Lisa Gaudioso, VPO of Phoenix Senior Living

Lisa Gaudioso Joins Phoenix Senior Living as Vice President of Operations

Lisa Gaudioso was first introduced into the senior living world when she was working in Medicare certified home healthcare throughout New England. Her experiences led her to apply for her first Executive Director position, Jesse Marinko, now CEO and President at Phoenix,  hired her and welcomed her into the world of senior living. Lisa has now come full circle and is ecstatic to be back working with Marinko at Phoenix Senior Living. “Being here is like coming home,” says Gaudioso.

In her new role, her main focus is to spend time developing field operation by collaborating with regional leadership and Executive Director teams. She handles day to day operations and is starting her work by creating a strong foundation for her communities. Her short-term goals include helping teams navigate through the unknown and partner with risk management teams to follow COVID-19 protocols and precautions. Phoenix has implemented numerous safety measures throughout the pandemic such as enhanced screening, temperature checks, and following the state and federal guidelines in place.

Long-term, Gaudioso says, “we plan to be the leading provider in senior care in the South East. We are focused on growth and building a strong foundation so we can replicate the Phoenix model and open communities in other states.” Resident care is always at the forefront of Gaudioso and Phoenix’s mind, and they strive to provide top of the line patient centered care every day.

“When it comes to a loved one, everything matters. We want to have meaningful and personalized interactions with residents and their families. Sometimes it is easy to forget the little things, but often times the little things mean the most,” she says.

Especially amidst the pandemic, Gaudioso says the most rewarding part of her job is the thank you’s she receives on a daily basis. She is constantly overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude for how thankful her residents, their families, and staff have been during this time. Though it has been a challenging year, Gaudioso believes that the demand for senior living will grow as people realize it is the safest place for their loved one to be. To meet this upcoming demand, Phoenix has plans for growth and development in the upcoming years.

Gaudioso is thrilled to be joining the Phoenix Senior Living team and is grateful she was drawn to senior living from her previous occupation. She went from having little experience in the field, to Vice President of Operations, and is confident this is where she is meant to be. Caring for the residents and providing them the quality of life they deserve is infinitely rewarding for not only Gaudioso, but her entire Phoenix team.

Waltonwood Cary Parkway Announces New Move-In Coordinator and Life Enrichment Manager

CARY, N.C., – Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a family-owned senior living community offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, is pleased to announce Sintayehu Lenahan as the new independent living life enrichment manager and Matthew Delgado as its new move-in coordinator. Lenahan brings more than two years of experience to her new role. She most recently worked in the assisted living and memory care neighborhoods at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. Lenahan sees this new position as a great opportunity to grow as a person and find creative ways to keep residents active and engaged.

“When I was in school, I had to do a project with a senior living company, and I fell in love with the industry,” said Lenahan. “I never expected a project to turn into my career, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I love to interact with the residents and associates and learn about them and what they’ve done in their lives. I feel very lucky that I have been able to work in all three neighborhoods at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. Life enrichment is such an important job. We have to continue to find creative ways to engage residents, especially now with an adjustment due to the pandemic. Our team has been instrumental in finding new ways to bring joy to residents. Whether it’s in-room activities, balcony sing-a-longs or socially distant happy hours, the change has been worth it. I look forward to growing in this new role and seeing what I will be able to accomplish in my new position.”

Helping seniors transition to their new homes is Matthew Delgado as the move-in coordinator at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. With a background in the moving industry, Delgado will provide residents and their families with all the essentials to ensure a smooth transition into the community. In his previous role, he worked with seniors and enjoyed hearing their stories and helping them through the moving process. Delgado says he had a fantastic relationship with his grandparents and knows working in senior living is his calling.

“I am excited to help seniors in the Triangle-area move into their forever home,” said Delgado. “I love that Waltonwood is a family-owned company. You can feel it in the atmosphere when you’re in the community. Each resident will remember your name and check in on you, and it warms your heart. This position has brought out the best in me, and I look forward to learning more about the industry and sharing my knowledge with others.”

“We’re thrilled to add two passionate associates to our team,” said Brian O’Hara, executive director. “Sinta and Matthew are energetic and enjoy coming to work each day. They have a fantastic understanding of our core values and know that at the end of the day our hearts are with helping residents and redefining what senior living offers. It has been a challenging year for us all, but I am proud of what our team has been able to accomplish, and I look forward to seeing what Sinta and Matthew can achieve.”

ABOUT WALTONWOOD CARY PARKWAY

Waltonwood Cary Parkway offers seniors a dignified, individualized community where residents can thrive. The community offers independent living cottages, and independent, assisted living and memory care apartments in studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans, creating a continuum of care where residents can enjoy an active lifestyle and receive care if they need it. The community offers many engaging amenities, including a theater, therapy pool, putting green, garden view lounge and private courtyards throughout its acreage. Residents receive the most up-to-date advances in senior living, including the specially designed Forever Fit program and life enrichment programing.

Singh is a family-owned company and for more than 45 years they have remained multifaceted in real estate development, with a strong foundation in luxury apartments, commercial properties, land development, high-end single-family homes and, for 30 years, senior living communities which have been branded “Waltonwood.” The vertical integration of the company, which provides for development, construction, finance and management under one umbrella, allows Singh to be poised for new opportunities in expanding markets. All projects are wholly owned by Singh and continue to be owned and managed by Singh.

The company is headquartered in West Bloomfield, MI and has regional offices in Cary, NC. Learn more about Singh and its Waltonwood communities at www.singhweb.com. If you are interested in learning more about Waltonwood Cary Parkway, please visit www.waltonwood.com or call 919-275-0983.

Dr. Paul Reinbold

Acts Chief Medical Director Receives Award for Lifetime Achievements in Long-Term Care

Fort Washington, PA,– Acts Retirement-Life Communities is pleased to announce that Paul Reinbold, MD.,CMD, has received the prestigious Berman Award for his lifetime achievements to the practice of long-term care. The Berman Award, named in honor of Dr. Joseph Berman, is given annually by the Mid-Atlantic Medical Director’s Association to exemplary physicians who have devoted their careers and made significant contributions to the long-term care continuum.

Dr. Reinbold’s involvement in long-term care spans more than 25 years. In March 2020, Dr. Reinbold was appointed as Vice President and Chief Medical Director for Acts Retirement-Life Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior living organizations serving nearly 10,000 residents. He previously served as the Corporate Medical Director and Clinical Operations Advisor to the CEO at Integrace, in Sykesville, Maryland, prior to its affiliation with Acts Retirement-Life Communities. He has also served as Chief of the Medical Staff for the University of Maryland-Shore Medical Center Easton and as the Medical Director of multiple long-term care facilities.

Dr. Reinbold is certified as a Medical Director by the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Delaware, a Medical Degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

The new Chelsea at Greenburgh, Westchester County, NY

Enhanced Care and Luxury Emphasized at the new Chelsea at Greenburgh Assisted Living Residence in Westchester County

GREENBURGH, N.Y.,– Chelsea Senior Living’s newly completed Chelsea at Greenburgh, a luxury senior living residence, brings state of the art design, lifestyle and enhanced care features to today’s older Americans seeking more than just an apartment and three meals a day.

The three-story community will offer Assisted Living and Memory Care. It is located at 715 Dobbs Ferry Road on the former site of Frank’s Nursery. Final licensing by the NY Department of Health is expected any day, which will clear the way for new residents to move in. However, reservations are being taken now.

“This building has surpassed our expectations,” said Roger Bernier, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chelsea Senior Living. “Our team has spent the last two years forging partnerships with the Westchester senior community, first responders and care givers. We are happy to take our place here and look forward to providing an outstanding experience for our residents.”

“With robust safety protocols in place, we are able to provide a safe experience for visitors to help ensure the health of our residents and staff,” said Diane Mandracchia, Executive Director of the Chelsea. “We are providing safe, in-person tours with social distancing and other precautions. The health and safety of our residents and staff will be our Number One priority going forward.”

In addition to modern amenities like a bistro, club room, art studio, salon, sports lounge, theater, fitness/rehab room and a separate dining room and program room for Memory Care residents, The Chelsea at Greenburgh will offer specialized services for residents with Enhanced Care needs. These services include, but are not limited to, assistance with injectable medications, complex diabetes management, assistance with walking and stairs, chronic urinary or bowel incontinence and admission to a hospice program. All care is supervised by a registered nurse who is on call 24/7.

“Making these enhanced care services available allows our residents to age in place in a homelike setting without frequent trips to hospitals and doctors,” said Ms. Mandracchia. “There’s a need for these services in assisted living and we are happy to provide them.”

Chelsea Senior Living operates 21 senior living communities in New York and New Jersey. The Chelsea brand has been associated with superior senior housing and care for 30 years. More information can be found at chelseaseniorlving.com or 1-877-CHELSEA.

Dr. Albanese

Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Chronic Kidney Disease Management Program Top Area Nephrologist Overseeing Program at Skilled Nursing Facility in Point Pleasant, N.J.

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. – Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Point Pleasant has launched a chronic kidney disease (CKD) management program, naming board-certified nephrologist Dr. Joseph Albanese, D.O., as its director. The 118-bed skilled nursing facility in Point Pleasant is undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade, with physical improvements and programming enhancements including the CKD initiative.

Dr. Albanese is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, and specializes in clinical hypertension. He serves as the dialysis medical director of the Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and also maintains a private practice in Ocean County.

Crest Pointe’s new CKD management program provides specialized care and services to patients with CKD and related diagnoses. The program aims to preserve kidney function and prevent further decline through a balance of treatment and education. This includes protocols to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase quality of life and promote independence.

In addition to consults with Dr. Albanese and other board-certified specialists, program features include diabetic management, health coaching and dietary education, and routine medical management of associated co-morbidities, among other services and therapies. Patients undergoing any form of dialysis treatment will have their treatment carefully coordinated with the dialysis unit to assure continuity and overall quality of specialized service.

Crest Pointe developed its CKD management program with Marquis Health Services, which provides nursing home consulting for the facility. “Dr. Albanese is highly respected for his expertise and leadership in the field of nephrology, and Crest Pointe is pleased to partner with him on its new CKD management program,” said Pam Montemurno, regional director of marketing development at Marquis.

Dr. Albanese earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa; he completed his nephrology fellowship and his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Hypertension, American Society of Nephrology, American Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine, among others.

“Chronic kidney disease is prevalent among seniors and often associated with co-morbidities,” said Dr. Albanese. “Crest Pointe’s comprehensive program is much needed and aims to meet the complex healthcare needs of those living with CKD in Point Pleasant and the surrounding community.”

Located at 1515 Hulse Road, Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The facility offers patients a scenic place to rehab and recover, as many patient rooms boast views of the Point Pleasant Canal.

A highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company based in nearby Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Services currently supports Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds

JEA Senior Living Names Veteran Housing and Health Care Executive as CEO

VANCOUVER, Wash.,– JEA Senior Living (JEA), a leader in providing quality memory care-focused housing for seniors, announced today that veteran housing and health care executive Christopher Belford has been appointed CEO, effective Nov. 1.

Belford, with nearly 30 years of executive operations experience in the senior housing industry, working for multiple leading operators across the continuum of care, joins JEA from American Healthcare Investors (AHI). As AHI’s executive vice president, he managed 140 communities within the company’s portfolio of senior housing, skilled nursing, and hospital assets throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Before joining AHI, Belford was president of Brookdale Senior Living’s western division, managing senior living and retirement communities. At Brookdale, he managed 269 senior living and retirement communities, representing 24,400 units in 11 states in the western half of the U.S. and overseeing more than 14,000 employees.

Belford also served 14 years in executive leadership roles at senior care provider Emeritus Senior Living, including senior vice president of operations, responsible for more than 500 communities in 18 states. Emeritus merged with Brookdale in 2014.

Belford takes over for W. Cody Erwin, the grandson of the company’s founder. JEA, a privately owned and operated company based in Vancouver, Wash., develops, owns and currently manages 57 senior communities throughout the U.S. As part of JEA’s effort to expand ownership and management of senior housing, it formed a strategic partnership in late 2019 with investment firm Access Industries.

“Chris assumes the helm of JEA at a time when our nation and the health care industry needs leaders with empathy, who can build culture and produce results,” said JEA board member Jonah Sonnenborn. “Chris possesses a successful track record of driving operational and financial results at hundreds of properties and is an accountable leader who can position JEA for its next stage of growth.”

Belford said JEA continues to be the leader in memory care, and he will be focused on driving the company’s growth.

“JEA has been the leading memory care operator since its founding by the Erwin family over 30 years ago,” Belford said. “I look forward to working closely with our dedicated and skilled team members to deliver top-notch service, facilities and an exceptional living situation for our current and prospective families.”

Belford earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University, completed post-graduate studies at Seattle University and received an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Oakmont Senior Living promotes Maclaine to Regional VP of Operations and Names Singler Regional VP of Sales and Marketing

Windsor, California- Oakmont Senior Living has promoted Mark Maclaine to regional vice president of operations and added Allison Singler to its management team as regional vice president of sales and marketing.

Both Maclaine and Singler will be responsible for the Central California region of Oakmont’s portfolio of senior living communities.

Singler has more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry with a strong background in sales and marketing. She is also experienced with developing sales strategies for pre-lease communities and established communities, and creating sales training and development programs.

“I am thrilled to be joining Oakmont Senior Living in this pivotal time in the company’s future and look forward to being part of the management team leading sales and marketing efforts,” Singler said. “Oakmont is a first-class company and I am looking forward to getting started.”

Maclaine has been with Oakmont since the beginning of 2019 and has served as executive director of Oakmont of Montecito. Before Oakmont he was a general contractor in construction for a decade. He started in the senior living industry with Belmont Village in 2015 as a development manager.

“I am honored to be promoted at Oakmont and my experience at Montecito as executive director will serve me well in my role as regional vice president of operations for the Central region,” Maclaine said.

Singler received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and minor in speech communications from the University of Alabama in 1993. Maclaine studied business management at Texas State University in San Marcos and finished his education there in 2004.

About Oakmont Senior Living
Oakmont Senior Living is a recognized leader in the senior living industry, currently serving over 3,000 seniors across 34 communities in California and Nevada. Residents receive customized care services delivered in luxurious, resort-style settings. With an impressive array of five-star amenities and compassionate team members, residents at Oakmont Senior Living benefit from the finest senior living experience in the industry. For more information about Oakmont Senior Living, visit www.oakmontseniorliving.com.

Amber Potter

Claiborne Senior Living Adds to Management Team

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, October 12, 2020— Claiborne Senior Living is pleased to announce the addition of Amber Potter to its growing corporate management team/

An accomplished leader in sales strategy and team development, Amber Potter joins Claiborne as regional director of sales. She held a series of increasingly responsible sales management positions at Enlivant Senior Living, most recently as national director of sales. She now oversees sales operations at communities in Mississippi and Louisiana.

“Amber brings a depth of experience that will serve us well as we continue to grow and expand into new markets,” said Tim Dunne, Claiborne’s president and chief operating officer. “We’re fortunate to be in a position to bring such a talented individual on board.”
Headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Claiborne Senior Living serves hundreds of older adults with senior living communities in Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Each community offers a broad continuum of care designed to provide a safe, enriching environment in which seniors can stay healthy and engaged.

Covenant Living Fills Two Key Leadership Positions

SKOKIE, Ill.: Covenant Living Communities and Services, a non-profit faith-based senior living organization headquartered in Skokie, announces the appointments to its leadership team of Jeannie Justie as Chief Financial Officer and Amy LaCroix as Senior Vice President/Community Operations.

Jeannie Justie comes to Covenant Living with more than 20 years’ experience in health care finance most recently working for a Chicago-area health system with 19 hospitals. In her role, Justie will work collaboratively with senior leadership in the areas of organizational and financial strategy, financial management, planning, analysis and operations. She is a CPA and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Covenant Living leadership team and am extremely excited to be in this role with the organization,” said Jeannie Justie, Covenant Living Chief Financial Officer. “Covenant Living has solid fiscal policies and a history of prudent financial practices and it’s exciting to join its leadership in continuing development of long-term strategies for the organization that will carry it well into the future.”

Amy LaCroix joins Covenant Living with nearly 20 years’ experience in the field of senior living and has worked in health care, assisted living, memory care and with Continuing Care Retirement Communities. LaCroix most recently worked with a large senior living organization with seven communities in six states as a regional operations director. She will work closely with senior leaders in operations, human resources, sales, marketing and communications, health services strategy, project development, information technology and financial services. She received a Bachelor of Science-Health Administration from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

“Covenant Living already has a strong operational system which helps in providing its residents and employees great places to live and work,” said Amy LaCroix, Senior Vice President-Community Operations. “I’m excited to forge ahead and work with not only leadership at the Central Office, but those leaders at the community level across the country as well.”
“Bringing Jeannie and Amy on board at Covenant Living gives us that extra level of leadership necessary to provide even more sound financial business practices while also providing exceptional experiences for our residents and employees,” said Terri Cunliffe, Covenant Living President and CEO. “Each brings the level of experience to our organization that will contribute to our continued success in the field of senior living and services.”

WesleyLife Growth Prompts Leadership Addition

JOHNSTON, Iowa – An aggressive growth strategy resulting in expansion into new markets has prompted WesleyLife, Iowa’s most comprehensive provider of services for older adults, to add an experienced regional director to its leadership roster.

Matt Garcia joins WesleyLife on Monday, October 26, as Regional Director of
Campus Operations. In this role, he will hold primary accountability for a segment of WesleyLife’s operations, managing the geographic health and well-being networks under his leadership to ensure a consistent focus on mission and vision, engaged person-centered environments, consistent hospitality and customer-centered experiences.

Garcia, of Polk City, brings 25 years of healthcare and aging services expertise to the position, having served as Chief Operating Officer and Administrator of Bishop Drumm Retirement Center and Iowa Division Director for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). He is a PRN member of the Department of Management faculty at the University of Northern Iowa.
Currently, he serves as Central Iowa Operations Officer and Chief People Development Officer for Western Home Services, leading eight sites throughout Iowa.

“This addition is an indication of our growth, expansion, and outlook on the future,” Janet Simpson, Vice President of Campus Operations for WesleyLife, said. Simpson said through WesleyLife’s partnership with Genesis Health System in 2019 that resulted in the creation of WellSpire, a Quad Cities-based health and well-being organization, WesleyLife is bringing a new kind of senior living to that region of the state — and Garcia will help to lead that charge.

“Through the new communities we’re building in Bettendorf and DeWitt, as well as an expansion of our network of home- and community-based services, we’re serving a greater number of individuals than ever before,” Simpson said. “Matt’s extensive aging services leadership as well as passion for our mission and expertise in our existing and new markets will keep us well poised to broaden and enhance our impact.”

Garcia will oversee WesleyLife’s communities in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The organization is currently building its 12th community, in Bettendorf, Iowa, and planning is under way for a new community to replace an existing one in DeWitt. Expansion and enhancement projects are planned for WesleyLife communities in Des Moines, Indianola, and Pella as well.
Garcia will be based in WesleyLife’s corporate offices in Johnston.

About WesleyLife
Guided by Christian compassion, WesleyLife enhances the independence, health, and well-being of individuals wherever they call home, transforming the aging experience to encourage individuals to live lives of greater purpose and meaning. Certified as a Great Place to Work, WesleyLife offers health and well-being services in 15 Iowa counties through our 11 communities, award-winning Adult Day programs, and an array of home and community-based services. In 2019, WesleyLife expanded to eastern Iowa and western Illinois in partnership with Genesis Health System via a new organization, WellSpire, and a new WellSpire community is under construction in Bettendorf, Iowa. For more information about WesleyLife, please visit wesleylife.org.