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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Lifespace has completed a $112 million expansion project at Oak Trace, a seniors housing community in Downers Grove, approximately 20 miles west of Chicago. The new building completed as the third and final phase of the project features 140 new luxury independent living apartments; a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic center; a performing arts center; multiple restaurant-style dining venues; a salon and spa; and an upscale style coffee shop. The first phase of the renovation and expansion project, completed in 2019, was the creation of Oak Trace’s …

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Riverton Enhanced Senior Living, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Allentown, has named Jennifer Simmers as its new executive director.  Prior to her appointment, Simmers served as executive director of Oxford Crossings, a personal care community in Langhorne. With more than a decade of experience, she is a licensed physical therapist assistant and previously held a range of positions with Phoebe Ministries, including director of rehabilitation and personal care home administrator at the nonprofit’s Richland property.

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GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Emerald Communities, a nonprofit operator with two continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in Washington, has appointed Chris Lucero as the new executive director at Heron’s Key in Gig Harbor, just across the Puget Sound from Tacoma. Lucero has more than 17 years of experience in the senior living industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of New Mexico. As executive director, Lucero will oversee the management, planning, organization, leadership, evaluation and control in all departments of Heron’s Key.

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DALLAS — Edgemere, a continuing care retirement community in North Dallas, has promoted Teresa Bates to executive director.  Bates brings more than 25 years of senior living experience to the community. She started with Edgemere in 2002 and assisted with the opening of its health center. She held several positions within the community for 17 years before returning in 2022 as the associate executive director. As executive director at Edgemere, Bates oversees the daily operations of the community across all departments and team members.

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Patricia Toledo Technology Expectations EHRs

Consumer expectations of technology are evolving due to a generational shift. Today’s senior living and long-term care residents and their family members are becoming increasingly tech-savvy. Their adeptness with digital solutions continues to grow with new technology. Residents and their families’ use of these tools is expanding rapidly to include staying updated on health and activities, tracking medication, managing important documentation and overseeing finances. Electronic health records (EHRs) can assist in centralizing this information and can conform to the latest customer needs. Residents and their loved ones expect easy access …

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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — EBSC Lending has provided a $51.8 million loan for the expansion of a senior living and skilled nursing community located in Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland.  The 294,083 square-foot project will add a four-story independent and assisted living building featuring 86 units. The expansion also includes a two-story skilled nursing building and a two-story health center with a physical and occupational therapy gym and memory care suites. Construction began in June 2021, and the new expanded spaces are slated to open in January 2025. The …

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Nonprofit senior living provider Buckner Retirement Services has acquired The Stayton at Museum Way, a seniors housing community in Fort Worth. The Stayton at Museum Way is an 11-story continuing care retirement community featuring 188 independent living units, 42 assisted living units, 20 memory care units and 46 skilled nursing units.  The seller, Lifespace Communities, acquired The Stayton in 2019 and has operated it since. The price was not disclosed. The Stayton will be the seventh senior living community owned and operated by Buckner in Texas, …

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — LCS Development, An LCS Company, has received an undisclosed amount of financing for the community expansion and remodeling project at Cypress Glen, a senior living community in Greenville.  The $90 million project will add 57 independent living residences and include a new auditorium, expo kitchen, wine bar and remodeled amenities. LCS Development has led the planning, development and design, and will oversee the construction services.  The expansion is slated for completion by November 2025. Cypress Glen sits on over 95 scenic acres and is the only continuing …

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Rose Villa Senior Living, an independent continuing care retirement community in Portland, has appointed Glen Lewis as its next CEO. The outgoing CEO, Vassar Byrd, left to take the CEO role at Kendal in December after overseeing a 10-year transformation plan at Rose Villa. Lewis joins Rose Villa after nearly 20 years in the senior living and hospitality industries, most recently as executive director at Edgewater, a WesleyLife community in Des Moines. Previously, he was executive director at an independent senior living community in Portland and Seattle-based Aegis Senior …

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REDMOND, Wash. — Emerald Communities, a Redmond-based nonprofit seniors housing organization serving Emerald Heights and Heron’s Key, has appointed Uche Okezie as its newest board member. In her role on the board, Okezie will serve Emerald Communities, Emerald Heights and Heron’s Key for a three-year term. She will also attend seven board meetings annually, serve on one or more board committees and task forces, and collaborate for the good of the three organizations. Okezie has nearly two decades of project and relationship management experience in multifamily housing, government and nonprofit …

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