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Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Take a look at the December calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the condos at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Take a look at the December social calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
This year for the annual report, each community and At Home With Shepherd was asked to provide an inspirational story about a resident or client. Join us as we remember some of the high points from 2013. Click on the photo or name for a PDF with the full story…
At Home With Shepherd
We first met Leo Barker when he was referred to us in 2012 following a total hip replacement. He and staff did very well and he reached his goals and was discharged. In August, Leo had his second hip replaced and because he had done so well with the first, he requested our agency for his Home Health services.
Shepherd of the Valley-Niles
How do you spell rehab at SOV-Niles?
Since opening our remodeled short-term rehab unit in May 2012, we have had well over 100 graduates. One client who moved to the top of the class was Bob Streb.
Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman
From the simple to the sublime, at Boardman we know how powerful dreams are. A part of the excellent care provided at Boardman includes recognizing those dreams… and sharing the happiness fulfilling them brings to our residents. Joyce Martin, a former Boardman resident, had a wish filled with sugar and spice and everything nice.
This summer the Howland Dream Team helped make a special dream come true for Bob and Esther Shaffer. Esther resides in our nursing community and Bob lives in our condos. This summer, they wanted to renew the wedding vows they took 66 years ago!
Shepherd of the Valley-Poland
The assisted living community at Poland exemplifies the S.O.V. mission statement every day. Nothing sums up what we do better than the following letter received from Lois Davidson’s family. Her daughter wrote: As I walked out of Shepherd of the Valley Assisted Living in Poland on October 15, 2009, the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. After three months of constant worry about Mom, I could finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing that I was leaving her in a lovely apartment in good and caring hands.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Take a look at the November calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Shepherd of the Valley is so much more than just our great communities! See why our residents, families, and staff love where they are. Find out more about our services, and hear first-hand how Shepherd of the Valley became a name you’ve trusted for decades.
Click here to experience Shepherd of the Valley. (short video)
Interested in activities and outings planned for the carefree condo community at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland?
Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF of the July calendar.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland?
Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF of the July calendar.
Throughout the year, employees at each Shepherd community select employees to honor for their dedication and service. In March, five employees from that group, one from each Shepherd location, were honored as an Employee of the Year. This year the following employees were recognized:
Shepherd of the Valley- Niles: Anna Lisa Fawcett, 10p-6:30a shift aide. “She is always positive and always has a smile on her face,” commented Rick Mattix, Niles Associate Director. “You can tell she truly loves her job and was very appreciative of her most deserved honor. “ She has worked for SOV-Niles for 2 years.
Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman: Christina Resek. Christina has been a member of the housekeeping staff at SOV-Boardman since 2009. “Christina is very helpful to everyone,” stated Rich Limongi, Boardman Associate Director. “She goes out of her way for the residents, is always friendly, and a hard worker.”
Shepherd of the Valley-Howland: Lisa Freeman, LPN. “Lisa started at SOV-Howland in 2005 as a housekeeper, studied to become an STNA and is now an LPN,” stated Tamara Salvino, Howland Associate Director. “She is a dedicated employee who always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude.”
Shepherd of the Valley-Poland: Aaron Simko. Aaron has been employed in the SOV-Poland Dietary Department since 1996. “Aaron was chosen by his peers because he is always going out of his way to help the residents each and every morning” explained Kelly Stansloski, Poland Associate Director. “He gives them his undivided attention, warmth, and love. The entire staff at Poland is glad Aaron is on our team!”
Shepherd of the Valley-Corporate/Home Health: Melissa Tustin. Melissa joined the Shepherd of the Valley staff as the Accounts Receivable Supervisor in January of 2010. “Melissa was a good addition to the staff. She is very professional and leads her staff by example,” stated Victoria Brown, CFO/Corporate Office Associate Director.
Americans are recognized for being the most caring and giving people in the world. The 29 members of the 2012 class of Valley Legacy Award nominees are inspiring examples of this caring and giving nature.
Take a moment to meet them “up close and personal”. Click here to download a PDF with a short summary of each person’s nomination and photograph.
Oprah Winfrey shares our nominees’ motivation, saying “I choose to rise up and see that in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one another.” This year’s nominees give of themselves, not to achieve recognition, but because they see a need. They truly care about helping others.
In the past seven years, the Valley Legacy Awards have honored nearly 175 extraordinary people and organizations, with 39 receiving the Valley Legacy Award. This year, a record 29 nominations were received from across the Valley. Nominees hailed from Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, East Palestine, Girard, Leavittsburg, Lowellville, New Waterford, Niles, Poland, Salem, Warren, West Farmington, and Youngstown. Our nominees span a multitude of interests, occupations, and talents. Friends and family nominated educators, community volunteers, veterans, business people, couples, sisters, and physicians.
Tickets to the luncheon on October 11th at Avion on the Water in Canfield are still available. Contact Lynn Miller at 330-530-4038, ext. 2057, or via email.
There was fellowship, food, prayer, and song as nearly 100 people gathered at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church to celebrate Shepherd of the Valley’s 40th anniversary.
Everyone gathered in the Crossroads Hall the evening of September 16, where they were greeted by a dozen collages of events and activities organized by site and decade. A visual media presentation highlighted people, locations, and events from Shepherd’s 40 years or service. The dinner buffet featured cakes decorated with Shepherd’s various logos through the decades was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Prior to the prayer service, a short program recalling the formation and achievements Shepherd has experienced over the past 40 years. Featured speakers included Ernie Sigle and Rev. D. Gary Schreckengost who were present from the beginning, and Dennis Parks, the current president of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Sigle talked about the initial meetings where the idea of a place where the Lutheran churches could care for their aging congregants became the reality of the first location in Niles. He took the crowd through the challenges of creating the idea, obtaining support and financing, and purchasing the first location.
Rev. Gary Schreckengost led the guests through the expansion years for Shepherd of the Valley and they moved into Mahoning County. He jokingly commented that he became the “building expert” as he was called upon to head the building committees for the Niles expansion, Poland condos, and the Poland assisted living building.
“Thousands have been served because of the efforts of faithful people like yourselves,” Rev. Schreckengost said in closing.
The final speaker was current Board President Dennis Parks who talked about the program additions and expansion projects undertaken in the 1990s including building the Howland community, its nursing home expansion project, and the addition of home health services.
“My nine years serving on the Board have been rewarding,” Mr. Parks commented. “(Shepherd is) truly a treasure to our area as it continues to serve our senior citizens and our community.”
Following the featured speakers, everyone was invited into the sanctuary for a prayer service. A mass choir made of members of the Zion and other Lutheran churches led them in song as prayers of thanks were offered for continued prosperity in the years to come.
Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offered encouragement and blessings. Pastor Ronald Young, Assistant to the President of the Ohio District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, offered congratulations and gratitude.
“Happy 40th anniversary, Shepherd of the Valley,” Rev. Eaton said. “May God continue to bless your work and may this continue to be a place of refuge.”
Click here or on the image below for a collage of photos from the event.
Congratulations to the nominees for this year’s Valley Legacy Awards. Twenty-nine nominations were received from across Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties.
The nominees for the Class of 2012 are…
Outstanding Senior Award
Lock P. Beachum, Sr.
Linda & Marlene Caldwell
Ronald & Dodie George
Ruth Jean Hawkins
James E. Herriman
Shirley & William Kohuth
Donald J. Marsco
Beverly Poidmore Pariza
Vincent E. Schuyler
Outstanding Advocate for Seniors Award
Thomas E. Albani, Jr., MD
Vincent E. Schuyler
Charles Wilkins, MD
Bios and photographs will be posted to the website and the Valley Legacy Facebook page beginning August 22.
The nominees will be honored and award recipients announced at the Valley Legacy Awards Luncheon on October 11th, 2012, Avion on the Water Banquet Center, Canfield. Invitations will be available after September 1. To be added to the invitation list, contact Lynn Miller at LMiller@ShepherdoftheValley.com or 330-530-4038, ext. 2057.
Whee!!! Buster Scott and his grandchildren, Mya Scott, Caleb Scott and Peyton Klien, take a wild ride on the Wild Cat during the Poland Celebration for Shepherd of the Valley’s 40 Years of Caring.
On July 15, the Poland staff, residents, family, and visitors took a trip back in time to “Revisit Idora Park” when the first floor turned into Idora Park. Admission tickets were “sold” at the door. The dining room became the Idora Ballroom, mirrored ball and original carousel music included. Then there was the root beer in the Crazy Horse Saloon, Idora fries and funnel cakes, games, and the memorabilia room…
The most popular “ride” was a reproduction of an Idora Wild Cat roller coaster car built by the maintenance staff. Everyone wanted their photo taken, arms waving in the air.
“Everyone had a great time,” exclaimed Kelly Stansloski, SOV-Poland Associate Director. “The staff put in a huge amount of time to create our ‘Idora Park’ and the residents have loved sharing their memories of Idora with us. It was a thrill to see how much people enjoyed everything, especially the Wild Cat.”
For additional information, call Kelly Stansloski, Associate Director, Shepherd of the Valley-Poland, at 330-726-7110, ext. 0.
This year, we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary; “40 Years of Caring”. Over the summer we will host celebrations at each of our communities. Our Niles community kicked off the celebrations in May, followed in June at our Boardman community. Please come and celebrate with us:
July 15, 1-4pm - Poland Campus (301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland) invites you to “Revisit Idora Park”. For more information, click here to download a poster or click on the poster image below.
August 19, 1-4pm - Howland Campus (4100 North River Road, NE, Warren). Watch for more information.
No one wants to go back to the hospital after being discharged. When you get home you want to stay there, not boomerang back to the hospital. At Home With Shepherd, Shepherd of the Valley’s home health services, is doing just that – helping people stay at home where they want to be.
At Home With Shepherd was recently notified that it has achieved an excellent hospital readmission rate; one that is more than two times lower than the state average! Hospital readmission rates are one of the quality measures for healthcare providers and At Home With Shepherd’s rehospitalization rate is a low 12%. This compares very favorably against a national average of 27% and the Ohio state-wide average of 29%.
“I am very proud of our nurses and caregivers,” stated Kris Siciliano, RN, At Home With Shepherd Director. “These numbers point to the excellence of care and attention to detail they provide to our clients.”
Shepherd of the Valley –Poland (301 West Western Reserve Rd) recently opened an outpatient rehabilitation center in conjunction with Circle Rehab.
“Working with Circle Rehab affords us another opportunity to promote wellness” stated Patricia Ahlswede RN, Residential Care Coordinator. “This is a real convenience for the community as well as our residents.”
Shepherd of the Valley-Poland offers condominiums for carefree living as well as assisted living. “The rehabilitation center is a wonderful addition to this community, and very much needed in this area.”
Ahlswede also stressed that participants in the rehabilitation program need not be residents of Shepherd of the Valley and encourages the public to come in at any time to view the rehab area and have any questions answered.
For additional information about the new outpatient program at Shepherd of the Valley-Poland, contact Circle Rehab at 330-759-2480.