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Pennswood Director of Health Services Recognized by The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)

Charles Whitlock, LCSW, NHA of Pennswood Village is the 2017 recipient of the ACHCA Education Award.

May 15, 2017. Newtown, PA – Charles Whitlock, Director of Health Services for Pennswood Village, a local retirement community, received recognition from the American College of Health Care Administrators for his exceptional contributions and achievements in long-term health care education. He was presented with the 2017 Education Award during the ACHCA’s Annual Convocation and Exposition.

About the Award
The award is intended to “[recognize] an individual for educational programs that, because of their content, innovative approach, or other special components, have made an outstanding contribution to professional education in long-term care,” according to a ACHCA press release.

The ACHCA says, “Mr. Whitlock’s unique educational programs increase staff knowledge and sensitivity in managing difficult situations in resident care. He has presented programs locally and nationally, educating thousands of health care professionals and seniors.”

Whitlock was nominated for the award by two other staff members at Pennswood Village.

About Charles Whitlock
Whitlock has been a senior advocate and social worker with the senior population since 1997. He is a Veterans Affairs Accredited Claims Agent, and a VA benefits educator, as well as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

In the past two years, Whitlock has become a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT), and has trained 92 Pennswood staff members, 85 of whom are now Certified Dementia Practitioners.

The ACHCA states, “In addition to resident benefits, the program empowers staff and enhances their self-confidence. We are pleased to present this award to Mr. Whitlock for his outstanding contributions to post–acute care education.”

Last year, Whitlock was also recognized and awarded by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners with the Distinguished Educator of the Year Certificate for his work in dementia and Alzheimer’s education.

Whitlock has proven time and again to be an invaluable asset to the Pennswood Village community. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

About ACHCA
“Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long-term care.”

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Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; wshamieh@loveandcompany.com; 240-575-2008

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people aged 65 and older. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.

Pennswood Art Gallery Features Works by Bettina Clowney

Artist Talk and Opening on Sunday, May 21, 2017

 

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, an exhibit of paintings by Bettina Clowney will  open at The Pennswood Art Gallery, 1392 Newtown-Langhorne Road,  Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Clowney’s work  bridges abstraction and representation  and ranges in subject matter from figurative to still life rendered in a variety of mediums – oil, watercolor, and pencil. She says she is drawn to incorporating patterns and shapes such as arches and entryways into large, complex, multiple object compositions with lines to indicate a space within a space and grids to allude to another kind of spatial perception. Many times through the addition of a simple decorative line she indicates an unrealized part of a figure, map or object bringing negative space alive as a concrete part of the work.

Clowney, a Philadelphia based artist and a graduate of Temple’s Tyler College of Art, says, “In my current figurative work there are often two or three views of one figure … (emphasizing) space and time … and the many aspects in being ourselves.”

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Pat Martin, and William Hogan is a non-profit, fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110

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Pennswood Village is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, PA, Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.

PENNSWOOD VILLAGE HOSTED ROUNDTABLE ON MEDICARE, MEDICARE REFORM, AND HEALTH CARE REFORM WITH SENATOR BOB CASEY ON JANUARY 23

Senator Bob Casey visited Pennswood Village on Monday, January 23 for a roundtable discussion on Medicare, Medicare Reform, and Health Care Reform. Participants included: David Swain, Pennswood Village Resident, Dr. Firas Saidi, Pennswood Village Medical Director, Najja Orr, Director Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Lance Mervine, Pennswood Village Board and heath care executive, Dan Drake, VP Continuing Care, St Mary Medical Center, and Anne Henry, VP Government Affairs LeadingAge PA. The event was covered by The Intelligencer: http://www.theintell.com/news/local/senator-bob-casey-talks-medicare-in-middletown/article_ace7261a-e198-11e6-9820-634cad27edae.html

BUCKS COUNTY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IN MISSION TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Pennswood Village donates used materials to assist Habitat for Humanity in raising funds to provide local families with affordable housing.

November 15, 2016: Newtown, PA — Pennswood Village, an established Bucks County retirement community, has partnered with ReStore of Langhorne, a Habitat for Humanity store that sells used home goods, furnishings, appliances, cabinets, and more to raise money in order to create affordable housing for local families. When Pennswood Village renovates a residence on its campus, the gently used cabinets and appliances are donated to ReStore where they can be given a new life.

“Pennswood was one of our first partnerships, and it’s been a wonderful partnership,” says Tracy Mulvaney, manager of the ReStore in the Langhorne Square Shopping Center.

“We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community, and this partnership seemed like the perfect fit,” says Jennifer Doone, Director of Marketing at Pennswood Village. “Instead of filling landfills with our gently used materials, we can repurpose them to benefit the greater community.”

Proceeds from items sold at ReStore go directly to Habitat for Humanity’s projects, meaning they are one step closer to building the next home. ReStore accepts donations of furniture, housewares, clothing, books, electronics, cabinets, appliances, building materials, paint, and more. Those items are then sold to a variety of customers, including building contractors and homeowners, as well as hobbyists and decorators.

“[Pennswood is] an incredible community of people who like to give back, and that is what we are about. Our culture is about empowering families and being connected to the community. This relationship with Pennswood is helping to fulfill that connection,” says Mulvaney.

For more information on ReStore, Habitat for Humanity, or how you can get involved in giving back, visit Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County on the web.

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Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; 240-575-2008; wshamieh@loveandcompany.com

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org

PENNSWOOD VILLAGE CEO BENJAMIN HOYLE AND CFO MICHAEL GRIFFIN APPOINTED TO SERVE ON BOARD OF THE FRIENDS SERVICES FOR AGING

Two Executives from Pennswood Village Appointed to Serve on Board of Prominent Quaker Organization

November 9, 2016: Newtown, PA. Pennswood Village CEO Benjamin Hoyle has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Board for Friends Services for the Aging (FSA), and Pennswood Village CFO Michael Griffin has been appointed to serve on the board as a member.

“I’m thrilled to begin my tenure as chair of the board for FSA, said Benjamin Hoyle, Pennswood Village CEO. “As Pennswood’s CEO, I work every day to integrate Quaker principles into all that we do. To have the opportunity to work with FSA to further its mission and to collaborate with many fine institutions and leaders in senior living is truly humbling.”

FSA is a prominent Quaker organization that was founded in 1991 “As a mechanism to support Quaker-affiliated organizations providing services to older adults.” FSA provides services and support for member organizations, united in values and by continuing efforts to serve older adults on the basis of Friends’ belief in the dignity of all people. FSA and its member organizations believe that their communities and services are enriched by Quaker values that lead to policies of inclusion, diversity and nondiscrimination.

“Though I’ve been familiar with FSA for years, this is the first time I’ve been able to server as a member of the board,” said Michael Griffin, Pennswood Village CFO. “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to serve seniors in an expanded capacity and am excited to get to work with FSA.”

As a dedicated member of FSA, Pennswood Village is committed to embracing and integrating Quaker values and traditions into the personal level of compassion and care provided on their own campus, as well as hosting many FSA events and seminars for continued development of member organizations.

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Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org

PENNSWOOD VILLAGE WELCOMES NEW DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, SUSAN ABTOUCHE

Community continues to develop philanthropic culture after raising more than $1 million for Fellowship Fund

Newtown, PA – On June 1, Pennswood Village, a Bucks County continuing care retirement community, welcomed its new Director of Development, Susan Abtouche. After an exhaustive selection process, Abtouche was chosen for the position because of her background in developing and sustaining charitable programs within organizations.

Susan’s position will continue to aid the efforts to expand Pennswood’s philanthropic culture. Over the past year, fundraising efforts have led to raising $1,111,867 for the community’s Fellowship Fund, a fund to assist residents with financial support when their assets become depleted through no fault of their own.

Abtouche will serve as a member of the Senior Management Team and share in responsibility for the overall operation of the community, including planning and implementing fundraising programs. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University; holds an M.S. in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College; and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Holy Family University.

She has previously served as Director of Philanthropy at Ann’s Choice by Erickson Living for 11 years, where she helped shape a culture of philanthropy within the community. Working closely with community residents, she developed programs and opportunities that benefited the community including fundraising for its benevolent fund, employee scholarship funds, endowment program and a successful volunteer program.

She has many connections to the Bucks County community and previously served as a board member of the YWCA Bucks County.

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Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people aged 65 and older. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.

PENNSWOOD VILLAGE HOSTS RIBBON-CUTTING FOR NEW PUTTING GREEN

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CERTIFIED DEMENTIA PRACTITIONERS RECOGNIZES CHARLES WHITLOCK OF PENNSWOOD VILLAGE FOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Philadelphia local awarded Distinguished Educator of the Year Certificate for work in Dementia and Alzheimer’s education.

Newtown, PA – Philadelphia local Charles Whitlock has been recognized by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) with a Distinguished Educator of the Year Certificate for his achievements in teaching, training, and advising other healthcare professionals on Dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Whitlock currently works as Director of Resident Life at Pennswood Village, a Newtown retirement community, and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer. He earned his certification in 2014 through the NCCDP, which allows him to teach an approved course that covers topics from diagnosis and prognosis, to treatment, symptoms, spiritual care, and more. The course allows participants to apply for the credential of Certified Dementia Practitioner.

He has presented this course many times at Pennswood Village in the past, providing specialty training to the staff who work there, from all departments, including nursing, resident life, rehabilitation, housekeeping, communications and others. Of the 100 staff members who have taken the course, 75 have applied and received this credential.

Whitlock’s credentials include Certified Dementia Practitioner; Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer; Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families Clinical Social Worker; Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology.

He has proved to be an invaluable asset to the Pennswood community, and his recognition by the NCCDP confirms his significant contributions in educating others about Dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Whitlock currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

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Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; 240-575-2008; wshamieh@loveandcompany.com

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org