Executive Director: Weekly COVID-19 Update May 21, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

We are very pleased to share with you that in the midst of this pandemic, we have two additions to our leadership team.  The first to join us is Scott Bergman, General Manager Dining Services.  Scott comes with a career as an executive chef and has most recently been a regional director for long term care facilities.  Shortly after Scott started, Melinda Lee joined us in the role of Resident Services Director/Personal Care Administrator.  Melinda is a social worker with years of experience in long term care and management.  We are very happy to have them join our Leadership Team and are confident they will excel in their roles.  With Scott’s arrival, we will be wishing Craig Fry the best of luck with his future endeavors.  Craig joined us nine months ago as thr interim General Manager Dining Services and has done an outstanding job in that role.  Craig will be missed, but will keep in touch.

There will be operational change at WEL Pennypack Park effective Tuesday, May 26.  Security will now be operated in-house and no longer sub-contracted to a security firm.  We are very confident this transition will be seamless, as our existing security team will now be members of the WEL Pennypack Park employee group, officially.  We are pleased to share that Lenny Johnson will be the Supervisor of Security. 

Re-opening remains to be on hold at this time in our community, and all communities like WEL Pennypack Park.  Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, have made it clear that our communities are still in the “red” phase and will not be opening for the near future, at least.  You may have seen lists of nursing homes and the number of COVID positive cases in those communities.  The list is wrong.  Each of the four WEL sites was wrong, as are the many of the reported cases.  It has been reported to us through our professional association, Leading Age PA that the Commonwealth pulled information from a variety of sources that facilities are required to report to.  The results are what were printed, and some have been different from periodical to periodical.  This is as frustrating to us as it is to our residents and families. 

We currently have four residents being treated for COVID-19 in the quarantine unit of the health center, this includes a hospital admission who was treated at the hospital. 

As this pandemic drags on, our staff continues to support your loved ones and each other.  It is important we keep spirits up, minds active and laugh every single day!   

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns.  Stay safe and be well. 

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