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Wesley Enhanced Living Invests $10 Million in Updating its Bucks and Montgomery County Senior Living Communities

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Wesley Enhanced Living Invests $10 Million in Updating its Bucks and Montgomery County Senior Living Communities

A combined $10 million renovation project will bring new and refreshed dining and living amenities to seniors

Warminster, Pa. (September 9, 2019) – Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) will devote $10 million to renovate, refresh and update its WEL Doylestown and WEL Upper Moreland communities, serving seniors in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

“This investment will modernize amenities at our Bucks County and Montgomery County communities. With this investment being completely resident-focused, we’re updating furniture in lobby and lounge settings, adding on-site restaurants, recreational areas and so much more,” explained President and Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Enhanced Living, Jeff Petty. “With these up-to-date offerings, we are confident we will better serve, support and accommodate our residents – providing top-notch service while enhancing their quality of life.”

Slated to begin in late September, construction at WEL Doylestownis expected to be completed in March 2020. The 22,100-square-foot community currently includes 216 apartments. The estimated six-month project at WEL Doylestown will include the following renovations:

  • addition of an upscale restaurant, providing an outdoor eating option;
  • new indoor main street Bistro and Pub food lounge;
  • brand new lobby and refreshed Welcome Center to better accommodate residents and guests;
  • expanded and renovated auditorium area for resident recreation;
  • completely renovated lounges and community spaces, featuring new furnishings; and
  • spacious apartment homes with choice of finishes.

Currently underway, renovations at WEL Upper Moreland are expected to be completed by year’s end. The Montgomery County senior living community includes a combined total of 200 apartments and cottages in a total of 184,000-square-feet. Construction at WEL Upper Moreland includes the following updates:

  • new lobby with expanded seating;
  • addition of a Bistro and Pub restaurant, offering tavern-style options;
  • development of a movie theater, featuring comfortable seating and wide-screen projection, as well as a fireplace lounge for resident use;
  • creation of a TV lounge with expanded seating;
  • updated main dining room; and
  • renovated gift shop, library and chapel.

All Wesley Enhanced Living communities provide accommodations for various senior living options, including Independent Living, Personal Care and Skilled Nursing.

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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®, as well as a Best Workplace in Aging Services™ in both 2018 and 2019 by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

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Wesley Enhanced Living Recognized as a 2019 Best Workplace for Aging Services™ by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE

The “Best” list showcases the best culture and employee engagement among the nation’s non-profit organizations

Warminster, PA (August 23, 2019) — Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have named Wesley Enhanced Living as one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services in the nation. Wesley Enhanced Living is a non-profit organization operating six continuing care retirement communities across the Greater Philadelphia Region. Wesley Enhanced Living is the only Pennsylvania-based aging services provider to have made the FORTUNE list in the Senior Housing and Care – Large category.

Wesley Enhanced Living earned the sixth spot out of twenty providers ranked in the Senior Housing and Care – Large category across the country.

After analyzing and evaluating employee surveys, Great Place to Work and FORTUNE ranked each organization based on employee experience feedback related to levels of trust, respect and fairness within the organization.

“We are so proud of our team for earning the recognition," said Jeff Petty, president and chief executive officer of Wesley Enhanced Living. “Each day, our employees strive to create a positive environment at each of our communities – making a positive impact on not only the lives of our residents, but also each other.”

Wesley Enhanced Living employee results showed:

  • 93% of respondents felt good about Wesley Enhanced Living’s contributions to the community.
  • 92% of respondents felt like they make a difference at Wesley Enhanced Living.
  • 90% of respondents felt their work had special meaning.

“Receiving this honor inspires our collective team to continue to improve and excel well into the future,” said Petty. “We are dedicated to continuing to provide excellence and innovation in aging services to enhance the lives of our residents.”

Wesley Enhanced Living was also named a Best Workplace for Aging Services in 2018.

For information about employment opportunities at 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 2018 and 2019.

About the Best Workplaces for Aging Services™

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses representing more than 223,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture and Activated Insights (activatedinsights.com) is their senior care division. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. They recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US. Learn more at greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

From FORTUNE ©2019 FORTUNE Media IP Limited.  FORTUNE is a trademark of FORTUNE Media IP Limited and is used under license. FORTUNE and FORTUNE Media IP Limited are not affiliated with, and do not endorse the products or services of, Wesley Enhanced Living.

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Wesley Enhanced Living Controller to Receive Honorary Degree from Rosemont College

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Wesley Enhanced Living Controller to Receive Honorary Degree from Rosemont College

Rosemont, PA (May 9, 2019) – Catherine Brown Heckman ’01, ’11 will be awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at Rosemont College’s Commencement ceremony on May 11. Catherine will receive this honor as her work ethic serves as an example of the power of a Rosemont education and degree. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Heckman currently serves as the Controller for Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL), a nonprofit continuing care retirement community organization with nearly 1,200 employees, serving over 1,100 residents across seven locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“We are so proud of Catherine for receiving this prestigious recognition,” said Ken Franiak, Chief Operating Officer at Wesley Enhanced Living. “As the Controller for WEL, Catherine is entrusted with maintaining a high level of integrity and dedication. This recognition highlights the impact Catherine has made not only as a student and alumni member of Rosemont College, but to the senior living industry as well.”

Catherine Brown Heckman attended Rosemont as a student of REAP, an undergraduate degree completion program for adult women, in the Undergraduate Women’s College while in her late thirties. She graduated summa cum laude with a dual major degree in Accounting and Management in 2001. She later returned to Rosemont’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, earning an MBA degree in 2011, and was the recipient of the Strategic Management Award. Heckman’s graduate thesis was titled, “Generational Waves and Retirement Choices” and detailed the expectations and goals of each living generation in an era of complex changes and choices in America’s retirement system. This theme dovetails Heckman’s career path and passion for enriching senior living.

“I am delighted to honor Catherine Heckman,” said Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, PhD, President of Rosemont College. “Catherine’s commitment to education and her community is a tremendous example to us all.”

Prior to her role at Wesley Enhanced Living, she served as the Assistant Controller for Montgomery County Community College, the Controller for The College of New Jersey, the Finance Director for Independence Mission Schools, the Controller for International Ministries – American Baptist Churches USA, the Accounting Manager for Pennswood Village, and the Senior Corporate Accountant for ACTS Retirement Life Communities. Heckman initiated her career as an auditor at a regional public accounting firm and served nearly four years until specializing in nonprofit organizations. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Rosemont’s 96th Commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 11. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Connelly Green. The Rev. Jim Martin, SJ, editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine, America, will address graduates of the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, along with families, friends, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and community members.

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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 2018 and 2019.

About Rosemont College

Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational Catholic institution. Rosemont offers a comprehensive education through small group and experiential learning experiences while providing campus-wide academic, spiritual, and professional support. The College respects and embraces diversity and individuality and promotes students’ lifelong success. For more information, visit www.rosemont.edu.

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Programs Employing People Recognizes Wesley Enhanced Living for its Employment Practices

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Programs Employing People Recognizes Wesley Enhanced Living
for its Employment Practices

Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley to be honored for its commitment
to the advancement of job placement and training opportunities

PHILADELPHIA (May 3, 2019) – Programs Employing People (PEP) will recognize Wesley Enhanced Living for the organization’s commitment to the advancement of the employment of all people during its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Wesley Enhanced Living is one of 15 partner organizations to be recognized at the ceremony.

Programs Employing People provides support and employment opportunities to approximately 300 adults and children living with intellectual and physical disabilities, each year in the Philadelphia area through education, recreation, vocational training and job placement services.

“The staff at Wesley Enhanced Living has been extremely helpful and cooperative,” said Beth Ryan, Director of Employment Services at Programs Employing People. “We value our partnership and we look forward to continue working together in the advancement of our participants.”

Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley is a senior living community in Northwest Philadelphia that partners with Programs Employing People, to enhance workplace opportunities for those in the community who might not otherwise be able to find employment. Wesley Enhanced Living received its first employee placement from PEP in October 2018.

“We take pride in supporting Program Employing People’s mission and vision,” said Ken Beiler, Executive Director of Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley. “Working with PEP to advance the employment of all people fits perfectly with Wesley Enhanced Living’s core values. We are honored to have the chance to work with an organization that positively impacts the lives of others in so many ways.”

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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 2018 and 2019.

About Programs Employing People (PEP)

Programs Employing People’s (PEP) mission is to provide education, recreation, vocational training, and job placement services to people living with disabilities and to strengthen their relationships in the community. Since its beginning in 1969, PEP has evolved into a multi-service agency, serving up to 300 adults and children with intellectual (and some physical) disabilities throughout the year. Today, PEP offers a myriad of programs including Community Integrated Employment, In-Home and Community Habilitation, Adult Literacy and Basic Education, Community Arts for Socialization, Adult Day Programing, Senior Services, and of course our founding program Camp PEP. PEP continues to help people with disabilities succeed by building their skills and increasing their capacities by providing employment and day services to improve their lives within the community.

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Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line Invests $15 Million in its Future

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Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line Invests $15 Million in its Future

$15 Million renovation project will bring updated living and dining amenities

Media, Pa. (April 25, 2019) – Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) is devoting $15 million to a multi-faceted, year-long reconstruction project throughout its Main Line community in Media. This renovation, which will revamp on-campus living and dining areas, is expected to be completed by April 2020.

The focus of the project is to improve infrastructure and amenities in various areas throughout the community, ultimately allowing the organization to better serve its senior residents. Several specific renovations include:

  • updated grand entrance;
  • addition of a pub area with new menu options;
  • redesigned dining and living rooms; and
  • improved Personal Care and Skilled Nursing area.

“Embarking on this construction journey allows us to refresh and enhance so many areas throughout our community,” said Maureen Casey, Executive Director at WEL Main Line. “At WEL, we strive to make a compelling difference in the lives of our residents through excellence and innovation in aging services. The new and updated amenities that result from this project will help us to do just that.”

Residents, staff and members of both the construction and WEL leadership teams enjoyed a construction-themed kickoff party to celebrate the construction project on Tuesday, April 16.

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About Wesley Enhanced Living (WEL) Main Line

Located in Delaware County, WEL Main Line serves 265 residents. Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line embodies the WEL values of grace, honor and integrity. The inclusive, friendly environment encourages residents to live purpose-filled lives, bolstered by robust new opportunities. The many valued luxuries and traditions already beloved about this community continue, including dining options, abundant opportunities for recreation, fitness and lifelong learning, excursions to shopping, cultural and arts attractions, and religious services onsite and offsite with complimentary transportation to places of worship in the area.

Wesley Enhanced Living residents have access to a variety of living options, from an independent lifestyle, to personal care services, as well as rehabilitation and skilled nursing care should these services ever be needed.

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 2018 and 2019.

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