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Pamela Sutton Named Greenspring’s New Director of Resident Life

Oct 22, 2014

(Springfield, Va.) – Pamela Sutton has recently been named the new Director of Resident Life at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va. She brings to Greenspring more than 22 years of experience working in the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining Greenspring, Sutton was the Director of Rehabilitation at a large nursing facility and spent the last 16 years working with seniors. As the Director of Resident Life, she will provide leadership and operational oversight to a variety of departments including Community Resources, the Volunteer Program, Community TV, Pastoral Ministries, Intermissions, Social Work, Home Support, Certified...

50th Anniversary of Gilligan's Island: Residents at Greenspring Retirement Community Recreate Iconic Cast Photo

Sep 17, 2014

(Springfield, Va.) - It was 50 years ago this September 26th that Gilligan's Island first appeared on television. While the show only ran for three years, it made a significant cultural impact on multiple generations. To celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the show, seven residents from Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. recreated an iconic Gilligan's Island cast photo:


Greenspring , one of 18 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many...

Greenspring's Continuing Care Neighborhood Receives "Gold Leaf" Recognition

Aug 22, 2014

(Springfield, Va.) - The Virginia Health Quality Center (VHQC) presented Greenspring's Continuing Care neighborhood with a "Gold Leaf" recognition.  The community received this recognition for its dedication to improving healthcare outcomes and resident satisfaction through its support of the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative and the Virginia Nursing Home Quality Care Learning Network.  To be considered for this recognition, care neighborhoods were required to set quality improvement goals, collect and measure data, demonstrate improvement, and complete the QAPI Self-Assessment provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

"This award recognizes the positive clinical...

Greenspring Packs 250 Bags for Back-to-School Event

Aug 19, 2014

(Springfield, Va.) - During the week of August 11, the Human Resources department at Greenspring retirement community hosted a "Back-to-School" event.  Residents and staff members came together to assemble and distribute bags of school supplies to Greenspring employees with children or grandchildren in Kindergarten through 8 th grades.  Just in time for the next school year, the community distributed 250 bags full of school supplies to staff members.

"This is a wonderful way for us to give back to our employees," said Tamika Mitchell, Director of Human Resources at Greenspring.  "We...

Traveling Around the World in One Day: Greenspring Focuses on Culture and Heritage with Diversity Expo

Aug 1, 2014

(Springfield, Va.) - On Thursday, July 31, Greenspring hosted the 4 th Annual Diversity Expo at the Springfield, Va. retirement community.  The event, spearheaded by the community's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, provided for an eclectic cultural experience with international foods, clothing, food, music and dance.  Well over 600 residents and staff visited the event throughout the day, which provided delight for all the senses!

Greenspring regularly celebrates its diverse staff and provides opportunities like the Diversity Expo to promote cultural appreciation and expression.  At the Diversity Expo, staff members shared for display and...

Greenspring Celebrates Diversity with International Night

Jul 16, 2014

Staff members celebrate and share cultural heritage with residents during an evening of entertainment and culinary delight

[caption id="attachment_121912" align="alignright" width="300"] Greenspring staff member David Mambu, resident Roy O'Connor, and staff member Sarah Turay. (credit Roy O'Connor)[/caption] (Springfield, Va.) - Woodland Skies, one of the full service, on-campus dining venues at Greenspring, recently hosted an International Night event at the community.   The restaurant was transformed into an intercontinental stage celebrating various regions of the globe; staff members from those regions celebrated their cultural roots with traditional dress and music throughout the evening.  Additionally, residents...

Greenspring Veterans Groups Sponsor Local Students for Virginia Girls State Program

Jun 3, 2014

Springfield retirement community residents raise funds to send student employees to weeklong leadership program

[caption id="attachment_117635" align="alignright" width="224"] Yeawah Mambu (L) and Jenny Portillo (R) will be attending the Virginia Girls State Program June 15-21 at Longwood University; as student employees at Greenspring, they will be sponsored by Greenspring Post 123 and the Women in Military Services resident group.[/caption] (Springfield, Va.) -  Four years ago, Greenspring Post 123 was issued its formal charter as in independent Post in The American Legion.  Today, the Post has 58 members at Greenspring.  Since 2011, the Post has...

Greenspring to Distribute Over $320,000 in Scholarships to Local High School Seniors

May 16, 2014

Annual Scholars Awards Ceremony will be held at Greenspring on Wednesday, May 21

(Springfield, Va.) - On Wednesday, May 21, Greenspring will host family, friends, residents, staff, and local school officials at the annual Scholars Awards Ceremony.  At the event this year, thirty-two local seniors will be recognized as 2014 candidates for $10,000 scholarships from the community.  In 1999, Greenspring established a Scholars' Fund which provides scholarships to local high school students who have worked in various dining services capacities at the retirement community; in addition to receiving a wage, students may be eligible for...

Greenspring Railroad Club to Host Model Train Show with Displays by Two Virginia Railroad Clubs

May 2, 2014

Saturday, May 10 & Sunday, May 11

[caption id="attachment_113897" align="alignright" width="300"] The holiday village at Greenspring, which includes a working model railroad set up each year by the Railroad Club at the community.[/caption] WHAT:  The Greenspring Railroad Club will host a two-day Model Railroad Train Show May 10-11 at the retirement community.  Two Virginia railroad clubs will bring their modular railroad layouts; one layout, modelled in N scale, will be provided by the Northern Virginia NTRAKers ( ) and a second layout, modelled in HO scale, will be provided by the Piedmont...

Greenspring Celebrates Earth Day

Apr 24, 2014
[caption id="attachment_111615" align="alignright" width="300"] Staff member, Diane Gatsis Havinga, was named "Greenspring Environmentalist of the Year" by the resident-run Environmentalists group. Diane has biked to work at Greenspring for over 10 years and estimates that she bikes roundtrip about 8 miles to and from the community.[/caption] (Springfield, Va.) - What do you get when you combine a Tegu lizard and a four-wheel, energy efficient pedal car?  Earth Day at Greenspring! On Tuesday, April 22, Greenspring retirement community celebrated Earth Day.   The event included several highlights including a display of fuel efficient vehicles, an assortment of exotic animals...