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Residents from The Evergreens Acting Studio Present “Hooray for Hollywood”

April 3, 2017

Recently, resident members of The Evergreens Acting Studio were proud to present “Hooray for Hollywood” – a showcase of classic Hollywood tunes and memorable film moments – to the community.

For the past several months, a select group of residents from the community have been participating in The Evergreens Acting Studio – the community’s onsite theater group, led/directed by Robb Hutter of Philly Senior Stage. Philly Senior Stage’s unique program is specifically catered to senior adults and helps develop acting skills and foster dramatic expression. For members of The Evergreens Acting Studio, “Hooray for Hollywood” is the culmination of many months of training under Hutter and the final performance of the season.

“There are many ways residents at our community can remain active and continue to express themselves from a creative perspective,” said Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens. “Residents have loved being involved in the Acting Studio and appreciate the guidance and experience Robb brings to the table from all his work with Philly Senior Stage. Our dedicated residents have worked hard this season and we are thrilled to see all of their efforts come together in their third production, ‘Hooray for Hollywood.’”

Here are a few photos from the performance:

The “Hooray for Hollywood” cast – Front Row (left to right): Alice Gooch, Marjorie Minarcik, Virginia Passanante, Barbara Farrell and Steve Smith; Back Row (left to right): Hugh Joyner, Pianist Carla Mariani of Philly Senior Stage, Patti Rogers, Louise Phillips, Acting Director Robb Hutter of Philly Senior Stage, Valerie Schwing, Paul Levesque, Bill Mulqueen and Jan Schecker.

Residents Patti Rogers (left) and Steve Smith play Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in one of the greatest baseball comedic routines of all time – “Who’s on first?” from the 1945 film The Naughty Nineties.

Resident Louise Phillips with the rest of the female cast members of “Hooray for Hollywood,” performing “I Can’t Say No” from Oklahoma!

The Evergreens Welcomes Back Concertmaster and Violinist David Kim from The Philadelphia Orchestra

March 22, 2017

The Evergreens recently welcomed back David Kim, Violinist and the Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, back to the community. Kim was accompanied by Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig for this special concert at the community. A reception was held in Great Hall prior to the morning event, featuring a breakfast spread prepared by The Evergreens Dining Services team.

“At The Evergreens, we strive to offer our residents the same arts and cultural experiences here at our community as they might find throughout the region,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “We are humbled and proud to welcome David back to our campus – he is a favorite among our residents, and we were thrilled that he was willing to share his musical prowess with us all.”

Check out a few photos from the event below:

Left to Right: David Kim, Concertmaster and Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness, The Evergreens; and Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist.

David Kim, Concertmaster and Violinist of The Philadelphia Orchestra (left) is accompanied by Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist while performing Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor, Opus 64.

Resident Lou Canuso (left) speaks to David Kim, Concertmaster and Violinist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, after the performance.

Concertmaster and Violinist David Kim of The Philadelphia Orchestra (center) with Resident and Board member Connie Madara (second from left) and her guests after the performance.

The Evergreens Welcomes the Moorestown Business Association and Mark Baida of BAYADA Home Healthcare

March 15, 2017

The Evergreens was honored to host members of the Moorestown Business Association for their monthly membership meeting and the kick off of their luncheon speaker series on Wednesday, March 15.

Mark Baiada of BAYADA Home Health Care kicked off the series, sharing his story of creating BAYADA Home Health Care with all attendees.

Check out a few photos from the event below:

MBA President Steven Pazienza kicks off the monthly membership meeting and introduces the new luncheon speaker series.

The Evergreens President and CEO Doug Halvorsen welcomes attendees of the MBA monthly membership meeting.

MBA President Steven Pazienza with The Evergreens Executive Chef Robert Rifkin.

Mark Baida of BAYADA Home Health Care.

Mark Baida of BAYADA Home Health Care speaking to the attendees of the MBA monthly membership meeting.

The Evergreens Hosts 1950’s Sock Hop Community Party

February 27, 2017

Residents, staff, board members and friends of The Evergreens recently dusted off their leather jackets and saddle shoes in preparation for a night of old fashion, 1950’s inspired fun as the community hosted their highly anticipated Sock Hop-themed Community Party to kick off the Spring season.

Held annually, the community party featured an array of delicious foods, music and lots of fun! Attendees danced the night away to the musical stylings of Joey D’s Doo Wop Band, sipped on classic root beer floats and enjoyed an array of classic American fare.

Check out some photos below from this year's event:

Nick Dickinson and Tom Colbert from the Dining Services department served up freshly made root beer floats.

Residents Ron and Eddie Flynn dance to the musical stylings of Joey D’s Doo Wop Band.

The Evergreens resident Barry Platt dressed up as Elvis for the party, pictured here with companions Lisa S. (left) and Deb Steinberg (right) of Bayada Home Health Care.

The Pink Ladies made an appearance at the Community Party – (from left)  Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens; May Horton, private companion/guest of The Evergreens; and Cathy Nakonetschny, Director of Social Services at The Evergreens.

The Evergreens Dedicates New Boston Grand Piano With Special Concert by Violinist Hirono Oka of The Philadelphia Orchestra

February 6, 2017

The Evergreens, a continuing care retirement community in Moorestown, recently unveiled a new addition to the community – a beautiful Steinway & Sons Boston grand piano.

To celebrate, the community hosted a concert featuring violinist Hirono Oka of The Philadelphia Orchestra, who was accompanied by Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig. A reception was held in Great Hall prior to the event, featuring a variety of desserts prepared by The Evergreens Executive Chef Bob Rifkin and the Dining Services team.

“We are excited to unveil our new Steinway & Sons Boston grand piano, and having Hirono and Jeff featured for this debut performance is only fitting,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “We strive to offer our residents the same arts and cultural experiences right here at our community as they might find throughout the region, and this new instrument will open the door for even more unique experiences for our residents.”

Here are few photos from the event:

Left to Right: Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist; Hirono Oka, Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra; and Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO, The Evergreens in front of The Evergreens new Steinway & Sons Boston grand piano.

Hirono Oka, Violinist for The Philadelphia Orchestra (standing) with Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig on The Evergreens new Steinway & Sons Boston grand piano.

Left to Right: Hirono Oka, Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist (sitting) and Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO, The Evergreens with The Evergreens new Steinway & Sons Boston grand piano.

The Evergreens Veterans Plaque Unveiling & Dedication

January 17, 2017

On Thursday, January 12, residents of The Evergreens gathered to unveil a new plaque on campus honoring resident veterans, past and present, who have served in the United States armed forces – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Merchant Marines and Coast Guard. The community celebrated the occasion with a formal gathering of residents and staff, as well as remarks from resident Richard “Dick” Meehan, who spearheaded the efforts to have the plaque made, and The Evergreens’ President and CEO, Doug Halvorsen.

“The real intention was to recognize the veterans that live and have lived here throughout the years,” explained Meehan. “In this day and age, I think it is important for people to know we have veterans right here at The Evergreens.”

Dick has been an avid supporter and advocate for the veteran population at The Evergreens. As a proud Korean War veteran, he has bonded with many current resident vets and has befriended many prospective new residents as a Resident Ambassador for the community.

In July 2008, Dick’s concern for the longevity of The Evergreens’ current resident veteran population led him to embark on a special project – Veterans Briefs – a published book which profiled 67 resident vets currently living at the community. Meehan led an effort to personally collect the stories of these vets, individually knocking on more than 300 doors in order to interview and document the background and experiences of these individuals. Since the original 67 resident veteran accounts were published, he has gone on to collect 105 stories.

“It dawned on me – I wonder how many of us are all here in the community,” said Meehan. “I never thought it would get this far. You would be surprised by how many of the relatives of these veterans would send me a message, saying ‘Thank you for doing this, we learned a lot about Dad/Mom and what he/she did in the service.’”

The Evergreens Veterans Plaque is placed prominently in the heart of the community – outside of LaMonte Hall, the community’s primary event and recreation space, close to the resident apartments.

“The sacrifice by members of the United States armed forces, both past and present, cannot be measured or properly recognized by mere words or a single action,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “We are blessed to have such a thriving veteran population here at The Evergreens. One small way we can continue to honor them is with this plaque, recognizing their service and remembering their bravery as they protected our nation.”

Here are a few photos from the event:

The Evergreens Celebrates the Holidays with 17th Annual Christmas Program

December 21, 2016

The Evergreens recently celebrated the 17th annual Christmas Program. The program included the Resident Chorus Concert & Sing-Along, and a holiday reenactment of “The Night Before Christmas!”

Members of the Resident Chorus spread holiday cheer to their fellow residents, staff, family and friends of the community who attended. This year’s concert featured a variety of traditional, upbeat holiday songs including “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells.”

The play, narrated by resident Jack Kolb, had the audience entertained and laughing. The skit also featured two special guests, Brady and Bryce Catanella who are the grandsons of residents Hugh and Pat Joyner and starred in the role of the children in the play. The festive night ended with a sing-along and a special visit from Santa Claus himself.

“Our annual holiday concert is a favorite for family, friends, staff and guests of the community,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “The event has become a tradition for our community – the holidays would just not be the same without a performance from our Resident Choir and our annual holiday play.”

Check out a few photos from the event:

Residents gathered in LaMonte Hall, fully decorated for the holidays, to enjoy a concert and sing-along from The Evergreens Resident Choir, as well as a reenactment of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Residents and members of The Evergreens Resident Choir Hugh and Pat Joyner (center) with their grandsons Brady and Bryce Catanella, who starred in The Evergreens production of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Clockwise from left - The Evergreens very own St. Nicholas, Resident Bill Reynolds; Resident Jack Kolb; Director of Recreation and Wellness Lauren Coleman; and Resident Stephanie Allen.

The Evergreens Welcomes Violinists Yayoi Numazawa and Hirono Oka from The Philadelphia Orchestra

November 10, 2016

The Evergreens recently welcomed two violinists from The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yayoi Numazawa and Hirono Oka, and Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig for a special concert at the community. A reception was held in Great Hall after the event, featuring a variety of desserts prepared by The Evergreens Executive Chef Bob Rifkin and the Dining Services team.

“We are honored to welcome Yayoi Numazawa and Hirono Oka to our community,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “We strive to offer our residents the same arts and cultural experiences right here at our community as they might find throughout the region. We were thrilled that both Yayoi and Hirono were able to perform for our residents – their talent is extraordinary, and the concert a truly unforgettable experience for our residents.”

Here are a few photos from the event:

Left to Right: Hirono Oka, Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO, The Evergreens; Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist (sitting); Yayoi Numazawa, Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Hirono Oka, Violinist for The Philadelphia Orchestra with Resident and Board member Connie Madara of The Evergreens.

Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig (left) with Resident Lou Canuso during the concert reception.

Left to Right: Hirono Oka, Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist (sitting); and Yayoi Numazawa, Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

A sampling of the delicious desserts provided by Executive Chef Bob Rifkin and the Dining Services team for the concert reception.

The Evergreens Hosts 5th Annual Pneumonia Open Resident Golf Tournament

October 17, 2016

The Evergreens recently hosted their 5th Annual Pneumonia Open, a resident golf tournament at the community. Five residents participated in this 9-hole final cup tournament on the community’s Putting Green – the culmination of a season’s worth of mini tournaments in order to determine an overall winner.

Congratulations to resident Dick Meehan, the 2016 season winner and three-time consecutive Pneumonia Open champion. Meehan tied with fellow resident Ron Flynn for the lowest score after 9-holes of play, but pulled out a victory in a nail-biting 3-hole, tie-breaking match.

As this year’s champion, Meehan won a gift card to Golf Galaxy. His name will once again also be etched onto a commemorative trophy which will be displayed in a common area at The Evergreens.

Here are a few photos from the tournament:

2016 Pneumonia Open staff and participants (from left to right): Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens; Resident Mary Ann Porter; Resident Hank Rossell; Resident Glenna Stewart; Resident Ron Flynn; Pete Caldiero of Bayada Home Health Care; and Resident Dick Meehan.

The Evergreens resident Dick Meehan, winner of the 5th Annual Pneumonia Open, stands with President and CEO Doug Halvorsen on the putting green at The Evergreens.

The Evergreens Welcomes Concertmaster David Kim from The Philadelphia Orchestra

August 17, 2016

The Evergreens, a continuing care retirement community in Moorestown, recently welcomed the Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim, and Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig for a special concert at the community. A reception was held in Great Hall after the event, featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres  prepared by The Evergreens Executive Chef Bob Rifkin and the Dining Services team.

“On behalf of The Evergreens community, we are honored to welcome David Kim back to our community,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “We strive to offer our residents the same arts and cultural experiences right here at our community as they might find throughout the region. David is a favorite among our residents, and we were thrilled that he was willing to share his talent and skill with us all.”

Pictured here (from left to right) is Resident Elli Ramsay, Resident Lou Canuso; David Kim, Concertmaster, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Resident Roe Howell; Resident and Board member Connie Madara; Jeffrey Uhlig, Pianist; and Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO, The Evergreens.

The Evergreens Acting Studio Presents 2nd Production “Broadway Memories – A Musical Revue”

July 21, 2016

The Evergreens Acting Studio, featuring 13 residents from the community, recently presented their second production entitled "Broadway Memories - A Musical Revue." The production featured a variety of favorite musical hits from the 20th century, including songs from Carousel, South Pacific and My Fair Lady, among others.

The Evergreens Acting Studio is a class offered at the community by Philly Senior Stage. Since the class debuted last spring, it has attracted an enthusiastic group of dedicated residents from within the community. Over the past few months, resident participants have demonstrated various acting techniques and reviewed different types of productions under the direction of Robb Hutter, Artistic Director of Philly Senior Stage.

“The Evergreens Acting Studio is just another fine example of the diverse, culturally enriching programming we offer our residents here at The Evergreens,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens. “Our partnership with Philly Senior Stage has proven to be a successful one – our residents continue to receive top-notch instruction, while also having the opportunity to showcase their talents to the entire community. We are proud of all they have accomplished since the class’s inception last spring.”

Check out some photos from the production: 

All 13 “cast members” of The Evergreens Acting Studio – Front Row (left to right): Residents Valerie Schwing, Paul Levesque, Louise Phillips, Barbara Farrell, Virginia Passanante, Marie Modic (far right, white jacket); Second Row (left to right): Residents Winnie Holden, Jan Scheckter, Marjorie Minarcik and Alice Gooch (yellow jacket); Third Row (left to right): Robb Hutter, Artistic Director, Philly Senior Stage; Residents Steve Smith, Patricia Rogers and Bill Mulqueen.

Resident Patti Rogers performs a hit from the musical Hello, Dolly!

Residents Paul Levesque and Valerie Schwing portrayed the roles of Tony and Maria, performing a hit from the acclaimed musical West Side Story.

The entire Acting Studio class on stage during their performance. 

The Evergreens Director of Social Services Cathy Nakonetschny's Article Published in Social Work Today Magazine!

July 11, 2016

Congratulations to our Director of Social Services Cathy Nakonetschny, MSW, LSW - her article "Cultivating a Sense of Purpose in People with Dementia" was featured as a Web Exclusive on Social Work Today magazine's website!

Click through the link to read the article in full - http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/exc_0716.shtml

Burlington County Times: VIDEO - Chef Jet Tila holds demonstration in Moorestown

July 6, 2016

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila recently visited our community and provided residents/guests with a special cooking demonstration. Reporter Sally Friedman for Burlington County Times was onsite at the event and wrote a wonderful article about Chef Jet's visit to our community.

Click through the link to view a video from the event - VIDEO: Chef Jet Visits The Evergreens

NOTE: Be sure to read Sally Friedman's article in full - there is a link to article is on the Video's webpage when you click through, but subscription to the publication is required to view article in full.

The Evergreens Recognizes Staff as Members of the 2016 High School and College Graduating Class

June 20, 2016

The Evergreens recently recognized nine staff members for their great achievement in graduating from high school or college in 2016. Resident Roger Graham, president of The Evergreens’ Resident Council, presented each graduate with a certificate of recognition, as fellow staff members, volunteers, residents, family members and friends gathered to show their appreciation for each graduate’s contributions to the community.

“On behalf of The Evergreens community, we are honored to recognize these fine ladies and gentlemen on this impressive scholastic achievement,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “We are very proud of them and all of their hard work, and would like to wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.”

Graduates attended the following colleges and high schools: Delran High School, Maple Shade High School, Pennsauken High School, Rowan College at Burlington County, Rowan University and Walnut Hill College.

Here is a photo of the 2016 graduating members of The Evergreens staff:

From left: Steve Szymczak, Rowan College at Burlington County; Holly Moxhay, Rowan University; Suraja Brkic, Delran High School; Bryanna Sotelo, Maple Shade High School; Genesis Cerezo, Pennsauken High School; Steven Sienkiewicz, Walnut Hill College; Nick Dickinson, Rowan College at Burlington County; and Meghan Schiereck, Delran High School.

Not pictured: Farouk Soliman, Delran High School

 

Event Spotlight: 2016 Earth Day Fair

June 8, 2016

The Evergreens continued to show their community how “green living” can transcend generations by recently hosting a fun and festive eco-conscious fair. The event was free and open to the public. Sponsors included Dietz & Watson, Holman Automotive, T-N-T Property Services, John Berger Flooring, Accommodation Mollen, Inc. and OnSite Drapery. 

A variety of surprise live characters in Earth Day costumes were onsite for photos throughout the event. Additional special guests included: the Phillie Phanatic, Tookie Toucan (the new recycling mascot for Cape May County), the New York City Butterfly Company, Cedar Run Wildlife, 1895 Organic Farm, Cats Meow in Lumberton with a variety of antique bicycles and DJ Paul Cole.

There were also a ton of giveaways for all who attend, made possible through kind donations from generous event sponsors and participating vendors.  Additionally, attendees entered drawings at the raffle table for a variety of prizes.

Here are a few photos from the event:

One of The Evergreens live Earth Day-themed costumed characters, staff member Matt Fox (left) with resident Dr. Pouran Zekavat.

Members of The Evergreens Facilities Department pause for a photo with Tookie Toucan, the new recycling mascot for Cape May County, from left: Mary Gibbs, Jun Villarante, Tony Kanapi and Glenn Hubing.

Toryn Brant, the daughter of Lauren Coleman who is the Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens, feeds a Monarch butterfly inside of the New York City Butterfly Company’s special display.

Resident Dr. James Dow shares a laugh with 2016 Earth Day Fair special guest, the Phillie Phanatic.

Members of The Evergreens Dining Services Department attend the 2016 Earth Day Fair and enjoyed great takeaway items from the fair’s vendors and sponsors.

The 2016 Earth Day Fair organizer Alice Moseley, Director of Facilities at The Evergreens, with special guest the Phillie Phanatic.

Residents Graham & Lucille Neary of The Evergreens smile for a photo during the fair.

The Evergreens President and CEO Doug Halvorsen with Resident Ruth Eni, also known as “Mama Dietz” of Dietz &Watson, which was one of the 2016 Earth Day Fair sponsors.

Representatives from Holman Automotive man a table at The Evergreens 2016 Earth Day Fair. Holman Automotive was one of 2016 Earth Day sponsors.

The Phillie Phanatic (far left) and Tookie Toucan (fourth from right), the new recycling mascot for Cape May County, joined The Evergreens team of live Earth Day-themed costumed characters: (from left) staff members Debbie Williams, Millie Hernandez, Matt Fox, Mary Gibbs, Cynthia Cosby and Ruth Rivera.

 

JOIN US: Health Care Center Open House - Thursday, 6/16 from 4-6 p.m.

June 1, 2016

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila to Visit The Evergreens on Thursday, May 19

May 16, 2016

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila will be visiting The Evergreens, a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community in Moorestown, NJ, on Thursday, May 19. Chef Jet has quickly carved out his own unique niche as a culinary storyteller, and thanks to his diverse background and education, he is universally comfortable in multiple roles as a nationally celebrated chef, consultant, teacher and student in the art of food. He has appeared on a variety of national TV shows, including Iron Chef America, and has served as a judge on Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped. Chef Jet creates innovative and delicious food, and enjoys sharing his stories, cooking tips and gourmet creations with fans around the nation as part of Flik Lifestyles’ Celebrity Chef Series.

For more information and to RSVP, kindly visit our "Events" page via this direct link: www.evergreens.org/senior-care-cherry-hill-nj

Burlington County Times: A Retiree's Best Friend - Mount Laurel Man Promotes Meaningful Lives for Seniors

May 12, 2016

Nancy Rokos/Photojournalist

Douglas Halvorsen stands outside The Evergreens on Bridgeboro Road in Moorestown. Halvorsen is also an Episcopal priest.


A Retiree's Best Friend

Mount Laurel Man Promotes Meaningful Lives for Seniors 

By: Sally Friedman, Correspondent

*Shared/Re-Printed with permission by the Burlington County Times

Publication date: May 10, 2016

The Rev. Douglas Halvorsen has crammed several lifetimes into one. And his vigor and spirit have not deserted him in the process.

Halvorsen, who is most comfortable being simply called Doug, grew up in a family of ministers — his father was a Methodist minister and his grandmother was one of the earliest women to be ordained a Methodist minister.

But Halvorsen himself chose ordination as an Episcopal priest because he felt most comfortable in that faith.

Change, he believes, can be exhilarating. So another career path later led him to work as a marriage and family therapist/clinical social worker, now inactive. Another career was waiting in the wings.

He is currently president and CEO of The Evergreens in Moorestown, a position that seems to engage all his talents.


Nancy Rokos/Photojournalist

Going over a list of upcoming events for the residents at The Evergreens are (from left) Douglas Halvorsen; Sophia Stephen, Interim Director of Recreation and Wellness; and Amanda Bulotovich, Sales Consultant.


Initially, he was on the board of The Evergreens, a continuing care retirement community.

"When the former CEO retired, I was honored to take on the job," the Mount Laurel resident said.

"I love what I do," said the executive, whose day begins before dawn — and at the gym.

"I do my best to stay healthy and fit," said Halvorsen, who arrives for his gym workout at 6 a.m. and often has days that melt into nights.


Nancy Rokos/Photojournalist

Douglas Halvorsen chats with resident Claire Volin as she heads back to her apartment.


Over his years at The Evergreens, Halvorsen, who also is a life member of the Naval War College Foundation and of the Global Independence Center, among many other organizations, has keen insights into the country's aging population.

Among his observations:

  • Change can be unsettling, and that includes a move to a continuing care facility. But it can also be exhilarating and invigorating.
  • The most common lament of the potential move candidate is about "stuff." "Everybody seems to have too much these days, and yes, it can take skillful planning to downsize."
  • The best time to think of a move from totally independent living is probably in one's 60s.

At 66, Halvorsen recognizes that a long life can be enriching and joyful, especially when one is surrounded by friends. Outside connections and social contacts are now being recognized as vital to an emotionally healthy older age, just as physical activity is essential to healthy aging.


Nancy Rokos/Photojournalist

Douglas Halvorsenn (center), CEO of The Evergreens, stops at the cafe inside The Evergreens in Moorestown to chat with residents Steve Smith (left) and Bill Reynolds.


Not everyone chooses to be part of a group, but the opportunities should also be available for personal enrichment. From taking classes to attending cultural events to simply socializing at some meals, Halvorsen can attest to the fact that connection can be a key to aging with zest.

But what about all that "stuff"? The Evergreens, like some other senior communities, has experts who can actually preplan moves, including sketching out floor plans, helping the bewildered decide what to keep, save, hand down to adult children if they'll have it, and reconfigure the new space. The service is often free to the new resident.

"We always advise people not to be too invested in objects, and not to let them weigh down one's older years," he said.


Nancy Rokos/Photojournalist

Douglas Halvorsen walks through the formal dining rooms at The Evergreens in Moorestown.


A father of two adult daughters, Halvorsen, who spends part of each day just making himself available to residents, has interests as wide-ranging as his degrees. They come from Asbury University in Kentucky, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and the Princeton Theological Seminary, along with certification in aging services from the University of North Texas in Denton.

He and his wife, Cheryl, met in college, where she was an elementary education major. She later taught the children of many famous Princeton professors at the celebrated Crossroads Nursery School.

As a two-career couple, they do manage to escape many weekends for R&R at their shore home in Diamond Beach in Cape May County.

"When you do the kind of work I do, you soon recognize that life is a gift, that time is to be cherished, and that older age can be a satisfying and fulfilling time of life," he said.

Thomas J. Burke Joins The Evergreens as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance

April 25, 2016

Thomas J. Burke of Moorestown has joined The Evergreens community as its new Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. Burke assumed the position from Gerald Magid, who has retired after serving as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance of The Evergreens for eight years. In his new role, Burke is responsible for all financial reporting and financing activities of the organization.

Burke brings more than 25 years of financial management experience in nonprofit healthcare and human services, commercial real estate, mortgage banking, investment banking and public accounting to the position. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Bancroft in Haddonfield, New Jersey, where he was responsible for all accounting, financing, facilities and insurance-related activities. Prior to that, Burke served as Chief Financial Officer of Trefoil Properties, LP in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Chapel Mortgage Corporation in Rancocas, New Jersey, Vice President of Investment Banking at Berwind Financial Group in Philadelphia, Vice President of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York City and Senior Auditor of PwC in Philadelphia.

Among his professional designations and awards, Burke is a licensed certified public accountant in Pennsylvania, a licensed mortgage banker in New Jersey, a licensed securities representative (NASD) and a licensed insurance producer (life, accident and health lines) in New Jersey. Most recently, Burke was recognized as one of the “Top 10” CFOs for 2015 by South Jersey Biz Magazine.

Burke earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King’s College, graduating magna cum laude, and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He and his family currently reside in Moorestown, New Jersey.

“While we are sad to see Gerry go, we could not be more thrilled to welcome Tom to our community,” said Douglas C. Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens.  “Tom has a proven record of successfully initiating and executing complex, high-level, growth-oriented strategic financial plans for nonprofits and for-profit entities. His enthusiasm, comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the field will surely benefit our community as it continues to flourish and grow.”

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Earth Day Fair Set for Thursday, May 5 - 12 to 2 p.m.

April 6, 2016

The Evergreens is proud to announce that their 2016 Earth Day Fair will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 12 to 2 p.m. See flier for more details, and keep checking back here for detailed vendor/sponsor information in the coming weeks!

The Evergreens Hosts 2016 Roaring Twenties Community Party

March 15, 2016

Residents, staff, board members and friends of The Evergreens in Moorestown recently dusted off their flapper costumes and prepared for a roaring night of fun as the community hosted their highly anticipated Roaring Twenties-themed Community Party to kick off the Spring season.

Held annually, the community party featured an array of delicious foods, music and lots of fun! Attendees danced the night away to the musical stylings of The Michelle Wiley Jazz Trio and tried their luck at various casino and card games.

Residents Roger Graham, Polly Graham, George Boehmler, Virginia Sheppard and Florence Chatas.

Residents Claire Volin, Glenna Young, Glenna Stewart and Giovanna Wendehorst.

Cynthia Cosby of The Evergreens Dining Services Department and Resident George Boehmler show off their fashionable Roaring Twenties attire.

Staff members Nick Batastini, Security; Milton Arbona, Director of Human Resources; Glenn Hubing, Environmental; and Ken Shellem, Security.

Residents Ron and Eddie Flynn of The Evergreens.

Residents Val Schwing and Paul Levesque of The Evergreens dance to the music of The Michelle Wiley Jazz Trio.

 

 

Carol Erikson Visits The Evergreens, Speaks About Her Life and Broadcasting Career

January 29, 2016

The Evergreens recently welcomed Emmy award-winning television personality and journalist Carol Erikson to the community for a special lecture entitled “Connect with Carol Erikson.” Erikson is a respected meteorologist, broadcaster and former CBS 3 reporter, as well as a published author and devoted animal welfare activist. At the event, she spoke to prospective residents of The Evergreens about her life, career and how she became the journalist she is today.

Erikson has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards for weather anchoring, writing and spot news reporting. She expanded her media career when she published “Not a Used Dog, At All,” a children’s book encouraging adoption of shelter dogs. She began her career in broadcasting at Tucson, Arizona’s KOLD-TV as a meteorologist and reporter and WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas where she served as a news reporter, meteorologist and talk show host before joining CBS 3 in Philadelphia. After leaving CBS 3 earlier this year, Erikson now serves as an anchor and reporter for Calkins Media as a part of the company’s video team covering a variety of projects.

“We were thrilled to have Carol on campus to learn more about her road to success in the broadcasting industry,” said Doug Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “Her life story is fascinating, and she captivated the audience with her entertaining anecdotes. We thank her for taking time out of her busy schedule to speak to our guests, and she is welcomed back to our community any time.”

Pictured here from left to right are Carol Erikson, anchor/reporter for Calkins Media and former CBS 3 meteorologist/beat reporter; Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO The Evergreens; and Liz Thomas, CEO at Thomas/Boyd Communications.

Below, Carol Erikson is pictured speaking to an audience of prospective residents in LaMonte Hall at The Evergreens.

The Evergreens Celebrates the Holidays with 16th Annual Christmas Program

December 20, 2015

The Evergreens recently held their 16th annual Christmas Program. The program included the Resident Chorus Concert & Sing-Along, and a holiday play, “Merry Christmas, Crawfords!”

Residents, staff, family and friends of the community came out to enjoy both performances. This year’s concert featured a variety of traditional fun holiday songs including sing-alongs such as “Joy to the World” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The skit, narrated by resident Patti Rogers, had the audience captivated and laughing along with the cast as they watched their fellow residents and friends on stage.

“This annual event is a time-honored tradition at The Evergreens,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “Each year, the community looks forward to the resident choir’s performance and the holiday play. It’s a favorite event for family, friends, staff and guests of the community.”

Here are a few photos from the event:

The Resident Choir performs its opening sing-along number, “Adeste Fideles.”

Residents Connie Madara and Jack Kolb in character as Alice and John Crawford.

Family, friends and residents filled LaMonte Hall for the Annual Christmas Program.

The Evergreens Hosts Etruscan & Early Roman Art Lecture Featuring Rowan College of Burlington County’s Janye Yantz

December 16, 2015

The Evergreens recently hosted the Dorothy Zaun Collins Art Series lecture. This year’s presentation, led by Jayne Yantz, Art Program Coordinator at Rowan College of Burlington County, focused on the art of the Etruscans and Early Romans.

The Dorothy Zaun Collins Art Series is held in honor of The Evergreens late resident, Dorothy Zaun Collins. An art enthusiast, Collins initiated and served as Chairperson of the Great Artist Series at The Evergreens – a popular lecture and discussion group that met monthly to present programs on the works of a wide range of artists. Thanks to the generosity of her husband Bill, daughters Nancy Martin and Audrey Bladt and her grandchildren who have endowed this series for members of The Evergreens community, the memory of Dorothy Zaun Collins lives on.

“It was great to have Jayne visit our campus for this special art lecture,” said Doug Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “This series is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dorothy Zaun Collins. Both the presentation by Janye Yantz and the delicious desserts prepared by our dining services made the night one to remember.”

Below are some photos from the event:

From left to right, Jayne Yantz, Art Program Coordinator at Rowan College of Burlington County and Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens.

Residents from The Evergreens, pictured from left to right: Mary Huber, Barry Platt, Patti Rogers, Steve Smith and Marianne Ramsay.

 

The Evergreens President and CEO Speaks at Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey’s Leadership Forum

December 8, 2015

Recently, The Evergreens President and CEO Doug Halvorsen was a featured speaker at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey Leadership Forum titled "Lessons in Leadership."

Here are a few photos from the forum:

Doug Halvorsen at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey's Leadership Forum.

From left: Dr. Orsula Knowlton, Doug Halvorsen, Connie Madara and Dr. Calvin Knowlton. Cal is a member of The Evergreens Board of Trustees, and Connie is a resident of The Evergreens.

 

From left: Nicole Albrecht, Director of Administrative Services & Corporate Compliance Officer; Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO; and Thomas Burke.

Here are Doug’s remarks from the forum:

“I am going to make an argument today that is simple, elegant, intuitive, and therefore possibly too obvious to be worthy of your time! Leadership is inseparable from the person of the leader. (A tangent for another day is the relationship between leader and brand. See CEO Capital by Leslie Gaines-Ross.) Leadership is never anonymous; it is always deeply personal; it is forged in the crucible of interpersonal relationships and shared history. Further, leadership is fundamentally story creation, story living, and storytelling.

The tale is told of Sir Winston Churchill at a posh cocktail party. After several hours and no small quantity of liquor, a very proper English society matron accosted the Prime Minister hissing: "Sir Winston, you are drunk!" Without a moment’s hesitation, Sir Winston retorted: "Yes Madam, and you are ugly, but I shall be sober on the morrow."

Sir Winston was convinced that though inebriation was temporary, character was permanent. General Norman Swartzkophf once observed, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without strategy.” My first point is that the core of leadership is character, it is integrity, it is ruthless self-examination. Leaders are not born; they do not arise ex nehilo; they evolve, mature, grow, and through that continuous evolution, maturation, growth, and self examination, they are damaged and show the wounds of battle—damaged and wounded but continuously refined and recommitted to fulfilling, renewing, enlivening their vision.

August 1970, I was about to graduate from college, get married, move from KY to NJ, start a new job, and finish my tenure as a midnight-to-8:00 AM “Cottage Parent” in a maximum security juvenile correction facility—a so-called “reform school.” During my last night on the job, I took a local news photographer through out the facility, using my keys and security clearance to gain access. I intended to do a newspaper expose’ on the deplorable, appalling conditions there rampant and to document those conditions with photos. The resulting negatives and proofs moved with me to NJ.

Several weeks later, I got a phone call from the facility Superintendent. In a bad movie, chilling caricature of a Southern drawl, the Superintendent saccharinely greeted me and then noted his feigned disbelief of the rumor he had heard regarding some late night unauthorized tour. He further noted that on his desk was my last pay check and pension payout. His bald demand was that I could have my check if he got the negatives. My wife and I were married all of two weeks, setting up house, and broke. I took the deal and sold-out. With that money, we purchased a vacuum cleaner; a vacuum cleaner with all the bells and whistles, but a full featured vacuum cleaner, nothing more. Leaders do not sell-out for vacuum cleaners, and if they do, they never ever do it again--that sell-out sears their souls and motivates them for the rest of their lives, damaged but recommitted. Integrity counts!

My second point is that leaders’ legitimacy, first built on integrity and character, is then confirmed and elaborated by their vision. Leaders see clearly what others only glimpse dimly. Inextricably bound to seeing their vision is powerfully and convincingly sharing that vision. That sharing must unfailingly be generative and never acquisitive. Leaders must know their own value and in knowing that, recognize that ultimately they are expendable; they are essential and expendable, but the vision is fulfilled and realized by being shared, by being infused into every fiber of the organization’s fabric. General Colin Powell noted, “Great leaders are great simplifiers.” If the vision does not create enthusiasm and passionate living-out by members, if it is not understood and embraced by every member, it becomes as expendable as the leader.

Early in the 20th century, the family owners of a small department store in Ohio fired a young whippersnapper employee for being too unconventional in his vision of retail. You probably have never heard of the Sims family who owned the store (by the way, my extended family), but you may have heard of the fired employee, Sebastian Spering Kresge, founder of the S.S. Kresge Co. five-and-dime chain stores, and later K-mart enterprises. Kresge had a vision, he would not be distracted from it, he never lost sight of it, he shared it, grew it, and it continued to prosper long after he was gone. My extended family’s store is now a parking lot.

My third point is that leaders are, as Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte observed, “confident dealers in hope.” Leaders inspire through living contagious passion, not through exercising raw power. This kind of leadership is evocative and but never prescriptive; it encourages and challenges but never stifles innovation or forces homogenization. In acknowledging and celebrating their essential dependence upon others to actually creatively implement their vision, leaders enable those others to have the confidence and passion and commitment themselves to pursue, expand, and fulfill that vision.

A decade or so ago, I was driving to a family wedding in the Midwest just as a hurricane hit the East Coast. Staying in close communication with Evergreens’ colleagues through out the trip, I was well informed as to the power outages, travel conditions, flooding, and related challenges. Some two hundred miles out on the PA Turnpike, with some agitation, I stated to my wife, semi-asleep in the passenger seat, that I thought we should turn around and I should return to campus. Her response was succinct: “Do you hire well?” she asked. “Yes, of course, we hire the best,” I responded. “Then stay the hell out of their way,” she advised. Spot on advice. A leader taken by the necessity of staying in control is not a leader but a dictator, and justifiable mutiny is inevitable. The classic Sanskrit proverb puts it well: “Two parts there are to shooting the bow; first the drawing back, and then the letting go.”

Character and integrity, passionately shared vision, and confidence educing hope, these three essential qualities form the stuff, the bones of a leader’s story. And this is the story they must create, the story they must live, and the story they must tell. It becomes the legacy of stories that others embody and carry on to new and unimagined ventures and achievements.

At the height of the Vietnam war, I was “involuntarily separated” from my undergraduate school on disciplinary grounds. My maternal grandmother (who had previously been Dean of Women at that same school) responded some time after notice of that “separation” with the simple act of sending me a copy of a poem; the poem?                

Kipling’s IF.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
f all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son.

That poem my friends, finally, is the short and sweet, concise and precise summation of the leader, without regard for gender. Thank you!”

 

The Evergreens Hosts Annual Board of Trustees Lecture Featuring Calvin H. Knowlton, BScPharm, MDiv, PhD

November 30, 2015

The Evergreens in Moorestown recently held its annual Board of Trustees Lecture at its campus on Bridgeboro Road. This unique event is designed to bring board members, residents, staff and friends of the community together to strengthen the bonds within the community and also show appreciation for these key stakeholders.

This year’s program was co-sponsored by Eventus Strategic Partners and Bluespire® Marketing. After a welcoming reception, guests enjoyed a presentation by current member of the board and Moorestown resident Calvin H. Knowlton, BScPharm, MDiv, PhD, entitled “Mitigating Medication Risk: What You Ought To Know.”

Dr. Knowlton is the Founder and CEO of CareKinesis, the first national PACE Medication Risk Mitigation company. CareKinesis is the ninth company he has founded, and excelleRx/Hospice Pharmacia was his most recent company prior to CareKinesis. He has won numerous awards for his leadership in pharmacy, business, and philanthropy throughout his 30+ years in the industry, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2003) and the Walter M. Aikman Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2004), and was selected as the Most Influential U.S. Pharmacist in 1997. He has been elected and served as the national president for the American College of Apothecaries, president of the American Pharmacists Association and president of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. He serves on the Board of St. Christopher Hospital for Children, Coriell Institute for Medical Research and Coriell Life Sciences, Inc., and is Chair of the Board of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Knowlton received his pharmacy degree from Temple University, his Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and his PhD in pharmacoeconomics from the University of Maryland. He has authored and co-authored books, book chapters and articles focused on the role and responsibility of pharmacists in the outcomes of patient-centered medication care.

Pictured, fom left - Douglas C. Halvorsen President & CEO, The Evergreens; Gerald S. Lord, Chairman, The Evergreens Board of Trustees; Calvin H. Knowlton, BScPharm, MDiv, PhD, Founder and CEO, CareKinesis.

Matt and Kristen Bekelja, Jay Hibbard and Douglas C. Halvorsen, President & CEO of The Evergreens. Matt Bekelja and Jay Hibbard represent Bluespire® Marketing, who were co-sponsors of this year’s Board Lecture Series event.

Board Lecture presenter Calvin H. Knowlton, BScPharm, MDiv, PhD, Founder and CEO, CareKinesis with Suzanne Coffee of Moorestown and Connie Madara, resident of The Evergreens.

Here, Douglas C. Halvorsen, President & CEO of The Evergreens with representatives from Eventus Strategic Partners: (from left) Alan and Susie Wells, Jim Price and Daniel Collins. Eventus was a co-sponsor of this year’s Board Lecture Series event.

Residents and guests of The Evergreens with Douglas C. Halvorsen, President & CEO of The Evergreens (second from left) – from left: James and Louise Dow, Lou Canuso, Marianne and Dick Meehan (resident and Board member), Kitty Levitsky and Patti Rogers.

Pictured here, from left - David Fowles, KDA Architects; Anne and Daniel Boychuck, Benefit Concepts; and Cheri Halvorsen.

Moorestown residents Kathie Stone, Susquehanna Bank, and Susan Coleman.

Pictured here, from left - Marianne Meehan, resident, The Evergreens; Douglas C. Halvorsen President & CEO, The Evergreens; Toni Lord; Gerald S. Lord, Chairman, The Evergreens Board of Trustees; and Dick Meehan, resident and member of the Board of Trustees, The Evergreens.

From left, Rick Ricciardi, Marathon Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.; James Kehoe, Tonio Burgos and Associates, Inc.; Richard F. Roy, Jr., Comegno Law Group; and Douglas C. Halvorsen President & CEO, The Evergreens.

 

The Evergreens Hosts Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon

November 25, 2015

The Evergreens recently hosted their annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon recognizing their employees’ hard work and dedication to the residents of the community.

The theme for this year’s celebration was medieval times. All employees of The Evergreens were treated to a delicious medieval-themed lunch spread from the Dining Services team, free massages and flu shots. Employees were also invited to participate in a raffle for an array of prizes, including four box seat tickets to a Philadelphia Flyers game and more.

“Our employees go above and beyond for our residents each day to ensure they receive the highest quality of care and service,” said Doug Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “They are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met, and we are so lucky to have such a talented, dedicated team as part of our community.”

Pictured here are Veronica Hess, LPN at The Evergreens and Milton Arbona, Director of Human Resources at The Evergreens.

 

Below, from left to right are Chef Bob Rifkin, Executive Chef at The Evergreens; Milton Arbona, Director of Human Resources at The Evergreens; and Bernadette Butler, Director of Dining Services at The Evergreens.

 

Pictured below, from left to right are Nadine Strickland, Dining Service Manager at The Evergreens; Brittany Bernard, Dining Services Host; and Brittany Cameron, Dining Service Coordinator at The Evergreens.

 

Here, from left to right are Brittany Bernard, Dining Services Host; Milton Arbona, Director of Human Resources at The Evergreens; Nadine Strickland, Dining Service Manager at The Evergreens; and Brittany Cameron, Dining Service Coordinator at The Evergreens.

 

The Evergreens Honey Is The Bees Knees

November 16, 2015

The Evergreens harvested the honey from their Resident Garden beehives. The harvest, overseen by the Resident Gardening Committee, was performed by Eloise Naylor, beekeeper at the PHS Meadowbrook Farm in Pennsylvania. The honey is currently available for purchase by residents and visitors of the community in the Atrium Café.

Our beehives have been producing honey at community since May of 2013. The most recent harvest yielded 65 jars of honey. The honey was cultivated at an offsite facility earlier this year, before returning to the community be bottled in The Evergreens’ kitchen.

“We’re so glad to be able to have such a unique feature in our Resident Gardens,” said Bernadette Butler, Director of Dining Services at The Evergreens. “Having the beehive on campus at The Evergreens gives all of our residents a chance to be a part of the harvest each year. As an added bonus, it is amazing that we can offer the honey that residents have bottled themselves in the Atrium Café for purchase!”

Here are a few photos from the harvesting:

Robert Rifkin, Executive Chef at The Evergreens assists residents George Boehmler and a member of the South Jersey Beekeeping Society with bottling of the honey produced from the Resident Garden beehives.

 

Jars of honey harvested from The Evergreens Resident Garden beehives are ready to be sold in the community’s Atrium Café.

 
 

 

 

Ever Reaching For Greatness at The Evergreens

November 9, 2015

The Evergreens, a continuing care retirement community in Moorestown, is excited to announce that the community’s Flik Lifestyles dining services team has been selected asRegional Account of the Year by members of the Flik Lifestyles Executive Committee.

The Evergreens dining services team, led by Bernadette Butler, Director of Dining Services Bernadette Butler and Executive Chef Robert Rifkin, charged through the past year with a great sense of focus and determination, striving to enrich the lives of senior every day. 

Being selected as Regional Account of the Year is a significant accomplishment within the Compass Group North America organization, Flik Lifestyles parent company. Hundreds of dining services teams from across the country strive for greatness throughout the year in several operational areas, including but not limited to: Client Retention; Safety; Community Outreach; Overall Financial Performance; Diversity and Inclusion; and Year Long Dining Celebrations. However, only the greatest performers are chosen to represent their sector asAccount of the Year.

Here, from left to right are Nicole Albrecht, Director of Administrative Services & Corporate Compliance Officer, The Evergreens; Executive Chef Robert Rifkin, The Evergreens, Michael Tisosky, Regional Director of Operations, Flik Lifestyles; Fred Weiss, Regional Vice President, Flik Lifestyles; and Bernadette Butler, Director of Dining Services, The Evergreens.

 

Members of The Evergreens Dining Services team gather to celebrate their award recognition as Flik Lifestyles’ Regional Account of the Year.

 

Residents and members of The Evergreens Dining Services team gather with representatives from Flik Lifestyles celebrate the community’s award recognition as Flik Lifestyles’ Regional Account of the Year.

 

The Evergreens Celebrates 96th Anniversary

November 3, 2015

The Evergreens, a continuing care retirement community in Moorestown, recently celebrated the 96th Anniversary of their community. The celebration began with a resident social in the Great Hall, featuring select Woodbridge wines, and continued with a special dinner for residents courtesy of The Evergreens Dining Services team.

“The Evergreens is excited to celebrate 96 years as a community this year,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “While reflecting on our community’s history, it is important to recognize all those who have made The Evergreens what it is today. We remain a vibrant, growing community – and I look forward to the years, and many more anniversary celebrations, to come.”

Pictured here are residents Barbara White (left) and Eileen Bader of The Evergreens.

 

Pictured below are resident Bill Mulqueen with President and CEO Doug Halvorsen of The Evergreens.

 

The Evergreens Celebrates Halloween

November 2, 2015

The Evergreens hosted a Halloween Celebration on Friday, October 30. During this special day, all children were invited to join their parents and caregivers at our community and participate in a Halloween parade with staff and residents.

“We were thrilled to have the children of our employees visit our campus,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens. “Each year, residents and staff gather to see all of the new, creative costumes during the parade and celebration. It is the perfect way kick off the holiday.”

Here, some of our residents pause for a quick photo before the start of the parade.

Toryn Coleman, the daughter of Lauren Coleman who is the Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens, starts off the parade dressed as Snow White.

Staff of The Evergreens, fully dressed in their finest Halloween costumes, gather for the start of the parade in the Great Hall. 

 

 

 

The Evergreens Corridor Renovation Wins Construction Award

October 30, 2015

The Evergreens community’s recent renovation of Independent Living Unit Corridors 1 & 3 received an Award of Merit in the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey’s Excellence in Construction 2015 Awardscompetition.

The presenting firm is a regional outlet of the national construction industry trade association, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) – a firm dedicated to raising the standards of quantity and quality of work in the construction industry. Winning projects are selected by achieving exceptional levels of problem solving, innovation and teamwork.

This is the fifth time that The Evergreen’s has been recognized by ABC with Wohlsen Construction Company serving as the construction manager. Architectural firm Kanalstein Danton Associates, P.A. designed the award-winning renovation. Wohlsen Construction Company, celebrating its 125th anniversary, is a Green Plus Certified company, and one of the leading merit shop construction firms in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

 

The Evergreens Honors Delores Epperson, CNA for 45 Years of Service to the Community

October 29, 2015

The Evergreens recently honored Delores Epperson, CNA of Hainesport for 45 years of service to the community. Family, friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate Delores’ milestone anniversary and service to the Health Services department.

“Delores is a role model for all of our staff,” said Dakia McMillian, vice president of Health Services at The Evergreens. “She exemplifies what it means to be committed to the healthcare field, and takes pride in any task that she is asked to do. It goes without saying, ‘they just don’t make them like her anymore’. We are all honored to work with such an outstanding individual.”

Delores began her career at The Evergreens on September 22, 1970 in the Bishop Banyard Nursing Center, and is known for reminding her colleagues of how the community has evolved and grown throughout the years. She is recognized throughout the community for her hard work, and frequently receives compliments on her exceptional care from residents and staff members alike.

Pictured in front is Delores Epperson, with members of her family and Doug Halverson, president and CEO of The Evergreens (back row, center).

 

Pictured here from left to right are Dakia McMillian, vice president of Health Services at The Evergreens, Delores Epperson, CNA at The Evergreens, and Dr. Elisabeth Siegert, medical director at The Evergreens.

 


 

The Evergreens Hosts 4th Annual Pneumonia Open Resident Golf Tournament

October 20, 2015

The Evergreens recently hosted their 4th Annual Pneumonia Open, a resident golf tournament at the community. Seven residents participated in this 9-hole final cup tournament – the culmination of a season’s worth of mini tournaments in order to determine an overall winner.

Congratulations to resident Dick Meehan, the 2015 season winner. Meehan, who also won the 2014 Pneumonia Open, had the lowest score out of all the participants, and won a new putter and a gift card to Golf Galaxy. His name will once again also be etched onto a commemorative trophy which will be displayed in a common area at The Evergreens.

Pictured here is resident Dick Meehan, winner of the 4th Annual Pneumonia Open, with the commemorative trophy.

Pictured here from left to right are Brad Kay of Golden Pheasant Golf Club and YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, Pete Caldiero of Bayada Home Health Care, Nicole Albrecht, Director of Administrative Services at The Evergreens, Dick Meehan, resident of The Evergreens, and Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens.

The Evergreens Welcomes Author Patti Sheehy and Frank Mederos of “The Boy Who Said No” and “Stalked”

October 16, 2015

Best-selling author Patti Sheehy and Frank Mederos, the protagonist of her books, The Boy Who Said No andStalked, recently visited The Evergreens.

Patti and Frank spoke to residents about the books, which were both about Frank's interesting life story. Frank defected from the Cuban Special Forces and escaped his homeland to join the love of his life who had left Cuba for America. The books tell a tale of love, adventure and the life-saving power of friendship. 

The Boy Who Said No received the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice in Fiction, as well as awards for 2013 Best Book of the Year and the USA Best Book. Additionally, the book has been an Amazon #1 best seller in three categories and was named One Book Haddon Heights.

Both Sheehy and Mederos are local residents – Sheehy lives in Haddon Heights, NJ and Mederos in Mullica Hill, NJ.

Take a look at some photos from the event:

From left, Frank Mederos, The Evergreens Director of Recreation and Wellness Lauren Coleman and Author Patti Sheehy with her two books, The Boy Who Said No and Stalked.

 

LaMonte Hall was packed as residents listened to Patti Sheehy and Frank Mederos.

 

Resident Winnie Holden chats with Frank Mederos after the presentation.

 

Frank Mederos signs copies of The Boy Who Said No and Stalked, with resident Dick Meehan and author Patti Sheehy looking on. The signed copies of both books will be available for residents in The Evergreens Library.

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The Evergreens Hosts Special Concert Featuring Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra

September 30, 2015

The Evergreens recently welcomed Hirono Oka, violinist for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Burchard Tang, violist for The Philadelphia Orchestra and musician Jeffrey Uhlig on piano for a special concert at the community. Prior to the concert, a dessert reception was held in the Great Hall featuring a delicious spread of desserts from the Dining Services team.

“We strive to offer our residents the same cultural experiences within our walls as they might enjoy in the surrounding community at large,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens. “It was wonderful to have both Hirono and Burchard visit our campus for this special performance, and welcome them to join us again in the future.”

The performance was open to residents, staff and friends of The Evergreens. All who attended were able to meet and mingle with Oka, Tang and Uhlig prior to the concert.

Pictured here is resident Connie Madara with Burchard Tang, Hirono Oka, Jeffrey Uhlig and Lauren Coleman. 

The Evergreens Medical Director Elisabeth A. Siegert MD, FACP, CMD, Named 2015 Top Female Doc

August 26, 2015

The Evergreens recently announced that their full-time, board-certified Medical Director Elisabeth A. Siegert MD, FACP, CMD, was named a 2015 Top Female Doc by SJ Magazine.

Each year, SJ Magazine asks South Jersey physicians to help compile two lists of the best doctors across a variety of specialties and sub-specialties – one for Top Docs and one for Top Docs for Kids . In the publication’s Women’s Issue, the female doctors who were recognized on either list are then gathered together and included on the publication’s annual Top Female Docs list. According to the publication, the physicians highlighted on the list possess the “drive, compassion and smarts to treat patients of all ages and backgrounds.”

“We congratulate Dr. Siegert on this incredible honor,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens. “Her passion for educating the caregivers of tomorrow and unwavering commitment to the care of our residents and today’s senior population make us very proud – and fortunate – to have her leading our health care team and a vital part of our community.”

Dr. Siegert completed her medical residency at Cooper University Hospital and her geriatric fellowship at Duke University. She joined the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Cooper Hospital in 1992, and since 1993, has served as the Medical Director for The Evergreens. As Medical Director, Dr. Siegert serves as the primary physician for the majority of the residents at the community.  In addition to her role as Medical Director, she also served as Associate Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and now at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, where she precepts medical students in geriatrics. Additionally, Dr. Siegert mentors senior Medical Residents at Cooper during a two-week rotation at The Evergreens. Beyond primary geriatric care and education, Dr. Siegert has an interest in integrative medicine, medical ethics and end-of-life care, which was nurtured during her experiences as a young volunteer at The Washington Home Hospice in Washington, DC. Dr. Siegert has received various accolades and honors over the years for her work as a board-certified Geriatrician. She currently resides in Moorestown, NJ and is a model mother for her four children.

Jersey Man Magazine: The Evergreens - Senior Living with an Emphasis on Living

August 18, 2015

The Evergreens was recently featured the August/September issue of JerseyMan Magazine. The special two-page spread (pages 86-87) entitled "The Evergreens - Senior Living with an Emphasis on Living" highlights our community and features our President and CEO Doug Halvorsen.

Pick up your copy of the magazine today to read the article, or click here to read the article online.

SAVE THE DATE: The Evergreens To Host Health & Safety Fair on September 17

July 31, 2015

The Evergreens is set to host a Health and Safety Fair on Thursday, September 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Evergreens - 309 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown, NJ 08057

This year’s fair will offer a healthy dose of information to boost overall wellness and promote healthy, active & fulfilling lifestyles, featuring:

  • Health advice from area physicians, medical professionals and health specialists – providing valuable tips and tools for people of all ages working to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.
  • Tips and tools from local police and emergency services personnel to keep you and your family informed of best practices in times of crises or risk.
  • Tips from wellness experts and alternative therapy specialists to help strengthen mind-body connection and keep you abreast of the latest trends in holistic healing.
  • Medical Equipment and Emergency Management Services representatives, providing information on the latest trends, promoting their newest services / tools and answering all of your questions.
  • Refreshments, giveaways and door prizes.

For more information, contact Nicole Albrecht at 856-439-2090 or nalbrecht@evergreens.org      

News from Dining Services: The Evergreens Opens 309 CHOPHOUSE

July 2, 2015
The Evergreens® is excited to announce a new addition to their community’s culinary offerings. On Friday, June 26, the community unveiled 309 CHOPHOUSE – a new steakhouse located in the Victor Dining Room, right next to the Main Dining Room in the heart of its campus.

On Friday evenings from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., residents are invited to drink, dine and celebrate as the Victor Dining Room is transformed into an upscale steakhouse. The à la carte menu features a variety of seasonal, steakhouse fare and will change week-to-week. From traditional steakhouse appetizers like stuffed mushrooms and wedge salads, to tantalizing entrées featuring Esposito’s prime cut steaks and meats and lobster tail, the 309 CHOPHOUSE is sure to offer the diners delicious fare to please any palate.

“We are thrilled to unveil yet another unique culinary experience for our residents and guests to enjoy,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens. “Chef Bob Rifkin, our Director of Dining Services Bernadette Butler and the rest of our extraordinary dining staff continue to astound us with their talent, delicious culinary creations and professionalism. We look forward to see what other interesting things they have planned for our residents!”

Seating at the 309 CHOPHOUSE is limited on Friday evenings, and reservations are required. To make a reservation with Dining Services, residents may call 439-2029.

A sample menu is available on the Dining page on our website.

For more information about culinary offerings at The Evergreens, kindly contact the community at (856) 439-2062 or info@evergreens.org.

Here are some pictures from the 309 CHOPHOUSE opening:

 

 

 

The Evergreens Recognizes Staff Members of the 2015 High School and College Graduating Class

June 22, 2015

The Evergreens recently recognized 12 staff members for their great achievement in graduating from high school or college in 2015. Members of The Evergreens’ Resident Council presented each graduate with a certificate of recognition, as fellow staff members, volunteers, residents, family members and friends gathered to show their appreciation for each graduate’s contributions to the community.

“On behalf of The Evergreens community, we commend these ladies and gentlemen on such a fine achievement,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “We are proud of their hard work and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

Graduates attended the following colleges and high schools: Delran High School, Moorestown High School, Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT), Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School, Burlington County College, Pennsauken High School, Rutgers University–Camden, Jersey College School of Nursing and Temple University.

Pictured here are the 2015 graduating members of The Evergreens staff with members of The Evergreens Resident Council:

Graduation 2015

Back row, left to right: Sabria Corley, Moorestown High School, Taylor Buran, Moorestown High School; Alexander Rios, Temple University; James Peoples II, Pennsauken High School; Elfreda Johnson, Jersey College School of Nursing; Tatiana Davis, Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School; and Chris Kenneally, Rutgers University– Camden

Front row, left to right: Mary Huber, President, The Evergreens Resident Council; Crystal Gibbs, Burlington County College; Angela Rodriguez, Moorestown High School; Matthew Fox, Burlington County Institute of Technology; Jacqueline Guerra, Burlington County College; and Steve Smith, First Vice President, The Evergreens Resident Council

*Not pictured: Aniyha Gillespie, Pennsauken High School

The Evergreens Hosts Special Concert Featuring Principal Trombonist Nitzan Haroz from The Philadelphia Orchestra

May 27, 2015

The Evergreens, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Moorestown, recently held a dessert reception and special concert, featuring Nitzan Haroz, the principal trombonist for The Philadelphia Orchestra and musician Jeffrey Uhlig on the piano.  The performance was open to residents, staff and friends of The Evergreens. All who attended were able to meet and mingle with both Haroz and Uhlig prior to the concert.

“It was wonderful to have Nitzan Haroz visit our campus for this special performance,” said Doug Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “The delicious deserts prepared by dining services and the musical stylings of both Nitzan and Jeff made the night one to remember.”

Pictured here, from left to right, is Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig and Nitzan Haroz, Principal Trombonist for The Philadelphia Orchestra with Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens.

Group Shot

Residents Harriet Patterson (left) and Jane Ollivier (right) of The Evergreens pause for a quick picture before the start of the concert featuring Nitzan Haroz, Principal Trombonist for The Philadelphia Orchestra and Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig.

Residents

Residents make their selections from the beautiful display of delicious desserts prepared by Chef Bob Rifkin and The Evergreens Dining Services team before the start of the concert.

Dessert Line

Here is one of the desserts prepared by The Evergreens Chef Bob Rifkin and the Dining Services team.

Lemon Bar Dessert

Here, Jeffrey Uhlig and Nitzan Haroz perform for the residents at The Evergreens.

Kim and Uhlig Performing

Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani Heats Up the Kitchen at The Evergreens in Moorestown

May 19, 2015
The Evergreens®, one of the premier continuing care retirement communities in the Philadelphia area, recently welcomed Celebrity Chef Fabio VivianiTop Chef “Fan Favorite” and owner of the wildly popular Siena Tavern in Chicago and So-Cal restaurant Café Firenze – to their campus. Residents were treated to a sampling of Viviani’s recipes and were invited to sample wine from the Fabio Viviani Wines collection.  

“We were thrilled to host such a charismatic culinary talent like Chef Fabio at our community,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens. “It is a real honor to have such a highly respected chef engaging residents through this interactive cooking demo and program.”

Working in collaboration with executive chefs from The Evergreens’ culinary service partner Flik Lifestyles, a member of Compass Group North America and division of Flik Hospitality Group, Chef Viviani visited The Evergreens community as part of the Celebrity Chef Series. Through this special series, celebrity chefs travel around the country preparing delicious meals and holding cooking demonstrations featuring fresh, wholesome ingredients for various communities. As an extension of the visit by Chef Viviani, The Evergreens will also hold Fabio Fridays at the community in the coming weeks – select days for the community’s Dining Services department to feature some of the special recipes and meal items developed by Chef Viviani specifically for Celebrity Chef Series.

“The Celebrity Chef Series exemplifies our purpose of enriching the lives of seniors,” said Dan Fedro, Division President, Flik Lifestyles. “Like Chef Viviani, our dining programs are exciting, vibrant and adaptable to meet the needs of every resident. By welcoming Chef Viviani to its campus, The Evergreens is reaffirming their commitment to offer creative and engaging programming for all residents to enjoy.” 

Here, Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani speaks with resident Helen Brutschea in The Evergreens Main Dining Room. Chef Viviani toured the dining rooms, while residents enjoyed a special-themed dinner featuring a variety of the Celebrity Chef’s own gourmet creations.

Residents of The Evergreens enjoy a sampling of select wines from the Fabio Viviani Wines collection.

Pictured here, from left to right – Fred Weiss, Regional Vice President, Flik Lifestyles, Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani and Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens.

For more information about culinary programming at The Evergreens, kindly visit www.evergreens.org or contact the community at (856) 439-2062 or info@evergreens.org.

The Evergreens Celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

May 11, 2015

We were excited to our annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Celebration. This year’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was nationally recognized and celebrated on Thursday, April 23, 2015. During this special day, all children who joined their parents and caregivers at our community were treated to a day filled with programs, workplace experiences and fun activities.

“We were thrilled to have the children of our employees visit our campus as part of this national celebration,” said Doug Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “Children are welcomed visitors to The Evergreens everyday – their presence truly lights up our community.”

Here, children who attended The Evergreens’ annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Celebration pose for a quick photo with Doug Halvorsen.

Toryn Coleman, the daughter of Lauren Coleman who is the Director of Recreation and Wellness at The Evergreens, shows off her stylish purse during a special Show-and-Tell with residents of the community.

The children who attended our Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work DayCelebration choose their prizes after a game of BINGO in the community’s Atrium Café.

Vote The Evergreens in the Burlington County Time’s Best of Burlington County Contest

May 1, 2015

The Burlington County Times is holding their annual Best of Burlington County contest.

Vote for as many of your favorite Burlington County businesses, including us here at The Evergreens!

To vote, visit http://phillyburbs.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Burlington-2015/Rules  or select the "Best 2015 Burlington County Times" green icon at www.burlingtoncountybestof.com.

To vote for The Evergreens, simply write our community’s name under “Retirement Communities” which can be found in the Home & Garden category. NOTE: You will need to register online to vote.

 

UPDATE: Voting is now CLOSED for this year’s Best of Burlington County contest! In September, they will announce and recognize who voters have chosen to be the "Best of Burlington" and "One of the Best" in each category!

A huge Thank You to all who participated and voted for The Evergreens – we greatly appreciate your support!

Award-winning Journalist Sally Friedman Presents “Lifesounds” at The Evergreens

April 27, 2015

The Evergreens recently welcomed award-winning journalist, Sally Friedman to the community as she presented “Lifesounds” – a look into her own “confessions” of the pleasures and occasional perils of family life. As a regular contributor to The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal and Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Friedman’s stories are often compared to a terrific conversation with a good friend, mixed with humor and honesty.

“We were thrilled to have Sally on campus for this fun, thought-provoking presentation,” said Doug Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “She is a captivating storyteller – offering insights into the ups-and-downs of life, and dazzling audience members with her stories. Sally is a friend of The Evergreens community, and we look forward to her next visit.”

Here, Sally Friedman interacts with the audience during a question and answer session.

Sally Friedman 1

Doug Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens, pauses for a quick photo with Sally Friedman.

Doug Halvorsen and Sally Friedman

The Evergreens Hosts Country Western Community Party

March 3, 2015

Residents, staff, board members and friends of The Evergreens community recently dusted off their cowboy hats and saddled-up for a night of fun as they hosted their highly anticipated Country Western Community Party celebrating the start of the Spring season.

Held annually, the community party featured an array of delicious foods, music and lots of fun! Attendees danced the night away to the musical stylings of the Whiskey Revolvers and were led in rousing games of Texas Hold’em by the Traveling Poker Academy. 

Residents Harriet Patterson, Jane Ollivier, Betty Keiper and Jean Winch pose for a quick picture during the night’s festivities.

Residents Harriet Patterson, Jane Ollivier, Betty Keiper and Jean Winch pose for a quick picture during the night’s festivities.

From left to right: Alishia Bulotovich, Mary Thompson, Amanda Bulotovich, Sales Coordinator and Megan Schnitzer, Director of Admissions enjoying some of the food and beverages of the evening.

(From left to right) Alishia Bulotovich, Mary Thompson, Amanda Bulotovich, Sales Coordinator and Megan Schnitzer, Director of Admissions enjoying some of the food and beverages of the evening.

 

The Evergreens residents play Texas Hold’em, led by an instructor from the Traveling Poker Academy.

The Evergreens residents play Texas Hold’em, led by an instructor from the Traveling Poker Academy.

 

Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness with her daughter, Toryn sport their country attire.

Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness with her daughter, Toryn sport their country attire.

The Evergreens Welcomes Concert Master David Kim from The Philadelphia Orchestra for a Special Resident Concert

February 10, 2015

The Evergreens recently welcomed the Concert Master of The Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim, and Pianist Jeff Uhlig for a special concert at the community. A dessert reception was held in Great Hall prior to the event, featuring a delicious spread of desserts prepared by The Evergreens Chef Bob Rifkin and the Dining Services team.

Residents Drs. Bong and Mi Lee and The Evergreens President and CEO Doug Halvorsen and his wife were sponsors of this event. Pictured here are the sponsors (from left) – the Halvorsens and the Lees – with David Kim and Jeff Uhlig.

David Kim & Jeff Uhlig Concert

SJ Magazine: The Evergreens - Loving Life in the Heart of a Vibrant Community

December 9, 2014

The Evergreens was recently featured in the December 2014 edition of SJ Magazine. The special two-page spread (pages 72-73) is entitled "The Evergreens... Loving Life in the Heart of a Vibrant Community" and explains what life is all about here at our community each and every day.

The article also features photos of our residents enjoying life at our community, as well as shots of our beautiful campus.

Pick up your copy of the magazine today to read the article, or click through the link below.

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The Evergreens Unveils New Magazine: Today's Healthy Outlook

November 14, 2014

The Evergreens recently unveiled a new edition of "Today's Healthy Outlook" - a magazine highlighting life at The Evergreens and beyond.

To view the Fall edition of the publication, click here or visit the "Publications" page under the "About Us" section of our website.

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The Evergreens President & CEO Doug Halvorsen Presents at Leading Age Annual Meeting

November 4, 2014

Our President and CEO Doug Halvorsen along with other personnel of The Evergreens attended LeadingAge's Annual Meeting and Expo in Nashville, TN from October 19-22.

LeadingAge's Annual Meeting connects thousands of aging services professionals. Attendees choose from more than 150 in-depth education sessions led by the best and brightest in aging services, targetted for more than 10 professional disciplines.

Doug was chosen to present on a panel during one of the meeting's Education Sessions, entitled "CCRC Dining: Offering Choice, Flexibility and Value." He and other panelists discussed national food trends influencing dining transformations in senior living communities across the nation and explore how CCRC's are incorporating multiple meal plans into their communities. 

To view the panel's powerpoint presentation, click the "View Attachment" link below.

For more information on Leading Age's Annual Meeting, visit www.leadingage.org/annualmeeting/

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Burlington County Times: Moorestown Woman is 109, and Still Going Strong

August 5, 2014

Writer and friend of The Evergreens Sally Friedman recently wrote a beautiful piece for Burlington County Timeson resident Gladys Richardson who just celebrated her 109th birthday! The article featured some highlights of Gladys' life and her cherished 20 year relationship with volunteer Deborah Earl.

Click here to read the article online.

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7th Annual Cycle of Life Motorcycle Poker Run Check Presentation

July 28, 2014

Event sponsors gathered as The Evergreens presented a $15,300 check to the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties from the 7th Annual “Cycle of Life” Motorcycle Poker Run and Resident Walk whichwill support the Y’s Annual Campaign. 

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Vote for The Evergreens!

June 18, 2014

Voting is now open for Best of Burlington County!

The Burlington County Times is holding their annual Best of Burlington County! You can vote for many of your favorite Burlington County businesses, including Retirement Community, which can be found under the Health & Beauty category. Online voting is open from June 15 to June 29.

Click here to register and vote now!

The Evergreens 7th Annual "Cycle of Life" Poker Run

June 18, 2014

The Evergreens' 7th Annual "Cycle of Life" Motorcycle Ride and Resident Walk was a great success!

Click here to view the Burlington County Times video.

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Businesses That Help Seniors Move

April 27, 2014

“This is the best decision I ever made,” Sutter said. “I’m not an extravagant woman, but the peace of mind I’ve gotten is absolutely priceless.”

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The Evergreens Hosts a Burlington County College Memoir Class for Residents

January 4, 2014

According to Roy Miller, associate dean of corporate college and workforce development at Burlington County College, a course in memoir writing this past fall definitely met a mission.

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The Evergreens Helps “Strike Out Breast Cancer!” With Bowling Fundraiser To Support 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

October 22, 2013

The Evergreens Helps “Strike Out Breast Cancer!”

With Bowling Fundraiser To Support

2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

                                                                                                   

On Sunday, October 6, The Evergreens in Moorestown, NJ held a bowling fundraiser at Pinsetters Bar & Bowl in Merchantville, located at 7111 Maple Avenue, from 5 to 8 p.m. Open to the public, the cost was $25 per person and included three hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental and a food buffet (food is served from 5-7 p.m.).

All proceeds from the event will be going towards “Ross’ Racers” involvement in the American Cancer Society’s 2013 Making Strides Against Breast CancerWalk happening on October 27 in Pennsauken, NJ.  Each year, a group of staff members, family and friends team up to walk as “Ross’ Racers” in honor of the late Mary Ellen Ross – former Vice President of Health Services at The Evergreens who lost her courageous battle with breast cancer in August 2008. The “Ross’ Racers” team is aiming to raise $7,500 this year.

“Mary Ellen was an inspiration to us all,” said Doug Halvorsen, President and CEO at The Evergreens. “We look to the strength and determination she exhibited as a standard by which we deliver care to our residents today. It's through Ross' Racers that we here in the community are continuing her fight.”

About The Evergreens:

The Evergreens was founded in 1919 inBound Brook,NJ, by the Episcopal Diocese ofNew Jersey.  In 1949 it moved toMoorestown,NJ, founded by the Society of Friends in 1672.  Today, The Evergreens offers gracious retirement living, continuing its more than 90-year tradition of caring.  Since its inception, The Evergreens’ mission has been to enhance the quality of life of those it serves.

 

What Does a Moorestown Chef Eat at Home?

May 29, 2013

So what happens when a chef closes the doors of his work kitchen and goes home? Does he whip up fabulous, complex meals? Does he use exotic ingredients, and spend hours over that proverbial hot stove? Not if he’s The Evergreens Executive Chef John Branella — and if it’s spring and moving toward summer.

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Seniors on the Move

May 21, 2013

After 52 years in one much-loved Moorestown home, the thought of moving and leaving behind all those memories – and joyfully acquired treasures –was certainly unsettling for Virginia Sheppard.

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The Evergreens Now Features Linked Senior

May 16, 2013

The Evergreens once again exhibits our commitment to advancing the gold standard of senior health and wellness care for our residents. On April 15, 2013, we added Linked Senior touchscreen multimedia kiosks to our wellness and engagement tools. They are located in our Health Care Center on all three floors and also in our Den area for our Independent Living Residents to enjoy.

The service provides content for a wide variety of individual, small and large group activities designed to promote wellness and stimulate social bonds among the residents. Linked Senior can provide custom content based on residents’ needs and interests. Some of these include slideshows, videos and games which often spark deep conversations and meaningful interactions among residents. Residents can access games, trivia, and other activities easily on their own through the senior-friendly user interface. Some activities provide residents with a means to reminisce while others create an environment where they can learn new material, customized to their personal interests.

In addition to providing a portal into the digital world with their senior-friendly technology, Linked Senior greatly assists the staff with their planning and preparation time, making them much more efficient at their jobs and freeing up substantial blocks of their time to spend directly engaged with residents in activities. Having a resource like Linked Senior enables the staff to create resident centered activities, often with very little planning and research.

Our investment in Linked Senior will equip our staff with a significant tool to enable them to provide more of their best quality service while allowing the residents to gain access to the extensive resources of the digital age. It signifies our commitment to providing the highest quality of life and service for our residents and staff.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Coleman, Director of Recreation and Wellness at (856) 439-2052 or Gail Roccia, Director of Activities at (856) 439-2080.

The Evergreens Receives Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

February 26, 2013

The Evergreens has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s fifth annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. The Best Nursing Homes 2013 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News’s goal is to help users find a home with a strong track record of good care.

Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories—health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care—and gives each an overall rating.

U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2013.

Along with the ratings, U.S. News has published a series of articles and a step-by-step video to guide users in choosing the right nursing home. The articles and ratings are exclusive to the website and aren’t expected to appear in print.

“Fewer than one out of every five nursing homes got an overall rating of five stars,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “All seniors deserve the best nursing care available, and these are homes that merit their consideration by demonstrating such high quality.”

The Evergreens was founded in 1919 in Bound Brook, N.J., by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. In 1949, it moved to Moorestown, N.J., and today, The Evergreens offers gracious retirement living continuing its more than 85-year tradition of caring. Since its inception, The Evergreens’ mission has been to enhance the quality of life of those it serves.

The Evergreens in Moorestown Receives Five Star Highest Possible Overall Rating

February 1, 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a national rating system that assigned a one to five stars rating to nursing homes for their quality, staffing and health inspections. The Evergreens in Moorestown, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, received the highest possible overall rating of five stars.

“We are thrilled with this distinction,” said Douglas Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “We are able to deliver consistently high quality care to our residents and high scores on the national and state reviews thanks to the talented professionals who make up our healthcare delivery team.”

In addition to having a full-time, on-site medical director, The Evergreens employs a fitness coordinator and other professionals dedicated not only to the residents’ physical well-being, but also to their emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.

The Evergreens Appoints Gerald S. Lord as Chairman, Board of Trustees

January 1, 2013

The Evergreens Appoints Gerald S. Lord as Chairman, Board of Trustees

The Evergreens Continuing Care Retirement Community in Moorestown, NJ, recently appointed Gerald S. (Gerry) Lord as chairman of its board of trustees. Lord retired from Campbell Soup Company in Camden in 2008, following a 40-year career in finance culminating in the role of Vice President of Finance and Strategy for North America for Campbell.

“The Evergreens will greatly benefit from Gerry’s leadership,” said The Evergreens’ President and CEO Douglas C. Halvorsen. “He has already demonstrated great dedication to our organization as a board member and as chairman of the finance and strategy committee. I’m confident that Gerry will continue to act on behalf and in the best interest of all the residents, staff, friends and families in our community.” 

Lord assumes the chairmanship from William H. Stone, Jr., retired first vice president and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Stone served as chairman for six years and will remain a member of The Evergreens board.

Lord has served as an arbitrator for FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and is currently a public member on the Burlington County New Jersey Attorney Ethics Committee. Prior to joining Campbell, he served in a variety of finance roles with such companies as General Foods, Kraft and Glaxo in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Lord graduated with honors from City of London College in London, England with a degree in business finance. He recently completed an MBA degree at Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business and subsequently taught as an adjunct at the school. Lord currently resides with his wife, Toni, in Moorestown, NJ. The Lords have four adult children.

About The Evergreens:

The Evergreens was founded in 1919 in Bound Brook, NJ, by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey.  In 1949, it moved to Moorestown, NJ, founded by the Society of Friends in 1672.  Today, The Evergreens offers gracious retirement living continuing its more than 90-year tradition of caring.  Since its inception, The Evergreens’ mission has been to enhance the quality of life of those it serves.

 

The Evergreens Opens New Health Care Center

February 29, 2012

Moorestown, NJ – The Evergreens, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), held a ribbon cutting event today to celebrate the opening of a new 85,000 square foot health care center.  The center, considered “Phase II” of a multi-phase campus renewal project, adds 76 custom, comfortable healthcare rooms to the continuum of care offered at The Evergreens.  

As a CCRC, The Evergreens offers a range of services and senior living options on one campus, allowing residents to enjoy familiar settings as they age. As needs change, residents can move from Independent Retirement Living to Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing without ever needing to leave The Evergreens campus.

The four-story building features three floors of healthcare.  The terrace level houses support services and an entrance for emergency vehicles.  Floors one and three are designated as assisted living floors and floor two for skilled nursing residents. The first floor focuses on the needs of residents requiring memory care and has an enclosed courtyard.

The design of the building features floors designed as distinct communities each with two neighborhoods.  There are 12-13 rooms per neighborhood.  The floors feature open space, dining rooms, living rooms, libraries and shared country kitchens accessible by residents and visitors. There is a salon and spa on each floor as well as an Activity area.

Rooms are approximately 400 square feet, each with a private bathroom and shower. Voorhees-based Kanalstein Danton Architects (KDA) successfully executed the design to meet with The Evergreens’ objective that the new healthcare center should not look or feel like a hospital or institution.  Accordingly, the plan called for the comforts of home – making each resident feel like they are living in their “own apartment.”   

“Quality of life and the opportunity for joyful living shouldn’t be dictated by bricks and mortar,” said Halvorsen. “No one should be limited by a building’s “physical environment. Many long-term care facilities make you feel like you’re walking into a hospital room versus your own living space – that is not the way things look or feel around here!”

In addition to the architects, Halvorsen also recognized the work done by Eventus Strategic Partners as project managers and Wohlson as general contractor for their part in leading up to today’s event. “We couldn’t have had a finer team, Halvorsen said, job well done.”

“Our goal was to blur the boundaries between living in a healthcare bed and living in your own home and we did just that,” said William Stone, Chairman of The Evergreens Board of Trustees and a neighbor of The Evergreens.  “The open space, country kitchens and other amenities lend themselves to a comfortable and welcoming visit by friends and family.”

The first phase of the campus renewal project was completed in 2009 with updates to the kitchen and dining rooms met with praise from residents and industry leaders.  The Evergreens’ dining rooms have been featured on the cover of Design Magazine and the menu and food selections receiving notoriety in news and trade publications throughout the region. Other phases will include new assisted living apartments, a community center, new dining options, new library, upgraded physical therapy services and a wellness center.

The Evergreens Part of National Launch of New Approach to Senior Dining

February 15, 2012

The Evergreens, one of the premier continuing care retirement communities in the Philadelphia area, has teamed up with celebrity chef Cary Neff to completely redefine the concept of good-for-you cuisine for older adults.

Working in collaboration with executive chefs from The Evergreens’ foodservice partner, Atlanta-based Morrison Senior Living, Chef Neff has created a new menu focused on fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables that provide robust flavor along with optimal nutrition. Aptly titled Flavors 450, the menu is comprised of 60 rotating meals each under 450 calories but full of nourishing ingredients needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Evergreens will be one of the first senior living providers in the country to offer the Flavors 450 concept to residents.

“We selected Flavors 450 because the meals are rich in flavor, yet still provide great nutrition for older adults,” said Doug Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “Since the quality and taste of menu selections are top concerns for our community, a group of our residents has been very involved in the planning of this program’s launch to ensure it is a good fit for our community. Based on their feedback, we think Flavors 450 will rival anything residents would find in a casual dining restaurant and that they’ll be very pleased.”

According to Chef Neff, whom Oprah Winfrey has said does “amazing things with nutritious food,” the menu is designed to entice the taste buds, but also satisfy the soul and maintain the body. By bringing a unique perspective to the way recipes are created, Neff is able to balance savory, great-tasting meals with good nutrition and healing properties that can help improve one’s health. In fact, the menu uses foods low in fat with an emphasis on whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products and the freshest ingredients – which includes locally grown produce grown within 150-miles whenever possible. Plus, each Flavors 450 meal meets American Heart Association guidelines.

“Great nutrition, even at an older age, is important to overall health,” said Neff. “When we created the Flavors 450 concept for senior living communities, we worked to incorporate ingredients that not only have healing properties, but can also provide a balanced meal and taste great.”

Chef Neff will help debut the Flavors 450 concept with two invitation-only cooking demonstrations for existing and prospective residents at The Evergreens community, located at 309 Bridgeboro Road in Moorestown, N.J., on Monday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. For more information or if you are interested in attending, kindly call The Evergreens at (856) 439-2060 or e-mail marketing@evergreens.org.

About The Evergreens

The Evergreens was founded in 1919 in Bound Brook, N.J., by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. In 1949, it moved to Moorestown, N.J., and today, The Evergreens offers gracious retirement living continuing its more than 85-year tradition of caring. Since its inception, The Evergreens’ mission has been to enhance the quality of life of those it serves.

About Chef Cary Neff

Author of internationally acclaimed “Conscious Cuisine,” Chef Neff brings his “savoring the moment” philosophy and expertise to senior living communities through his partnership with Morrison Senior Dining. Working with Morrison, he created the Flavors 450 menu to reflect his own unique balance of taste and health with a focus on wellness. Chef Neff was honored as the 141st Distinguished Visiting Chef® by Johnson & Wales University in April 2004 and America’s Top Healthy Gourmet Chefs by Aspen Center of Integrative Health in April 2005. He has appeared on nationally syndicated programs such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show and Food Network and has been featured in numerous national publications including The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Gourmet and Food & Wine.

About Morrison Management Specialists

Morrison Senior Living is a division of Morrison Management Specialists (MMS). MMS, a member of Compass Group, is the nation’s only food service company exclusively dedicated to providing food, nutrition and dining services to the health care and senior living communities through its two operating divisions: Morrison Healthcare Food Services and Morrison Senior Living. With over 1,100 registered dietitians, 350 executive chefs, 18,000 professional food service team members and approximately 15,000 client employees who are managed by Morrison, Morrison is actively committed to fostering ways to enjoy great-tasting, healthy food through socially responsible practices and superior customer service. The Atlanta-based company serves over 900 hospitals, integrated healthcare systems and senior living communities in the United States. Visit www.IamMorrison.com for more information.

The Evergreens Receives a "Perfect Score" from NJ Health Department

February 15, 2012

Adding to its list of achievements, The Evergreens, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, recently received the highest rating from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services during its annual visit. Of the 374 facilities surveyed by the department each year, less than 5% receive a perfect score. The Evergreens is part of this elite group, receiving a deficiency-free rating in all areas.

In addition to this recognition, The Evergreens applied for and received Advisory Standards, another optional and voluntary designation of distinction from the Department of Health and Senior Services.

According to the Health Department’s website, “the advisory standards represent ways that facilities can strive to go beyond the minimum requirements to provide their residents with excellent care. The advisory standards cover 21 areas of nursing home care and services.”

The Evergreens is also proud to report it has continued to maintain a “5 star” rating by the Center for Medicare Services. The community received a rating of 5, out of 5 stars, in the categories of health inspections, nursing home staffing and quality measures during a survey conducted in December 2008. The Evergreens is one of only a handful of facilities in New Jersey to hold a 5 star rating in all 3 of these categories.

“These outstanding achievements place The Evergreens into a class unto itself,” said Douglas C. Halvorsen, President and CEO of The Evergreens. “Recognition of this type, at both state and federal levels is a direct reflection on the superior care delivered by our staff of dedicated health care providers. I commend them for all they do, every day,” he added.

Adding to its list of milestones, The Evergreens will break ground for a new state-of-the-art healthcare center in June. The center, expected to be completed in 2012, is designed to have a residential look and feel. It will feature spacious private rooms and common areas to accommodate residents’ needs and those of visitors and caregivers.

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