Category Archives: LeadingAge

Casa de Modesto Celebrates 50 years in 2015

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Article courtesy of Kelly Wiest, executive director of Casa de Modesto:

Casa de Modesto opened its doors on May 16, 1965 and was the dream of Merle Strohm, member of the Modesto Church of the Brethern.

Although Casa de Modesto is not officially affiliated with any particular church or denomination today, the Church of the Brethern played a  major role in the  formation of the community.

Throughout the past 49 years, Casa de Modesto has seen many changes and yet it remains today as it has always been – a home for seniors to live healthy and fulfilling lives among friends and family.  Development of a tri-level reirement center was a new concept in 1965.  Although there are many more retirement communities today, Casa de Modesto remains the only non-profit, multi-level community in Modesto; providing Independent and  Assisted Living  and skilled nursing.  In 1978 the Delmar E. Myers Care Center was opened to meet the demand for skilled nursing.  Since then Casa de Modesto has added courtyard apartments, an activity center, maintenance building and Restorative Therapy unit, as well as a  state-of-the-art kitchen.  Casa de  completed a transformation of its  grounds several years ago and is in the process of updating its Assisted Living rooms.

Other celebrations planned for this year include a fall fundraising event, May senior prom, participating in the 4th of July Parade, hosting the Chamber of Commerce in June and several open houses.

As Casa de Modesto  looks forward to the next 50 years there will undoubtedly be many more changes, but at the center of those changes remains the solid foundation of fellowship that makes Casa de Modesto “a home to come home to” for countless seniors.

To learn more about Casa de Modesto, visit www.casademodesto.org 

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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.

Valle Verde Names New Executive Director

VV Melissa Beth HonigSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Valle Verde announces Melissa Beth Honig as its new executive director. In her position, Honig will oversee day-to-day operations of the continuing care retirement community, including residential living, dining, health services and life enrichment programs.

“Providing an environment where older adults can live a fulfilling life in their later years has always been my passion, and I’m excited to create genuine relationships with our residents and team members,” said Honig. “Valle Verde has a great reputation in Santa Barbara, and I’m looking forward to building upon its success.”

Honig has more than 15 years of experience working with older adults in a variety of capacities. She’s worked as an admissions coordinator and move-in coordinator at a number of continuing care retirement communities, and as a laughter yoga leader for adults with Alzheimer’s. Honig is a licensed nursing home administrator and worked with The Green House Project ®, a program that transformed long-term care nationally. Prior to joining the Valle Verde team, she worked as the vice president of clinical services for ABHOW (American Baptist Homes of the West), the nonprofit senior living organization that owns and manages Valle Verde.

“Having previously working with Melissa at a corporate level, I know she possesses the kind of leadership qualities we seek in an upper-management position,” said Jeff Glaze, senior vice president and chief operations manager at ABHOW. “She has a gift for serving older adults and a passion for sharing her professional experience with the team members at Valle Verde.”

Honig is an honors graduate of James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health services administration. She also holds a Master of Health Services Administration degree in management and leadership from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.

For more information contact: Dani Row, GlynnDevins, Public Relations, 913-754-2311, drow@glynndevins.com 

 

David Berg Named President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services

David_Berg_300dpi(SAN FRANCISCO) — Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS) recently announced that its Board of Directors has appointed David Berg, MBA as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NCPHS, Berg will assume his new role on October 1, 2014.

“David brings knowledge of complex multi-campus organizations, first-hand experience in growth and development, and excellent strategic skills,” said Oliver Wesson, Chair of the NCPHS Board of Directors. “He has developed a reputation at NCPHS as a strong communicator with board members, residents, staff, and community stakeholders. And most importantly, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to the mission of NCPHS.”

“Few organizations have as clear a sense of purpose as NCPHS,” Berg said. “Everyone is dedicated to enriching the experience of aging for the diverse residents and clients we serve. It is a great privilege to serve with our staff and lead them to ever higher levels of performance.”

Berg has over 30 years of experience in operations, strategy, and business development for hospitals, affordable housing developers, senior living companies, and community service organizations. Since 2008, Berg has served on the NCPHS management team as Vice President of Business Development of NCP Senior Ventures, Vice President of Operations, and most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his tenure at NCPHS, Berg worked as a management consultant for 11 years, and was an executive at Catholic Healthcare West (currently Dignity Health) for 19 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Berg will succeed Barbara Hood, who is retiring at the end of December 2014 after 14 years as NCPHS President and CEO. Until December, Hood will focus on special projects for NCPHS.

For more information about NCPHS, please visit www.ncphs.org.

 

Monte Vista Grove Homes Celebrates 90 Years of Faithful, Caring Service

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Monte Vista Grove Homes (MVGH) was founded in 1924 by Mr. James Marwick (of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.) to provide housing to the ordained servants of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  The Gamble family (of Proctor & Gamble) put up some of the seed money to make Mr. Marwick’s vision a reality. Ninety years later, MVGH continues to not only be faithful to its original mission, but has expanded to serve the surrounding community as well.

Today MVGH is known as one of Southern California’s premier, active senior communities.  The Independent Living serves qualified Presbyterian retirees such as: missionaries, commissioned lay pastors, certified musicians and certified educators of the Presbyterian Church USA. MVGH also offers Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing care to the community at large regardless of religious affiliation.

MVGH is located on 13.5 beautifully landscaped acres in East Pasadena. Originally designed by the famous architect Myron Hunt, Monte Vista Grove Homes strives to preserve its vibrant history.

On Saturday, October 4th Monte Vista Grove Homes will join with state and local dignitaries, as well as residents, Board members, donors, friends, family and community members, at its Annual Founders’ Day, to celebrate 90 years of faithful, caring service.

www.mvgh.org

Covenant Village of Turlock Expands Sales Team

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Blanche Le Flore

Health Care Sales/Outreach Coordinator and Sales Representative Join Covenant Village

Covenant Village of Turlock, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities recently appointed Blanche Le Flore health care sales and outreach coordinator and Barbara Arrington sales representative.

As health care sales and outreach coordinator, Blanche Le Flore is Covenant Village of Turlock’s liaison with the medical and professional communities as well as the general public.

Barbara Arrington

Barbara Arrington

Sales Representative Barbara Arrington supports the community’s sales and marketing initiatives by recruiting prospective residents, overseeing community tours, and guiding residents through the sales process.

Read the full press release and visit www.covenantvillageofturlock.org to learn more about Covenant Village.

Pilgrim Place Health Services Center Continues to Refine Person-Centered Care

(Press release courtesy of Tim Sunderland)

Claremont, Calif. – Three staff members from Pilgrim Place are now certified as Master Trainers in the Best FriendsTM approach for caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

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Sue Fairley, Sharon Berry and Andrea Smith recently completed a course of study with the Best Friends Institute in Baltimore, MD.

The Best Friends™ Approach is a person-centered, compassionate care philosophy grounded in the understanding that relationships are supremely important to dementia care and that they require the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor. With Best Friends™, the focus is on the individual — the person’s rights, history, and relationships with all care partners.

Read about the core components of the Best Friends™ philosophy and learn more about Pilgrim Place in the original press release.