Centenarian celebration: Holliswood Center in Jamaica honors 100-year-old resident

Centanarian Mable Hammond at her 100th birthday celebration
Photo by Pilar Deleon

Holliswood Center, a rehabilitation and nursing facility located in Jamaica, celebrated a momentous occasion on Saturday, Jan. 13, honoring its newest centenarian.

Mable Hammond, the distinguished guest of honor at the festive event, was surrounded by a joyful gathering in the center’s communal area. Friends, family members, dedicated staff, and administrators of the facility all came together to celebrate her milestone.

Born on Jan. 13, 1924, Hammond has been a cherished resident of Holliswood Center for over four years. Before her move to Queens, she called Staten Island home and enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as a cook.

Angie Laplanche, the Recreational Director at the center, shared that Hammond actively engages in board games and trivia competitions hosted within the facility. Laplanche remarked, “She always enjoys engaging in meaningful conversations.”

Recreational director Angie Laplanche with the celebrant (Photo by Pilar Deleon)

The celebration took place during the lunch hour, a regular ritual for Hammond at the center’s dining hall. The hall itself was adorned with vibrant banners and balloons, creating a festive atmosphere, while the jubilant centenarian sported a birthday sash that proudly proclaimed, “100 and fabulous.”

Holliswood Center, situated at 195-44 Woodhull Ave., distinguishes itself by seamlessly combining nursing care with specialized rehabilitation programs designed to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and personalized care.

Holliswood Center (Photo by Pilar Deleon)