Ron Derry, St. Luke CFO, Retires
As February drew to an end, it signaled the close of Ron Derry’s career as CFO, one that spans over 20 years at St. Luke Lutheran Community. We look back with great admiration on all of his accomplishments within the organization as well as the St. Luke Foundation.
Thank you Ron! Our ability to provide faith-based services to enrich the lives of older adults would not have been possible without you. God bless your retirement with good health and happiness as you continue making a difference in your community and in those who have the pleasure of working with you! Congratulations!
It is time once again for the Leading Age Ohio STARS Employee Recognition Program. The STARS program recognizes non-management staff members who demonstrate an outstanding work ethic and exemplify St. Luke’s mission. Residents, family members and supervisors can nominate employees for this recognition program. Six nominees will be selected to attend a recognition luncheon on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Forms are available at the Front Desk and at each nursing station and should be submitted to Kevin Schafer, Human Resources Manager, no later than April 6, 2018. Please take a moment to complete a nomination form for a staff member you feel should be recognized as a Leading Age Ohio STAR.
A new year, 365 new opportunities!
We have one you may be looking for!
Thursday, January 11th
8:00-10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.
at St. Luke - North Canton
220 Applegrove St. NE North Canton, OH 44720
Welcome Morrison Community Living!
We are pleased to announce that effective today, August 8th, St. Luke Lutheran Community will begin our engagement with Morrison Community Living, a member of the Compass Group, as our Dining and Hospitality Services, Housekeeping and Laundry partner to assist us in achieving our on-going objectives of offering higher service levels and an enhanced dining, housekeeping and laundry experience.
Morrison is the nation’s only contract Management Company whose sole focus is serving seniors; they have an unparalleled corporate support structure that was created to ensure the maximum resident and customer experience. Additionally, Morrison brings the experience of serving nearly 500 communities throughout the United States and with that, a commitment to upholding the mission, vision, and values of their partners.
Through innovation, cutting edge technology, and a joint commitment to excellence, there are exciting plans to elevate daily dining experiences and housekeeping. From menu enhancements, meal presentation, and service philosophy, to renovations and new venues, there are many exciting things to come from this newly forged partnership between St. Luke Lutheran Community and Morrison!
We have been very thoughtful in making this decision and we are excited about the enhancements Morrison will bring to the overall experience at St. Luke Lutheran Community.
Please join me in welcoming Morrison and the Compass Group to our family at St. Luke Lutheran Community!
A rewarding experience with competitive pay and benefits is an application away. Work for the Best Senior/Independent Living Community as recently voted by readers of The Repository. JOB FAIR July 20th from 8:00-10:00 and 2:00-4:00.
Best of the Best!
Thank you for voting the Waterford at St. Luke Best Senior Independent Living and St. Luke Lutheran Community as a runner up for Best Assisted Living and Nursing Home! We continue working to be the best everyday. Thank you!
Stop in Monday, June 19th from 11-2 and kick off summer at The Waterford...where all the cool people live!
St. Luke - North Canton Phones
UPDATE ON NORTH CANTON & WATERFORD PHONES: As of 1:30 pm our phones are working again. Thank you for your understanding.
ALERT TO ALL ST. LUKE – NORTH CANTON AND WATERFORD FAMILIES AND STAFF: Our phone system is currently down. Technicians are on sight working to resolve the issue. We apologize for the incovenience. Email is a functional way to communicate in the meantime.
Best of the Best 2017, brought to you by The Repository.
Vote Now in the 2017 Best of the Best!
ST. LUKE LUTHERAN COMMUNITY under
HEALTH - BEST ASSISTED LIVING/NURSING HOME
(not campus specific)
THE WATERFORD under DAILY LIVING – BEST SENIOR/INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY
The Best of Awards celebrates the best businesses, organizations, people and more that YOU think deserve to be named the best! Vote once a day between May 25 - June 10, 2017
Please share this with all your family and friends inviting them to vote every day starting today. Winners will be announced June 29th.
Thursday, April 6th
8:00-10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.
at St. Luke - North Canton 220 Applegrove St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720
Are you at Veteran at least 65 years of age? You could be missing an opportunity to receive benefits you qualify for. Learn about the Aid and Attendance Benefit and see if you qualify. It could be the savings you're looking for. Join presenter, David Romans, this Wednesday, May 4th at 11:00 in the Chapel at St. Luke Lutheran Community - North Canton, 220 Applegrove St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720. Please call (330) 499-8341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
St. Luke - North Canton Phone System
ATTENTION ST. LUKE - NORTH CANTON FAMILY AND STAFF: Effective Wednesday, February 24th, our phone system will be temporarily down beginning at 10:00 a.m. as we trasfer to a new phone system. The vendor is on sight and working efficeintly to minimize the time. Email and cell phones are not affected. We anticipate the initial install to take less than 30 minutes. The complete transistion for every phone on campus could take up to 3 hours. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. We will notify you as soon as the phone system is fully operating again.
St. Luke Foundation 18th Annual Benefit Golf Outing
It's time for the LeadingAge Ohio STARS Employee Recognition program! The STARS program recognizes non-management staff who demonstrate an outstanding work ethic and exemplify St. Luke's mission of providing faith-based services to enrich the lives of older adults.
Residents, family members and supervisors can nominate employees for the recognition program. Five nominees will be selected to attend a recognition luncheon on Wednesday, April 21, 2015. Forms are available here, at the front desk and at each nurses' station. Please submit your nomination to Kevin Schafer, Human Resources Manager, no later than March 7, 2015.
Please take a moment to complete a nomination form for a staff member you feel should be recognized as a LeadingAge Ohio STAR!
Valentines for St. Luke - North Canton Residents
WE LOVE OUR SENIORS! St. Luke Lutheran Community – North Canton will be spending Valentine’s Day spreading heartfelt wishes to its residents. Family and friends of loved ones residing at St. Luke - North Canton are encouraged to purchase a $5 Valentine for their someone special. On February 14th, cupid will deliver a plush rose and candy along with your special message to your St. Luke Valentine. All money raised will benefit activity programming and equipment updates. Order now through Thursday, February 12th at the front desk of St. Luke - North Canton. Call St. Luke Lutheran Community at (330) 499-8341 for more information.
ALSO, DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR YOUR 2014 VALENTINE KING, QUEEN, & CUPID! BALLOTS AND BOXES WILL BE LOCATED AT EACH OF THE FIVE NURSE’S STATIONS FROM FEBRUARY 1ST-12TH! VOTE FOR A KING, QUEEN, & CUPID (EXCEPTIONAL EMPLOYEE) ON EACH UNIT. PLEASE VOTE ONLY ONCE PER UNIT. WINNERS WILL BE RECOGNIZED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH!
St. Luke Lutheran Community Plans Major Addition to St. Luke - North Canton Campus St. Luke Lutheran Community is building a major addition on the North Canton campus with an estimated construction cost of 7.7 million dollars. The 41,000 square foot addition will house a state-of-the-art, short term rehabilitation center and assisted living that can accommodate the needs of individuals with memory impairment.
Dr. John L. Spieler, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated that the project is critically important to the mission of St. Luke and represents our commitment to the region and older adults. The project is modeled after the nationally acclaimed neighborhood concept, which has significantly changed the perception of nursing homes for residents, staff, and families from one of an institution to a more home-like environment. The first floor of the addition will be a rehabilitation center for patients requiring short term nursing and comprehensive rehabilitation care. The rehabilitation center will include 24 private rooms with lounges and private dining. The 19-unit assisted living facility will have a separate entrance and will be equipped with secure features to support residents with Alzheimer’s.
The new addition is designed to provide care in a setting which supports the concept of person-centered care. According to Evelyn Moore, Executive Director, “The project will allow St. Luke to provide the type of environment and amenities that meet the expectations of current consumers. In today’s world, individuals expect private rooms and facilities that feel more like their home.”
Funding for the project is through PNC Bank and a tax-exempt bond issue. Construction began with Welty Construction in September 2014. The project will be completed early 2016.
Monday, August 11th 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Stop in to tour studio and one and two-bedroom styles now available and see independent living at its very best!
Salute to Nurses recognizes the compassionate care given by outstanding health professionals. Recognize the nurse or nurses that have made a difference in caring for you or your loved ones, or professionals that inspire you.
Submit photos as well as essays thanking those who make a difference. A gallery of all recognized nurses will be available online and in print. Submissions can be made Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 19 and voting will take place Sunday, April 20 through Saturday, April 26. Winning nurses will be featured in a special section of The Repository on Monday, May 5 to celebrate Nurse's Week which is May 6-12.
Spring Craft Show at St. Luke - Minerva 4/12 10-4
St. Luke - Portage Lakes Phones
Effective 5:00 p.m. the phones at St. Luke - Portage Lakes are working again. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.
Walk to End Alzheimer's October 12th at Jackson's North Park
BECAUSE OUR MEMORIES MATTER
That's why on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th 8:30 AM at Jackson's North Park St. Luke Lutheran Community is walking to join the fight to end Alzheimer's. We are holding special fundraisers to once again earn our place in the community as a force to end this devastating disease.
The funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's benefit the care, support, and research efforts of The Alzheimer's Association.
Monies raised help families across the country by continuing to provide and enhance programs focusing on education and support, advance critical research studies into methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure, and they speak up for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer's through public policy initiatives.
If you would like to join the St. Luke Lutheran Community team, go to http://act.alz.org/ and select REGISTER then JOIN A TEAM. Choose St. Luke Lutheran Community and follow the directions.
The next step in the walk is asking friends and family to support you! Visit http://act.alz.org/ and click DONATE. Registration & donation forms are also available at the front desk of St. Luke - North Canton.
Special thanks to Joanne Cowley for organizing our White Elephant Sale in the gift shop, candy sale and our Memory Jars. Be sure to stop in and take a look!
JOIN US IN LEADING THE WAY TO THE END OF ALZHEIMER'S!
Giving Thanks and Praying for Pastor Kennell
From the Administrator:
Pastor Kennell has made the very difficult decision to retire (a second time) from St. Luke Lutheran Community North Canton effective May 28, 2013. We have been blessed spiritually by his wisdom, kind demeanor and sense of humor, but most of all by his love for the Lord. We have also been very fortunate to have worked alongside his wife, Debbie Kennell, who has spent much of her time composing our daily devotions and ensuring that Pastor Kennell was here despite her protests that he should slow down.
Please join us in a reception for Pastor Kennell following the May 28th service as well as a reception following the Sunday 2pm service on June 2nd to welcome Pastor Christopher Bartholomew. Pastor Bartholomew will conduct 2 services weekly, Sunday at 2pm and Tuesdays at 10:30am. He will also be on campus all day on Tuesday to minister to those residents and families who are in need of spiritual guidance and we are most grateful for that accommodation.
Pastor Bartholomew was gracious enough to provide a biography so that you will get to know him better and that is included below. Please join me in saying goodbye to Pastor and Debbie Kennell and in offering our best wishes for a successful future to PastorChristopher Bartholomew.
Christopher Bartholomew was born September 25, 1956, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The second oldest of six children, he grew up in Bloomington, IL and Sandusky, OH. He received the associate in arts degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College in 1978, and in 1981 received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary and received his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary. He in 1985 was ordained in the American Lutheran Church on June 2, 1985. As pastor he has served congregations in Peoria, IL, Brook Park, OH, and Barberton, OH. In addition, he has served several congregations as interim pastor. He is married to the Rev. Barbara Bartholomew and currently lives in Wadsworth, OH.
Evelyn Moore, Executive Director
2013 Memory Walk for Alzheimer's Association
Mark your calendars for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th.
St. Luke Lutheran Community is joining hte fight to end Alzheimer's. We will be holding raffles and bake sales along with special fundraisers to once again earn our place in the community as a force to end this devastating disease.
The funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's benefit the care, support, and research efforts of The Alzheimer's Association.
Moneis raised help families across the country by continuing to provide and enhance programs focusing on education and support, advance critical research studies into methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure, and they speak up for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer's through public policy initiatives.
If you would like to join the St. Luke Lutheran Community committee, simply leave your name and contact info at the front desk or call (330) 499-8341 x. 3993. Many hands make light work.
This year's walk is Saturday, October 12th at Jackson's North Park in Massillon. More information and registration forms will be available as the date gets closer.
Let's go Team!
St. Luke - North Canton's Family Newsletter
See OPERATION Grandma's Love unfold. The goal: to send 50 dozen cookies to our grandsons and granddaughters for Christmas. We miss them and are praying for them daily. Baked with love and packaged with joy, we hope you receive the same feeling, too!
Click on this link to see residents at St. Luke - North Canton and The Waterford spreding some Christmas cheer to US troops in Texas!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ST. LUKE LUTHERAN COMMUNITY!
Celebrating 58 years of providing faith-based services to enrich the lives of older adults.
Learn how to keep on your feet with tips on eliminating fall risks in your home. Complimentary lunch provided.
Join us at our open house on Sunday, May 20th from 1-4 pm at the new St. Luke - Minerva campus. Stroll down our "Main Street" and see our state-of-the-art assisted living services. St. Luke Lutheran Community - Minerva, 4301 Woodale Ave. SE, Minerva (off Rt. 30, just west of Minerva in Paris Township).
Support U: Financial Well Being
Join us for an hour session designed for informal caregivers to learn ways to succeed in preparing and maintaining the highest standard of care for their loved ones and themselves. All are welcome!
Join us for the following sessions beginning at 7:00 pm:
5/22 Family Dynamics & Communication
Presented by St. Luke Lutheran Community at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4120 Cleveland Ave N.W. Canton, Ohio 44709. Phone: (330) 492-2743
Flowers and a Card for Mom
The St. Luke - North Canton Memory Walk Team will be selling two long stem carnations (various colors) & a greeting card for $5 as a Mother’s Day fundraiser for the Alzheimer Association. The Carnation Sale runs through Wednesday, May 4th. Orders can be placed at the front desk of the North Canton campus. Please be sure to sign the greeting card and print your loved one's name on the envelope.
State Budget Impact on St. Luke
Ohio Governor John Kasich unveiled the state budget proposal, which attempts to reduce the estimated 8 billion dollar shortfall in state funds. The budget contained changes decreasing Medicaid reimbursement by approximately $425 million for long term care providers. Since we are heavily dependent on Medicaid funding, this budget has a severe effect on St. Luke Lutheran Community and all long term care providers in the state of Ohio.
We clearly recognize that the state needs to be more fiscally responsible and in addition, offer (and pay for) more home and community based services for people who desire to remain at home. However, at the same time, consideration must be given to ensure that long term care providers are fairly compensated for the care and services we provide. It is hard to believe that in today’s world of more people requiring long term care services that the state would be reducing this payment.
During the last four years, St. Luke has attempted to anticipate the reduced level of Medicaid reimbursement. We can assure you that St. Luke will continue to provide the highest quality service, and we will continue to look for ways to more efficient without compromising service.
I encourage you to advocate on our behalf for fair reimbursement for the important services we provide to our area’s seniors.
John L. Spieler, Dr.PH, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
St. Luke Lutheran Community
Meet Director of Nursing at St. Luke - North Canton
Effective March 27, 2011, MaryAnn Bryant will assume the position of Director of Nursing. MaryAnn brings many talents and skills to this position, along with care and compassion for residents.
MaryAnn’s work history at St. Luke began in January of 2003 when she was hired as a charge nurse on Cypress Point. She was recently promoted to Administrative ADON in November of 2010. MaryAnn holds a BSN from Akron University and is currently enrolled in the Masters program there.
With MaryAnn’s promotion to DON, Judy Martinez will assume responsibility for special nursing projects. Allison Johnston will continue in her present ADON role.
Please be sure to congratulate MaryAnn and encourage her with your full support as she assumes the many and varied responsibilities as Director of Nursing at St. Luke Lutheran Community – North Canton.