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Appalachian Christian Village Announces Organizational Changes

February 11, 2013

Industry veterans accept senior management positions with senior living community

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., January 22, 2013 - Appalachian Christian Village (ACV), one of the first established Continuing Care Retirement Community in East Tennessee, announced today that industry veterans David Burroughs of Greeneville, Tenn., Aaron Keller of Elizabethon, Tenn., and Johnson City natives Deanna Barnett, Jeri Linthicum, Angie Gibson, Danielle Back and Steve Hunt will be assuming new roles with
the senior living community.

“As our community continues to grow, we are honored to have an experience group of professionals to assist Appalachian Christian Village in achieving its new mission statement, expand the community’s capabilities and services and meet our residents’ needs,” states Tom Sexton, CEO of Appalachian Christian Village.

- Deanna Barnett, who has been employed by ACV for 6 years, was promoted to Executive Director at Pine Oaks Assisted Living. She previously served as Director of Nursing at Pine Oaks Assisted Living. In her new position, Barnett will be responsible for implementing programs to achieve excellent facility operations; manage resident’s
needs, concerns and requests; and assist marketing department to acquaint residents, families and visitors with ACV’s services and amenities. Prior to joining ACV, Barnett served as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She received her Associates in Science from Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. in 1994, and achieved her
Practical Nursing license in 2000 from Tennessee Technology in Elizabethton, Tenn.

- David Burroughs, in his new role as Director of Human Resources, is responsible for administering HR programs and policies; and recommending new policies and practices to senior management. Prior to joining ACV, Burroughs served as a Loss Prevention Manager at Kohl’s and Human Resource Manager for Laughlin Memorial
Hospital. In 2011, he received his Professional of Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), which is recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Burroughs has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. and a Bachelor of
Liberal Arts from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

- Jeri Linthicum, a 10 year finance industry veteran, was promoted to Director of Finance. She will be responsible for maximizing returns on financial assets, ensure legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions; and oversees costs and general accounting functions. Prior to joining ACV, she served as an
Accounting Personnel for Digital Connections. In 2009, she received her Bachelor of Business Administration from American InterContinental University Atlanta, Ga.

- In her new role as Director of Sales and Marketing, Angie Gibson, who has been employed by ACV for 11 years, will be responsible for implementing marketing, sales and product development programs; and collaborating with departments to ensure the needs of new and current residents are met. Previously, Gibson served as the
community’s Senior Marketing Counselor. Prior to joining ACV, she was a Senior Account Executive for WKOS Oldies. Gibson received her Bachelor of Science in 1981 from Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn.

- Aaron Keller, who began at ACV in 2008 as a medical nurse, was promoted to HealthCare Staff Development Coordinator. In this role, Keller is responsible for creating educational programs and services that promote the development of ACV’s nursing department. Keller is a graduate of Tennessee Technology Center in Elizabethton,
Tenn., and is currently attending courses to receive his RN degree.

- As a Marketing Counselor, Danielle Back is responsible for marketing ACV’s Assisted and Independent living communities, and assists the Director of Marketing in achieving short and long term goals. Back, who joined ACV in April 2010, previously served as a Marketing Coordinator for the community. Her previous experience includes
various roles with Mountain States Health Alliance and Food City. Back received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2009 from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.

- As a Marketing Clerk, Steve Hunt is responsible for assisting the marketing department in daily operations. Prior to joining ACV, Hunt served as a Reimbursement Analyst for Mountain States Health Alliance. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. and Masters of Business Administration
from Eastern Tennessee University in Johnson City, Tenn.

For more information about Appalachian Christian Village, please visit www.christianvillage.org/info or call 877-302-8720.

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ACV Employee Honored for 30 Years of Service

February 7, 2013

Eloise Cumbee Hartman, an 83 year old wait staff member at Appalachian Christian Village (ACV) and resident of Gray, Tenn., was recognized by senior management, staff, and residents at the senior living community for her 30 years of dedication and service on January 31, 2013. During the Employee Service Award presentation, Hartman received a certificate, flowers, pin and pearl necklace.

"Eloise is a pleasure to work with and an inspiration to everyone around her," states Shawn Malinowski, Director of Dining Services at Appalachian Christian Village. "We are fortunate to have committed employees, like Ms. Hartman, who consider themselves a part of the Appalachian Christian Village family."

A Charleston, S.C. native and one of eight children, Hartman moved in 1978 to Johnson City upon her husband, Jimmy Hartman's retirement from the United States Navy. After her husband's death in 1981, Hartman began to care for her mother-in-law, Hazel, and took up permanent residence in the Tri-Cities area.

In 1982, Hartman interviewed at Appalachian Christian Village and was hired immediately as a server. In the role, she is responsible for greeting residents and guest during dining service, taking and delivering meal requests, maintaining a clean and welcoming dining area and assisting with restocking of condiments and salad bar.

In regards to retirement plans, Hartman said, "I don't have any yet. I'm not ready to retire yet. I love working and the residents at Appalachian Christian Village." However, she stated, "when the time comes to retire though, I look forward to spending time with family."

Hartman has two sons; Michael in Florida and Jimmy in California. She also has two living siblings-Betty Weaver and Edward Cumbee-in Charleston, S.C.

During the Employee Service Award presentation, Appalachian Christian Village also honored employees who has completed 5 to 25 years with the senior living community. Those recognized were: 25 year veteran Samantha Milhorn of Jonesborough; Nancy Franklin of Gray and Janice Bise of Piney Flatts, both have served 15 years; 10 year veteran Carol Goodwin of Gray; and 5 year veterans Frances Ketron of Kingsport, Lachlyn Nichols of Johnson City, William Troxel, Jr. of Piney Flats, Brenda McInturff of Johnson City and Sally Grindstaff of Johnson City.

Additionally, Samantha Milhorn of Johnson City was awarded Appalachian Christian Village's Making A Difference Award. This peer-nominated award recognizes employees at ACV who exemplify teamwork and maintains a positive work attitude.

Appalachian Christian Village Employee Recognized by Sodexo Cares Program

December 27, 2012

Robert Gregory honored for excellent service to community residents

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., December 27, 2012 - Recently, Robert Gregory, a food service employee, was honored by Sodexo’s CARES program for exemplary services to residents in the Health Care Center at Appalachian Christian Village (ACV). The CARES program recognizes employees who go above and beyond their daily tasks to enhance a resident’s experience within the Sodexo network, a leading provider of integrated food and facilities management services.

“Robert is a very caring and compassionate person, and an excellent employee,” states Shawn Malinowski, Director of Dining Services at Appalachian Christian Village. “He is very deserving of this award, and we are honored to have such a dedicated person a part of the ACV family.”

As an evening tray aide, Gregory is responsible for providing food service to residents, guests and employees; maintaining sanitary conditions for food preparation; assist in restocking items; and adhering to ACV’s dietary policies and procedures.

Earlier this year, Gregory delivered meals to residents in the rehabilitation area of the Health Care Center at ACV, and met Anthony, a 17 year old patient who had just moved from Atlanta, Ga. Upon learning Anthony’s favorite food, which was chili dogs, Gregory went to his station and prepared one for the young man. Gregory also informed Anthony about the alternative menu option available at ACV that allows residents to order whatever they would like to eat.

“At ACV, it is our mission to fulfill and delight our residents,” states Angie Gibson, Director of Sales Appalachian Christian Village. “Robert’s actions are a perfect example of the culture within our community and among the residents, guests and employees. We strive to treat everyone like family.”

Every Fall, Sodexo’s Executive Vice Presidents select honorees for the CARES program, who exemplify one of the CARES behaviors - Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm or Service. Those individuals are recognized at the National Conference on Personalized Health Care at Ohio State University. Additionally, the honorees’ stories are shared throughout the Sodexo network via a weekly employee newsletter and posted to the company’s Website.

For more information about Appalachian Christian Village, please visit www.christianvillage.org or call 877-302-8720.

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Senior Living Community Hosts Nationally-Renowned Brain Health Expert

November 30, 2012

Dr. Nussbaum provides tips on decreasing onset of brain diseases
during seminar at Appalachian Christian Village

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., December 17, 2012 - Did you know the brain weighs two to four pounds, is the fattiest system in the body and consumes 25 percent of the blood from every heartbeat? Recently, approximately 50 residents from the Tri-Cities area gathered to learn these facts and more at Appalachian Christian Village, one of the first established Continuing Care Retirement Communities in East Tennessee.

Appalachian Christian Village hosted an educational seminar entitled “Age Is Just A Number” with Dr. Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist and adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Brain health is a topic that concerns many caregivers and older adults, and as a community dedicated to providing our residents with life enriching opportunities and activities, we feel it is important for everyone to be aware of ways to keep their brains fit,” states Angie Gibson, Director of Sales at Appalachian Christian Village. “Dr. Nussbaum provided attendees with great insight into the untapped potential of the brain, and how important social, mental and physical stimulation is to long term brain health.”

During the event, Dr. Nussbaum educated older adults about the basic functions of the brain, and provided tips on how to stave off brain disease and maintain a healthy brain lifestyle. Attendees learned that brain health begins in the womb and should continue as you age by engaging in novel and complex activities. “The brain is shaped by its surroundings, and by exposing it to enriched environments throughout a person’s lifespan will lead to new brain cell development and increased cellular connections - known as synaptic density or brain reserve - which may help delay a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and related dementias,” according to Dr. Nussbaum.

Dr. Nussbaum also informed attendees that there are five “domains” that people should engage in to maintain an active Brain Health Lifestyle, which include the following:

• Socialization - join groups, develop hobbies, and maintain family and friend relationships;
• Physical Activity - walking, dancing, gardening, knitting and aerobic exercises help reduce the risk of dementia;
• Mental Stimulation - participate in complex mental stimulating activities such as playing board games, learn a new language, travel or play a musical instrument;
• Spirituality/Meditation - helps reduce stress and enhances immune system; and
• Nutrition - increase foods with Omega 3 and antioxidants and decrease the intake of processed foods and red meat.


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Appalachian Christian Village Completes Renovation of Health Care Center

February 7, 2012

Community holds celebration event for donors and residents this week

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., February 7, 2012 - Appalachian Christian Village (ACV), one of the first established Continuing Care Retirement Communities in East Tennessee, announced today that it has completed Phase 10 of a six-year renovation project for its Health Care Center. Additional phases are scheduled for late 2012.

“With the completion of Phase 10, Appalachian Christian Village now offers a warmer, more welcoming environment which matches the quality of care and services delivered to our Health Care residents. This milestone demonstrates our commitment to serving our seniors within the community,” states Tom Sexton, Chief Executive Officer of Appalachian Christian Village. “ACV opened its doors 46 years ago, and thanks to our donors and community support, we are now positioned to continue our mission for years to come.”

TEKA Building & Development, LLC. of Jonesborough, Tenn. managed the refurbishing project. The Health Care Center houses 103 skilled and intermediate nursing rooms, 39 of which are private rooms; seven shower rooms; nursing stations and a therapy room where residents receive physical, occupational and speech therapy.

  • The renovations, which cost approximately $1.7 million, were funded by the community’s Legacy Fundraising Campaign. The following major donors contributed to update a resident’s room:
  • J. Lloyd Langdon and wife Madelyn Pope Langdon in loving memory of her mother, Carrie H. Pope;
  • Functional Pathways of TN, LLC.;
  • Marjorie Meredith Luc & June Meredith Blackburn in loving memory of their mother Olivia Holly Meredith;
  • Mrs. Troy A. (Dottie) Powers;
  • Sodexo, in honor of Appalachian Christian Village for its commitment to making residents the heart of everything they do;
  • Dewey Crum in loving memory of Mary Blalock;
  • The Estate of Miss Clara A. McCartt;
  • The Estate of Walter Lee Price;
  • Employees of Appalachian Christian Village;
  • Lorraine W. Brown;
  • TEKA Building & Development, LLC, in honor of the Silent Generation whose commitment and sacrifices have built a legacy of love.

Appalachian Christian Village will be hosting a celebratory event this Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. to honor all of the Legacy Campaign donors, employees, residents, board members and TEKA employees for their contributions and showcase the new wing.

Pine Oaks Assisted and Loving Touch Memory Care

October 24, 2011

It’s Home

"It feels different here."

That’s the reaction often heard from residents and their visiting family members of Pine Oaks Assisted Living, a campus of Appalachian Christian Village.

“Families say they don’t feel like they are coming to a facility; they feel like they are coming to a family member’s home,” explained Carla Dunn, director of Pine Oaks for the past five years. “It’s home. The minute someone walks in the door, they notice the great atmosphere—the look, the smell, the love, respect and our residents are happy and engaged.”

For individuals and families having to make the decision to move into an assisted living residence, the home-like atmosphere of Pine Oaks is comforting.  And more and more people are making that difficult move.   Family members also find comfort in the fact that Pine Oaks is a part of this region’s only continuing care retirement community, Appalachian Christian Village.  This means our residents may have an opportunity to receive services from a wide spectrum of care such as independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Report, every 69 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, 5.4 people in the US are living with Alzheimer's, and over 15 million people are providing care to those affected by the disease.  One out of every 7 persons over the age of 65 are diagnosed and almost 50% of those aged 85 and older.

Pine Oaks offers two levels of assisted care. Thirty-five private suites are designated for those individuals who only have mild to moderate signs of cognitive difficulties, in other words, those residents who simply need help with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

For those residents who experience more advanced stages of cognitive impairment, Pine Oaks offers a 34-bed Memory Care Unit. According to Dunn, these residents may wander, be incontinent, need coaching at meal times, and tend to respond better to a smaller, controlled setting with different types of stimuli versus our assisted living residents. “Our assisted-living residents are active.  They contribute to our community and enjoy outings such as shopping and entertainment trips,” Dunn explained.

The new designated Memory Care Unit at Pine Oaks consists of two halls staffed 24/7 with specially-trained LPNs, CNAs, and caregivers and who have received special training for caring for patients with dementia and understanding Alzheimer’s, specifically on how to interact, how to redirect, and how to handle different situations. The doors remain locked, and the residents have access to a special memory care activity room, a day room, the dining room, and an outside rose garden.  “They are given the opportunity to socialize, engage or enjoy quiet, relaxing times in a smaller setting,” said Dunn.  

The staff at the Pine Oaks campus, whether they work with the assisted living residents or the Memory Care Unit, plays a big part in making Pine Oaks different from other facilities. “It’s more than a job to them; it’s a ministry,” Dunn shared. “If someone joins the staff looking for a job, they don’t stay long. If they are looking for an opportunity to touch somebody’s life and to minister to them, that’s where they make the connection, and they love Pine Oaks. We don’t dread coming to work. It’s more than work to us.”

One way the staff’s dedication is demonstrated is through their support of The Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's.  This event raises money to fund the mission of creating A World without Alzheimer's.

“We see it and live it and feel it. We are so close to it every day,” Dunn explained. “We know how much it impacts not only the resident, but also the family of the resident. It’s difficult for family see the shell of their mom or dad, but the behaviors are not mom or dad. We want to find a cure.”

This year, Appalachian Christian Village raised approximately $1,500 and had 25 staff, family, and friends to walk during the Johnson City Walk on October 8th.   As a group, the walkers raised $24,478 dollars toward eliminating Alzheimer's disease—41% of the goal for Johnson City.


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