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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...

Oak Crest Extended Care Neighborhood Wins National Committed to Excellence Award

Feb 18, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---The extended care neighborhood at Oak Crest retirement community earned a 2012 Committed to Excellence Award from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Inc., a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to health and person-centered care. The presentation was made on January 24th during an awards luncheon at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore. The recognition was received for "achieving excellence in the reduction of physical restraints" in the extended care neighborhood.   For an entire calendar year, no such means were utilized by the medical professionals there. The extended care neighborhood at Oak Crest provides assisted living, respite care, post-acute rehabilitation &...

Oak Crest Pianists Make Beautiful Music with New Addition

Feb 6, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---With beautiful pieces of Bach, Chopin and Beethoven performed by the Oak Crest Pianists, residents and guests of the Erickson Living retirement community celebrated a new addition to its Chapel: a Kawai grand piano. The dedication of the piano was the centerpiece of the January 31st concert.  The purchase of the Kawai was made possible through the generous bequest of Vivian Yarnell, a former resident of Oak Crest. "The piano is an important part of life at Oak Crest and the community at-large.  In addition to the role it plays in supporting musical ministry, the piano is an integral...

"Super Dreams:" In Video, Oak Crest Retirees Pay Tribute To Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Season

Jan 30, 2013
PARKVILLE--- From the 4th and 29 "Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice Up the Middle" play in San Diego to the "Flacco Fling" in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, it has been a dream season for the Baltimore Ravens, leading to the team's second Super Bowl appearance. During a week of Super Bowl fever at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community in Baltimore, MD, residents and employees took the celebration one step further: they starred in a video that pays tribute to the hometown team. Released today via YouTube, the 90-second video captures the thrill of being introduced before the big...

Oak Crest Welcomes Perry Hall Resident Pastor Don Beutel as Pastoral Associate for Protestant Faith Community

Jan 16, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---Oak Crest retirement community announced the hiring of Pastor Don Beutel as its new Pastoral Associate for its Protestant Faith Community. Previously, Pastor Beutel served as the Pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Perry Hall from 1982-2001 and Visiting Pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church on Harford Road from 2001-2007. At Oak Crest, Pastor Beutel will serve as Co-Pastor with Pastor Elmer Klein in presiding over Protestant worship services at the community's Chapel and provide visitation and counseling support to residents and family members. He earned his undergraduate degree from Capital University in Ohio and...

Remodeled Banners Café at Oak Crest Offers Blend of the Traditional & "Made for You"

Jan 8, 2013
PARKVILLE, MD---Brick oven pizza.  Teriyaki shrimp stir fry.  Grab and go salads.  Digital menu boards and hi-def television. A lunch time scene at a busy college campus restaurant? Think again.  It's the newly remodeled Banners Café at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community in Parkville, Maryland. David Colacicco is the Director of Dining Services at Oak Crest.  "We are excited about the new look of the Banners Café, but we will ultimately be judged by quality, variety and healthy menu choices.  Those are the key satisfiers for the residents whom we serve," he said. And serve they will.  Banners...

Ministry to Children Goes Beyond Borders for Audrey Brodbeck

Dec 17, 2012
PARKVILLE, MD--It's been said that service to others is the rent you pay for living on this planet. Audrey Brodbeck, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community, leads by example. The graduate of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago has devoted her life to Christian ministry, focusing her efforts with children.  She has worked with the Child Evangelism Fellowship in both Pennsylvania and Maryland. "I love the ministry of sharing God's gift and bringing joy to those less fortunate," described Ms. Brodbeck. During the 2012 holiday season, Ms. Brodbeck lent her time and talent to Operation Christmas Child, an annual...

David Modell Appears on Oak Crest Benevolent Care Fund Telethon

Dec 12, 2012
PARKVILLE, MD---December 7th was a true Purple Friday at Oak Crest as a Baltimore Ravens pioneer made a special visit. The Erickson Living retirement community hosted David Modell, current consultant and former president & chief executive officer of the National Football League team. Mr. Modell was a headliner on the community's 4th Annual Benevolent Care Fund Telethon, airing on Oak Crest's in-house TV station, WOCV. The annual event raised $50,000 for the fund, according to Todd Sullivan, Director of Philanthropy and host of the telethon. "My heartfelt thanks to David Modell for taking time to appear on our telethon," stated...