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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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Hospice Care by Pennswood Village CNA Donna Ramos Received Spirit of Hospice and Palliative Care Award

Donna Ramos (center) holds the Spirit of Hospice and Palliative Care Award as she poses with her nominator, Arlene Pesta (left) and Executive Director of Hospice Care by Pennswood Charles Whitlock (right).

Donna Ramos (center) holds the Spirit of Hospice and Palliative Care Award as she poses with her nominator, Arlene Pesta (left) and Executive Director of Hospice Care by Pennswood Charles Whitlock (right).

May 15, 2019, Newtown, PA: Each year at its annual conference in Harrisburg, PA, the Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care Network (PHPCN) bestows the Spirit of Hospice and Palliative Care Award to a “hospice or home health aide who has demonstrated outstanding performance, sensitivity, respect and continuous excellence of service in hospice and palliative care.” The 2019 recipient of this award is Donna Ramos, a Hospice Care by Pennswood Village CNA who is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Hospice Care by Pennswood Village’s Clinical Director Arlene Pesta, RN, BC, CDP, nominated Donna for this award. “Donna Ramos is the testimony of the word compassion. She freely gives love and understanding to those hurting and in need,” Arlene said.

Although Donna has been with Hospice Care by Pennswood Village for just over a year, she quickly became a standout employee. “Donna has a quiet and gentle approach and makes all patients under her care feel content and loved. Donna has a keen eye for pointing out changes and also has excellent safety awareness…Donna makes the patients and families feel at ease and helps with comforting their emotional needs as well as the patient’s physical needs,” Arlene added.

Pennswood Village and Hospice Care by Pennswood Village is proud to have its caring and compassionate staff members recognized for the work they do on a daily basis.

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Hospice Care by Pennswood Village, guided by Quaker principles and traditions, honors those we are privileged to serve by providing person-centered care during the end stages of life.

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people age 65 and older. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood Village 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 to Host Opening Reception for Lara Cantu-Hertzler, Sunday, May 19, 2019

Dancer in Red Shoes

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, an exhibit of Lara Cantu-Hertzler’s paintings will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Penn Hall. The Pennswood Art Gallery is located in the Community Building of Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA.

Cantu-Hertzler uses a melange of mediums such as oil, encaustic, pastel, alcohol ink, among others bringing to her work a unique relationship between the female figure and her surroundings. Sometimes we see a narrative social scene; at others, Cantu-Hertzler gives us an exploded architectural, whole house vision incorporating one young lone female figure. We get a hint of the flavor of life in a Philadelphia neighborhood. At other times she incorporates more abstraction to open a philosophic dialogue with the viewer.

A young painter, Cantu-Hertzler is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts who lives and paints in Philadelphia. Her work often shows the exploration, decay, and loneliness of life on the fringes of a big, old city. As she says, “There seems to be an emotional relationship between these spaces and the figure….I’ve been drifting back and forth between representation and abstraction….I never paint what I see, my ultimate goal is to paint from within.”

Cantu-Hertzler has exhibited widely and has won numerous awards from the Philadelphia sketch club and the Philadelphia National Arts Program, as well as a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.

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, Bruce Garrity, William B. Hogan and Peter B. Treiber – is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Route 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.


Pennswood Village Welcomes New Director of Development, Susan Vanscovich

Susan Vanscovich

January 23, 2019. Newtown, PA – Pennswood Village, a Bucks County continuing care retirement community, welcomes its new Director of Development, Susan Vanscovich. Pennswood is honored to have Susan, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with an impressive 27 years of experience in development join the senior management team to lead its stewardship and fundraising efforts.

As the Development Director, Susan will coordinate, support, plan and implement fundraising activities and programs for Pennswood Village’s philanthropic initiatives. Residents, staff, families and friends have contributed generously over the years to Pennswood’s Fellowship Fund, a fund that assists residents with financial support when their assets become depleted through no fault of their own, the Employee Scholarship Fund, capital campaigns, and many other efforts. Susan’s role will be to engage and steward the residents and local community to support the vision and strategic goals of Pennswood Village.

Susan comes to Pennswood from the WCU Foundation and West Chester University where she enjoyed a long and successful career spanning a combined 21 years.  During Susan’s tenure, WCU celebrated three successful capital campaigns and posted its most successful fundraising results while she served in a variety of capacities including Chief Advancement Officer, Chief Operating Officer and for one year, the Interim CEO.  Susan is currently working toward a Doctorate in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management from West Chester University; holds a M. Ed. from Temple University, and a B.A. in Communications from Penn State University.  She is a Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has served on the boards of several cultural and service organizations in Chester County where she lives, including the Brandywine Ballet Company, March of Dimes (SE PA) Women of Achievement Committee Member.

Susan resides in West Chester, PA, with her husband Paul and their three children Lucas, Zachary and Victoria.


Pennswood Village to Host Candidate Forum for the 142nd PA State Assembly District on November 1

Frank Farry

Lauren Lareau

Pennswood Village will host a Candidate Forum for the 142nd PA State Assembly District on Thursday, November 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community’s Penn Hall. Former Langhorne mayor emeritus Chris Blaydon will moderate and ask each candidate the same questions, solicited from Pennswood Village residents in advance — and written questions from the audience. Lauren Lareau (D) will go first (previously decided by a coin toss) followed by Frank Farry (R). Candidate profiles and positions are available at Vote411.org.

 


Pennswood Village Foundation Holds First Annual Meeting and Selects Officers

Pennswood Village Foundation Board. Front Row: Susan Abtouche, Nancy Morrill, Cindy Johnson. Back Row: Michael Griffin, Ron Slivka, David Satterthwaite, Dan Murray, Bruce Woodger, George McLaughlin.

June 7, 2018: Newtown, PA – The Pennswood Village Foundation met for its first annual meeting on May 30, 2018. The Pennswood Village Board of Directors, with the support of the Pennswood Village Residents Association and Hospice Care by Pennswood Village, established the Pennswood Village Foundation in November, 2017, to serve as the philanthropic arm of the senior living community, located in Newtown, Bucks County.

During the meeting, the Foundation nominated the following Officers:

  • President, Nancy Morrill, Pennswood Village Resident;
  • Vice-President, George McLaughlin, Pennswood Village Board of Directors;
  • Secretary, Bob Anderson, Community Member;
  • Treasurer, Delia Bass Dandridge, Pennswood Village Board of Directors;
  • Executive Director of the Pennswood Village Foundation, Susan Abtouche.

“We are excited that the Foundation is now a reality,” said Nancy Morrill, “Pennswood Village residents, families, and friends have a long history of generosity and philanthropy in support of our community and its members. The development of the Pennswood Foundation will enable us to integrate our fundraising efforts and better support our philanthropic mission of supporting residents who outlive their assets, provide quality resident activities, scholarship opportunities for our staff, capital improvements, program development, and other support for Pennswood Village.”

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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 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 Resident Jim Smith Appointed to Middletown Township’s Disabled Persons Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2018

Newtown, PAPennswood Village resident Jim Smith has been appointed to serve on the Middletown Township’s Disabled Persons Advisory Board. As a polio survivor, Jim has been a volunteer and advocate for people with disabilities throughout his life.

In addition to his work with the board, Jim has worked with the University of Villanova’s College of Nursing in a ground-breaking program called “Standardized Patients with Disabilities,” which aims to teach nurses and nurse practitioners the skills needed to help patients who are disabled or wheelchair-bound.

According to Middletown Township’s website, “The Disabled Persons Advisory Board assists the Township in all matters necessary to comply with the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act, provides a forum for the public to address the problems and concerns of the disabled in our community, and provides education and resources to benefit members of the community with disabilities.”

In the past, the board has worked to increase the number of accessible parking spaces within the township and also to increase access to ball fields and parks. The board also worked with the Public Works Department on the importance of snow removal at crosswalks, and assisted in the acquisition of a listening system for the hearing impaired for the public hall in the municipal center.

The Middletown Township Board of Supervisors established the board in 2000. Board members serve 2-year terms, and the board holds monthly meetings that are open to the public.

Jim and his wife Mary came to Pennswood from Penndel, PA, in November 2015, after being active in the community’s polio support group, as well as the choral group.

For volunteer opportunities with the Disabled Persons Advisory Board, you can visit them online.

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Pennswood Village Establishes Foundation to Support Fundraising Needs of Community

l to r: Lance Mervine, Leslie Wendel, and David Satterthwaite

November 15, 2017. Newtown, PA – The Pennswood Village Board of Directors has established the Pennswood Village Foundation to serve as the philanthropic arm of the senior living community, located in Newtown, Bucks County. Today, the Chair of the Pennswood Village Board of Directors David Satterthwaite; the President of the Pennswood Village Residents Association Leslie Wendel; and the Chair of Hospice Care by Pennswood Lance Mervine, gathered together with members of the organization’s Stewardship Committee to sign the Articles of Incorporation.

“Pennswood Village has a long and rich tradition of philanthropy,” said Ben Hoyle, Pennswood’s CEO. “Throughout our history, our residents, families, board, staff, and other stakeholders have contributed generously to all of our fundraising efforts. In the past giving opportunities at Pennswood were offered through a variety of different organizations and a variety of different funds. The establishment of the Pennswood Foundation will enable us to integrate our fundraising efforts so that our generous donors can better meet their philanthropic goals and Pennswood can better meet the needs of the various organizations that depend on this generosity under the Pennswood Village umbrella.”

Susan Abtouche, currently Pennswood Village’s Director of Development will serve as the Foundation’s Executive Director. “A donation to Pennswood Village changes lives, makes a difference, and builds community,” says Susan. “A donor’s gift can support residents who have outlived their financial assets, contribute to the educational advancement of our staff members, remember a loved one, or help enhance the financial strength of our community. People’s reasons for giving are numerous and the establishment of a Foundation to integrate donors and their wishes will help us carry out our Quaker Guiding Principles.”

“Pennswood Village’s Stewardship Committee has been integral in the development and founding of the Pennswood Village Foundation,” said Nancy Morrill, Clerk of the Stewardship Committee and Pennswood Board Member. “I would like to congratulate my fellow committee members for all of their hard work and dedication.”

The Stewardship Committee Members are: Nancy Morrill, Clerk; Susan Abtouche; Bob Anderson; Delia Dandridge; Jennifer Doone; Helen Greven; Michael Griffin; Ben Hoyle; Cindy Johnson; Paul Keenan; Linda Krause; Harriet Maneval; David Satterthwaite; Leslie Wendel; and Bruce Woodger.

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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