RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home, a state-of-the-art healthcare facility in Rhinebeck, recently announced that Charissa Brown, director of its new Center for Neurodegenerative Care, has been named among the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Forty Under 40 Shaker Award recipients.
The Shaker Award annually recognizes people younger than 40 years old who have demonstrated a strong dedication to the Hudson Valley region in their work and focus on community. Brown was among 40 honorees selected from 110 applications.
“It is my heartfelt desire to improve the lives of people coping with neurodegenerative diseases and their families by bringing much-needed services close to those living in the Hudson Valley, and it is my great honor to be recognized for that work with the Shaker Award,” said Brown.
Brown, who previously served as a social worker at Ferncliff, oversees the programmatic approach for the 38-bed Center for Neurodegenerative Care, a specialized facility that caters to those with neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Her earlier experience includes work in healthcare settings and nonprofit organizations throughout New York.
Brown holds a Master of Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany, a bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.