to heart the stated purpose of the Social Service Designee in a

nursing home to help residents deal with their feelings about their illness,

altered relationships with their families and friends, and new relationships

Born: Louisville, Ky. 1951. Moved to Tampa to be with grandparents

as "Ships Agent" 1968-1988. Started a second life

working in Health Care in 1988 as Social Director at

Canterbury Towers an ALF/SNF in Tampa, it took only a few

months to realize I had wasted 20 years working in a job I

thought I enjoyed until I came to understand the difference

I could make in a senior''s life. Caring for and entertaining

the senior population seemed to come natural as I was raised

in a warm and loving home that included my grandparents, who

taught me the love and respect the elderly so richly

deserve. I have carried and applied these lessons all my

life. My grandfather said to be thoughtful and considerate

in everything you do in life and the rewards in the heart

far surpass all material gains, and this I found to be true.

Hello! My name is Felicia Altenburg. Three years ago, I started working for ARC as a housekeeper at Plaza West and worked my way up to manager. This position includes managing a 24 hour centralized laundry for the campus and housekeeping services for Hospice House. I was raised in the Tampa Bay area, have two lovely daughters and one granddaughter. My grandmother lived with me for several years and my father still resides with me. This is why I get great satisfaction and pleasure in knowing the services I provide for retired and elderly residents make a difference in their later years.

I have been with Freedom Plaza Retirement Community for over 5 years and in Senior Living Services for over 11 years. I graduated with a BS degree in hotel/restaurant management from Brigham Young University in Hawaii. As the director of Dining Services, I provide assistance to the Plaza, Plaza Club, Plaza West and Homewood. Our Dining Services staff produces over 25,000 meals each month campus wide. Myself and my courteous staff of over a hundred associates takes great pride in providing quality meals and gracious services to our residents. Please feel free to contact me. I always welcome suggestions and ideas.

Hello, I am Velma Brittle. I am originally from Missouri and received my license as a Certified Dietary Manager from the University of Missouri 25 years ago. I am a 3rd generation CDM, married with two grown sons and raising a grandson. As a CDM in Dining Services, I work with our residents, their family, physicians and our nursing staff to develop well-balanced meals and snacks. My job over-all is to make sure residents have the appropriate nutrition to aid in healing of mind and body. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

Plaza West Health Center - 912 American Eagle Boulevard - Sun City Center, FL 33573

Phone: (813) 633-3066 - Fax: (813) 633-1800 - Email:

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