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Becky Stacy Joins UCH to Lead Pilgrim Manor

Becky was searching for career opportunities closer to family when she learned of the position at Pilgrim Manor. While interviewing with interim administrator and United Church Homes Management Executive Director Karen Messick, Becky learned of the organization’s mission, vision and core values. “I was excited to find a community that…


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Dorothy Eckert Makes Lasting Impact

Dorothy has served more than 30 years on the Fairhaven Community Volunteer Service Group and, at one time, as volunteer coordinator. Dorothy remembers her grandparents and parents canning fruits and vegetables for Fairhaven when she was a little girl. Her parents, John and Mary Rinnert, and her grandparents, Harry and…


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After Losing Partner, Man Finds Home at Morning Star

  Steve had a wonderful life. He and his partner of 41 years, Larry, had a small circle of loyal friends, a beautiful dog and financial security. Larry was a medical doctor who served the community over 39 years. They lived together in a beautiful home. Larry was Steve's best…


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Journey to Parkvue: Neighbors Discover They Share an Incredible Bond

New Parkvue resident Dr. E. Anne Eddowes was familiar with United Church Homes because she grew up with Ruth Frost Parker, a former Board member and the largest single benefactor in UCH history. Anne decided to move to UCH’s Parkvue campus in early 2018 after splitting her time between Arizona…


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Abundant Aging Through the End of Life

Over 200 people attended the third annual Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging at Marriott Columbus University Area. The Symposium featured education and discussion on end-of-life issues, said Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director of the Parker Center. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ira Byock, a leading…


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Pilgrim Manor’s Inaugural Lunch Break to Educate Series: 2018 Tax Reform

  The 100-plus attendees enjoyed lunch followed by an informative lecture, featuring speaker Ryan Sheffer of Advance Capital Management, who guided attendees through best giving practices after the 2018 tax reform. All funds raised at the event support Pilgrim Manor’s Compassionate Care Fund for residents who have depleted or outlived…


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Fairhaven Earns Five-Star Quality Rating

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. Nursing Home Compare provides quality ratings to each of the nation’s Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified communities. Each community is rated from one star to five stars based on three critical areas: health inspection…


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Housing Services Expands Portfolio to 61 Communities

Gateway Commons, located in Columbus, Mississippi, and Boardtown Village in Starkville, Mississippi, were purchased from National Church Residences for an undisclosed amount, per an agreement between UCH and NCR. “We are excited about adding Gateway Commons and Boardtown Village to the United Church Homes family. We look forward to providing…


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Murner Tapped to Lead Uplands Village

Herschel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Uplands Village having previously served in the Information Technology department and as chief operating officer. “I am both honored and excited for the opportunity to continue the lasting journey with Uplands Village,” he said.


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In Memory: Pastor Bill Michaels

He was 73. Pastor Bill was a 1962 graduate of Sandusky High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Dominican crisis. He worked at Parkvue Community from May 2005 to April 2016. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Pastor Bill’s family.


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Q & A with Dr. Majd Alwan, Executive Director of LeadingAge CAST

Q: When and why was LeadingAge CAST started? A: CAST was started in 2003 because of a strategic scenario planning exercise that LeadingAge, AAHSA at the time, conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business in 2002. The report identified technology as a major factor in how we will…


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Eversound Pilot Finds Success at Trinity

  Eversound is a group-oriented headphone solution that enables residents at any level of care to be more engaged in life enrichment programming and their communities. Eversound’s mission is to end social isolation among older adults. The technology helps seniors overcome the effects of hearing loss, according to research studies…


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Are You Afraid You Will Outlive Your Financial Resources?

This fear often leads to seeking alternatives, such as investing a portion of retirement funds in investments designed to provide steady income during one’s lifetime, regardless of how long they live. What you may not know is that while your financial advisers can help, so can some of the charitable…


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Tibbitts Joins UCH as New Leader for Information Technology Department

Glen Tibbitts, an Ohio State University graduate and resident of Delaware, Ohio, for 22 years, has joined UCH as director of IT services. Born in Boston, Glen attended elementary and high school in Marion, Ohio, and St. Joseph, Michigan. Glen holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer affairs with a concentration…


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EMR Systems Help Physician Residents Improve Patient Care

  Dr. Jodi Sperber, medical director and attending physician at Trinity, is overseeing second- and third-year physician residents from the Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, part of the Kettering Health Network. The partnership will fulfill an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requirement for physician…


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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…


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Renovations Nearly Complete at SEM Haven

  SEM Haven, a United Church Homes–managed community in Milford, Ohio, is in the final stages of a two-year, $5 million renovation project to continue the transformation of its campus for maximum comfort for the residents and in keeping with the principles of the Eden Alternative™ philosophy. SEM Haven became…


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