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Scholarships Awarded at Moravian Hall Square

June is bursting with good news from Moravian Hall Square!  Resident Marilyn Brewster spearheads the effort to raise monies from individuals in residential neighborhoods that provides funding for annual scholarship awards for student employees to put toward their post-high school education.  This year, five (5) awards in the amount of $1,000 each were granted to employees.  More than 40 scholarships have been distributed in the eight years that there has been a student scholarship program.

Francesca Bartolucci will be attending Moravian College and hopes to study graphic design with a minor in marketing.  She has a passion for art and multi-culturalism.

Alaina Karcher is headed to Simmons University in Boston to major in English and minor in creative writing.  She hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry.

Christina Karcher continues her studies at Northampton Community College and will move onto Moravian or Temple to further her academic career in Business Administration.

Stephanie Kosmidis is already enrolled at Northampton Community College and volunteers with the American Red Cross.  She plans to continue her education toward a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Jade Lawson will begin her five year degree program for Occupational Therapy at the University of Scranton this fall.  Jade loved helping to plan themed events and socials for the residents during her service time at Moravian Hall Square.

Congratulations to these five young women as they continue to learn and grow so that they can serve and make a difference in their careers!

Moravian Hall Square Honors our Fallen Heroes

The Moravian Hall Square community held a special ceremony in honor of Memorial Day.  Residents, staff and friends of the community gathered for readings, prayer and song, along with a special rendition of Taps and a dove release in honor of those men and women who have died serving our country.

This event was part of the year-long celebration of Moravian Hall Square’s 30th Anniversary, with special events being held on the 30th of each month.

Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. Announces New Director of Nursing at Moravian Hall Square

Catherine Reese, RN, Director of Nursing, Health & Wellness Center, Moravian Hall Square

Morningstar Senior Living announces the appointment of Catherine Reese as the new Director of Nursing in the Health & Wellness Center at their Moravian Hall Square campus in Nazareth, PA. 

Reese received her Bachelors degree in Nursing from DeSales University in 1994.  Since then she has held diverse nursing positions with increasing administrative responsibilities that included risk management and restorative programs.  She has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the field of long term care nursing, primarily focusing on quality of care, quality of life and the safety of residents.  Reese resides with her family in Whitehall, PA.

Join us in welcoming Cathy to Moravian Hall Square!

 

 

EventFULL Living: My Dear General

We recently welcomed acclaimed author Jeffrey E. Finegan back to our Moravian Hall Square campus to present our EventFULL Living program.  Jeff delivered a fascinating seminar entitled My Dear General: The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.  He discussed the meteoric father-son relationship forged between George Washington and the young and vibrant French aristocrat who traveled from France to fight at his side during the American Revolution. 

Thank you Jeff for sharing your passion for history with our audience.  We are very much looking forward to book number four!

Christmas Breakfast

Morningstar Living was on a mission to provide every family served by the Nazareth Area Food Bank with the fixings for a warm, delicious Christmas breakfast!  Throughout the entire month of November, Moravian Hall Square residents, staff and volunteers were involved in the community wide mission to donate 300 breakfasts.  Each family will receive a gift bag which includes a box of complete pancake mix, syrup, fully cooked bacon and hot chocolate…delicious!  A big thank you to all our helpers who came together to prepare the bags for delivery to the food bank.  Many families will be thankful for a warm breakfast this Holiday season.     

 

 Susan C. Drabic is Elected Chair of LeadingAgePA

Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. is proud to announce that Susan C. Drabic, President & CEO, was recently elected Chair of the LeadingAge Pennsylvania Board of Directors.   

In her role as Chair, Drabic will lead the Board of Directors in its core responsibilities including governance of the organization, providing strategic direction, fiduciary oversight and development of policies and new programs for member organizations. 

Drabic is a proven leader who has an extensive background in the provision of senior living services.  She joined Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. as its first licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 1987, one year prior to the opening of Moravian Hall Square, their Life Plan Community in Nazareth PA.  She became the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 1990.   She has led the organization through many growth and expansion projects, enabling the organization to provide innovative programs and services to residents as well as to active older adults who choose to remain in their own homes.

“I am honored to serve as Chair of LeadingAge PA as we continue to provide members with the resources they need to advance their missions,” said Drabic.  “I look forward to working with the Board and the Leading Age PA staff to deliver the value that members expect and need in order to continue making a difference in the lives of the people they serve.”

LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania’s not-for-profit organizations that provide housing, healthcare and community services primarily to seniors.  Since 1963, the association has acted as the primary source for advocacy, networking and education for not-for-profit providers of services for older adults. 

Congratulations Sue!

Moravian Hall Square Recognized as a Best Nursing Home 2016-2017

Best Nursing Homes 2016-17Moravian Hall Square’s Health & Wellness Center has been named to the U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Homes 2016-2017, receiving a perfect five-star rating. 

This award is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.  The annual survey assigns skilled-nursing centers one to five stars and is based on assessment of Health Inspections & Complaints, Staffing, and Medical Care Quality Measures.  More than 15,000 nursing homes were evaluated nationwide.  This year, just over 2,000 nursing homes earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

“It is such an honor that Moravian Hall Square Health & Wellness Center is once again recognized as a ‘Best Nursing Home’ by U.S. News & World Report,” said Susan C. Drabic, President and CEO of Morningstar Living, which owns and operates Moravian Hall Square.  “I am extremely proud of our staff, their passion and dedication to delivering exceptional quality care to our residents is what makes this recognition possible.”

See the complete listing of the results and centers on the ‘Best Nursing Homes’ list at U.S. News and World Report.

Great News! Morningstar Living is Named a Top Workplace 2016

Top Workplace Feature Image 2016web-01Morningstar Living has been named to the Morning Call’s Top Workplaces 2016 list. We learned of the honor at an awards ceremony held Wednesday, March 9th at DeSales University in Center Valley.

We were one of forty organizations in the Lehigh Valley recognized as a Top Workplace 2016. Morningstar Living  received recognition in the category of Midsize Employers.

“Earning recognition as a Top Workplace is a huge honor,” said Susan C. Drabic, President & CEO of Morningstar Living, “and all the more so because this recognition comes from our own employees – those who know the organization best.  Our work culture supports constructive feedback and helps us to retain employees and attract new talent.  Our employees are passionate about serving our residents and clients…and that is what drives this organization to keep raising the bar every day!”

A HUGE THANK YOU to our employees for voting Morningstar Senior Living a Top Workplace 2016!

Get Fit While You Work

MHS_MorWellnessLogoMorningstar Living was recently recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite by The American Heart Association. The Gold Level award is given to organizations that offer employees physical activity support, increasing healthy options at work and promoting a wellness culture. Morningstar’s Morwell Committee has worked to put programs in place to make it easier for staff to make healthy choices during their work day. Those choices may include exercise opportunities or healthier food and beverage options. Working with Morningstar Living’s Dining Department, the committee has introduced programs which encourage and reward both residents and staff for participating in walking programs, healthy cooking demonstrations or other activities that promote wellness.

“The majority of our waking hours are spent at work and many of those hours may be spent sitting,” said Rick Morrissey, Chair of the Morwell Committee. “We are proud to be named a Fit-Friendly Worksite for our efforts to help make it easier for staff to keep moving towards a healthy lifestyle.”

 

Behind the List with Sue Drabic of Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. – Moravian Hall Square of Nazareth

By Christopher Holland | Lehigh Valley Business (www.lvb.com) on June 8, 2015

SueD LVB Feature PhotoAs the population continues to grow and Americans live longer, the demand for special services and accommodations is on the rise. Throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities providing a multitude of services for the elderly. Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions is Sue Drabic of Morningstar Senior Living Inc. – Moravian Hall Square of Nazareth. …

Click here to read the complete interview with Sue at lvb.com.