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Oak Crest Receives James W. Rouse Diversity Award from CHRA

May 20, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, received the James W. Rouse Diversity Award from the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).  The ceremony was held on May 15th at the PSA Financial Learning Center in Hunt Valley. The James W. Rouse Diversity Award honors the innovative strategies that businesses have developed and implemented to advance the concept and spirit of diversity.  The award is given to the organization that demonstrates the very best diversity initiatives. Wendy Kelly is the Director of Human Resources at Oak Crest.  "We are proud to have earned this recognition from the Chesapeake Human Resources...

Oak Crest Catholic Community Honors Blessed Mother at Annual May Day Service

May 7, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---The Oak Crest Catholic Community continued a tradition of honoring the Blessed Mother at its 13th Annual May Day Service. The May Day program occurred on Friday, May 3rd at the community's Chapel with the Rosary, Marian hymns and the Mass which followed.  Charlotte Ullmann, granddaughter of Oak Crest resident Lois Ullmann, was the May Queen and crowned the Blessed Mother during the May procession.  "As we continue to celebrate our Year of Faith, we honor the Blessed Mother this May Day with her title 'Mary, Fountain of Light and Life,'" stated Sister Danielle Murphy, MHSH. Father Joe Bonadio...

Oak Crest's Bob Gralley Recognized at Governor's 6th Annual Leadership in Aging Awards

May 3, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---He is the "Marathon Man" of Oak Crest retirement community, but his passion for health and wellness is an inspiration to all Marylanders. Robert Gralley was recognized at the Governor's 6th Annual Leadership in Aging Awards at a luncheon ceremony held on May 2nd at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Maryland.  May is Older Americans Month, and the event acknowledges the many accomplishments, contributions and service by older citizens to the state and nation. With his wife, Betty, fellow residents and employees of Oak Crest in attendance, Mr. Gralley received the Health and Vitality Award for 2013 from...

Oak Crest Celebrates the Power of Volunteers

Apr 29, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---Joining thousands of unsung volunteers across the nation, residents and guests of Oak Crest retirement community celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Week on April 26th with a Fabulous 50's-themed awards luncheon. The Erickson Living campus presented the 2013 Presidential Service Awards to 231 deserving residents who qualified based on their contribution of time and talents to help others at Oak Crest and in the greater community.  In 2012, residents and friends of Oak Crest logged more than 86,000 hours of volunteer service in partnerships with organizations like the Maryland Food Bank, Our Daily Bread and educational programs with Deep Creek...

17th Annual Scholars' Award Ceremony at Oak Crest Celebrates the Journey

Apr 18, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---"Perspective."  "Dedication."  "Sharing."  "Thank you." These words repeatedly set the tone for the 17th Annual Scholars' Award Ceremony held on April 17th at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community in Parkville. Forty high school students employed in the Dining Services Department earned scholarships for their collegiate careers.  The value of these awards is $1,000 per year for a four-year total of $4,000. Beyond honoring academic excellence and workplace leadership, the Student Scholar Program at Oak Crest is a testament to the relationships developed between students employed in the Dining Services Department and the residents they serve. Dr. Jack...

Celebration of Legacy: Pride in Judge Baylor

Apr 2, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---For Michelle Baylor Caldwell, the reveal of the official portrait of her father, the Honorable Solomon Baylor, was a moment filled with emotion. "When I saw it initially, the tears flowed because it looks as if my dad could just start speaking from the canvass," described Ms. Caldwell.  "To share this event with family and friends was so special to me." The unveiling occurred during the 2013 Term of Court Ceremony sponsored by the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation on March 19th.  The dedication of the portrait of Judge Baylor was...

Oak Crest Announces Hiring of Gary Hibbs as Executive Director

Mar 26, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Gary D. Hibbs as its Executive Director. Since 2005, Mr. Hibbs has served as the Regional Executive Director for Erickson Living Management.  Previously, he was the Executive Director for sister communities of Oak Crest in Michigan and New Jersey. In his new leadership position, Mr. Hibbs will oversee daily operations at the 90-acre community that is home to over 2,100 residents and 1,000 employees. Oak Crest features independent living neighborhoods of 1,524 residences in a variety of floor plans and pricing options.  Its continuing care neighborhood provides assisted...

Oak Crest Promotes John Lurz to Continuing Care Administrator

Mar 19, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---Oak Crest retirement community announced the promotion of John Lurz to the position of Continuing Care Administrator. Previously, Mr. Lurz served as the Assisted Living Manager at the Erickson Living community in northeast Baltimore County. Mr. Lurz brings fifteen years of health care administration to his new leadership position.  With Oak Crest since 2010, he has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for more than six years. The extended care neighborhood at Oak Crest provides assisted living, respite care, post-acute rehabilitation & nursing care and outpatient rehabilitation services.  It holds the coveted Five-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare...

Oak Crest's F. de Sales Meyers Authors First Novel

Mar 18, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---When F. de Sales Meyers was a youngster, he dreamed of playing his trumpet in front of live audiences. But when his brother gave him a book authored by William Saroyan, a new career path was launched. "At that moment, I fell in love with reading," described Mr. Meyers, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community in Parkville.  His passion for the written word spurred a professional life in public affairs and journalism. At age 88, it also resulted in the publishing of his first novel, That Rainy Day (via Baldwin, MD-based Abecedarian Books, Inc.). After growing up in...

Oak Crest Realty & Moving Services Gives You the Edge

Mar 14, 2013
By: Ashley Ruth Personal Moving Consultant Oak Crest The first full day of spring is on March 21.  It's also the official start of the spring house selling season! Fast Fact #1: In February, the median price of houses in Baltimore County increased by 4.4% from a year ago, according to MRIS data. That's good news for sellers as this time of year is the most opportune for planting that "For Sale" sign in your front yard. But preparation is the key to taking advantage of an improving market. As the personal moving consultant for Oak Crest retirement community, I...