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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 enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Grilling & Smoking at Moravian Hall Square

Delicious!  There is no other way to describe our July EventFULL Living program – Grilling & Smoking.  Our Executive Chef, Matt Sweitzer, treated us to a demonstration of grilling and smoking techniques.  Guests gathered on the Café Patio as Chef Matt demonstrated some of the techniques he uses.  Lots of good food to sample – pork, chicken, and beef.  Matt had also prepared jars of his secret seasoning rub for guests to try at home.  Thank you Chef Matt, we appreciate you sharing your talents for all to enjoy!

Meet the Artist – Linda Kreckel

Thank you to our featured artist for July, Linda Kreckel, for meeting our guests at the Meet the Artist event at Moravian Hall Square.  Linda’s art – Works in Watercolor – is on display for the month of July.  Guests were invited to enjoy light refreshments and conversation with Linda.  Linda is a watercolor enthusiast with an affinity for rural landscapes and florals.  Inspired by travel and surroundings, she strives to capture the realism of the object and balance the soft transparency of her watercolor medium.  Her work will be on display at Moravian Hall square for the month of July.

Summer Lunch Program

Our staff and volunteers helped out at the Summer Lunch Program in Nazareth.  They spent time preparing sandwiches and bagging lunches for those in need in the Nazareth area.  The lunches, distributed at the ball field on W Center St, included a treat prepared by our residents.  This is a community service program developed by the Nazareth Ministerium with volunteer service provided by groups and organizations in the community.  We are proud to be part of this community service.

Summer Concert 2018

We were thrilled to welcome The Large Flowerheads to the Pleasure Garden at Moravian Hall Square for our Summer Concert.  As we continue to celebrate our 30th year anniversary this was a great way to invite the greater Lehigh Valley community to join in the celebration.  Guests enjoyed a trip back to the ‘60s as the Large Flowerheads performed numbers from The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Sonny & Cher, The Rolling Stones, to name just a few.  Pre-show entertainment was provided by the Moravian Hal Square UPBEATS, our drumming exercise class.

A GROOVY time was had by all!

Raptor Ecology at Moravian Hall Square

We were thrilled to welcome Rachel Spagnola to Moravian Hall Square.  She presented an EventFULL Living program – Raptor Ecology.  Rachel is a Master Educator with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA.  Our guests learned about the history of this one-of-a-kind refuge and about the habits and attributes of raptors.  We enjoyed meeting her “co-workers”, the Cooper Hawk and Screech Owl.

Scholarships Awarded at Moravian Hall Square

June is bursting with good news from Moravian Hall Square!  Resident Marilyn Brewster spearheads the effort to raise monies from individuals in residential neighborhoods that provides funding for annual scholarship awards for student employees to put toward their post-high school education.  This year, five (5) awards in the amount of $1,000 each were granted to employees.  More than 40 scholarships have been distributed in the eight years that there has been a student scholarship program.

Francesca Bartolucci will be attending Moravian College and hopes to study graphic design with a minor in marketing.  She has a passion for art and multi-culturalism.

Alaina Karcher is headed to Simmons University in Boston to major in English and minor in creative writing.  She hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry.

Christina Karcher continues her studies at Northampton Community College and will move onto Moravian or Temple to further her academic career in Business Administration.

Stephanie Kosmidis is already enrolled at Northampton Community College and volunteers with the American Red Cross.  She plans to continue her education toward a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Jade Lawson will begin her five year degree program for Occupational Therapy at the University of Scranton this fall.  Jade loved helping to plan themed events and socials for the residents during her service time at Moravian Hall Square.

Congratulations to these five young women as they continue to learn and grow so that they can serve and make a difference in their careers!

Moravian Hall Square Honors our Fallen Heroes

The Moravian Hall Square community held a special ceremony in honor of Memorial Day.  Residents, staff and friends of the community gathered for readings, prayer and song, along with a special rendition of Taps and a dove release in honor of those men and women who have died serving our country.

This event was part of the year-long celebration of Moravian Hall Square’s 30th Anniversary, with special events being held on the 30th of each month.

Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. Announces New Director of Nursing at Moravian Hall Square

Catherine Reese, RN, Director of Nursing, Health & Wellness Center, Moravian Hall Square

Morningstar Senior Living announces the appointment of Catherine Reese as the new Director of Nursing in the Health & Wellness Center at their Moravian Hall Square campus in Nazareth, PA. 

Reese received her Bachelors degree in Nursing from DeSales University in 1994.  Since then she has held diverse nursing positions with increasing administrative responsibilities that included risk management and restorative programs.  She has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the field of long term care nursing, primarily focusing on quality of care, quality of life and the safety of residents.  Reese resides with her family in Whitehall, PA.

Join us in welcoming Cathy to Moravian Hall Square!



Capturing the Moment…with a little bit of paint

We extend a big thank you to artist Fran Macdonald for spending some time meeting our residents and guests at a recent Meet the Artist event here at Moravian Hall Square.  Fran was the featured artist for the month of May, displaying her work – Capturing the Moment…with a little bit of paint.

Fran’s beautiful display was on show for the entire month of May – thank you Fran, for sharing your wonderful talent with us.


EventFULL Living: My Dear General

We recently welcomed acclaimed author Jeffrey E. Finegan back to our Moravian Hall Square campus to present our EventFULL Living program.  Jeff delivered a fascinating seminar entitled My Dear General: The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.  He discussed the meteoric father-son relationship forged between George Washington and the young and vibrant French aristocrat who traveled from France to fight at his side during the American Revolution. 

Thank you Jeff for sharing your passion for history with our audience.  We are very much looking forward to book number four!


Christmas Breakfast

Morningstar Living was on a mission to provide every family served by the Nazareth Area Food Bank with the fixings for a warm, delicious Christmas breakfast!  Throughout the entire month of November, Moravian Hall Square residents, staff and volunteers were involved in the community wide mission to donate 300 breakfasts.  Each family will receive a gift bag which includes a box of complete pancake mix, syrup, fully cooked bacon and hot chocolate…delicious!  A big thank you to all our helpers who came together to prepare the bags for delivery to the food bank.  Many families will be thankful for a warm breakfast this Holiday season.

Holiday Hope Chest Project

Our Business Office staff have been busy gathering and wrapping holiday gifts for a great cause. An amazing total of 26 gift boxes were delivered to the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley for their 2017 Holiday Hope Chests Program. Holiday Hope Chests are individually prepared shoe boxes filled with age/gender appropriate gifts. The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley distributes the parcels during the holiday season to non-profit agencies in the Lehigh Valley.

What a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit…and to create priceless memories for underprivileged children this holiday season!

Halloween Fun!

Moravian Hall Square residents, staff, and their families enjoyed a fun evening of trick-or-treating in the courtyard which was decorated for Halloween. Lots of candy and VERY creative costumes!  Take a look….

…Also on Oct 31, residents enjoyed an afternoon of frightful Halloween fun, complete with hair-raising costumes and a cauldron of treats … a fun time was had by all!


Native American Heritage & Culture

We were thrilled to have Westley Dunn from the Museum of Indian Culture at Moravian Hall Square to talk about Native American Heritage and Culture. Westley brought a variety of artifacts and a wealth of knowledge of the Native American tribes that once lived in PA and NJ. You can learn about these tribes at the Museum of Indian Culture’s website.


Making Memories Winner Announced

Margit Novak, owner of Moving Solutions, is the happy winner of our Making Memories vacation raffle.  Margit has indicated she intends to plan a very special trip with her husband in spring of 2018 and is busy working with Travel by Iobst to finalize her plans!  Margit has a special connection to our community through her regional business that assists people in their right-sizing for their new accommodation at Moravian Hall Square and other retirement options. Thank you to all who enthusiastically supported the Making Memories drawing and the important focus area of helping those impacted by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

It Must Be Football Season…

The High School Football season is off to a great start.  And if you are a regular visitor at Nazareth High School home games you may notice a few changes when you arrive at Andrew Leh Stadium this season.  One big change is the installation of a jumbotron helping fans keep track of what’s happening on the field. 

During the planning stages of the stadium improvements, we were approached by the Nazareth School District to be part of the football season by becoming a sponsor at the stadium.  Having benefitted from the great visibility we receive from our longstanding Iron Pigs stadium sponsorship, we knew this was a great opportunity for us. 

Many of our residents have watched their children come through the Nazareth School system, as have many of our staff.  Many still have children or grandchildren attending the school.  In fact, many of our dining staff are themselves currently students at Nazareth High School.  We receive many sponsorship requests throughout the year, and cannot accommodate all of them but we felt this was a great opportunity for us to show support for our local school district and for the entire Nazareth community, of which Moravian Hall Square is such a big part.  Go Blue Eagles!

Fashion Show at Moravian Hall Square

Morningstar Living recently hosted a Fashion Show at their Moravian Hall Square campus in Nazareth, PA.  Spring fashions from Dunkelberger’s were modeled by residents and friends of Moravian Hall Square.

Guests enjoyed an afternoon of fashion, food and fellowship, with all proceeds benefiting charitable needs at Morningstar Senior Living.

An Evening of Dancing…That’s The Way It Was

When Elvis tribute artist Rick Alviti took to the stage for his That’s The Way It Was show at the Fearless Fire Co. recently there was a very special lady in the audience.

Moravian Hall Square resident Jean Diehl remembers the way it was…the way it was when she and her late husband attended many shows at the Fearless Fire Co., dancing the night away to their favorite songs.  Jean, who recently celebrated her 93rd birthday, looks back on those memories fondly.

As part of Moravian Hall Square’s Never Too Late program Jean was selected for a special treat.  While Jean knew that she was being honored, she didn’t know all the details of the event or who she was going to see.  As a big Elvis fan, Jean was sure to enjoy this entertaining experience.  Jean was joined by family, friends and staff from Moravian Hall Square as she is serenaded by Rick Alviti and his Showband.  A fun evening of music, dancing and good company.

Susan C. Drabic is Elected Chair of LeadingAgePA

Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. is proud to announce that Susan C. Drabic, President & CEO, was recently elected Chair of the LeadingAge Pennsylvania Board of Directors.   

In her role as Chair, Drabic will lead the Board of Directors in its core responsibilities including governance of the organization, providing strategic direction, fiduciary oversight and development of policies and new programs for member organizations. 

Drabic is a proven leader who has an extensive background in the provision of senior living services.  She joined Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. as its first licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 1987, one year prior to the opening of Moravian Hall Square, their Life Plan Community in Nazareth PA.  She became the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 1990.   She has led the organization through many growth and expansion projects, enabling the organization to provide innovative programs and services to residents as well as to active older adults who choose to remain in their own homes.

“I am honored to serve as Chair of LeadingAge PA as we continue to provide members with the resources they need to advance their missions,” said Drabic.  “I look forward to working with the Board and the Leading Age PA staff to deliver the value that members expect and need in order to continue making a difference in the lives of the people they serve.”

LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania’s not-for-profit organizations that provide housing, healthcare and community services primarily to seniors.  Since 1963, the association has acted as the primary source for advocacy, networking and education for not-for-profit providers of services for older adults. 

Congratulations Sue!

Moravian Hall Square Recognized as a Best Nursing Home 2016-2017

Best Nursing Homes 2016-17Moravian Hall Square’s Health & Wellness Center has been named to the U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Homes 2016-2017, receiving a perfect five-star rating. 

This award is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.  The annual survey assigns skilled-nursing centers one to five stars and is based on assessment of Health Inspections & Complaints, Staffing, and Medical Care Quality Measures.  More than 15,000 nursing homes were evaluated nationwide.  This year, just over 2,000 nursing homes earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

“It is such an honor that Moravian Hall Square Health & Wellness Center is once again recognized as a ‘Best Nursing Home’ by U.S. News & World Report,” said Susan C. Drabic, President and CEO of Morningstar Senior Living, Inc., which owns and operates Moravian Hall Square.  “I am extremely proud of our staff, their passion and dedication to delivering exceptional quality care to our residents is what makes this recognition possible.”

See the complete listing of the results and centers on the ‘Best Nursing Homes’ list at U.S. News and World Report.

Friday Feast at Moravian Hall Square

What are you most grateful for at Thanksgiving?  The residents and staff at Moravian Hall Square have many blessings that they are thankful for…and this year, they added one more to their list.  This Thanksgiving the residents and staff are thankful to be starting a new holiday tradition by working together to provide a Thanksgiving-style meal for families in need who live in our neighborhood. 

Moravian Hall Square worked in partnership with the Nazareth Food Bank to invite families who use the food bank to enjoy a Friday Feast at Moravian Hall Square.  Volunteers, residents and staff helped prepare for the feast by donating money to provide the meal at no cost to guests.  In addition, residents and staff helped to welcome guests and serve the meal.  “Moravian Hall Square residents and staff wanted to help make a difference in the lives of people right here in the community of Nazareth.” said Susan C. Drabic, President and CEO of Morningstar Senior Living, Inc., which owns and operates Moravian Hall Square, “There is more need in Nazareth than many may realize and providing a hot meal on the day after Thanksgiving is just one small way that we can give back to the Nazareth community.”

Approximately fifty people enjoyed the Friday Feast and were thankful that they had one less meal to worry about.  Each guest also received a goody bag to enjoy at home.  Residents and staff look forward to making this an annual tradition at Moravian Hall Square.


Never Too Late to AddEnjoying the view, vertical a Little Excitement to your Life

Have you ever wished you could see the fall foliage from a bird’s point of view?  Add some speed and you have the makings of a wonderful, unforgettable experience.  Moravian Hall Square resident Marilyn Brewster has always wanted to zip-line.  As part of Moravian Hall Square’s Never Too Late program she got to experience it recently when she traveled to Camelback Mountain Outdoor Adventures in Tannersville to cross zip-lining off her bucket list.  Click here to read the article featured on

Morningstar Senior Living Contributes to Lehigh Valley Magazine Feature

Click here to read the full article, “Senior Living Facilities, A Modern Approach to Alternative Living for Seniors,” in Lehigh Valley Magazine’s Nov-Dec issue.

The Best Continuing Care Community in the Lehigh Valley is… MORAVIAN HALL SQUARE!

2016_ReadersChoiceLogoWe are very pleased to share with you that Moravian Hall Square has once again been awarded the Morning Call’s Readers’ Choice award for Best Continuing Care Community, recognizing our organization as a leader in our industry. Each year the Morning Call invites its readers to complete a ballot indicating which organization, in a number of different categories, is most deserving of the “Best of…” award. With the support of our employees, residents, volunteers and family members we came out on top once again. You can view the full list of winners on the Morning Call’s website.  Thank you to our residents, staff, volunteers, family members and friends of Moravian Hall Square for voting for us and for sharing your pride in our community.

Let the Olympic Games Begin…at Moravian Hall Square

Exercise can be fun and games!  One day before the official Olympic Games start in Rio, residents at Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth challenged residents from Country Meadows and Kirkland Village to an afternoon of exercise, friendly competition and community spirit.

On Thursday, August 4th each community brought their best teams to participate in the Senior Olympics which included events such as Relay Walk, Shuffleboard, Beach Ball Volleyball and a game that is unique to Moravian Hall Square – Roll in a Hole!  The opening of these games was heralded by the Moravian Hall Square Drumming Group, as they welcomed their guests and officially opened the afternoon of competition.  Check out the video spotlight featured on WFMZ here.

As with the games in Rio, the fun will continue throughout August with Country Meadows and Kirkland Village hosting similar afternoons of competition later in the month.

 Morningstar Senior Living Featured in Lehigh Valley Business Giving Guide

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View our two-page spread recently featured in Lehigh Valley Business’s 2015 Giving Guide here.


Former Nazareth High School Coach Ed Christman honored at Nazareth Football Game

The Nazareth High School football team honored a special man before the Nazareth football game on Friday, September 11. Former Nazareth High School Coach and 1931 alumnus Ed Christman was honored before the game against Bethlehem’s Freedom High School.

Ed, who will celebrate his 102nd birthday in October, is a lifelong resident of Nazareth. Ed graduated from Nazareth High School in 1931 and continued his education at East Stroudsburg University, graduating in 1937 with a degree in Physical Education. Ed returned to Nazareth High School as a Physical Education teacher. In 1942, he became the Assistant Football Coach under Andy Leh. He then served as the Head Football Coach from 1956 to 1963. Ed was instrumental in starting the tennis and basketball programs at the high school, coaching those teams as well. Ed Christman inspired loyalty from his players and made a difference in the lives of many of them. Ed now resides at Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth.

Get Fit While You Work

MHS_MorWellnessLogoMorningstar Senior Living was recently recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite by The American Heart Association. The Gold Level award is given to organizations that offer employees physical activity support, increasing healthy options at work and promoting a wellness culture. Morningstar’s Morwell Committee has worked to put programs in place to make it easier for staff to make healthy choices during their work day. Those choices may include exercise opportunities or healthier food and beverage options. Working with Morningstar Senior Living’s Dining Department, the committee has introduced programs which encourage and reward both residents and staff for participating in walking programs, healthy cooking demonstrations or other activities that promote wellness.

“The majority of our waking hours are spent at work and many of those hours may be spent sitting,” said Rick Morrissey, Chair of the Morwell Committee. “We are proud to be named a Fit-Friendly Worksite for our efforts to help make it easier for staff to keep moving towards a healthy lifestyle.”

World War II veteran William D’Huyvetters, 90, recalls hitting Omaha Beach on D-Day

An interview with David Venditta | The Morning Call on June 5, 2015

Cover photo 20 webClick here to view the full interview and video, or view/download a PDF copy here.

Behind the List with Sue Drabic of Morningstar Senior Living Inc. – Moravian Hall Square of Nazareth

By Christopher Holland | Lehigh Valley Business ( on June 8, 2015

SueD LVB Feature PhotoAs the population continues to grow and Americans live longer, the demand for special services and accommodations is on the rise.  Throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities providing a multitude of services for the elderly.  Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions is Sue Drabic of Morningstar Senior Living Inc. – Moravian Hall Square of Nazareth. …

Click here to read the complete interview with Sue at




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