Harmar Place to celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week

MARIETTA [May 03, 2019] – Harmar Place in Marietta is excited to participate in National Skilled Nursing Care Week, which will be held May 12 – 18.

The NSNCW 2019 theme, “Live Soulfully,” will celebrate skilled nursing centers and their residents and staff by showcasing how they achieve happy minds and healthy souls. The theme fits well with United Church Homes’ mission and vision to provide care to the whole person including mind, body and spirit, which includes providing full-time chaplains at all UCH senior living communities.

Here is Harmar Place’s schedule of events for the week*:

  • Monday, May 13
    2 p.m. National Apple Pie Day with karaoke
  • Tuesday, May 14
    2 p.m., Line Gold Dancers and root beer floats
  • Wednesday, May 15
    10 a.m., craft with recycled materials
    2 p.m., bake dog treats for the humane society
    6 p.m., Curtis Chamberlain
  • Thursday, May 16
    9:30 a.m., music with Joe
    2 p.m., Cake Walk
    4 p.m., back massages
  • Friday, May 17
    10 a.m., Soul’s Harbor
    2 p.m., Ahoy Bingo

Established an as annual, week-long observance by the American Health Care Association in 1967, NSNCW, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, provides an opportunity to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s older adults and people with disabilities.

For more information about Harmar Place, visit harmarplace.org.

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Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

About Harmar Place:  Harmar Place offers assisted living, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care on a beautiful campus located in Marietta, Ohio. We focus on individualized care in a casual and comfortable atmosphere.

*Events are not open to the public. Media is invited to come take photos. Please contact Alissa Paolella to arrange a visit.

Examples of Engagement

Our residents are so engaged, we couldn’t write features on every story. Here are some highlights of other engagement activities by residents and staff of UCH communities from our Community Benefits Program.


Cherry Arbors

Dwight, a resident of Cherry Arbors, retired when he moved in. To fight boredom, Dwight began volunteering at the local hospital. Now, he feels fulfilled as a regular volunteer.


Four Winds Community

Four Winds Community organizes a benefit for St. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Wellston, Ohio, gathering prizes for a hugely popular bingo benefit. The benefit raised more than $1,800 for the school.


Harmar Place

Harmar Place residents make homemade dog treats for the local humane society. Everyone agreed it was a great idea. Every other Tuesday, residents get together to make the treats, the kitchen staff bakes them and a team member drops them off at the humane society. The dogs at the shelter love these special treats!


Patriot Ridge

Patriot Ridge Community in Fairborn, Ohio, hosts Camp Ageless annually, inviting children and residents to bond over crafts, games, face painting and more. It is part of several intergenerational programs offered at Patriot Ridge, connecting residents with younger generations. It’s a win-win when relationships are formed between older adults and youth, who learn from one another.


Parkvue Community

Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, offers a Patriots’ Day celebration every year, inviting local first responders to enjoy a cookout and socialize with residents.


Mill Run Place

Mill Run Place in Ashland, Ohio, participates in a program called Multi-Generational Mentoring, which links at-risk youth with caring older adults who provide assistance with homework assignments, helping to set the stage for academic success. However, this program is much more. It provides a mutually supportive atmosphere in which students receive encouragement and individualized attention.

UCH Honors Recipients with Awards for Leadership, Dedication and Values

Late fall of 2018 proved a time to lift up those who embody the spirit of United Church Homes, as eight individuals accepted awards for their exemplary service to UCH.

“We have a passion for developing and supporting leadership here,” President and CEO Rev. Kenneth Daniel said. “We’ve been blessed over the years with people giving time and talent, as volunteers, donors and staff, and we value this time to recognize their impactful contributions to our organization.”


Rev. Dr. Robert Diller Legacy Leadership Award – Rev. John Rainey

John Rainey Rev Dr Diller AwardThe Legacy Leadership Award is named after the late Rev. Dr. Robert Diller, who joined the UCH Board of Directors in 1945. Over the next 31 years, he helped move the organization from a single location that served 125 residents to include five communities serving over 800 individuals. Rev. Diller served as the first president and CEO of United Church Homes. The award honors those whose leadership commitment to UCH echoes Rev. Dr. Diller’s high levels of vision, perseverance and faith.

Rev. John Rainey is the second recipient of the award, and like Rev. Dr. Diller, his service to UCH has spanned decades, starting in the mid-1940s when he was a young boy. He and his family supplied canned food from their garden to the Evangelical and Reformed Home for the Aged in Upper Sandusky, Ohio (currently known as UCH’s Fairhaven Community). Fast-forward to 1970 when John decided to run for the UCH Board. He secured the spot and spent the next 24 years as a Board member, once serving as secretary, which he considered one of the most challenging and enjoyable jobs he’s had.

Through the years, John also had the opportunity to forge a relationship with one of UCH’s greatest benefactors, Ruth Frost Parker. Ruth, who was on the UCH Board with John, didn’t drive, so he transported her to and from Board meetings. The time spent together resulted in many enlightening and enjoyable conversations. A few years later, John attended the groundbreaking of UCH’s Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, where he now resides with his husband, Gene Finnegan. To this day, John’s service to United Church Homes continues. Together with Gene, he volunteers at the front desk and serves as an ambassador to new residents. The two also host Parkvue’s Happy Hour, deliver mail to residents and give campus tours upon request. John is also an accomplished quilter and makes teddy bears as gifts.

On top of all that, Parkvue Director of Resident Services Shannon Graver said, “Gene and John walk the halls or campus (depending on weather) for exercise every day and report anything that should be brought to my attention.

“I genuinely love those two,” she added. “They are wonderful advocates for UCH and also a great support to me!”


President’s Award of Distinction – Rev. Beth Long-Higgins

The President’s Award of Distinction honors people within UCH who significantly advance its mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace.

“The purpose is to celebrate people who have done something of such merit and impact that it creates transformative change in some way,” Rev. Daniel said.

This is certainly true of Rev. Beth Long-Higgins.

Beth Long Higgins Pres Award of DistinctionBeth’s long history with United Church Homes began in the late 1960s at Chapel Hill Community when her church hosted one month’s birthday celebrations for residents. In 1974, her grandparents moved into Chapel Hill, living there until their deaths in 1981. For many years, Beth and her husband served as copastors at David’s United Church of Christ in Canal Winchester. One reason they were interested in the congregation was because of its involvement with United Church Homes’ leadership. Beth spent six years on the UCH Board, chairing the housing and long-range planning committees. In 2013, she joined the UCH staff as director of church and community relations. Now she’s the executive director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging.

During Beth’s tenure, she led the reinvigoration of UCH’s relationships with churches that have historically supported and formed UCH communities. Also in the years since Beth joined the staff, the organization developed its mission, vision and core values, which Beth helped write. More recently, she constructed the Community Benefits Program that encourages and records how each UCH community engages with their greater local communities.

Rev. Daniel surprised Beth with the award, saying, “Perhaps no one is more deserving of this award than Beth.”


LUV Awards – United Church Homes Staff Members

The Living UCH Values (LUV) Award honors staff members who every day demonstrate the highest commitment to United Church Homes’ core values of compassion, hospitality, respect, integrity, stewardship and transparency. Nominations for the award come from fellow staff members, supervisors, volunteers, friends or family members.

The 2018 winners include Monica Smiley and Linda Bell, Chapel Hill Community; Sharon Frisch, Fairhaven Community; Barb Mugrage, Harmar Place; Kevin Sanders, Parkvue Community; and Jen Wilson, Trinity Community.

“We are pleased to honor these outstanding staff members for their dedication to their residents and all those they come into contact with,” said Alyson Issler, corporate director of human resources.

LUV Award Winners 2019

Grants Fund Opening Minds through Art at Harmar Place

MARIETTA, Ohio – Harmar Place, a United Church Homes community, will continue its Opening Minds through Art program for residents living with dementia thanks to two grants from the local community

The grants, totaling $2,050, came from the Marietta Welfare League and the Binkley Charitable Fund, a fund of the Marietta Community Foundation. Funding will pay for art supplies for the program.

“We are thankful to both the Marietta Welfare League and the Binkley Charitable Fund for their support of our OMA program,” Harmar Place Administrator Sue Boulton said.

OMA is an award-winning, intergenerational program for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses. It is designed to provide residents with the creative freedom to expand their choices and sense of control. OMA uses art and self-expression, coupled with person-directed care principles, to build a bridge across age and cognitive barriers.

The program originated with Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio center of excellence at Miami University. OMA sessions are led by trained facilitators. Each older adult is paired with a trained volunteer who provides guidance during art making but who makes no aesthetic decisions for the artist.

Last year, 15 students from Marietta High School volunteered for OMA, providing meaningful intergenerational programming. The students enjoyed it and many are volunteering for future sessions, further impacting the younger generation by eliminating the stigma of aging and opening minds to the possibility of an aging services career.

The goals of the program include promoting the social engagement, autonomy and dignity of people living with dementia by providing creative self-expression opportunities; providing staff and volunteers opportunities to build close relationships with people living with dementia; and showing the public the creative self-expression capacities of people living with dementia through exhibitions of their artwork.

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The faith-inspired nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Mugrage recognized with LUV Award at Harmar Place

The LUV Award recognizes and honors staff members who demonstrate the highest commitment to United Church Homes’ core values of compassion, hospitality, respect, integrity, stewardship and transparency. Nominations may be made by staff members, volunteers, residents or their families.

Barbara was selected for the LUV Award for exhibiting all of those values. In addition, Barbara always has a smile and a hug for residents. Her cheerfulness and positivity help residents and families feel reassured in their experience at Harmar Place. One resident declared that Barbara embodies the spirit of her profession.

“We are pleased to honor Barbara for her dedication to the residents and all those she comes into contact with at Harmar Place,” said Alyson Issler, corporate director of human resources.

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 74 senior living communities in 14 states and two Native American nations. Its Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging brings together experts of various disciplines to collaborate on improving the quality of life for older adults.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

UCH communities recognized with Silver Quality Award

Chapel Hill, Fairhaven, Four Winds, Harmar Place and Patriot Ridge communities and SEM Haven all received the distinction. In total, 166 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities made the list.

The awards will be presented to recipients during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention & Expo in San Diego, California, Oct. 7-10.

“I applaud this year’s Silver award recipients on this incredible achievement in quality,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “It is a privilege to recognize our member centers and communities that consistently make a positive impact on the lives of the patients and residents they serve.”

The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care in long term and post-acute care.

Based on the core values and criteria of the nationally recognized Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the association’s Quality Award program challenges member providers to achieve performance excellence through three progressive levels — Bronze, Silver and Gold. Members at the Silver award level develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and quality outcomes.

“Being recognized with the Silver award is a significant accomplishment,” said Alana Wolfe, chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “This year’s recipients have shown a dedication to assessing and implementing approaches that result in better outcomes. I commend them on this great achievement.”

This year’s Silver recipients can now advance in developing approaches that meet the criteria required for the Gold — Excellence in Quality Award. On May 31, the association announced the honorees of the Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award. A full list of Silver and Bronze recipients is available on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award website here. Gold award recipients will be announced later this summer.

The program is sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Members: First Quality, NRC Health, and Team TSI Corporation.

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The faith-inspired nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Predictive Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence: Tools for Early Intervention

 

According to a January 2017 report from management consulting firm NewVantage Partners, approximately 95 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have made significant investments in big data initiatives within the past five years.

The senior living profession is no exception. United Church Homes collects demographic and health data of its residents that can be used to predict the health status of a particular resident and improve care, said Chuck Mooney, senior vice president of senior living services at United Church Homes.

“To me, data analytics is like the unicorn — often talked about, rarely seen,” Chuck said. “Our cloud-based software platforms allow for a number of things. We’ve invested in hiring Clinical Informatics Manager Kathy Ely. She’s really our resident in-house PointClickCare (PCC) expert. The idea is to figure out how to use the data that we collect in more intelligent ways to, perhaps, predict falls, monitor diabetic status and be able to predict future illness for residents with diabetes.”

According to the PointClickCare blog, much data analytics comes from electronic health or medical records. This can include nursing assessment information, medication usage, hours and types of therapies and more. Documenting relevant data is one side of the coin. The other is the ability to analyze, understand and apply the data that has been collected. EMRs contain a treasure trove of data that can be leveraged to drive positive health outcomes among residents, increase staff engagement and drive operational efficiencies.

Every EMR contains a wealth of resident information, all of which can be analyzed to better understand individual resident care needs, to more efficiently schedule staff on different shifts and even to document whether certain meals have fallen out of favor among residents, according to PointClickCare.

The ultimate vision for UCH is to partner with a college gerontology program to provide an avenue for research-based data collection. Predictive algorithms and artificial intelligence technology can, for example, monitor a person’s movement patterns during a defined period of time. A change in these patterns may indicate a potential problem and, once identified, can be addressed quickly and efficiently.

“All providers in long-term care are required to collect the minimum data set (MDS),” Chuck said. “The MDS record is a very extensive clinical record that draws from the medical record and also from other sources, such as social work notes and chaplain/spiritual services. It captures all that information into a standard data set that is then reported to both the state and federal levels.”

Casper reports are quality metric reports generated from these data sets that have over 2,000 metrics with standard definitions. The reports lend themselves to benchmarking relative to UCH’s peers in senior living.

Supporters honored at United Church Homes’ Glenwood Community, Harmar Place event

Twin Rivers Baptist Church, Whipple, the recipient of the 2018 Diakonie Award for Glenwood Community, is a traditional independent Baptist church that has provided residents of Glenwood Community with a weekly service for more than 10 years. The church routinely brings its youth choir to perform for Glenwood residents on days it does not provide regular worship services.

First Congregational UCC of Marietta was the recipient of the 2018 Diakonie Award for Harmar Place. The oldest continuously worshipping congregation west of the Alleghenies, First Congregational Church has dedicated many hours to serving Harmar Place. Its board of deacons and outreach board organize visits to individuals and special fundraisers for residents’ personal needs. Parishioners also fulfill wish lists during the holidays.

The Diakonie Award is presented to congregations to honor those who have demonstrated faithfulness in their support of the mission of United Church Homes and its communities.

United Church Homes honored Allan Norris with the 2018 Spirit Award from Glenwood Community, where Allan and his wife, Carol, are residents. The couple’s history with Glenwood is decades long and continues to flourish as Allan uses his skills to fix furniture, create floor plans of apartments and village homes, teach watercolor courses, help with commercial marketing and print the schedule on the daily activities board six nights per week. Allen also recently played the part of Scrooge in Glenwood’s first Reader’s Theater production.

Konna D. Huck was the winner of this year’s Harmar Place Spirit Award. Konna is a regular visitor to residents at Harmar Place, where friends have stayed for short-term rehabilitation and longer stays.

The Spirit Award is presented to individuals who best exemplify the volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for United Church Homes residents and their families.

Arthur and Betty Buell were the recipients of Glenwood Community’s prestigious Ben M. Herbster Award. They moved to Glenwood in June 2014. The Buells trace their basic philosophy of giving back to their younger years, where each was raised in a caring and supportive family who taught them to be contributing members of any community.

When asked about their unusual amount of charitable giving, they responded, “Shouldn’t everybody do this? Isn’t that what caring people should do when they believe wholeheartedly in something and have even the smallest means to help?”

At Glenwood, the Buells do little things around the community, such as filling a dish with over 1,000 Tootsie Rolls each week, anonymously gifting items to residents who need extra love or eating a meal with a resident who needs companionship. Their bigger acts of kindness include calling and visiting hospitalized residents and donating to the Resident Association Fund when a community member passes.

Susan H. Smith was the recipient of the Ben M. Herbster Award for Harmar Place. Susan and her husband, David, perform together with their guitars, entertaining area senior centers and healthcare residences. Smith’s sister developed Alzheimer’s disease and became a resident of Harmar Place. Soon thereafter, her parents moved to The Pines Assisted Living at Glenwood Community, and Susan’s service to these communities became even more engaging for her.

The award, named after the first president of the United Church of Christ, is presented to individuals who best exemplify the philosophy, leadership, philanthropic spirit and achievements of the late Rev. Dr. Ben M. Herbster.

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The faith-based nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

2018 UCH Golf Outing

United Church Homes 2018 Golf Outing

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8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Call to Carts

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Return to the clubhouse for lunch and prizes after tournament play.

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Funding supports Opening Minds through Art at Harmar Place

The grant supported the implementation of the new Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program at Harmar Place. OMA was founded in 2007 and is a person-directed program headquartered at Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio.

Led by trained facilitators, each OMA session provides an opportunity for older adults to express themselves creatively.

Through the program, people with dementia are paired with volunteers who are trained to help them use imagination instead of memory and focus on remaining strengths instead of lost skills. OMA enables people with dementia to find new ways to express themselves through a variety of beautiful artwork.

“The OMA program provides abundant life as our residents work with younger people, which makes them feel needed,” said Terri Schneider, admissions and marketing director. “It empowers our residents when they see what they have accomplished. They feel like they are contributing to the community by being involved and mentoring the younger generation. They form a bond with their volunteers.”

The public is invited to attend the art show from 2-4 p.m. May 20 at Harmar Place.

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The nonprofit, faith-based organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Harmar Place Expands Music & Memory Through Grant

Music and Memory at Harmar Place

United Church Homes and Harmar Place are certified providers of Music & Memory, a nationally recognized organization that is transforming the treatment and care of people with Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, physical limitations and ongoing health challenges.

Harmar Place staff members have completed training to learn how to create and provide personalized playlists that enable older adults, particularly those struggling with dementia, to reconnect with the world through memories triggered by the music they love. The process builds lasting, caring relationships and improves the care experience for all involved.

“Personalized music provides a means of communication and self-expression when verbal language abilities are diminished,” Harmar Place Administrator Susan Boulton said. “Personalized music can also relieve agitation and provide a distraction from fear and anxiety for individuals struggling with dementia. Music & Memory is another important tool for staff allowing them to connect in a more meaningful way with all residents, especially those living with advanced dementia.”

Harmar Place is home to 86 residents living in memory care, Fast Track Rehab and long-term care. It focuses on serving physical, intellectual and spiritual needs and is dedicated to creating environments where older adults can choose the life they deserve.

The grant expands Music & Memory by purchasing iPod Shuffles, headphones, iTunes cards for purchasing music and speakers for residents who prefer not to use headphones and for community spaces.

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The nonprofit, faith-based organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving 4,700 residents of all faiths in 72 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

United Church Homes earns Platinum certification in LGBT cultural competency training

The certification, which will be valid for the remainder of 2017 and the 2018 calendar year, comes from Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, commonly known as SAGE. The SAGECare program trains residential healthcare providers and others that work with and advocate for older adults.

“Many LGBT older adults may be uncomfortable or fearful being open about their identity or relationships. SAGECare training is a way to communicate that your community is invested in their well-being,” said Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., director of National Projects at SAGE.

“SAGECare Platinum communities have trained at least 80 percent of their staff using SAGECare content, which means eight out of every 10 people that LGBT elder interacts with will have completed at least an hour of LGBT cultural competency training.”

United Church Homes’ Fairhaven Community (Upper Sandusky, Ohio), Harmar Place (Marietta, Ohio), Parkvue Community (Sandusky, Ohio) and Trinity Community (Beavercreek, Ohio) individually earned Platinum certification, meaning 80 percent of their employees completed one hour of LGBT aging training and 80 percent of executives and administrators completed four hours of LGBT aging training or four hours of “State of the Agency” consulting by SAGE.

Communities that earned gold-level certification (60 percent of employees, executives and administrators trained) were Four Winds Community (Jackson, Ohio) and Patriot Ridge Community (Fairborn, Ohio). Silver-level certification, with 40 percent of employees, executives and administrators trained, went to Chapel Hill Community (Canal Fulton, Ohio), Glenwood Community (Marietta, Ohio) and Pilgrim Manor (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

United Church Homes also earned Platinum certification for 80 percent of its 1,800 staff members participating in the training the first time it was offered.

The only other organization in Ohio that is SAGECare-certified is the Alzheimer’s Association, with four of its regional offices having earned the Bronze-level certification. In Michigan, Pilgrim Manor joins six other agencies in its commitment to affirming and celebrating LGBT individuals.

By completing the training, United Church Homes and its senior living communities have demonstrated their commitment to affirm LGBT residents, staff members and all others who step onto its campuses. It is another step in the process that began in 2012 with United Church Homes becoming the first health and human services agency in the United Church of Christ to earn the Open and Affirming designation.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The nonprofit, faith-based organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving 4,700 residents of all faiths in 72 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Patriot Ridge, Harmar Place Receive Silver National Quality Award

Patriot Ridge Community and Harmar Place Rehabilitation and Extended Care Community, both United Church Homes communities, each received a 2017 Silver National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Patriot Ridge and Harmar Place were among the 191 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities in 43 states that earned the Silver Achievement in Quality Award. Harmar Place is in Marietta, Ohio, and Patriot Ridge is in Fairborn, Ohio. The award was presented to community leaders during the AHCA/NCAL’s 68th Annual Convention and Expo from Oct. 15–18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Members that received the Silver Award developed and demonstrated effective approaches that improve performance and quality outcomes. The Association’s Quality Award program challenges member providers to achieve performance levels through three levels — Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Glenwood, Harmar Place Name New Chaplain

Rev. Patricia Vargas has been named the new chaplain of Glenwood Community and Harmar Place Rehabilitation and Extended Care, both in Marietta, Ohio. Patricia began her new role Oct. 2. She previously served five years as pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church ELCA in Livingston, California. She also previously served as a pastor in Salinas, California. Patricia follows former chaplain Rev. Erin McCreight, who recently was named chaplain at Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton, Ohio, after the retirement of Rev. Sandra Hutchinson. Patricia was born and raised in Argentina. In 2003, she completed her theological studies in Argentina and Brazil.

Glenwood & Harmar Place Receive Readers’ Choice Award

Harmar Place Rehabilitation and Extended Care Community received the Marietta Times’ 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Skilled Nursing & Best Rehabilitation Center. Glenwood Community (The Pines) received the Best Assisted Living Community Award. The communities were recognized as leaders for demonstrating excellence in person-directed care and commitment to quality in healthcare.

Seven UCH employees honored with 2017 LUV Award

United Church Homes honored seven of its employees with the 2017 Living UCH Values Award that recognizes those who demonstrate the highest commitment to our core values. All LUV Award winners received a certificate and community recognition. Pictured are LUV Award winners (front row, from left) Rebecca Snodgrass, Chapel Hill Community; Shelly Sheets, Four Winds Community; Carol Reep, Fairhaven Community; and Anna Kender, Trinity Community. Second row: Vice President of Human Resources Scott Slutz; Director of Major Gifts and Grants Alissa Clouse; LUV Award winners Sherry Shaver and Bonnie Chesser, both representing Harmar Place; and Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO. Award winner Heather Traxler, of Fairhaven Community, is not pictured.

2017 UCH Golf Outing

United Church Homes 2017 Golf Outing

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Schedule for the Day

Schedule for the Day

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Call to Carts

9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

Return to the clubhouse for lunch and prizes after tournament play.

How to Register

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  • Sponsor name featured on large banner in breakfast and lunch area
  • Sponsor name featured on beverage cart
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

Mission Sponsor (limited, FOUR available) $2,500

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Prize hole sponsor – longest drive, closest to the pin
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

Golf Cart Sponsor (limited, ONE available) $1,500

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on golf carts during tournament
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

Spirit Sponsor (unlimited) $1,000)

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hole sponsor
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Hosted drinks, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome

Practice Sponsor (limited, TWO available) $500

  • Sponsor name featured on sign at practice green
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report

Door Prize Sponsor (unlimited) $100 or Gift Card

  • Sponsor name featured on signage in banquet room
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report

Memorial Donations (unlimited) $50

  • Memorial name listed on signage

Importance of Community Chaplains

Rev. Beth Rodenhouse, Rev. Erin McCreight, Rev. Catherine Lawrence, Rev. Sandy Hutchinson (back row, left to right) Rev. Becky King, Rev. Dale Brown, Rev. Dr. Robert Smitley, Rev. Greta Wagner, Rev. Hannah Niday (front row, left to right)

Providing spiritual care and comfort for people who are experiencing life’s difficulties, and having trained and credentialed pastors present and available when residents, families, friends and staff struggle with illness, grief, loss, or pain.

That’s one way to describe what makes United Church Homes different and distinctive. We believe that quality of life — and with it a healthy approach to aging — stems from addressing an individual’s physical, emotional, AND spiritual needs.
We call this concept wholeness. Our mission is to build a culture where wholeness is both visible and viable.

After recently adding four new chaplains — all of whom are ordained and endorsed by the church — UCH now employs full-time chaplains at all of its healthcare communities in Ohio. In addition to having backgrounds in patient and family care settings, all UCH chaplains bring clinical pastoral education (CPE) training and experience to their positions. CPE provides a framework that emphasizes the actual practice of ministry with people of all faiths with pastoral supervision, self-reflection, and the support of peers in small groups.

Our chaplains have well-developed skills in spiritual direction, grief counseling, crisis intervention, and spiritual wellness. Whether they share their gifts by praying with folks or simply being a sounding-board, the intent is to help people heal emotionally or regain a sense of spiritual well-being. UCH continues to invest in people that are passionate about personalized care and ministry, and focused on the whole person, regardless of their faith.

At Parkvue Community in Sandusky, our new chaplain is Rev. Catherine Lawrence, who most recently served for seven years as pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, Fireside, in Bellevue. After earning her Master of Divinity degree at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, she was ordained in December 2008, with full standing in the Northwest Ohio Association of the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. She also served on the Board of Directors for United Church Homes for four years.

Rev. Hannah Niday is now the chaplain at Four Winds Community in Jackson. Hannah most recently completed her chaplaincy residency at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She also worked at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She is currently working toward board certification. Hannah earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2015 from Wesley Theological Seminary. She is ordained through the Alliance of Baptists, accompanied by an Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

Harmar Place and Glenwood Community in Marietta welcome

Rev. Erin McCreight to their teams. Erin previously worked as a chaplain for Harbor Light Hospice in Akron. She completed her CPE internship at the VA Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and her CPE residency in South Carolina. Erin earned her Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2010.

Rev. Dr. Robert Smitley is the interim chaplain at Patriot Ridge Community. With over 30 years of ordained ministry serving churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, Bob is no stranger to spiritual care. He has earned his Master of Divinity degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Emmanuel Baptist University. Bob was ordained into the Gospel Ministry at the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference United Church of Christ, and has been in full standing with the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky Association of the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2011.

Compassionate caring, including a focus on spiritual care, is a cornerstone of what United Church Homes does every day. It is our mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness, and peace. For more on pastoral care and the chaplains in UCH communities, please contact Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, director of outreach and mission integration, at blong-higgins@uchinc.org.

Our mission is to build a culture where wholeness is both visible and viable.

Harmar Place is Hiring!

Harmar Place is Hiring!

LOOK NO FURTHER — WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!

We are always seeking new talent to fill our growing community with reliable, compassionate STNAs, nurses, dietary personnel, and others to assist in meeting the highest level of standards in resident care. Call to schedule your interview today! 740.376.5600

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