Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

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

Nursing Care. Five Star Quality Care at Moravian Hall Square

The Health & Wellness Center at Moravian Hall Square is a licensed nursing home for long term skilled nursing care and short term rehabilitation.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) rate the quality of every licensed nursing home in the country and have given The Health & Wellness Center at Moravian Hall Square the highest possible rating: 5 stars.

  • Premiere Retirement Lifestyle Campus
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Round-the-Clock Care from RNs, LPNs and CNAs
  • Care Planning and Coordination of Medical Services
  • In-House Geriatric Physician Team
  • Private and Semi-Private Accommodations
  • Three Chef-Prepared Meals Daily
  • Most Insurances Accepted

Moravian Hall Square is also the only continuing care retirement community in the Lehigh Valley region that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Accreditation from CARF is the golden seal signifying the highest standards for quality care and service have been achieved. There are thousands of continuing care retirement communities in the United States…but only one in Lehigh Valley, PA has been accredited by CARF.

One of the many ways the Health & Wellness Center at Moravian Hall Square excels is the fact it has its own Medical Team onsite daily and on-call 24/7. Through a unique partnership with the Senior Health Center for Positive Aging at St. Luke’s University Health Network, the medical team provides services for the physical, emotional, social and functional needs of patients by coordinating care with the patient’s own primary care physician, onsite medical specialists and MHS’ nursing team. Members of our Medical Team include: 

Ana V. Castellanos Mendez, M.D. – Dr. Castellanos Mendez specializes in the health care needs of older adults. She is Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine.  Dr. Castellanos Mendez, known to her patients as Dr. Ana, earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala in 2008.  She completed her Family Medicine Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, in 2015 and completed her Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the same hospital in 2016. Dr. Ana is a member of the American Geriatrics Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Annette Frederick, CRNP – Annette is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. Previously she was a trauma, orthopedic nurse at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. She has a Master’s Degree in Adult Gerontology Primary Care from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. 

Desheil Pearsall, MA – Desheil, Medical Assistant, attends the University of Phoenix and will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Human Services. Prior to joining the Senior Health Center for Positive Aging Desheil worked in the New York City Police Department. 

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