The Asbury Edge
The Asbury Edge
Redefining the expectations of aging through the delivery of life-enhancing services

From the CEO

Most of us know the benefits and the joy that come from opening yourself to new experiences. On a personal level, I watched my children grow up and move to different regions of the country, and have now traveled to states I’d never before explored. Our daughter presented us with our first grandchild on “9-11” last year. This date now provides a joyful balance to the memories from a decade prior.
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U.S. News & World Report Awards Top Nursing
Center Honors to Asbury

We're proud to see our associates’ commitment to quality, compassionate care recognized by U.S. News & World Report. Asbury Solomons’ Health Care Center and Heather Hall at Inverness Village were named top skilled nursing centers in the country! To read why these Asbury communities received this prestigious designation, visit AsburySolomons.org or InvernessVillage.com and click on the story posted on their home page.

Asbury Home Services

Making a World of Difference One Client at a Time

Asbury’s newest service branch, Asbury Home Services, is officially open for business. The in-home services that Asbury created to help thousands of campus residents remain independent within their homes now also are available to those living beyond our continuing care retirement communities.

In 2012, Asbury hired a highly regarded expert to head this effort, Bill Pickhardt, who created and managed home services for one of the largest systems in the country. Since last fall, Pickhardt has been shaping this new service offering and recruiting directors to head the effort in each of the five service areas. Anticipate More spoke with one of them, Robin Sornberger-Otis, R.N., of Springhill at Home, to get her take on why a little help can make all the difference in the world. www.AsburyHomeServices.org.
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Asbury Earns System-wide EAGLE Accreditation

At the 2013 United Methodist Association Conference, Asbury was pleasantly surprised to receive an Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence (EAGLE) award for our entire system of communities. Prior to this award, Asbury Methodist Village and Bethany Village held EAGLE accreditation. This honor from the United Methodist Association Health and Welfare Ministries validates Asbury’s ongoing efforts in advancing organizational excellence and our Mission of doing all the good we can. In addition to EAGLE, Asbury holds system-wide accreditation from CARF-CCAC,* a designation held by less than 20 percent of the nation’s continuing care retirement communities.

*Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-Continuing Care Accreditation Commission

Asbury Foundation Provides $1.5 Million in Benevolent Care Assistance, Kicks Off Several Major Fundraising Campaigns

Phase 1: Community Room of the Building Our Community campaign at Bethany Village

Asbury’s not-for-profit values and Mission to “do all the good we can” is supported by The Asbury Foundation. In 2013, Foundation associates are hard at work raising funds to support a major expansion of wellness and lifestyle spaces at Springhill in Erie, Pa., and an update and expansion of the Bethany Village East campus. Click for more information about the Building Our Community Campaign. In addition, plans for the 2013 Caring Classic golf tournament are underway. In 2012, the event raised $100,000 for Asbury’s Benevolent Care Fund, which provides healthcare or financial assistance to residents who, through no fault of their own, have outlived their resources. In 2012, Asbury communities provided approximately $1.5 million in assistance through this program.

Inspired – and Inspiring Others

Ask Jan Garman, a former teacher, about the Beloved Community outreach program she helps drive and she talks about the excitement of seeing growth, the exposure to new points of view – all very serious and high-minded. Then, she starts laughing, and shares a story that shows just what a kick she gets out of it, too.

“A couple of weeks ago, we were meeting with the kids in our mentoring group and they found out Hal [Jan’s husband is the project’s founder] and I were married,” Jan recalls. “They asked me how long we’d been married and I told them we’d been together for 55 years. One of the girls looked at me, looked at Hal, and then asked, ‘Was he cute when you married him?’ They just come at things from such a different perspective,” she chuckles.

It’s not doing for someone else, it’s doing it with someone else,” Hal says in trying to explain what made him jump straight back into community service – after spending 40 years as a minister and community activist – upon moving to Asbury Methodist Village, located in Gaithersburg, Md. “I invest myself in the Beloved Community not for the joy I derive but because my inner self tells me that I am doing the right thing. It does something for my spirit.” Continue reading...

Employee Educational Grants Expand to Three Asbury Communities

After hearing about the Bethany Village Nursing Grant program last year – which has awarded $15,000 in educational grants to healthcare staff over the past four years – Asbury Solomons residents decided to replicate the program in their community. The Advisory Council of the Asbury Solomons Nursing Grant was born. Members raised $3,600 in donations to the Asbury Foundation and will award the first grants next month.

At Inverness Village, in Tulsa, Okla., a similar program was already underway thanks to a generous resident bequest. Called the Inverness Village Nursing Scholarship Program, the fund handed out its first awards in 2012. “We benefited eight associates,” says Director of Nursing Shadoworee Betts. “But just as essential, we also helped countless residents and their families through improved quality of service. This is a very powerful program.”

Asbury Solomons Director of Operations Cathy Pratson agrees. “Southern Maryland has a shortage of qualified applicants for positions in healthcare, especially Geriatric Nurse Assistants,” Cathy says. “A barrier for many is the cost of training. Having a grant program can provide a growth opportunity for our associates and help meet a community need.”

We are pleased to see this embrace of Asbury’s Core Value of commitment to residents, associates, volunteers and partners.

Music Therapy Program Takes to the Friendly Skies

Bethany Village’s music therapy program went airborne in the March issue of Southwest Airlines' Spirit magazine: How Sweet the Sound. Our Mechanicsburg, Pa., CCRC is proud to be recognized for our innovative care for residents of The Oaks Skilled Nursing. The individualized iPod program was funded by the national Music & Memory organization, which is studying the effect of music on older persons who have memory loss or other age-related conditions that affect their behavior!

Introducing… Anticipate More.

Designed to share the ‘best of’ Asbury, this magazine streamlines Asbury’s publications into one with something for every audience. Whether you’re an older person looking for the insider’s view into Asbury’s services or a valued – or future – partner or volunteer, Anticipate More shows you the many ways Asbury is living its vision to redefine the expectations of aging. Click here to view the full magazine. Enjoy!

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