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Luther Crest breaks ground for renovations to personal care/health-care centers

Allentown, Pa. (Tuesday October 9, 2012)
Taking part in the groundbreaking were, left to right, Barry Rauenzahn, 29-year Luther Crest team member; Marie Malloy, personal care resident; Ruth Reichenbach, resident and president of the health-care center resident council; and Lin Ferrol, Luther Crest executive director.

Despite inclement weather, Luther Crest successfully broke ground for a $7.5 million renovation and expansion of its personal care and health care centers.

The project, to be completed over the next 10 to 12 months, includes construction of a new 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; 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; and development of a plaza-style entrance and parking area for the personal care center.

Speakers at the Oct. 2 event included Mark T. Pile, Diakon president/CEO, and Bishop Samuel Zeiser of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who oversaw the dedication/blessing. Entertainment was provided by LC4, a male quartet of Luther Crest residents.

Among additional participants were Lin Ferrol, village executive director; several village residents; Lois Eisenhard and Paul Fenstermacher, chair and member, respectively of the memory-support unit capital campaign committee; Barry Rauenzahn, a Luther Crest employee for nearly 30 years; and Chaplain Diane Kareha.

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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