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Discover the Heart of Luthercare

Here at Luthercare, our mission is to support the youngest and the oldest throughout Lancaster and Lebanon counties. With compassion, teamwork, integrity, connection and learning, we work to provide the highest quality of care to those we serve. Our senior living communities and child care centers have been recognized nationally, but what truly sets us apart are the individuals who make up the Luthercare family. Here are just a few examples of Luthercare family members who make our senior living communities and early learning centers very special places.

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Matthew C. Oathout Named Senior Vice President - Operations

Luthercare is pleased to announce Matthew C. Oathout as Senior Vice President – Operations.

Matt has been with Luthercare for six years and has demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities, insight and strategic perspective. He began his new role earlier this year and his responsibility is to ensure that organizational operations, clinical oversight and marketing are aligned for the long-term viability and success of the organization.

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Lorita Valente, CCIS of Lebanon Director, Honored

Congratulations to Lorita Valente, Luthercare’s Child Care Information Services of Lebanon Director, as she was recently named the 2017 General Frank Smoker Beyond the Call Award winner by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Lorita, who has been serving youths and families in Lebanon County for almost two decades, was honored for her tireless and dedicated service to active duty military members and their families through PA CARES and Operation: Military Kids PA.

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Sensory Oasis Courtyard Unveiled at Luther Acres

The Friends of Luther Acres completed a two-year project providing residents of the Healthcare Center with a wonderful sensory garden. The Peacock Court Sensory Oasis Courtyard was dedicated on April 22, following the Annual Meeting of the Friends. Although there was a chill in the air, hearts were warmed as we prayed and sang the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Reverend Glenn Beard, Luthercare’s Director of Church Relations and Pastoral Care, led the brief service, and Grady Daub played the keyboard, bringing to fruition a project which means so much to many people.

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Luther Acres Resident Proud to Serve as Grand Marshal of 26th Lititz Lions Club Parade

Volunteerism and patriotism go handin-hand for Luther Acres resident Polly Eshelman. The 94-year-old’s servicecentered mindset and kind-hearted spirit are just a few of the reasons she was selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 26th Lititz Lions Club Patriotic Parade.

On July 3, Polly sat in the front of a shiny red Mustang as she waved to the residents of the town she has been active in for more than 60 years.

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Annual Strawberry Festival to be Held at Luther Acres

The Annual Strawberry Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Luther Acres, the Luthercare community at 600 East Main Street, Lititz. Strawberries, ice cream and shortcakes will be $4.00 each, and hot dogs, chips and drinks will be $3.00. The Strawberry Festival will be held on the lawn in front of the Luther Acres Healthcare Center, rain or shine.

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8th Annual Red, White and Blueberry Jamboree at St. John’s Herr Estate

The 8th Annual Red, White and Blueberry Jamboree will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the campus of St. John’s Herr Estate, the Luthercare senior living community at 200 Luther Lane, Columbia. The fun festivities will feature the famous 300-pound blueberry pie as well as the wildlife program “Critters Beyond Your Backyard” by WGAL’s Jack Hubley at 1 p.m. Fun activities include games for children, a blueberry-eating contest and a moon bounce.

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Luther Acres Hosts “Be A Wizard of Good Health!” Wellness Fair and Open House

Luther Acres, the Luthercare senior living community in Lititz, will host its 6th annual Wellness Fair and Open House on Thursday, April 27. The day features educational seminars from 8:30 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.; an Open House from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and a health fair from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The health fair, with the theme “Be A Wizard of Good Health!,” will take place in the Community Room at the Luther Acres Towne Center, at 250 St. Luke Drive, Lititz, and seminars will take place in and around the Towne Center.

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Luther Acres Offers Winter Courses

Luther Acres, a Luthercare community, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, is offering a variety of courses for its Winter 2017 "reDiscover A World of Possibilities" program. The courses are one day a week, and some cover a two-, three- or four-week period. All are open to the greater community. The courses are held on the Luther Acres campus and have varying fees for residents and non-residents; some courses are free to attend. The purpose of the "reDiscover" program is to provide an opportunity to learn new things, be creative, enrich minds and have fun!

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Luminary Celebrations Planned in December

Though it’s hard to believe the Christmas season is around the corner, Luthercare is preparing for our 3rd Annual Lights of Luthercare celebrations. The luminaries will shine and campus Christmas trees will be lit at St. John’s Herr Estate on Friday, December 2, and at Luther Acres on Tuesday, December 6.

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