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Greenspring’s Continuing Care Neighborhood Receives Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Mar 9, 2015

(Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) — U.S. News & World Report recently released its seventh annual Best Nursing Homes ratings. Greenspring’s Continuing Care neighborhood was recognized with the highest overall rating of five stars. The U.S. News ratings highlight the top care communities in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 nationwide.

“Achieving this recognition further reaffirms our dedication to providing outstanding care and service to our residents,” said Karen Boyce, Director of Continuing Care at Greenspring. “Our team of skilled health professionals works in partnership to...

Greenspring Resident Shares Her Experience Fighting for Civil Rights Progress

Feb 23, 2015

Carolyn Pledger spent nine years volunteering with the Panel of American Women promoting an open dialogue about social and religious injustice

(Springfield, Va.) - In 1932, Carolyn Pledger was born in Pennsylvania into a family deeply rooted in American history. She is a descendant of abolitionists and her two great grandfathers fought in the Union army during the Civil War; one of her great grandfathers was an escapee from Andersonville Prison, a Confederate military prison that operated for only 14 months during the war. According to the Civil War Trust, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were...

Ben Cornthwaite Selected as the New Executive Director at Greenspring

Feb 2, 2015

(Springfield, Va.) – Ben Cornthwaite has been selected as the new Executive Director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va. Cornthwaite has worked with Erickson Living in various leadership roles for more than a decade and has over 15 years of experience in senior living and health care operations and management.

“The experience and knowledge that Ben has gained over the past ten years with Erickson Living will serve him well in his new leadership role at Greenspring,” said Kerry Jones, Vice President of Regional Operations for Erickson Living. “He brings to the community...

Greenspring Presents Over 240 President’s Volunteer Service Awards, the Highest Number of Annual Awards in Community History

Jan 26, 2015

Volunteer service activities at Greenspring in 2014 totaled over 96,000 hours

(Springfield, Va.) - Since 2005, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. has presented President’s Volunteer Service Awards to residents and non-residents who volunteer both at Greenspring and with Greenspring-related service activities in the greater community. This year marks the 10 th anniversary of the first ceremony honoring President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients at the community. On February 13, Greenspring presented 242 awards for volunteer service in 2014, the highest number of annual awards presented to date. “We have more than 670 active volunteers at...

Greenspring’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Champions Crowned

Jan 22, 2015

Guest judges sampled more than one dozen chili recipes during the ‘heated’ competition

(Springfield, Va.) - While the snow fell around the D.C. region on January 21, more than 150 Greenspring residents and staff warmed up inside at the community’s 2 nd Annual Chili Cook-Off. This year, over one dozen recipes were submitted from staff members and residents including Greenspring’s reigning Chili Cook-Off champions.

Each chili was sampled and rated by a panel of five judges including ABC7/WJLA-TV news co-anchors Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji, Greenspring’s dining committee resident chairman Hank Spille, Greenspring’s Director of Finance...

Georgette Ngembus Named Greenspring’s Director of Nursing

Jan 13, 2015

(Springfield, Va.) – Georgette Ngembus has recently been named the new Director of Nursing at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va.

Ngembus has worked at Greenspring for more than 11 years. Since August 2010, she has served as the Assistant Director of Nursing at the community and more recently assumed the role of Interim Director of Nursing. During her tenure at Greenspring, she has played an important role in helping the community’s Continuing Care neighborhood achieve a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency’s highest score possible, as...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Greenspring to Host 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Featuring Community Chef and Resident Recipes

Jan 12, 2015

Guest judges including ABC7-WJLA-TV’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji will help to determine Best in Show

Wednesday, January 21 | 12:30-3:00 pm

WHAT: The winners from Greenspring’s first annual chili cook-off will return to defend their titles on January 21; resident Clint Lambert and Greenspring Chefs Eric Phipps and Robbina Osei-Owusu took first place the resident and culinary chefs categories. This year, special guest judges from ABC7/WJLA-TV will join us to sample over a dozen chili’s and select this year’s winners! Community chefs will be submitting and preparing their own special recipes; Greenspring...

Greenspring’s Holiday Pet Parade to Feature Over Thirty Costumed Dogs including a Variety of Rare Breeds

Dec 2, 2014

Guest dogs will include breeds such as the Newfoundland, Ibizan Hound, Komondor, Xoloitzcuintl, and Spinone Italiano

Saturday, December 6, 2014 | 2pm

WHAT: More than 30 dogs will join this year’s Holiday Pet Parade! Participating dogs are those of Greenspring residents, family members, staff, and special invited guests. Some of the dogs include:

AKC Grand Champion, Dulcinea, a wire-coated Ibizan Hound AKC champion of record, Betty, a Komondor (who received an invitation to the prestigious Westminster dog show in February) Delilah, a Spinone Italiano, whose “mom” works as a photographer for the...

Greenspring Hosts 12th Annual Turkey Trot, Donates 300 Turkeys to Area Families in Need

Nov 24, 2014

(Springfield, Va.) – On Friday, November 21, unseasonably chilly temperatures didn’t keep residents and staff at Greenspring retirement community from participating in the 12 th annual turkey trot on campus. This year, more than 400 members of the Greenspring community donated funds to help local families this Thanksgiving.

As a result of the funds donated by the community, Greenspring was able to provide 300 turkeys to area families in need through three area nonprofits: SOME (So Others Might Eat) , Central Union Mission , and Southeast Whitehouse. Traditionally each year, representatives from the nonprofits participate in...

Greenspring’s Culinary Chefs Share Hands-On Experience with Students at GMU

Nov 18, 2014

(Springfield, Va.) - On Tuesday, November 18, three of Greenspring’s chefs shared a presentation and provided a culinary demo for students at George Mason University. The topic for the class in the course, “Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle,” focused on reviewing proper nutrition for seniors. The Greenspring chefs provided an overview of how Greenspring determines and rotates menus for the residents of the community and described the community’s culinary health resource, the My Nutrition program.

During the class, Greenspring’s Executive Chef Michael Ritt shared a presentation about the focus on healthy dining at Greenspring. The My...