Orchard Ridge Opens Health Center

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) opened the doors of its on-campus health center—Orchard Woods Health Center, which offers assisted living memory care, nursing care and short-term rehabilitation services.

On Tuesday, May 28 the assisted living memory care neighborhood welcomed its first residents, featuring 14 private suites, two double-occupancy suites, a memory garden that facilitates outdoor strolls and stimulation in a secure environment, along with a salon and common spaces.  Amenities include daily housekeeping, laundry, transportation services, all meals and life enrichment activities. The nursing care and short-term rehabilitation neighborhood of Orchard Woods Health Center will open at the end of the summer.  

“The core concept of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is that residents have access to health care amenities should they ever need them.  At TVOR, we strive to preserve independence and choice by bringing health care services to a resident in the comfort of their residence on campus,” Executive Director John Midolo said. “Orchard Woods Health Center will provide more intensive health care services in a residential setting. It truly means that services are rendered in a space where all residents experience a home-like atmosphere, rather than an institutional setting.”

Residents began moving into TVOR in February 2013, with more than 200 residents currently calling TVOR home. The opening of the Chapel in May will mark the completion of phase one’s construction.  A free, community-wide Grand Opening Celebration that is open to the public will occur on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. featuring caregiving and wellness advocate Joan Lunden.

 

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 home-based assisted services, assisted living memory care, and coming soon—nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

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 in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include its flagship community The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home) in Rockville, Md., offering independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice, and coming soon, memory support; The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va.,an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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Job Fair at The Village at Orchard Ridge April 25!

Are you looking for a new job? If so stop by The Village at Orchard Ridge’s Job Fair on Thursday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sales Center(320 Westside Station Drive, Winchester).

You may either drop off your application and resume or participate in an onsite interview. We are currently looking for the following positions: 

Line Cooks
Dining Servers
Porters
Utility Aides
Laundry Assistants
Housekeepers
Security Guard (Sundays only)
Maintenance, PT
Life Enrichment Coordinator, PT
Move-In Coordinator
Concierge/Receptionist
LPN, PT
CNAs
Medication Aides

 

Bring your resume and stop by any time at our Sales Center Office from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The Village at Orchard Ridge is a not-for-profit EOE serving seniors. 

Orchard Ridge Welcomes First Residents

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR), in Winchester, Va., welcomed its first residents on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

Dr. Hampton and Mrs. Judy Hylton were the very first to move into their cottage at the new community, located just off Route 50 and National Lutheran Boulevard. Hampton, a 77-year-old retired pediatrician and Judy, a 74-year-old manager at Winchester Medical Center’s gift shop, decided it was time to downsize their home and responsibilities.

The couple decided to move to TVOR after Hampton, an avid flower gardener, struggled with his health.  This left Judy tending to the plants and Hampton.  It was then that they decided a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with access to health care amenities would be the best fit for their future.

“I looked at our age, and he’d had a spell of illness for about a year that put him out of commission and put me in charge of doing a lot of yard work …” Judy Hylton said. “I did not wish to do that kind of work and [as a result] the flower beds got neglected.”

The Hyltons were one of the very first Orchard Club members— individuals who put down a 10 percent deposit to secure a home at TVOR.  This is also their first move in 45 years, downsizing from their previous home in Winchester.

“To ensure a smooth transition, we only schedule two to three move-ins on any given day, which allows the staff to focus on each resident individually and provide the highest level of customer service possible,” TVOR Executive Director John Midolo said. “We want to celebrate our residents’ decision to move to TVOR by making that experience pleasant and stress-free.”

Approximately 64 percent of residents are from the Winchester-area (City of Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Warren and Shenandoah counties) and 71 percent from Virginia. Phase 1 of construction will be fully completed with the Chapel opening in May.  A community-wide Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Monday, June 17, 2013 featuring guest speaker Joan Lunden.

 

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 home-based assisted services, memory care assisted living, nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.orchardridgeva.org

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 in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities sponsored by NLCS include its flagship community The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home) in Rockville, Md., offering independent living, rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice, and coming soon, assisted living and memory support; The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va.,an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project. For more information about any of our communities, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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NLCS in The Virginia Lutheran

NLCS was featured in the Oct. 3 edition of The Virginia Lutheran for its senior ministry taking shape in the Shenandoah Valley. The article highlights the progress The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., and The Legacy at North Augusta–A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va. are making.

Read the article here: http://bit.ly/RDdygW

Water Booster Station Pumps to Serve as an Alternative to Proposed Water Tank

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge, A National Lutheran Community, in partnership with Silver Lake, LLC and Frederick County Sanitation Authority (FCSA) is providing a new solution to remedy the ongoing water tank discussion and ensure timely water delivery to the retirement community. The proposed new alternative is a water booster station that will replace the water tank originally slated for the Round Hill-area of Frederick County.

“The water booster station will include a three pump system, all of which will be operated with variable frequency drives (VFDs). The first pump will be a low flow pump to handle the lower flows during the nighttime hours,” explained Randy Kepler, of Greenway Engineering, who represents both Silver Lake, and TVOR. “When demand picks up the second pump will kick on and operate in parallel with the first pump to handle the average daily demand. If demands greatly increase signaling a fire event, the third pump will turn on and provide the necessary flows to supply 1,000 gallons per minute (gpm), plus peak hourly demands while maintaining a minimum of 40 pounds per square inch (psi) residual.”

Kepler also explained that this booster system will be outfitted with the necessary controls and equipment for local operation and will have a standby generator to ensure water service even during power outages.

“This solution is a win-win for everyone because it will serve neighboring areas as needed and provides Frederick County with the development it needs to thrive,” Uwe Weindel, FCSA Engineer and Director said. “The Village at Orchard Ridge is a great thing for this community.”

Final plans will be submitted in March to receive approvals from FCSA and the Department of Health. Once approvals are finalized construction on the booster station pumps can begin.

“We are thrilled that we have a viable new alternative in process to ensure water delivery to the residents of The Village at Orchard Ridge,” said John Midolo, Executive Director for TVOR.

Rev. George Sims Named Director of Philanthropy at the Village at Orchard Ridge

ROCKVILLE, Md. – National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) named Reverend George Sims as the Director of Philanthropy, focusing specifically on The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community, in Winchester, Va. In this position, Sims will oversee philanthropic activities related to annual giving, capital campaigns, and deferred gifts through wills, trusts or other financial instruments at TVOR. Another part of his portfolio will be working with the congregations of the Virginia Synod to enhance their ministry with seniors.

Sims most recently served as regional staff of the Foundation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Executive Director of the Mission of the Office for Planned Giving for the Virginia Synod for the last 10 years. In addition, he was the pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market, Va. from 1988-2001. Sims also served in congregations in North and South Carolina from 1975-1988.

“We are so pleased to have Pastor Sims join us,” Kathryn Baerwald, National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Chief Philanthropy Officer said. “He brings with him not only a valued expertise in planned giving, but also a passion for our mission that will soon be visible in the Shenandoah Valley.”

For Sims, this transition is one that is taking place at a very exciting time.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an organization that is deeply committed to serving others. For the past 121 years NLCS has sought to address the needs of seniors, particularly in light of changing economic times and circumstances,” Sims said. “The Village at Orchard Ridge will seek to mirror this rich legacy. It is a privilege to share this mission and to have a role in ministry to seniors.”

A native of South Carolina, Sims holds a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He is married to the Rev. Martha Miller Sims, who serves at Grace Lutheran Church in Winchester, Va.

The Village at Orchard Ridge Celebrates New Sales Office Grand Opening

Future residents can now experience the community’s residential options for seniors

WINCHESTER, Va.- After months of construction and renovation, The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community, announced the opening of its new sales office at 320 Westside Station Drive, Winchester, Va. during its Grand Opening Celebration on August 30, 2011. The celebration, which featured a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and refreshments, had nearly 250 attendees including future residents, representatives from the sponsor National Lutheran Communities & Services and leaders from the local community including Randy Collins, President and CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, Ellen Murphy, Frederick County Commissioner of the Revenue and several members from the Frederick County Planning Commission.

“With the opening of our official sales office, this brings The Village at Orchard Ridge community one step closer to reality,” states Melody Schneider, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Village at Orchard Ridge. “All of us at TVOR and National Lutheran Services & Communities (NLCS) are excited to be a part of this process, and bear witness to a moment in Winchester’s history.”

The new sales office, which was designed by Joan A. Pease of Partners in Planning, features a reception area, offices and conference room, a selection room and a fully-furnished, one-bedroom apartment. Included within the reception area is a virtual imaging video, created by Arnold Imaging, which provides customers with an opportunity to experience the TVOR community. The selection room, which houses samples of flooring and decorative options, gives future residents an area to touch and visualize the furnishings that will be in their apartment or cottage. Additionally, with the one-bedroom model apartment, future residents can take measurements and envision the layout of their furniture.

“In converting the former bank to TVOR’s sales office, we wanted to create a welcoming environment, and a space where staff would be able to meet with future residents and display housing and furnishing options,” states Joan A. Pease, Principal at Partners in Planning. “To accomplish this, the reception area is designed to feel as if you’re walking into a living room, and all throughout the office customers will find various images of The Village at Orchard Ridge.”

Additionally, as a part of its new resident package, TVOR has partnered with Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center at 410 Campus Blvd., Winchester, Va. 22601 to offer its future residents a discount of 38 percent off the membership cost. TVOR also has plans to add 20 more cottages to the development of its Phase I, which is scheduled for completion early 2013.

The Village at Orchard Ridge Receives $82 Million in Bond Financing

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., received its tax-exempt bond financing on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 for approximately $82 million. Following the groundbreaking in May, this is another milestone in advancing the construction timeline for the not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).

The bonds will fund construction costs related to The Village at Orchard Ridge and utilize a draw down feature that will limit negative arbitrage as related to the current economic environment. This financing, through partnerships with Hamlin Capital Management, LLC and Raymond James, will feature a series of three tax-exempt bonds providing a blend of variable and fixed-rate debt for the project.

“We are excited about the innovative financing approach that both Hamlin Capital and Raymond James have utilized with this project,” National Lutheran Communities & Services CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “The financing structure will maximize flexibility to construct, stabilize and lower the overall cost of the community.”

Joe Bridy, Partner and Portfolio Manager for Hamlin Capital Management noted that this type of financing structure could become the new standard for CCRCs going forward.

“The TVOR transaction is an incredibly innovative financing that has brought together project finance concepts and made them applicable to a capital markets deal via the tax-exempt bond market,” Bridy said. “We believe the flexibility and efficiency of this structure will be the new standard by which well-capitalized senior living financings are measured. Hamlin is proud to be partnered with National Lutheran Communities & Services and Raymond James in the introduction of this financing structure to the market.”

 

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres. The first phase of construction will offer 178 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. The community is expected to open in 2013. For more information, visit www.orchardridgeva.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is celebrating 120 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Crystal Spring, a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department on Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project in Annapolis, Md.; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community; The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and skilled long term nursing care and is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home and community based services for residents. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

The Village at Orchard Ridge Appoints Executive Director John Midolo

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., announced John Midolo as its Executive Director. With an expected opening of this community in 2013, Midolo will actively be involved in its development and operations.

Midolo has been a health care executive for the past 23 years and since March of 2008, has been the Chief of Operations with The Village at Rockville, A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md. He recently completed his Administrator-in Training Program to meet the requirements as a Nursing Home Administrator in Maryland and in Virginia.

During his 23 years in the health care industry he has held several positions including: Regional Director, Sheppard Pratt at Howard County, Columbia, Md.; Senior Vice President of Outpatient Services, Facility Management Associates, Roselle Park, N.J.; Director of Regional Operations, Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital, Arlington, Va.; Chief Executive Officer, Springwood Psychiatric Institute, Leesburg, Va.; Administrator for the Psychiatric Institute of Richmond in Richmond, Va.; and Assistant Administrator for Lake Hospital of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth, Fla.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to be involved on the ground-level of a new ministry and community of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia,” Midolo said. “I’m proud to continue the great work NLCS has done serving seniors for the past 120 years.”

Midolo received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., and a Masters of Science degree with distinguished academic achievement in Health Services Administration from NOVA Southeastern University, Friedt School of Business and Entrepreneurship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He is a member of the National Association of Mental Health Administrators and a former member of the Winchester, Virginia Rotary Club.

“With John’s humor and can-do approach to his work, we know the residents at The Village at Orchard Ridge will enjoy getting to know John in his role as the Executive Director, just as the residents have known John as Chief of Operations for the past few years at The Village at Rockville,” National Lutheran Communities & Services CEO Larry Bradshaw said.

 

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new planned senior living and health care community on 132 acres which in its first phase will offer 158 maintenance-free independent living cottage homes and apartments with home-based assisted living, memory care assisted living and nursing care options. For more information, visit www.orchardridgeva.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is celebrating 120 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Crystal Spring, a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department on Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project in Annapolis, Md; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new planned senior living and health care community; The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., which offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and skilled long term nursing care and is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home & community based services for residents. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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