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Every day Pennswood Village is abuzz with activity. From art gallery shows and yoga classes, to lifelong learning opportunities and cultural performances, residents can always find an abundance of things to see and do. This page posts the latest news about events and happenings, from announcements about your favorite causes to new staff members. Just click on the title of the press release to get all the details. Be sure to check back often, as items are updated regularly. Also, if you have news to share, please call 215-504-1118 or email us at info@pennswood.org.

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Pennswood Village Board of Directors Names Dan Murray as Chief Executive Officer Effective, January 2018

October 12, 2018. Newtown, PA: The Board of Directors of Pennswood Village, together with the CEO Search Committee, is pleased to announce that Daniel J. Murray has been selected as the next Chief Executive Officer of Pennswood Village, effective January, 2018. Dan will succeed Benjamin Hoyle, who last year announced his retirement after 22 years of service to Pennswood Village, including four years as CEO.

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed Continuing Care Retirement Community for people age 65 and over located in Newtown, PA in Bucks County.

“The Pennswood Village Board of Directors looks forward to welcoming Dan into the Pennswood Village Community as our next CEO,” said David Satterthwaite, Chair of the Pennswood Village Board of Directors. “The pace of change in Senior Living is exponential and we look forward to creating a future under Dan’s leadership that will utilize his ability to translate vision and strategy into results that will best serve our current residents, as well as those considering Pennswood in the future.” David continued, “I would like to thank our Board and CEO Search Committee, as well as the many residents and staff who played a part in reviewing a number of impressive candidates during the extensive search process. Together we have chosen a leader that is visionary and accomplished, and who will be able to energize, inspire, and connect with Pennswood staff, residents, families, and other important stakeholders.”

Dan is currently CEO of Friends Village at Woodstown, also a Quaker Continuing Care Retirement Community, in Southern New Jersey. He has served in senior leadership positions there, including as CFO, for the last 14 years. He also serves on the Board of Friends Services for the Aging (FSA) and as the organization’s Chair.  Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Health Administration, both from the University of Scranton. He is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

“Working in a Quaker community for 14 years has given me a great understanding of the benefits of choosing this kind of community for retirement living,” said Dan. “The collaboration between residents, staff, and Board is something that I appreciate, admire, and will continue in my new role at Pennswood Village. Pennswood is a highly dynamic community and I am humbled to be tasked with leading Pennswood into its next chapter.”

“I would like to congratulate Dan as he transitions into his new role at Pennswood. I have worked with Dan through FSA for a number of years and I know that Pennswood will continue to innovate and flourish under his direction,” said Ben Hoyle.

Dan is a resident of Maple Glen, PA in neighboring Montgomery County where he lives with his wife, Theresa, and his three children.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Doone, 215-504-1122, doone@pennswood.org

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 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 Nancy E. F. Halbert

On Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, an exhibit  of artwork by Nancy Halbert will open at The Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd., 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.

Halbert, an abstract expressionist, concentrates on painting figures and  landscapes with a bold, aggressive mark that reflects her former career as a dancer and choreographer – full of motion and drama. Her figures are large, iconic works –  featureless, singular, yet complex. As Victoria Donahue, art critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, noted, “Boredom is foreign to Halbert’s paintings – variation, not repetition, is her rule in dealing with the figure…(which often) achieves  an independent… dignity.” Halbert titles each of her works very carefully, capturing the essence of what she is trying to express.

Halbert’s  MFA from the University of the Arts and a prior MFA in Dance from Temple University are reflected in her work, producing as she says, “a heavy cocktail between stillness  and constant activity, merging a sense of abstraction with reality leading me  to paint motion to evoke emotion.”

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.


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