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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.

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.

Covenant Village of Turlock Expands Sales Team

Blanche Le Flore

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.

The Samarkand Appoints Two Directors

New Facilities Management and Dining Services Directors Join Samarkand Leadership

The SamarkandSANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Samarkand, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities, appointed John Campbell facilities management director and William Henderson dining services director. Campbell will report to Samarkand Executive Director Ruth Grande, as will Henderson, who is employed by The Samarkand’s dining services provider Sodexo.

As facilities management director, Campbell oversees maintenance and grounds care, housekeeping, laundry, capital projects, refurbishing, security and fleet vehicles and safety programs at the 16-acre senior living community. He also assists in strategic planning and oversees the community’s compliance with local, state and federal statutes.

Henderson oversees all food and beverage operations at the senior living community, including casual and formal dining settings in the residential community and dining operations in assisted living, memory support
and health care. He also manages the community’s catering.

Campbell has more than 30 years of management experience. He comes to The Samarkand from its sister community Covenant Village of Colorado, Westminster, Colorado, where he was assistant director of facilities
management for seven years.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion with a focus in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Neb. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. Before joining The Samarkand, Henderson was executive chef for Alpha Phi sorority at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to that, he worked at a retirement community in Montecito, California for almost 30
years. He started as a chef and was promoted to dining room manager and then food services director.

Learn more about The Samarkand.

Oakland Senior Living Community Re-Accredited for Dementia Care and Skilled Nursing

Piedmont Gardens is the First East Bay Retirement Community to Obtain Special Recognition for Innovate Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Care

OAKLAND, Calif. – Piedmont Gardens, an Oakland senior living community, recently received a five-year accreditation from CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission). CARF-CCAC is an international recognition that identifies excellence in the high quality of services of a senior living organization. Piedmont Gardens is the only community in the East Bay area to obtain special recognition for dementia care for memory support and person-centered long-term care for skilled nursing. The community also received accreditation for the entire continuing care retirement community.

“Only 12 percent of continuing care retirement communities in the country are CARF-CCAC accredited and even fewer strive for accreditation for memory support or person-centered/skilled nursing care,” said Dave Ferguson, CEO and president of American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW), which owns and manages Piedmont Gardens. “In total, all 11 of our ABHOW communities were accredited in 2014, including Piedmont Gardens.”

Achieving accreditation requires an internal examination of the program and business, and the community must commit to providing quality improvements, focusing on the needs of each resident, and monitoring the results of the service. The accreditation process involves a team of professionals who evaluate the community based on its finances, policies, procedures and practices.

“The high standards CARF-CCAC sets make the results event more impressive,” said Kay Kallander, ABHOW senior vice president for strategic planning. “Piedmont Gardens had scores in the upper 90 percent, making it one of the highest-scoring communities in the country.”

About Piedmont Gardens

Piedmont Gardens is located at 110 41st Street in Oakland, Calif. The nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) promotes a lifestyle of activity, security and convenience. Piedmont Gardens creates a quality environment for residents in a setting that is responsive to their desire for an independent lifestyle and supplemental care as may be required during their lifetime. Piedmont Gardens is the first community in Oakland to receive CARF-CCAC special program recognition in three distinct areas, including continuing care retirement community, person-centered long-term care for skilled nursing, and dementia care for memory support. For more information, call 1-866-631-7943 or visit PiedmontGardens.com.

 

About ABHOW

Piedmont Gardens is managed by ABHOW, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. ABHOW is a nonsectarian corporation, serving older adults through quality retirement housing since 1949. ABHOW seeks to enhance the well-being and security of seniors through the provision of housing, health care and supportive services, and was a pioneer in the development of CCRCs. For more information about ABHOW, visit ABHOW.com.

Annual Conference Deadline April 16: What Are You Waiting For?

headerRegistration deadline for the Annual Conference
is this Wednesday, April 16!

Join us in Palm Springs for: 

  • Networking with your peers
  • Access to the top vendors in the aging services field
  • Learning from experts at over 60 educational sessions
  • A day on the links in support of the Scholarship Fund
  • A jog through the famous Movie Colony homes in support of the Scholarship Fund

[Re]Imagine Possibilities
[Re]Examine Opportunities
[Re] Assert Your Voice
[Re]Define Age

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