Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries


Pocono Lutheran Village to remain open under new ownership

East Stroudsburg, PA (Tuesday December 18, 2012)

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries and a group known as Pocono Tranquil Gardens have jointly announced the sale of Pocono Lutheran Village from Diakon to the local group.

Pocono Tranquil Gardens plans to continue to operate the East Stroudsburg facility as a personal care community; members of the group met this week with residents and staff to outline plans.

Purchase price of the 80-unit facility, 329 E. Brown St., was not disclosed. The transition is to be effective Jan. 14.

“As neurologists, we did not want to see our elder folks have to go to other towns for residential care for Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. This sale provided us with an opportunity to enhance their care close to their homes,” said Dr. Mahesh Chhabria, a member of the group, which plans to maintain the personal care community while adding a specialized unit serving those with Alzheimer’s disease and similar memory-related illnesses.

“We also wish to provide adult day services to prevent caregiver burnout and to provide participants with enhanced cognitive therapy,” Chhabria added.

The community will be renamed Pocono Tranquil Gardens.

“We are very happy that the group operating as Pocono Tranquil Gardens has decided to purchase Pocono Lutheran Village and continue serving the community,” said Mark T. Pile, Diakon president/CEO. “This is a much more positive outcome than we anticipated when we recently announced plans to close the community.”

In fact, it was Diakon’s public announcement of the closure that prompted the local group to approach Diakon about buying the building.

Pocono Lutheran Village originally offered 80 personal-care units. In response to declining census and financial losses, Diakon several years ago closed the third floor of the building with intent to launch a new catered living-style program. “While we acquired a number of depositors for the new program, doing so took longer than anticipated, making the potential new service less viable,” Pile said.

Diakon opened Pocono Lutheran Village in 2001, converting the then-unused building from its original configuration as a nursing care center into a personal care community.

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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