Category Archives: Continuing Care

The Samarkand Welcomes New Healthcare Administrator

Janice Connelly_The Samarkand HC AdminstratorContact: Wendy D’Alessandro

 SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Janice Connelly has been named healthcare administrator at The Samarkand, a faith-based, non-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. She will report to Executive Director Ruth Grande.

Connelly will direct and coordinate the daily operations at the senior living community’s 63-bed skilled nursing center. She directs a staff of 103.

Connelly has worked in the senior living industry for nearly 20 years. She came to The Samarkand after an award-winning tenure as executive director at Villa Maria Healthcare Center, Santa Maria, Calif. She also served as executive director at Arbor View Retirement Community, Santa Maria, and as administrator at Mission Gardens Skilled Care, Lompoc, Calif.

Ms. Connelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare administration from California State University of Long Beach and attended Western State University of Law, Irvine, Calif.

For more information on The Samarkand, visit www.TheSamarkand.org. For information on Covenant Retirement Communities, visit www.covenantretirement.org.

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The Samarkand Appoints Jessica Briceño Dining Services Director

Contacts:
Ruth Grande, REGrande@covenantretirement.org
Wendy D’Alessandro, wendydalessandro@gmail.com

bricenoThe Samarkand in Santa Barbara recently appointed Jessica Briceño as their new Dining Services Director. In her new role, Briceño will oversee all food and beverage operations at the community. She will also manage the Samarkand’s catering.

Briceño has a long history in the hospitality industry, working in the field for more than a decade. She previously served as the food and beverage manager at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, where she was recognized as Manager of the Year. She also worked for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts at several locations, including Venezuela, Texas and Hawaii, and was general manager of Pangea Bistro in West Palm Beach, Fla.

She is a graduate of Nueva Esparta University in Caracas, Venezuela, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in the tourism industry.

To learn more about The Samarkand, visit www.TheSamarkand.org. For information on Covenant Retirement Communities, visit www.covenantretirement.org.

The Meadows of Napa Valley Announces Plans for $67 Million Expansion of its Continuing Care Retirement Community

Contact: Amy Jones & Gabrielle Wallace, Forté Group, Inc.
ajones@fortegroupinc.com
gwallace@fortegroupinc.com

Expansion-RenderingThe Meadows of Napa Valley, a nonprofit resident-centered retirement community, is excited to announce plans for innovative renovations and a major expansion. The estimated $67 million project will add an additional 242,000 square feet of amenities and independent living apartments. The main aspects of the expansion will include 92 new apartments and underground parking, a state-of-the-art wellness and aquatic center and fully renovated dining venues. The stunning 900 square foot to 2,400 square foot apartments will be some of the most spacious offered at a retirement community in the Bay Area. The community will continue to provide a full range of health care services for an onsite continuum of care including assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to begin in spring of next year and will take an estimated 18 months to build.

Wellness and Aquatic Center Rendering“We are very excited about the extensive renovations and the expansion that will take place in our community,” said Wayne Panchesson, executive director of The Meadows of Napa Valley. “A lot of thought and strategic planning have gone into the various aspects of the project to ensure that we further enrich the lives of our residents. With the addition of our top-notch wellness center, spacious apartments and superb dining venues, we will provide even more opportunities for active retirees to be fulfilled during retirement and into their later years. We are thrilled to answer questions from people who live in the area, and we are currently creating a priority list of interested individuals who want to learn more. We can’t wait until our vision becomes a reality.”

Realizing the trend that people want more space in retirement than in the past, the project will include large and breathtaking apartments that all have nine-foot ceilings, large windows, and private balconies. Additionally, to encourage individuals to stay active and healthy as they age, the wellness and aquatic center will span over 6,000 square feet and allow for a full-size lap pool, a spa pool and an aerobics pool. The renovated dining venues will include a brand new experience with formal dining as well as a more casual bistro setting.

Dining_Rendering“We already do a lot to make life pleasurable for those who live here,” said Panchesson. “This is about taking it to the next level and continually evaluating how we can help seniors enjoy the life they want to live when they retire here in picturesque Napa Valley.”

To learn more about The Meadows of Napa Valley, visit www.retirement.org/meadowsnapa 

Klaus Richter Named Executive Chef at Covenant Village of Turlock

CONTACT: Laura J. Bemis, 209-632-9976, LJBemis@covenantretirement.org

KLAUS RICHTER NAMED EXECUTIVE CHEF AT COVENANT VILLAGE OF TURLOCKTURLOCK, Calif.— Klaus Richter has been named executive chef at Covenant Village of Turlock, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located at 2125 North Olive Avenue, Turlock, Calif. He is employed by the community’s dining services provider Sodexo and will report to Covenant Village of Turlock Dining Services Director Anne Dean.

In his new position, Richter will manage day-to-day food operations for the resident community, including casual and formal dining in the residential and assisted living and healthcare settings. He is responsible for managing and training a kitchen staff of 60, creating innovative, healthful menus, and managing the community’s catering services.

“Chef Klaus brings an international flair to our cuisine at Covenant Village, and our residents are already raving about his Mediterranean snapper dish,” said Executive Director Bob Howell.  “We’re pleased to have him on board.”

Born and raised in Vigo, Spain, Richter graduated from Escuela de Hosteleria San Javier Culinary School in La Coruña, Spain where he earned his Culinary Arts diploma. He brings to Covenant Village 25 years of culinary experience, during which he worked at The Arona Gran Hotel and Hotel Paradise Park, both four-star hotels in The Canary Islands, and trained with Swiss-born Chef Reto Demarmels in Boca Raton, Fla. Most recently, he was executive chef at Harbor’s Edge, Delray Beach, Fla.

Richter lives in Turlock, Calif.

To learn more about Covenant Village of Turlock,  visit www.CovenantVillageofTurlock.org

 

Orange County’s Quaker Gardens Senior Living Renames to Rowntree Gardens

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Contact: Jason Sherman, Sherman Communications and Marketing

Nearly a half-century since its founding in 1965, Quaker Gardens Senior Living has been renamed Rowntree Gardens.

The 335-resident community, is one of Orange County’s only licensed, nonprofit, continuing care retirement communities. Rowntree Gardens is retooling nearly everything from its branding to its structures to its menus to its offerings.

In late 2013, Rowntree Gardens launched an extensive review to identify what changes would be necessary to flourish during the next 50 years. That review encompassed its internal and external audience perceptions and needs, services, physical infrastructure, brand promise and relevance.

“This is a very exciting and dynamic time at Rowntree Gardens,” explained Chief Executive Office and Board Chair Randy Brown. “We’re here to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people through all seasons of life with compassionate and skilled care. We hope everything we do brings to life our vision statement, ‘To be a daily blessing to all we encounter.’”

Read the full press release.

Atherton Baptist Homes Celebrates 100 Years

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By Dennis McFadden, former CEO, Atherton Baptist Homes

For most of its 100 year storied existence, Atherton Baptist Homes has been an Alhambra institution with senior living and superior care for all levels of retirement ranging from independent, to assisted, to skilled nursing and rehabilitative care.

A century ago, Hannah Atherton Baldwin brought a proposal to the Southern California Baptist Convention that they construct a home for retired ministers and missionaries and the “lay” community.  She sweetened her suggestion with a large incentive, a $40,000 donation, equivalent to a $1 million gift today!

The first location in Burbank proved unsuitable and Atherton moved to its present home just off Atlantic Blvd. in Alhambra in the 1920s with the purchase of 1.7 acres.  Before long the campus was expanding with cottages and apartments.

“Since then, we have grown from less than two acres to almost fifteen by purchasing existing properties and renovating or rebuilding houses one at a time,” said President and CEO the Reverend Craig Statton.

During its first 50 years, residents mostly came from the ranks of retired ministers and missionaries in Southern California.  Since then the community has opened its doors to lay people, expanding its reach and welcome considerably.

As Alhambra’s ethnic composition has changed, becoming more Asian and Hispanic, Atherton was quick to embrace the changes in the surrounding community. Today the Atherton team serves an increasingly diverse population with employees and residents originally hailing from such distant places as China, Japan, Central America, and the Philippines.  While services are provided in English, one visiting the campus today can hear echoes of Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, and Tagalog.  Those coming to the campus for the first time often comment on happy diversity of ethnicities, still relatively uncommon for communities such as Atherton.

The stories of the lives of residents are as diverse as their cultures.  One resident was a former optics engineer who founded a Pasadena tech company.  NASA tapped his organization to provide software to help fix the Hubble telescope after its initial launch.  Ministers living at Atherton have served as seminary presidents and tenured professors, one recently publishing his 18th book.  Missionaries have served around the globe, one located a mere 10 miles from the demilitarized zone, helping children in a Korean orphanage.  Another was a former diplomat, one of the initial architects of the Peace Corps, member of the NSA, and advisor to five U.S. Presidents.

The continuing care retirement community model offers residents who are at least 60 years of age options for varieties of living situations in independent, assisted, and skilled nursing care on a single convenient campus.  Atherton even pioneered a social model for those experiencing early to mid-stage dementia, providing a home-like setting with 24 hour/day caregiving as an alternative to the more institutional feel of skilled nursing.

Atherton boasts core competencies in customizable options, residential choices, quality staff, diverse activities, and making it all available with the warm and inviting ambiance of a tree-lined neighborhood.  Residents enjoy the warmly inclusive environment, commitment to shared core values, commitment to continuous improvement in technology, infrastructure, and development, and a commitment to helping each resident maintain the highest degree of community participation and interaction.

Throughout the year, Atherton residents participate in numerous volunteer programs, including local churches, reading programs with local elementary school children, and offering developmentally delayed high school students an opportunity to interact with seniors.  Another highlight of the community features off campus trips and outings, including Hawaii and Alaska cruises, and international trips to places such as Ireland, Israel, and the Greek Islands hosted annually for the residents.

For many years, Atherton has featured seminars for the community on various aspects of aging from financial issues to health related concerns.  Alhambra residents often express appreciation for the annual Fall Festival, the last one taking place in October, where visitors were delighted by ethnic foods, a petting zoo, games for children, tours of the grounds, live entertainment, train rides, and a silent auction.

“With different backgrounds, faiths, and cultures, Atherton is a community founded to help make the most of the best years of our residents’ lives,” Statton observed.

Atherton Baptist Homes is located at 214 S. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra.  To learn more, visit them online at www.abh.org.

Mount Miguel Covenant Village Announces Newest Addition to Staff

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CONTACT: Lyne Brownwood, Sales Director, LCBrownwood@covenantretirement.org, 619-931-1174

MMCV_AshleyGonzalesSPRING VALLEY, Calif., November 7, 2014 — Recently, Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, welcomed La Mesa resident Ashley Gonzales to the role of Director of Assisted Living.

“We are pleased to have such an exceptional senior living professional join our Covenant Retirement Communities family,” states Thad Rothrock, executive director at Mount Miguel Covenant Village. “We look forward to utilizing her talents and skills to enhance Mount Miguel Covenant Village’s services for our residents and greater San Diego area.”

As the Director of Assisted Living, Gonzales is responsible for directing the daily operations and census in Mount Miguel Covenant Village’s Assisted Living neighborhood. This involves the coordination of admissions and discharges as well as maintaining communication with the interdisciplinary team and the Health Care Administrator to ensure resident care and services are met.

Gonzales will also oversee new resident move-ins and orientation, and supervise operational functions and services including nursing, dining, housekeeping, activities and maintenance. She will also act as the senior living community’s liaison communicating with physicians, family and the healthcare center regarding the changing condition of any resident.

Previously, Gonzales was employed at Fallbrook Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility as a registered nurse.

Gonzales is a graduate of Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, Nev. where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

For more information about Miguel Covenant Village, please visit www.mountmiguelcovenant.org.