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Senior Momentum: Holiday Care Center claims the State’s top nursing honor for the fourth consecutive year

At a time when the Nation’s senior healthcare is the topic of major discussion,
Ocean County residents can rest comfortably knowing that right in their own 
backyard, senior caregiving has never been better. For the fourth year in a 
row, Holiday Care Center in Toms River has been singled out for excellence 
in nursing by the NJ Association of Nursing Administration. NJDONA named 
Abosede (Cecilia) Ojo BSN RN, The Assistant Director of Nursing of the Year 
for 2014. Ms. Ojo adds her name to the list of Holiday Care Center’s previous 
honorees including JoAnn Curry, LPN of the Year 2011, Evelina Andujar, 
Certified Nursing Assistant of the year 2012, and Jonas Bamba, BSN RN 
Supervisor of the year for 2013.
Since its opening in 1987, Holiday Care Center has strived for excellence, 
serving Ocean County’s senior community with the highest quality senior care, 
while establishing new standards for wellness, including 24/7 care for the 
chronically ill, as well as those in need of convalescent care, and rehabilitative 
services such as physical therapy, speech therapy and post-operative treatment 
and therapy. 
Assistant Director of Nursing Cecilia Ojo began her tenure at this 180-bed 
facility, on October 31, 2007, which also happens to be her birthday. According 
to Holiday’s longtime Administrator, Donna Schwartzman, it was Holiday Care 
Center’s staff and residents who received the best gift of all; the addition of 
another supremely talented and experienced caregiver with a passion for making 
a difference. “Cecilia was new to long-term care and filled the position of part-
time night shift supervisor. She continued working full-time at Deborah Heart and 
Lung Hospital, enhancing the skills, knowledge and experience she brought to 
the staff in caring for our residents.” Ms. Schwartzman noted that Holiday Care 
Center’s unique ability to serve a myriad of senior needs on a one resident at a 
time basis, is made possible by talented professionals like Ms. Ojo, who value 
their continued professional growth, and by pursuing higher education, are better 
prepared for every new on-the-job experience. “In July 2011, I encouraged 
Cecilia to interview for the ADON position at Holiday Care Center. Cecilia 
came into her new position with enthusiasm and continued to work part time at 
Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital, while at the same time pursued her BSN. 
She has since completed her BSN, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Kaplan 
University, got married to her longtime sweetheart, and had a beautiful baby 
boy! She has not lost a beat and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in 
nursing at Walden University, which will position her to greater serve the geriatric 
population as a nurse practitioner.”
Recommending Ms. Ojo for Nurse of the Year was an honor in itself for Holiday’s 
Director of Nursing, Jimmie King, who has witnessed Ojo’s growth as a most 
valued caregiver of the highest degree. “Cecilia’s skill and knowledge as a 
professional nurse are inspiring. She has extensive experience in both acute and 
long-term care, and is especially adept in addressing the needs of the post-acute 
residents here at Holiday Care Center. She is a natural teacher as she interacts 
with other members of the nursing team, so that both residents and staff benefit 
from her presence.”
Perhaps Ojo’s biggest supporters are the many patients and residents she 
has served as a medication nurse, treatment nurse, charge nurse and nursing 
supervisor. “From the first day I met her, Cecilia’s warm smile and confident 
presence gave me a sense of security”, says M.H., a resident at Holiday since 
2010. “I knew after meeting Cecilia that everything would be fine during my stay 
at Holiday Care Center.” 
As Holiday Care Center’s talented staff continues to build on a record of 
excellence, the Toms River care center has gained industry-wide recognition, 
elevating the facility to a five-star CMS rating in Quality Measures, and for 
achieving advisory standards in seven areas including Rehabilitation, Dietary 
Services, Activities, Infection Control, Pharmacy, Communication and Physical 
Plant/Life Safety.
Located at 4 Plaza Drive, Toms River, NJ, Holiday Care Center is one of Ocean 
County’s most highly regarded nursing and rehabilitative facilities, continually 
singled out by doctors, residents and families for its diverse and specialized 
services including 24/7 care for the chronically ill, as well as sub-acute and 
convalescent care, and a dynamic Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care program. 
For more information about Holiday Care Center, or to schedule a visit, go to or call 732-240-0900. You can also visit us 
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07/11/2014 - 09:05


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