Waltham, Mass. – When Allyson Sweeney completed her undergraduate internship at a nursing home, she immediately knew that she had found her calling. Years later, she spent a good part of her career at Benchmark, where she moved up the ranks to become associate executive director for The Arbors at Shelburne memory care community in Shelburne, Vt. After serving next as executive director of The Residence at Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vt., she is excited to return to Benchmark as executive director of The Atrium at Rocky Hill memory care community in Rocky Hill, Conn.
“Returning to Benchmark has been like coming home again,” says Sweeney. “Over the last two and a half years I’ve remained attracted to Benchmark because of the importance it places on person-centered care. It was evident to me from the very beginning that I was joining a team where we would work together to give our residents a life full of meaning and purpose while also supporting their loved ones. In addition, the culture and care placed on associates is second to none. I feel honored to be part of a company that emphasizes care for all.”
In 2015, Argentum, the national assisted living association, presented Sweeney with its Hero Award for showing leadership, initiative and work to improve the quality of life for her residents. She has also served as an ambassador to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont for which she has traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of those with Alzheimer’s disease. “Allyson’s contributions to our Shelburne community were enormous and today they remain a solid staple in the community, due in large part to her leadership several years ago,” says Justin Grady, regional director of operations for Benchmark. “Her experience leading a community that’s almost identical to The Atrium will be a huge asset, and her passion for keeping our residents and their family members connected to what’s meaningful and possible at every stage of their lives will be invaluable. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Allyson back on our team.”
A social worker by background, Sweeney received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Siena College and a master’s degree in social work from The University of Vermont. She has relocated to South Windsor, Conn., to be closer to extended family and The Atrium.
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast with 6,400 associates and 58 communities. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and continuing care retirement communities in eight states. The Great Place to Work Institute certified Benchmark in 2019 for the second consecutive year as a Great Place to Work. In 2018, the organization was selected by FORTUNE magazine for its inaugural Best Workplaces for Aging Services list, taking the number 16 spot on the list of top 40 aging services companies and ranking number three among companies with more than 40 communities. Benchmark is one of only six companies named to The Boston Globe Top Places to Work list every year of the 11 years it has been published. And it has been consistently recognized by Boston Business Journal, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal as a top workplace, and by the Boston Business Journal, Providence Business News and Hartford Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers. Click here for more information.
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