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Luther Crest to break ground for renovation, expansion

Allentown, Pa. (Friday September 28, 2012)
An architectural rendering of the new personal care center Country Kitchen at Luther Crest.

Luther Crest will break ground 2 p.m. Oct. 2 for a $7.5 million renovation and expansion of its personal care and health care centers.

The celebration will occur at the health care center circle at the Diakon Senior Living Community, 800 Hausman Rd., Allentown.

According to Lin Ferrol, executive director, the project, to be completed over the next 10 to 12 months, includes the following:

* Construction of a light and open country kitchen for the personal care center.

* A reconfiguration of personal care beds to include 13 specifically designated to serve people with memory-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Currently having 29 beds, the personal care community will include 15 traditional rooms and the 13 for memory-supportive services.

* Refurbishment of all personal care and nursing care resident rooms, as well as hallways, common spaces, and the health-care dining room.

* Construction of a new nurses station and installation of new nurse-call and security systems in the health care center

* Development of a plaza-style entrance and parking area for the personal care center.

Event speakers include Mark T. Pile, Diakon president/CEO, and Bishop Samuel Zeiser of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who will oversee the dedication/blessing. Entertainment will include LC4, a male quartet of Luther Crest residents.

For further information, please contact:
William Swanger, M.A., APR
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
(717) 795-0308
E-mail: swangerb@diakon.org

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