We are pleased to reveal Wallick Communities promoted Stephanie Hess to Senior Vice President of Senior Living Operations. Stephanie will continue to oversee the Company’s senior living sector and maintain her current responsibilities as she transitions from vice president to SVP.
“Stephanie has a long history with Wallick Communities,” said COO Amy Albery. It has been exciting to witness her grow and advance as she adopted multiple roles within our senior living sector over the past several years. Stephanie has the heart to ensure the group’s future destination is with a focus on our residents and the experience to continue to lead Senior Living Operations to the next level.”
Stephanie has over 25 years of long-term healthcare experience. Her career at Wallick Communities began in 2009 when she served as the executive director at Eaglewood Village, a former Wallick-owned community for seniors. For several years, Stephanie oversaw operations at Eaglewood, choosing to remain at the community after it was acquired by another company. During her brief hiatus from Wallick Communities, Stephanie also held leadership roles at Diversicare and AdCare. In 2017, Stephanie returned to Wallick as regional director of operations, being promoted to vice president the following year.
Stephanie received a bachelor’s in long-term health care administration and a master’s in health care administration, both from Ohio University.
These past few months have been trying to say the least. Especially for those who are a part of the at-risk population, such as our senior residents. To be safe, many of these residents have had to be apart from their families since March, and if they have been fortunate enough to see a loved one, it was from a lobby window. These unprecedented times are not yet over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find creative ways to support each other and give a little boost to someone who may need it.
On Wednesday, The Ashford on Broad hosted a parade to support its residents during these tough times. Friends, family members, and associates showed off their decorated cars and signs as they cruised through the community, honking and waving at those who live at Broad.
We are proud to announce Housekeeping Supervisor Beth Loomis from Oakleaf Village of Columbus was recognized by the Ohio Assisted Living Association (OALA) as an Honoring Excellence winner.
This award is given annually to outstanding associates that demonstrate vision, innovation, leadership and compassion in their role by OALA, which represents over 550 licensed Assisted Living Communities. Beth won the award as an Outstanding Housekeeping Supervisor and represents the values the Ohio Assisted Living Association looks for in Honoring Excellence nominees.
“Beth’s career at Oakleaf Village of Columbus began almost 24 years ago in the dietary department. Beth is a team player. Beth does whatever it takes to care for the residents, their apartments, the community as a whole and her co-workers. Care, Character, and Collaboration are Wallick Communities Core Values and Beth works by them daily,” says Dawn Nero, Executive Director at Oakleaf Columbus.
Winners of the award are nominated by their community and selected by a committee of the Ohio Assisted Living Association Board of Trustees.
On Tuesday, The Ashford at Sturbridge in Hilliard, OH opened its doors to nearly 100 community members, residents, and business partners for its grand opening celebration. Several state and local officials were in attendance as well.
- Senator Stephanie Kunze, The Ohio Senate
- Congressman Steve Stivers, US House of Representatives, 15th District of Ohio
- Kevin Boyce, Franklin County Commissioner
- Mayor Don Schonhardt, City of Hilliard
After an official ceremony and ribbon cutting, guests were welcome to tour the new building and meet The Ashford at Sturbridge team.
The Ashford at Sturbridge is Wallick’s third affordable assisted living community. Located on the same campus as Sturbridge Green, one of Wallick’s affordable senior apartment communities, The Ashford at Sturbridge has 124 studio and one-bedroom suites and will serve as an affordable option for seniors in central Ohio searching for a value-driven community where they are not only cared for but cared about.
Check out Columbus Business First’s recent article about The Ashford at Sturbridge.
With the holidays can come joy and cheer, but also snow and frigid temperatures. And for that reason, Wallick’s volunteer committee, Heart of Service, devised a plan to keep The Ashfords’ senior residents warm and cozy this chilly season by organizing a blanket drive.
With the help of Wallick’s associates, Heart of Service collected 153 blankets for residents at two of the Company’s affordable senior living communities, The Ashford on Broad and The Ashford of Mt. Washington. Each blanket was packaged with a personalized card and gifted to residents at their community’s holiday party. Put on by The Ashfords’ staff members, both holiday bashes had a feast, music, support from Wallick associates, and of course a special appearance by Santa Clause.
Although the basic fleece blanket probably won’t make Amazon’s Hottest Holiday Gift Guide anytime soon, words can’t describe how delighted residents were to get a surprise gift from a friend at Wallick.
It just shows – no matter the gift, it’s the thought that always means the most. Thank you to everyone who donated.
It was going to take a lot more than chilly temps and drizzly rain to stop Wallick’s business partners from catching a first glimpse of The Ashford at Sturbridge, the Company’s latest affordable assisted living community.
Over 50 guests eagerly arrived at Sturbridge last Thursday for the Community’s first event since Wallick broke ground last October. A new addition to one of Hilliard, Ohio’s many suburban neighborhoods, The Ashford at Sturbridge resides on the same campus of Wallick’s affordable apartment community for seniors, Sturbridge Green.
Once complete, The Ashford at Sturbridge will offer 124 studio and one-bedroom suites and serve as an affordable option for seniors in central Ohio searching for a value-driven community where they are not only cared for, but cared bout.
Check out pictures from The Ashford at Sturbridge’s first event!
Meet Andrew, our new Director of Marketing for Senior Living. He leads the marketing and strategy for our senior living communities which includes: positioning, brand strategy, and lead generation.
Andrew joins Wallick Communities after spending eight years at Abbott Nutrition. In his previous role as Senior Brand Manager, Andrew led the direct marketing efforts for the Ensure and Glucerna brands. Andrew received a bachelor’s in international studies from The University of Mississippi, his MBA from The George Washington University, and teaches marketing at The Ohio State University. Andrew lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife and three children.
The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, a division of the Ohio Department of Aging, has released results of the 2017 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey. This survey, conducted through face-to-face interviews with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, assessed residents’ satisfaction with an array of subjects related to their care and everyday life.
The statewide average satisfaction score for assisted living facilities was 85.2 out of 100. With an overall score of 92.4, The Ashford on Broad ranked first among Columbus assisted living communities for resident satisfaction. In addition to overall satisfaction, the survey measured how well specific aspects of the facility met the residents’ needs and expectations. The attached image shows The Ashford on Broad’s scores for each aspect and how it compared to the statewide average.
The Ashford on Broad’s excellent ratings also placed the community in the top 10% of all assisted living communities in Ohio. Congratulations to the team members that made The Ashford on Broad one of the best care facilities in the state!
What was once just a concept, has now become reality. In 2017 Wallick celebrated the grand openings of its first two affordable assisted living communities, The Ashford on Broad and The Ashford of Mt. Washington. In October, Wallick broke ground on its third affordable assisted living community, The Ashford at Sturbridge. Additional communities are being planned in Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Akron and Indianapolis.
Affordable assisted living is merely one opportunity within the realm of senior living that Wallick has turned its focus toward. In May, The company broke ground on its second memory care community, The Grove at Oakleaf Village of Columbus. Premarketing of The Grove is now underway as the community is expected to open in July 2018.
Nearly 30 years ago Wallick redefined and raised the bar for senior living with the development of its assisted living communities, Oakleaf Village of Toledo and Oakleaf Village of Columbus. Those communities continue to thrive today, providing valued care and services to over 250 senior residents.
Now, Wallick Communities is extending its reach into the senior living market with a new value-driven product. Wallick is creating assisted living communities for seniors, regardless of their level of income.
“There is a significant, growing need for assisted living communities for seniors at all income levels. While the market is generally meeting the needs for seniors with means, there is a significant unmet need for most other seniors. We’re looking to fill that need,” said CEO Tom Feusse.
Wallick is already working on new developments around the Midwest to address this market. Look for more news in the near-term as these plans become reality.