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Executive Director update, 9/20/2021

WEEKLY UPDATE … FOR RESIDENTS, EMPLOYEES AND FRIENDS
Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown
Friday, September 17, 2021

COVID19
An inquisitive person asked me last week why we focus on incidence and positivity of the novel Corona virus rather than the death rate. The obvious answer is, to focus only on the one of the outcomes of the virus’ effects is to give an incomplete picture. AND, we should be about the work of prevention as much as possible, so that to look at markers earlier in the process is prudent and gives a head start at managing spread. The practical effect of prevention is to avoid health systems being overwhelmed. Medical care is one of those things that everyone wants to be a fix all: taken for granted when it’s successful and severely criticized when not. Prevention is an integral part.
Pandemic has been a massive, wrenching challenge for our national and local communities. It’s been a test of how we can move forward together as a society. I remain proud of our teams here, both medical and operational work groups, as well as the resident community for wonderful cooperation and good work. Negative outcomes were confined to the very early weeks of the pandemic. But, we’re not home free yet.
We will continue to share with you those markers of Covid positivity and community transmission levels. These will determine our ongoing testing protocols and any restrictions. Currently, the guidelines in place include no visitors for mealtimes and visitors with residents should meet in apartments or skilled nursing area by appointment. Visitors are always required to wear masks when on campus as are residents who are not vaccinated. Today, Bucks County positivity infection rate is 6.9% which is shows a slight decrease but remains high.

REFLECTIONS
I’ve always thought like a social scientist, typical for a Sociology major, very sensitive to the social dimensions of human living. The clash we experience in our divided culture and political world is a failure resulting from too many people who are unable or unwilling to accommodate perspectives or world views that differ from their own. But the truism is that in order to be community, we have to value and respect difference.
Therefore, I totally enjoy working with a team of persons who have different skill sets and inevitably variable ways of looking at the world. Therein is a jewel of richness. When the mix of those variations are considered the result is better, with more durable solutions to any challenge.
So, I continue to believe that the greatest achievement for any community, a senior one in our case, is to have evidence of vibrant engagement of members with another, new relationships and appreciation. No question that community is the ‘value added’ character of what is experienced in a building like ours.

THANK YOU’S
Formally, I say thanks for the privilege of being able to serve you. Informally, it’s gratitude for all the fabulous relationship, new friends and wonder-filled experiences. I commend to you Ms. Lynn Dukert, the appointed Executive Director for Doylestown. And my well wishes (not to be confused with the almost trademarked© program the Enhanced Living people provide) are for all to live fully, no matter the age.

Thanks to all. Signing off……

Steven T. Cherry, nha
Interim Executive Director

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR September 16, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

CMS has issued an update to an August 26, 12-page memo, entitled Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Testing Requirements. Following you will find the key changes that you need to know:

  • Close contact is now defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • Testing requirements will now be based on the rate of community transmission, not the positivity rate.  The current rate of transmission for Philadelphia is reported as HIGH. 
  • All Employees and Residents showing signs or symptoms should be prioritized for testing.
  • Close contact with anyone identified to be positive will be required for all vaccinated and unvaccinated employees and residents.

For the Independent Living residents, only, we will be eliminating Sign-Up Genius to schedule an appointment to visit.  Sign-Up Genius will still be used for the health center and personal care appointments to visit. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at the email address slachman@wel.org or by phone. 

Stay well,

Suzanne H. Lachman, LNHA

Executive Director

267.348.3340

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Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley Executive Director update 9/16/2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees: 

I have reviewed the new 12-page memo from CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) titled “Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Testing Requirements” and have distilled the changes in requirements to the following points:

  • Close contact is refers to someone who has been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • Testing requirements will now be based on the rate of community transmission, not positivity rate.  The current rate of transmission for Philadelphia is 5.33%.  This same report also shows that 58.3% of those eligible to be vaccinated in our county are currently vaccinated.  Stapeley Community rate of vaccine is near 99%!
  • All Employees and Residents showing signs or symptoms should be prioritized for testing
  • Testing will be required for anyone who has close contact with someone  confirmed to be positive, regardless of their vaccination status.

I will not be sending a memo next week; I am taking a few days off to celebrate my 37th anniversary with my wife.  Until then, stay safe.

For any concerns, you may contact me at kbeiler@wel.org or 215-991-7101.  Internally, my extension is 802.

With gratitude,

Ken Beiler

Executive Director, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley

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Wesley Enhanced Living Welcomes New Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

CONTACT:           Zach Raczka
AKCG – Public Relations Counselors
856-242-9201
zach@akcg.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wesley Enhanced Living Welcomes New Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Warminster, PA (September 13, 2021) — Wesley Enhanced Living warmly welcomes Michael Griffin as the new Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Griffin brings with him seven years of experience as the Chief Financial Officer for Pennswood Village in Bucks County. His background also includes working as the Controller for Chandler Hall Health Services, a financial auditor for Parente Beard, LLC, a certification in public accounting and medical experience as a U.S. Army Combat Medic.

“We are fortunate to work with someone as talented as Michael Griffin. His experience and diverse background will serve Wesley Enhanced Living well,” says Jeff Petty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Enhanced Living.

Griffin is a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) and a Personal Care Administrator (PCA). He is also a board member of LeadingAge PA.

He graduated from Holy Family University and earned a master’s degree in business administration. He has served as an adjunct professor at Gwynedd Mercy University and Holy Family University.

For more information about Wesley Enhanced Living, visit www.wel.org.

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About Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL)
The non-profit Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) continuing care communities have a dedicated mission to deliver a purpose-filled life to residents. Serving over 1,100 residents with more than 1,200 employees throughout Pennsylvania, the Wesley Enhanced Living communities located in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties provide various combinations of independent living, personal care services, memory care, and rehabilitation and skilled nursing services. Wesley Enhanced Living has been named a Great Place to Work® in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018.

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