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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

In all that we've been through over these last months, March 2020 seems like a distant memory. It was at that time we introduced many restrictions to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading within our communities. Over one weekend (I will never forget), we put together a COVID-19 Daily Crisis Management Team to deal with the myriad of changes and precautions that needed to happen immediately. We closed our communities to all visitors and halted the movement of residents and staff between our different styles of living. In short, we changed every aspect of the way we've worked so hard to perfect the delivery of services to the residents living in our communities. We closed dining venues and our hair salon, we canceled group events and activities, we discouraged travel for vacation and we re-directed our housekeeping and maintenance services to focus on frequent deep disinfecting and sanitizing of high touch surfaces.

Overnight we developed our own grocery shopping and delivery service for residents, we invested substantially in PPE and in the installation of isolation materials and equipment to construct isolation areas for safety precautions. We conducted exercise classes in hallways outside of resident apartments and we delivered happy hour fun, games and refreshments to our residents living in our cottage community. We also invested in a lot of new technology to bring employee team meetings online and allow those who could work remotely from home to do so. And we restricted access to our community to one designated area where screening of all employees for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure is completed before any team member can enter our buildings to work.

Thankfully, our vigilance and early implementation of restrictions at both of our communities paid off. While there has been a lot of negative national publicity about nursing homes throughout the country where COVID-19 has spread like wildfire, we've been doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this virus in our communities. We've had minimal cases of employees and residents in residential living and personal care test positive for the virus. And we are so grateful that we've had no cases of COVID-19 among our most vulnerable population of residents who live in our nursing home. And that isn't the result of good luck, good fortune or happenstance…it's the result of a dedicated team of professionals working together towards one common goal…to protect the health and safety of our residents who we care about deeply.

As we entered the month of May, we quickly realized this pandemic wasn't going to be resolved anytime soon. That meant we needed to begin planning for how we were going to create a "new normal" at Morningstar Living. To make that happen, the COVID-19 Daily Crisis Management Team evolved into what we call our "New Normal Transition Team" (NNTT). This team works together every week to develop, implement and communicate detailed plans to move our communities forward again, toward some semblance of a "new normal." One of the most beneficial aspects of living your life in a community is the ability to socialize, engage and be connected with others. And this virus was forcing us to keep residents from doing this. Additionally, residents could not see family members and friends for months, and this was really hard on them. And so, in May for Mother's Day, and then again in June, for Father's Day, we planned and orchestrated "drive-by" visitation parades of cars with family members and friends for our residents.

As we enter the final months of summer 2020, the NNTT is no longer thinking about "post-COVID-19." Instead, this team is now focused on developing ways to adapt our operations to living safely with the threat of COVID-19 until there is a vaccine or other treatment. We've already developed and implemented a phased strategy for re-starting services and re-opening various amenities at our communities. And as we continue to follow the recommendations and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the PA Department of Health (DOH), the NNTT has developed and communicated safe, limited and cautious in-person visitation policies and procedures for resident visitation. A strict masking policy is in place. We continue to screen visitors, staff and residents for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure. We've re-purposed some of our office space for designated visitation areas where physical distancing can be achieved. And we continue deep cleaning and sanitization of all touch spaces. And what a joy it has been seeing our residents reunited with their loved ones again!

In spite of all of the fear and negativity surrounding this pandemic, I've had the unexpected joy of witnessing the very best of humanity at work. Residents and their families have extended so much support and patience to us as we put some very restrictive plans into place. And employees have put their own fears aside and showed up for work, placing their concern for our residents ahead of their own families. We have a banner on the front of our administration building that reads: "Heroes Work Here." And that is truly an understatement. And it is truly evidence of the commitment and dedication to the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living…

"Making a enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Events & News

Dementia-Friendly Lehigh Valley Coalition Debuts

As a newly inducted member of Dementia Friendly America, the Lehigh Valley coalition aims to become friendlier and more inclusive towards individuals and families experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  Morningstar Living is proud to be a member of this new Lehigh Valley coalition.  Read the full news release here.


Girl Scout Shadows Sue Drabic for Take the Lead Program

Even though it was a snow day from school, it takes more than a little snow and ice to stop a Girl Scout!  Elizabeth arrived bright and early to spend the day shadowing our President & CEO, Sue Drabic.  Elizabeth was shadowing Sue as part of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Take the Lead program.  A videographer tagged along to record part of the day for the GSEP celebration event in April. 

Sue had a full day planned for Elizabeth which included meetings; spending time in the PT dept; visiting different areas of the community and assisting residents in a game of Wii bowling.  At the end of the day Elizabeth left with a whole new understanding of life in a retirement community!

Look Out for Moravian Hall Square on Route 22

Look out for us as you travel Route 22, eastbound between 512 and 191.  A huge thank you to our featured staff – Roxanne, Andrew, Annette, Matt and Loida.  Thank you for being the face of Moravian Hall Square and for your willingness to help us attract exceptional staff.

Clayton Stiver, WFMZ Meteorologist, presents at Moravian Hall Square

A huge THANK YOU to Clayton Stiver, WFMZ Meteorologist, who stopped in to present for our residents and guests. Clayton shared how his passion for weather developed from a young age; his journey to WFMZ; and how he and his colleagues put together their weather reports.

Clayton’s passion for weather is trumped only by his passion for his beloved Nazareth Blue Eagles! Clayton’s Lower Nazareth Elementary teacher, Barbara Dietterich, came out to support one of her favorite former students and recalled how Clayton started his broadcasting career in her classroom…delivering the TV Morning News!  Thank you Clayton.

Morningstar Living’s CEO & President, Susan C. Drabic, is Honored by Girl Scouts of Eastern PA

Morningstar Living is proud to announce that President & CEO Susan Cooper Drabic has been named as one of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) 2019 Take the Lead Lehigh Valley honorees.  This year GSEP will recognize four distinguished women from the community.  Take the Lead is a girl-led ceremony that highlights GSEP’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, while honoring women leaders whose work and achievements exemplify these values.  Click here to read the full release.


Moravian Hall Square Named Showcase Community by Sodexo

 Moravian Hall Square has been named a Showcase Community by Sodexo. The Sodexo Showcase Community designation represents the best partnerships that incorporate shared values and commitment to improve quality of life for the people served every day.

Moravian Hall Square has had a relationship with Sodexo that spans almost 3 decades and together they are focused on elevating the experiences of residents who live at Moravian Hall Square. This Showcase Community designation is determined through a complex assessment of the value and services provided.

“We are extremely proud to be named a Showcase Community by Sodexo”, said Susan Cooper Drabic, President & CEO of Morningstar Senior Living which owns and operates Moravian Hall Square.  “This designation recognizes the joint commitment of Morningstar and Sodexo for providing what people really want – dining experiences that are enjoyable AND memorable because of excellent service and food that looks appealing and tastes really good!   Residents, employees, volunteers, and our visitors ALL benefit from the camaraderie that results when we enjoy delicious food together”.     

Sodexo’s Quality of Life vision refers to the general well-being of people. There are many factors that impact Quality of Life, including: Health and wellness, Community well-being, Environment, Job satisfaction and Socio-economic status.

 Moravian Hall Square knows how to deliver the value of Sodexo’s resources to the people who live there. As a showcase community, the Moravian Hall Square team is dedicated to using the best of our programs, systems and tools,” said Joe Cuticelli, CEO of Seniors North America for Sodexo. 

Galilee House at Moravian Hall Square is Again Awarded Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National ‘Excellence in Care’ Distinction

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has announced that Galilee House at Moravian Hall Square, in Nazareth, PA, has once again earned AFA’s “Excellence in Care” Dementia Care Program of Distinction.  Dementia care settings are eligible to achieve this national recognition after successfully undergoing an extensive evaluation of staff, procedures, and environment, ensuring best practices in dementia care.  This is the third time that Galilee House has been awarded this national recognition. …  Click here to read the full Press Release

Grand Illumination

This Grand Illumination event was the final celebration marking Moravian Hall Square’s 30th Anniversary year. The Grand Illumination celebrated the lives of all those connected to Moravian Hall Square over those 30 years. 

While residents enjoyed a performance by The Grumpy Old Men in Kortz Hall, staff were outside in the Pleasure Garden positioning and lighting the luminaries all along the pathways. A special anthem by the Moravian Hall Square Choir was performed during the placement of luminaries.

When darkness fell on the Pleasure Garden, it was such a beautiful sight!

Breakfast in a Bag

Residents and staff joined forces to pack ‘breakfast in a bag’ for families in need. The bags included all of the fixings to provide a holiday breakfast for the family – bacon, hot chocolate, pancake mix, and syrup. All items were donated by our residents and staff. A total of 250 breakfast bags were assembled and transported to the Nazareth Food Bank to be distributed to the families it serves. What a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

Warm Hearts…Warm Heads

Check out these beautiful hats…a number of our residents who are keen knitters work throughout the year to produce a colorful selection. For the month of December the hats are hung in The Commons. Hats are for sale for $5 in the Good Spirit General Store and all hats that remain at the end of the month are donated to organizations in the Lehigh Valley who serve children in need. Thank you to our residents for thinking of others… Your Warms Hearts = Warm Heads!

Christmas Tree Lighting in Nazareth

Fun night in Nazareth! Great crowd came out on this beautiful December night to watch the tree lighting ceremony in the circle, and to cheer the arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus. We were proud to sponsor the soft toys Santa gave to all of the children. Our CEO Sue Drabic had the honor of switching on the Christmas tree lights.

Miller-Keystone Blood Drive at Moravian Hall Square  

Morningstar Living was proud to partner with Miller-Keystone Blood Center to once again bring a Blood Drive to Moravian Hall Square.  Miller-Keystone is the only blood supplier to 22 hospitals in our region and they need 450 donors to meet the daily needs of transfusion patients.  The Blood Drive at Moravian Hall Square brought in 19 units of blood which will go a long way to help meet the needs of transfusion patients.  Thank you to our residents, staff and neighbors in the Greater Lehigh Valley community for helping to give someone hope for a second chance.

Educational Programs from Morningstar Living

Morningstar Living announces a new series of educational programs for people living throughout the Lehigh Valley.  The series is available to groups and organizations in the region and has been developed to provide instruction, resources and support to seniors and their adult children.  Seminar topics include:

  • Are You Becoming a Parent to Your Parents?
  • Retirement Living Options…What are the Choices?
  • Navigating the Health Care System
  • Taking Care of the Caregiver

Program Facilitator, Sue Himmelreich, RN, MSN, is an Outreach Specialist for Morningstar Living.  Sue earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Cedar Crest College and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from DeSales University.  She has been providing Health Education to individuals and organizations for over 25 years.  “Working with seniors and their families has given us an insight into the topics that concern them the most,” said Himmelreich, “By providing these educational programs Morningstar Living offers a valuable resource to families and provides them with the answers to many of their questions and concerns.”  For full program descriptions or to schedule one or more of these programs at your organization, call Sue Himmelreich at 610.746.1145.


Moravian Hall Square Announces New Support Group for People with Early Onset Dementia

Moravian Hall Square is now offering a support group for anyone who has been diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia.  This support group runs for eight weeks, beginning on Thursday, August 2 2018, 6pm-7:30pm in Galilee House at Moravian Hall Square, 175 W. North St, Nazareth PA. This support group offers a unique support by bringing together people who are experiencing the same things, often at the same time.  People attending this support group will have the opportunity to share their frustrations while learning valuable tips for living well with dementia. 

This support group will address the issues faced by both the individuals who have early onset dementia and the people who care about them.  The group meets for eight weeks, with a new topic being discussed each week.  Moravian Hall Square group facilitators are trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. 

To register to attend, or for more information regarding this support group, call Pam Kleckner at 610.746.1120.

Summer Lunch Program

Our staff and volunteers helped out at the Summer Lunch Program in Nazareth.  They spent time preparing sandwiches and bagging lunches for those in need in the Nazareth area.  The lunches, distributed at the ball field on W Center St, included a treat prepared by our residents.  This is a community service program developed by the Nazareth Ministerium with volunteer service provided by groups and organizations in the community.  We are proud to be part of this community service.

Summer Concert 2018

We were thrilled to welcome The Large Flowerheads to the Pleasure Garden at Moravian Hall Square for our Summer Concert.  As we continue to celebrate our 30th year anniversary this was a great way to invite the greater Lehigh Valley community to join in the celebration.  Guests enjoyed a trip back to the ‘60s as the Large Flowerheads performed numbers from The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Sonny & Cher, The Rolling Stones, to name just a few.  Pre-show entertainment was provided by the Moravian Hal Square UPBEATS, our drumming exercise class.

A GROOVY time was had by all!

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.