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The Village at Rockville Receives Five-Star Rating For Second Year In A Row

March 19, 2015

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) received a five-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the second year in a row. This ranking was further supported by recent news that TVAR also ranked number three in the state of Maryland and received a high endorsement of 97 percent from families in the Maryland Health Care Commission’s (MHCC) 2014 Nursing Facility Family Satisfaction Survey.

This year, CMS strengthened the Five Star Quality Rating System to give families more precise and meaningful information on quality when they consider facilities for themselves or a loved one. Ratings are based on three categories: results from onsite inspections by trained surveyors, performance on certain quality measures, and levels of staffing. Beginning this year, star ratings included improved calculations for staffing levels and reflected higher standards in order to achieve a high rating on the quality measure.

Before the recalibration, about 80 percent of nursing homes/continuing care retirement communities received either a four or five-star rating on their quality measures. Now, about 49 percent of nursing homes will receive a four or five-star rating according to CMS. The Village at Rockville received a five-star rating last year and successfully maintained the highest rating despite the increasing quality measures.

“The Village at Rockville is proud to be recommended for the excellent care we provide,” TVAR’s Executive Director Jason Gottschalk said. “We recognize that excellence is a daily commitment and constantly strive to improve our practices so that our residents and guests can thrive.”

TVAR additionally ranked number three in the state out of 230 nursing homes and received a high mark of 9.1 out of 10 for overall care from the MHCC Family Satisfaction Survey. An outstanding 97 percent of families would recommend TVAR’s nursing care to friends and family. The statewide average rating is 8.3. MHCC’s survey sample included 221 nursing facilities throughout the state of Maryland.

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, short-term rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.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. 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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The Village at Orchard Ridge Awards Grants to Local Organizations

March 02, 2015

(WINCHESTER, Va.)  The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) awarded two grants during 2014 to Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester and Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) in Front Royal.  The amounts awarded are $4,000 to Blue Ridge Hospice and $1,000 to SAAA, funded by National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council.

“We are privileged to be able to partner with great organizations that are committed to the lives of seniors,” said John Midolo, executive director at TVOR. “SAAA holds to a philosophy of healthy aging and creating moments of joy at a crucial time in seniors’ lives. We have also seen first-hand the passion and commitment that Blue Ridge Hospice has for its clients and their families in difficult times. They are a pillar of hope for so many in our community.”

TVOR’s parent organization, NLCS, established the Community Impact Program to enhance their commitment to the greater community through working collaboratively with other organizations to enrich the lives of seniors. Each organization’s proposal met one of the following greatest needs identified by a recent community needs assessment: chronic disease management, navigating and accessing health care and social services, dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, social isolation and financial insecurity.

“Awarding grants through our Community Impact program allows us to partner with other organizations that are passionate about providing seniors the best services possible,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said.

Blue Ridge Hospice is a not-for-profit dedicated to providing quality end-of-life care. The grant will assist to supplement insurance reimbursements for patients whose expenses may be more than the allowable charges, those without any insurance, and to support the continuance of these specialized services and programs. The SAAA is a not-for-profit organization that offers a variety of high-quality services for in-home support. Annually, they conduct one major fundraiser (Eleventh Annual Generations Walkathon) to fund shortfalls in their support services. TVOR awarded the grant as a sponsor of the walk in support of their similar mission and ministry of providing a positive impact on the lives of seniors in the community.

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community 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 with in-home health services, assisted living memory care, nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. In January 2015, The Village at Orchard Ridge began its Phase II expansion, 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 early 2017. 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. 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

 

Dr. Jason Gottschalk Announced As The Village at Rockville's Executive Director

February 23, 2015

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., announced Dr. Jason Gottschalk as its Executive Director effective February 13, 2015.

“I am thrilled to be part of this vibrant community of dedicated and caring people,” Gottschalk said. “I look forward to learning and serving together in this next chapter as Executive Director.”

Gottschalk has been with the organization since 2010 and brings a tremendous amount of creativity and enthusiasm to everything he does. From overseeing the choir and creating TVAR’s vibrant and thriving Life Enrichment program, to sharing his musical talents and directing community services, he always strives to put residents first.

He is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator with several degrees in music performance and history. Gottschalk has a doctorate in Music from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, along with masters’ in Musicology and Sacred Music from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary, respectively.

“We are thrilled that such a faithful staff member has grown with us to now lead The Village at Rockville into its next chapter,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “Jason has displayed innovation and creativity in his tenure with us, and I know he will draw upon those skills, and many more, to positively impact residents and the future of The Village at Rockville.”

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, short-term rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.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. 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

National Lutheran Community Impact Council Awards 15 Grants For 2014/2015 Year

January 08, 2015

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 15 grants for the 2014/2015 grant year, totaling $198,567. This marks the second year of the grant program, with a significant increase in applicants and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware. 

The Community Impact Program was established to enhance NLCS’ commitment to the greater community through working collaboratively with other organizations and continued efforts to enrich the lives of seniors. Each organization’s proposal met one of the following greatest needs identified by a recent community needs assessment: chronic disease management, navigating and accessing health care and social services, dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, social isolation and financial insecurity. The awardees are:

  • Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville, Md., $15,000
  • Diakon Adult Day Services in Hagerstown, Md., $16,650
  • Upper Montgomery Assistance Network in Gaithersburg, Md., $20,000
  • Little Falls Village in Bethesda, Md., $5,000
  • Mental Health Association of Montgomery County in Rockville, Md., $10,349
  • Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, Va., $5,000
  • Colonial Heritage Community Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., $20,000
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Va., $14,520
  • Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Va., $14,550
  • Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging in Winchester, Va., $11,720
  • Valley Program for Aging Services in Buena Vista, Va., $8,778
  • Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries in Tom’s Brook, Va., $22,000
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., $15,000
  • Lutheran Social Services– National Capital Area in Washington, D.C., $10,000
  • Lutheran Community Services in Wilmington, Del., $10,000

 “We are pleased to be working with so many fine organizations in reaching seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “Awarding grants through our Community Impact program allows us to partner with other organizations that are passionate about providing seniors the best services possible.”

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. 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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TVOR Receives Bond Financing for Phase 2

December 24, 2014

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., received its tax-exempt bond financing on Thursday, December 18, 2014 for approximately $67,835,000. Following such a successful opening of Phase 1, this is another milestone in advancing the construction timeline for the not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC)’s Phase 2 of construction.

            The bonds will fund construction costs related to Phase 2, which is slated to begin in January 2015. TVOR’s Phase 2 of construction will feature the addition of 104 independent living apartments, 10 skilled nursing suites, a 15,000 square foot Wellness Center with an indoor pool and a 150-seat dining expansion.  The bonds will also partially fund 18 independent living cottages that will be available for occupancy beginning in January 2015.

           This financing, through partnerships with Hamlin Capital Management, LLC and Crosspoint Capital, will feature a series of four, tax-exempt bonds providing a blend of variable and fixed-rate debt for the project. 

            “The financing for the TVOR Phase 2 construction will provide a continued array of services to seniors in the Winchester community,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Chief Financial Officer Michael Brady said. “We are thankful to our partners at Hamlin Capital Management and look forward to continuing to meet seniors’ future needs.”

            Joe Bridy, Partner and Portfolio Manager for Hamlin Capital Management, is pleased to partner with National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) and TVOR once again.

          “Hamlin Capital Management is excited to grow our partnership with NLCS and provide innovative financial solutions that will help facilitate the build out of TVOR’s campus,” Bridy said.  

 

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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