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Santa Marta’s Health Care Expansion Nearing Completion

Santa Marta is pushing toward completion of a health care expansion at its life plan community campus in Olathe, Kan. The $11 project will add eight assisted living units, 12 memory support suites and 18 private skilled nursing beds, as well as a new physical therapy gym.

The skilled nursing portion of the project is expected to be ready for occupancy this November. Workers are currently painting and installing flooring, tile and wall coverings. Final grading has also started in preparation for landscaping.

The assisted living and memory support portions of the project are expected to be ready for occupancy this December. Workers are currently installing showers and finishing drywall. Painting will soon commence.

In addition to its duties as management consultant at Santa Marta, Greystone is also development consultant on this expansion project. See photos of progress in the gallery below.

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Announcing the 2016 Greystone Diamond Awards

Successful senior living management requires excellence across a number of dimensions. Each year, Greystone tracks the achievement of the communities it manages across these dimensions, including:

  • Resident Satisfaction
  • Employee Satisfaction
  • First Impressions
  • Financial Performance
  • Hospitality
  • Task Force Participation
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Involvement
  • Passing of Health Care Surveys

Communities that perform at an exceptional level on a consistent basis are honored through Greystone’s Diamond Awards, given each summer at The Greystone Event. This year, five communities earned single diamond awards and one community earned a two-diamond award. Here’s a look at this year’s winners:


Two-Diamond Recognition

Santa Marta
Sponsor: Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Location: Olathe, Kan.
ED: Chet Surmaczewicz


One-Diamond Recognition

Aberdeen Heights
Sponsor: Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America
Location: Kirkwood, Mo.
ED: Jamie Kneen

The Buckingham
Sponsor: Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation
Location: Houston, Texas
ED: Julie Fenske

Edgemere
Sponsor: Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation
Location: Dallas, Texas
ED: John Falldine

Edgewood Summit
Sponsor: ABH, Inc.
Location: Charleston, W.Va.
ED: Diane Gouhin

Querencia at Barton Creek
Sponsor: Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation
Location: Austin, Texas
ED: Nate Weyand

See photos from the Diamond Award presentation in the gallery below.

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Santa Marta’s Phase II Takes Shape

New assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing units, plus new commons areas, are under construction at Santa Marta, a continuing care retirement community in Olathe, Kan. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Santa Marta first opened in 2007. Its early success and strong reputation in the market created demand that necessitated this Phase II expansion. Here’s a look at where construction stands:

Assisted Living and Memory Support

The new assisted living and memory support space is part of a three-story structure whose first floor will be used as basement storage. The second floor includes 12 memory support units, each 356 square feet, as well as a sunroom and multi-purpose room. The third floor includes eight assisted living units, available in four different unit types. The assisted living floor also includes a multi-purpose space.

Construction crews are currently installing roof framing and trusses on this new three-story structure. All exterior windows have been installed, and, once the roof is complete, interior mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation will begin. Completion of this new structure is expected in December 2016.

Skilled Nursing

The skilled nursing addition includes 18 private units. Residents choose from among four unit types that range in size from 283 to 311 square feet. Commons areas in this new skilled nursing space will include a chapel, multi-purpose room, dining room, TV room and administrative offices.

Currently, interior mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are being installed, along with interior drywall and exterior masonry. The roof is complete and all exterior windows are installed. Full completion is expected in November 2016.

Renovation of Existing Spaces

Santa Marta’s Phase II isn’t limited to expansion. As part of the project, the community will renovate existing skilled nursing and memory support dining spaces to make room for more seating. Santa Marta will also renovate its existing physical therapy space to enhance capacity. Renovation of these spaces will begin in summer 2016 and end in December 2016.

Greystone is serving as development consultant at Santa Marta, in addition to its responsibilities as marketing and management consultant. See construction photos taken March 24 in the gallery below. Learn more about Santa Marta.

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Santa Marta Resident Wins Greystone Art Competition

Katy Zahner of Santa Marta

Katy Zahner of Santa Marta

The First Annual Greystone Art Competition turned up many talented residents from continuing care retirement communities around the country. After much debate and valuable input from a panel of expert judges, Katy Zahner was named the Overall Winner for her work titled “Pals.”

Zahner, 87, is a resident at Santa Marta, a CCRC in Olathe, Kan. She recently answered questions about her art experience, her prize-winning piece, and life at Santa Marta.

Read the Q&A below, and see photos of the prize-winning pieces in the gallery below:

 

 

How long have you been painting?

I started in earnest probably around college. I fooled around before, did what I could, but I started taking lessons then. I went to St. Louis for college for one year, then returned to Kansas City to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. I starting doing shows, and now it’s practically all I can do.

Do others at Santa Marta paint?

There are a few. A couple of men here on my floor started painting in their 80s and did amazingly well. There’s a retired dentist here who does watercolors. There are a few others who did it for a while but not as much now.

What inspired “Pals”?

Well, my husband had a heart attack and was kind of restless and bored because he couldn’t drive his car. So I made an appointment with a photographer. I wanted to take a picture of one of my grandchildren, and I told my husband to come with us. He was sitting outside and laughing with my grandchild, and I told the photographer, “Quick, get a picture.” I happened to have this picture, and I had to paint it.

What was your process like?

I didn’t do it quickly. My way of doing it, I put the small snapshot of the photograph in a projector, and I project it onto a canvas to outline. We had a very fine teacher say: “You haven’t come here to learn how to draw, you came here to learn how to paint. So anything you can do to get yourself to the point of painting more quickly, do it.” So I start from there. I don’t like to paint on white canvas, so I put a wash of something over it to make it not stark white, and I just started painting.

What type of paint do you use?

I use oils. I’ve never painted in watercolor. I get several things from Dick Blick, I send away for those, and I always start with good brushes. That’s so important.

How long does the painting take?

I paint it until I’m through, that’s all I can tell you. I had a friend whose wife died, and he wanted me to paint a portrait of her taken when she was 19. He gave me this picture in black and white, and then he told me pretty much what her coloring was and gave me some snapshots that had been taken later on. I had to get the black and white into her skin color and hair color — it’s not so easy, but I love it. I worked and worked until I was satisfied and he was satisfied. But you can’t just slap a painting of a person together, it’s got to suddenly come alive. When it does, I’m satisfied.

What else are you working on?

I have three great grandsons, and I’m working on this little fella who’s about 2-and-a-half. It’s the perfect age to do a baby. And then I have people come to me with other things, animals. I’d rather do people and animals, but I’ve done a vacation house for someone. When I went to Europe, I did some of the doors. But I prefer people and animals. I finished painting a horse not too long ago, and I love those. I’ve done cats, dogs, horses, birds.

What made you choose Santa Marta?

I was drawn to it as soon as I saw it advertised in my church newspaper. I looked with my daughter everywhere, but nothing called to me like Santa Marta. I have everything I want and everything I need. I’m Catholic, and I have the chance to go to Mass every day. The atmosphere is so nice; we’re friendly. Where else could you go and have more than 100 friends you see every day? This is my home.

See the photos of the winning submissions in the gallery below:

Overall Winner and First Place Independent Living

"Pals" By Katie Zahner of Santa Marta (Olathe, KS)

“Pals” By Katie Zahner of Santa Marta (Olathe, KS)

Second Place Independent Living

"Purple Iris" by Lil Bias of Edgewood Summit (Charleston, WV)

“Purple Iris” by Lil Bias of Edgewood Summit (Charleston, WV)

Third Place Independent Living

"Masterpiece" by John Puryear of Querencia (Austin, TX)

“Masterpiece” by John Puryear of Querencia (Austin, TX)

First Place Health Care

"Summer Bloom" by Marguerite Walker of Edgewood Summit (Charleston, WV)

“Summer Bloom” by Marguerite Walker of Edgewood Summit (Charleston, WV)

Second Place Health Care

"Untitled" by Dorothy Cox of Redstone Village (Huntsville, AL)

“Untitled” by Dorothy Cox of Redstone Village (Huntsville, AL)

Third Place Health Care

"Family II" by Ann Cohn of The Buckingham (Houston, TX)

“Family II” by Ann Cohn of The Buckingham (Houston, TX)

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Greystone Announces Diamond Award Winners at The Event

Greystone presents the Diamond Awards each year to honor the most accomplished Greystone-managed senior living communities from around the country. The Diamond Awards take into account several components:

  • Resident satisfaction
  • First impressions
  • Financial performance
  • Hospitality
  • Professional employee growth
  • Community accomplishments
  • Leadership development

To be considered, each community submits a binder that documents its performance in these areas and more. Holleran conducts resident and employee satisfaction surveys, and Greystone conducts an unannounced first-impressions visit. Finally, Greystone evaluates each community’s submission and scores to determine if it qualifies for a Diamond Award.

The Diamond Awards feature four tiers: one Diamond (score of 82–86), two Diamonds (87–90), three Diamonds (91–94), and four Diamonds (95 and higher). This year’s ceremony also included a special Diamond Award presented to LeadingAge CEO Larry Minnix.

While the Diamond Awards are not an end to themselves, they do help communities deliver on service excellence and provide the very best senior living management services. Here are this year’s honorees:

 

Two-Diamond Recognition

Edgemere
Sponsor: Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation
Location: Dallas, Texas
ED: John Falldine

Santa Marta
Sponsor: Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Location: Olathe, Kan.
ED: Chet Surmaczewicz

 

One-Diamond Recognition

Aberdeen Heights
Sponsor: Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America
Location: Kirkwood, Mo.
ED: Jamie Kneen

The Buckingham
Sponsor: Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation
Location: Houston, Texas
ED: Julie Fenske

Edgewood Summit
Sponsor: ABH, Inc.
Location: Charleston, W.Va.
ED: Diane Gouhin

Gulf Coast Village
Sponsor: Volunteers of America
Location: Cape Coral, Fla.
ED: Kevin Ahmadi

Querencia at Barton Creek
Sponsor: Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation
Location: Austin, Texas
ED: Nate Weyand

See photos from the Diamond Award presentation in the gallery below.

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