It is hard to believe that I only started at Pilgrim Place on January 11th. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming that I feel at home already. Residents, staff and the Board have been so helpful in getting me oriented to the campus and the culture.
So many wonderful things are occurring on campus. We are about to embark on the renovations and structural shoring of Porter Hall. It will be exciting to see this lovely building become handicapped accessible, get a “face lift” and be prepared for any type of tremor that comes our way. Bob Wallace has agreed to be the resident liaison for the Porter Hall project. We are also beginning to work on creating our Memory Care Home. The Co-Chairs of the Health Services Advisory Group, Linda Vogel and Eleanor Loeliger, will be partnering with us as we create a homey, safe environment for residents with memory loss who may wander.
In order to continue to get to know staff I will drop in on meetings and work areas so that I can better understand how we operate. For residents, I plan to continue to eat in Abernethy dining room once a week so that I can meet everyone and learn their rich histories. I will also work very closely with our Board of Directors to ensure that our strategic plan will guide us into the future.
- Ann Schiff, President/CEO