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Melissa Fortner Named Executive Director of The Village at Orchard Ridge

August 26, 2015

Winchester, Va. – The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., announced Melissa Fortner as its Executive Director effective August 24, 2015.  Fortner brings 20 years of senior living experience, most recently as Vice President of Supportive Living for Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. 

            “I am delighted to be joining the National Lutheran family, specifically The Village at Orchard Ridge,” Fortner said. “I look forward to being a part of this community’s success, as well as helping to develop more opportunities to connect our services with those who wish to age well.”

            Fortner’s expertise is in designing and implementing operational and strategic plans, with a record of transforming institutional-style nursing models into resident-focused social models.  She spearheaded the first Green House project in Virginia, which focuses on delivering care to seniors in a homelike atmosphere. Fortner has a B.S. in Health Care Administration from East Tennessee State University and an M.B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She is a frequent conference speaker and presenter at LeadingAge and a guest lecturer at James Madison University.  She also formerly served on the boards of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and Generations Crossing Adult and Child Daycare.

             “Melissa brings a wealth of experience in senior living, specifically in change management, strategic planning, servant leadership, health care reform and more,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said.  “We are pleased to welcome an individual of her caliber to TVOR and know that her skills will greatly benefit staff and residents alike.”

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with in-home services, memory care, and skilled nursing for both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Currently, The Village at Orchard Ridge is in Phase 2 of construction, which will include additional independent living apartments and cottages, a wellness center with an indoor pool, and the expansion of dining areas and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

The National Lutheran family includes The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and coming soon The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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The Gift of an Organ for The Chapel at Orchard Ridge

August 19, 2015

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) is pleased to announce a major gift to The Chapel at Orchard Ridge, A Center for Faith and Community Life by one of its own residents—one that will enrich lives within the community and the wider community for generations to come. TVOR resident Richard Duesing, has generously donated funds for a custom pipe organ that will be delivered in February 2016.

Bids from reputable organ builders were received and reviewed by well-accomplished organists in the Winchester community, including active and retired professors of Shenandoah University’s Music Conservatory. TVOR’s Board of Directors approved the proposal of Letourneau Organ, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec in July. Letourneau’s Opus 130, custom designed and unique for the chapel will be one-of-a-kind. The instrument will replicate features of the chapel, including the paneling and walnut moldings of the ecclesiastical furnishings. The community plans to hold a dedication and inaugural concert June 17 and 18, 2016.

 

myPotential at Home Launches Home Care and Wellness Services Into The Greater Winchester Community

August 12, 2015

Winchester, VA-  The Winchester business community will officially welcome myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service on Thursday, August, 27, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and launch party located at 320 Westside Station Drive, Winchester.

After a successful year-and-a-half of piloting in-home health, wellness and personal care services on the campus of The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community, the organization is now launching those services into the greater Winchester community.

“This is an exciting time for myPotential at Home,” said Administrator Denise Kozlowski.  “After piloting and perfecting our services, we are now ready to offer those services to seniors and their families in Winchester City, as well as Clarke, Warren, and Frederick counties.”  

myPotential at Home is backed by faith-based, not-for-profit sponsor National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS).  For NLCS, the expansion into home care and wellness is critical to providing seniors with enhanced independence in the comfort and privacy of their own home. 

“With NLCS’ 125 years of experience, coupled with a tremendously talented team at myPotential at Home, we can provide Winchester-area individuals with more options to remain independent in their home,” NLCS President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said.  “Our mission is to serve seniors, regardless of if they live in one of our retirement communities or not.  myPotential at Home enables us to fulfill that mission, and help meet the growing needs of seniors throughout the Shenandoah Valley.”

About myPotential at Home

myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service offers in-home health, wellness and personal care services to seniors and their families in the comfort and privacy of their own home.  Serving Winchester City, Clarke, Warren and Frederick counties, myPotential at Home’s desire is to preserve independence and help individuals reach their potential at any age and any stage.  For more information, visit www.mypotentialathome.com 

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. Celebrating 125 years, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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Winchester Named Top 10 Places to Retire in 2015

July 31, 2015

Winchester has been deemed one of the top 10 Great Places to Retire in 2015 by Kiplinger, the Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. Kiplinger evaluated cities from coast to coast, based on climate, walkability, housing costs compared with the national median ($200,000), tax-friendliness, culture and entertainment, and access to outdoor activities. Winchester was chosen among the likes of Cambridge, Mass., Santa Fe, N.M., and Carlsbad, Calif. Each city ranked high on access to healthcare—a must for a retirement destination.

We couldn’t agree more that Winchester is one of the best places to retire. It’s the home of our newest continuing care retirement community, The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR). This city, located 75 miles outside of Washington, D.C., appeals to retirees who love its small-town Southern charm and big-city amenities. Old Town Winchester, features more than 30 restaurants and bars and on Saturdays from May through October, the Old Town Farmers Market offers produce and baked goods from area farms. The area surrounding Winchester is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Residents can kayak and fish in the Shenandoah River or hike in Shenandoah National Park. Furthermore, Virginia doesn’t tax Social Security benefits. Seniors age 65 and older who meet income limits can deduct up to $12,000 each from state income taxes.

TVOR opened its doors in February 2013, with 300 residents now calling it home. The community is designed for people who demand more from retirement living: more choices for comfortable living, more control over their finances and better options for the way they receive health care. TVOR offers independent living apartments and cottages, and within walking distance you’ll see a transformational approach to health care, bringing a whole new array of services right to your home, including memory care and skilled nursing care. Just a few short miles away, residents have access to the top-rated Winchester Medical Center. In 2012, the hospital completed a $161 million project that expanded emergency services and added beds. Most importantly, TVOR values its residents and is designed around the ideas and aspirations of each of them. They help shape the community's activities, its culture, its daily policies and its future−defining their way of life.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T006-C000-S002-10-great-places-to-retire-in-2015.html

Summer Fellows from Valparaiso University

July 09, 2015

For the second summer, NLCS eagerly accepted the opportunity to once again be a host site for Valparaiso University’s Institute for Leadership and Service CAPS Fellows Program. This summer we are also fortunate to have a Valparaiso graduate student conducting a summer internship. 

The group consists of three undergraduate students and one graduate student working onsite through the end of July.  Hannah Albers, Emily Knippenberg, Tommy Morrison, and Maryam Ali are involved in various aspects of the National Lutheran family.  From health care initiatives to philanthropy, these students will receive a formative and immersive experience working alongside NLCS staff members.  We know they will make us and our very own Valparaiso alumna, Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald, proud. Go Valpo!

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