Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

In all that we've been through over these last months, March 2020 seems like a distant memory. It was at that time we introduced many restrictions to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading within our communities. Over one weekend (I will never forget), we put together a COVID-19 Daily Crisis Management Team to deal with the myriad of changes and precautions that needed to happen immediately. We closed our communities to all visitors and halted the movement of residents and staff between our different styles of living. In short, we changed every aspect of the way we've worked so hard to perfect the delivery of services to the residents living in our communities. We closed dining venues and our hair salon, we canceled group events and activities, we discouraged travel for vacation and we re-directed our housekeeping and maintenance services to focus on frequent deep disinfecting and sanitizing of high touch surfaces.

Overnight we developed our own grocery shopping and delivery service for residents, we invested substantially in PPE and in the installation of isolation materials and equipment to construct isolation areas for safety precautions. We conducted exercise classes in hallways outside of resident apartments and we delivered happy hour fun, games and refreshments to our residents living in our cottage community. We also invested in a lot of new technology to bring employee team meetings online and allow those who could work remotely from home to do so. And we restricted access to our community to one designated area where screening of all employees for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure is completed before any team member can enter our buildings to work.

Thankfully, our vigilance and early implementation of restrictions at both of our communities paid off. While there has been a lot of negative national publicity about nursing homes throughout the country where COVID-19 has spread like wildfire, we've been doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this virus in our communities. We've had minimal cases of employees and residents in residential living and personal care test positive for the virus. And we are so grateful that we've had no cases of COVID-19 among our most vulnerable population of residents who live in our nursing home. And that isn't the result of good luck, good fortune or happenstance…it's the result of a dedicated team of professionals working together towards one common goal…to protect the health and safety of our residents who we care about deeply.

As we entered the month of May, we quickly realized this pandemic wasn't going to be resolved anytime soon. That meant we needed to begin planning for how we were going to create a "new normal" at Morningstar Living. To make that happen, the COVID-19 Daily Crisis Management Team evolved into what we call our "New Normal Transition Team" (NNTT). This team works together every week to develop, implement and communicate detailed plans to move our communities forward again, toward some semblance of a "new normal." One of the most beneficial aspects of living your life in a community is the ability to socialize, engage and be connected with others. And this virus was forcing us to keep residents from doing this. Additionally, residents could not see family members and friends for months, and this was really hard on them. And so, in May for Mother's Day, and then again in June, for Father's Day, we planned and orchestrated "drive-by" visitation parades of cars with family members and friends for our residents.

As we enter the final months of summer 2020, the NNTT is no longer thinking about "post-COVID-19." Instead, this team is now focused on developing ways to adapt our operations to living safely with the threat of COVID-19 until there is a vaccine or other treatment. We've already developed and implemented a phased strategy for re-starting services and re-opening various amenities at our communities. And as we continue to follow the recommendations and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the PA Department of Health (DOH), the NNTT has developed and communicated safe, limited and cautious in-person visitation policies and procedures for resident visitation. A strict masking policy is in place. We continue to screen visitors, staff and residents for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure. We've re-purposed some of our office space for designated visitation areas where physical distancing can be achieved. And we continue deep cleaning and sanitization of all touch spaces. And what a joy it has been seeing our residents reunited with their loved ones again!

In spite of all of the fear and negativity surrounding this pandemic, I've had the unexpected joy of witnessing the very best of humanity at work. Residents and their families have extended so much support and patience to us as we put some very restrictive plans into place. And employees have put their own fears aside and showed up for work, placing their concern for our residents ahead of their own families. We have a banner on the front of our administration building that reads: "Heroes Work Here." And that is truly an understatement. And it is truly evidence of the commitment and dedication to the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living…

"Making a difference...by enriching life's journey for all we serve."

Current Appeals. If you would like to make a gift to Moravian Hall Square, please consider giving to one of our Current Appeals.

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Employee Enrichment Fund

Morningstar Living values continuing education for the enrichment and advancement of employees.  For this reason, the Employee Enrichment Fund was established to offer funding assistance in the form of scholarships and grants so as to invest in our talented workforce.  More than $150,000 in tuition assistance and scholarships have been presented to employees for their continuing education and professional growth in the past 15 years.  

Scholarship awards and grants from the Employee Enrichment Fund are offered twice per year through an application process.  

Additionally, residents and families requested a way to show appreciation for the five star customer service of employees.  Morningstar Living employees are not permitted to accept personal gifts, gratuities or tips.  Instead contributions to the Employee Appreciation fund are received throughout the year from interested residents and families.

Please use the link below to make a gift to support Employee Enrichment.  Indicate whether you wish to direct your gift to Enrichment or Appreciation.

Rocked into Summer!

Residents, staff and supporters definitely brightened the summer season with the Rock A Thon event.  More than 100 people rocked on patios at Moravian Hall Square, Heritage Village and even on their own porches!

The weather was sunny and hot and the day was a big success.  Rockers and supporters enjoyed summertime refreshments and friendly conversations while knowing their efforts will help launch the new community outreach program, Morningstar Memory Café.

Thanks to donors and sponsors, the event raised more than $5,000 for the Memory Café.  These funds will help cover costs related to the café so that participants can attend free of charge.  If you want to learn more about the Memory Café, please read the summer edition of The Heritage newsletter.

Special thanks to our premier sponsor, Sodexo Senior Services as well as all those who contributed funds, rocking time, entertainment and hospitality for this event.  Morningstar Living knows how to “rock” the summer fun!

 

You can play an essential role at Morningstar Living

This is a difficult time for everyone, as uncertainty is all around us.  We at Morningstar Living are

doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  None of us could have possibly predicted the enormous cost involved in putting into place the extraordinary precautionary measures we’ve taken to protect our residents and team members who come to work faithfully every day.  Because we couldn’t anticipate this, we certainly didn’t budget for the cost impact of this worldwide pandemic on our communities in Nazareth.  I’m referring to the personal protective equipment, technology devices, and the isolation and disinfection supplies and services we never needed all at the same time prior to COVID-19…and we may just be at the tip of the iceberg when this is all said and done.

There are so many examples of the ways our administrative staff has created a safe and caring environment for residents and team members in which to live and work.  This listing of purchases and services has cost tens of thousands of dollars – that is why your help is need if you have the capacity to give!

  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Disinfection equipment and products
  • Installation of polyethene containment walls and zip doors to create temporary isolation rooms
  • Screening stations and equipment
  • Enhanced culinary meal service beyond traditional meal times
  • Personal grocery and pharmacy shopping and delivery services at no additional cost for residents
  • Technology hardware and software for key staff to work virtually and remotely
  • iPads and other devices to help keep residents connected with families
  • New equipment to enhance programming on the in-house television Channel 22 for vital announcements and general entertainment
  • Technology enhancements to support telemedicine for virtual physician visits

This is  a list of ESSENTIALS Morningstar Living is committed to continue providing throughout this pandemic. Even though we don’t know the duration, we will do our utmost to serve those in our community. 

If you are able to make a gift, large or small – it WILL make a difference!

Please use the donate button to make your secure online gift. 

 

 

If you wish to phone in your credit card information to make a gift, please call the Foundation office at 610-746-1002 during weekday business hours.  If you need other attention regarding a gift, please email the Foundation at: giving@moravian.com

Please note your gift for Essentials.  I join with the Morningstar team in offering my gratitude to you for your care and support during this time.   Please know that your tender concern is appreciated.

 

 

 

This year’s Harvest of Friends dinner was fit for royalty!

The event was held at Woodstone Country Club and featured the theme of Downton Abbey.  Guests arrived in glittering finery – many women wearing fringed flapper evening wear!  Patrons enjoyed a cocktail reception and perusing the Wining and Dining certificates available for purchase.

Dinner was delightful and important messages were shared by President & CEO Susan C. Drabic, Foundation Chair, Darrell Crook and Gala Chair, Richard Solliday. 

Thank you doesn’t seem a bold enough phrase to express my gratitude for the success of this year’s event.   Please know that each gift and service supplied helped to achieve the fundraising success for benevolent care of residents who can no longer pay in full for their care at Morningstar Living. 

Harvest of Friends Grand Sponsors

Rex Level                     The Philadelphia Trust Company

Duke & Duchess       Clover Advisors and Phoebe Pharmacy

Marquis                       Citizen’s Bank and Darrell & Linda Crook

Count                           Owen M. Bastian, Brown Design Group, CMG of Easton, Susan C. Drabic,
                                       Deb & John Esposito, Shirley Flagler, Margaret Krawiec, Murray Insurance, 
                                       RLB Accountants, Richard & Linda Solliday, Wagner Family,
                                       Chestnut Hill Landscaping

Lord & Lady               Blue Valley Builders, Cathee & Karl Butz, ET&T, Guylai Family,
                                       Hanover Engineering, Hoch Accounting, Sue & Don Kirts,
                                       Beth & Leo Kowalski, Lewis & Walters, Northampton Community College,
                                       Dean & Barb Sandbrook, Mollie & Rick Santee, Marc Sigal & Gail Wagner,
                                       Gordon & Susan Sommers

Barony                        Bath Supply, Marilyn Brewster, Robert & Shirley Carle, Cantelmi Long
                                      Funeral Home, Jane Florenz, Chas. Hoffman & Sons, Shirl Kilpatrick,
                                      Audrey McAbee, Linda McMeekin, Trident Care/Mobilex

Event Donors            Working Dog Press and Nazareth Floral Design

Prize Donors             Green Pond Country Club, Inn at Jim Thorpe, Broadway Tavern, 
                                     Olde Homestead Golf Club, Mycalyn’s Floral, Reading & Northern RR,
                                     Sodexo, Viking Cruise Lines, Woodstone Country Club, Paxos Restaurants,
                                     The Beam at Steel Club, Apollo Grille, Landis Store Hotel, McCarthy’s Red Stag
                                     Pub, Melting Pot, Prime Steak House, Tony Stella’s Encore, Vivo Italian Kitchen,
                                     Anthony’s, The Art Café, Bayou, Beck’s Land & Sea, Bonefish Grille, Brick Tavern,
                                     Carrabas, Cherry Hill Hotel, Mountainview Drive In, Pizza Joe’s, Point Phillips
                                     Hotel, Sicily’s, Stonewood Tavern, Taps Tavern, Youell’s Oyster House and…

                                     Members of the Harvest Friends Planning Committee, Morningstar Foundation
                                     Board Members and Morningstar Living Board Members.

 

Wellness Trust Gifts

You can help provide a smile when you make a gift to the Wellness Trust.  Boomers and those over age 70 are likely to be impacted with dementia and through the Wellness Trust funds Moravian Hall Square offers resources to spark hope in their journey.

Music and Art therapy programs, support groups for care givers and community lectures are some of the ways that Morningstar Living provides resources to those with a dementia diagnosis as well as the family members who lovingly walk beside them.

In September, we will join with many other from our region at the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  The walk fees and donations support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and its research initiatives.  Our residents and staff will be holding a bake sale to raise funds to support this public effort.

Our Wellness Trust is more personal to those we serve at Morningstar Living.  Each time a musician offers a therapy session or special program, we see the light in the eyes of those who struggle with their dementia.  Those deeply embedded memories come to the surface with the medium of music and other creative expressions.

If you want to bring a moment of brightness to an older adult, a gift to the Wellness Trust is one way to share your light and make a difference.

 

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