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See the latest happenings at our Baltimore County retirement community.

Oak Crest Good Guys Capture Softball Title

Jun 25, 2015
PARKVILLE, MD—During his tenure as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, Buck Showalter will often say “I like our guys” when answering questions from the media. His simple response speaks volumes about the character and accomplishments of his team. If he saw the Oak Crest Good Guys play, the Orioles skipper might say “I like those guys-and gals—too.” Behind timely hitting, solid defense and savvy pitching, the Good Guys, the resident softball team at the Parkville-based retirement community, earned a pair of victories to capture the Annual Erickson Living Softball Tournament. The Good Guys also won the tournament in 2011, 2012...

Oak Crest Residents Help Dollars Stretch for Military Families

Jun 19, 2015
Parkville, MD--The average family of four living in America spends roughly between $130 and $297 each week on groceries, according to a March 2015 report issued by the United States Department of Agriculture. For military families serving overseas, though, the expense can be greater because of currency exchange rates. Residents of Oak Crest retirement community found a simple way to help. They are participating in a Support Our Troops signature project called Troopons®. The program aims to collect manufacturer coupons, both active and expired (up to two months), for food, non-food, baby and pet manufacturer products to help overseas and...

Oak Crest Goes Country at 20th Anniversary Event

May 21, 2015
Parkville, MD— They danced to country music, judged the best homemade pie and admired sparkling classic cars under a sun-splashed sky. It was all part of a country fair hosted by Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, as part of its year-long 20th anniversary commemoration. Hundreds of residents, employees and family members attended the May 20th event held on the 87-acre campus in Parkville. “The country fair was a fitting way to celebrate the bond between residents and employees that has been the hallmark of Oak Crest for more than twenty years,” stated Gary Hibbs, Executive Director. “We were...

Oak Crest Awards Collegiate Scholarships to 38 Employees

Apr 25, 2015
Parkville, MD —Oak Crest announced the thirty-eight member Class of 2015 Student Scholars at its 19th Annual Award Ceremony on April 22. The recipients earned four-year collegiate scholarships in the amount of $5,000, a twenty-five percent increase over last year. The program, funded mainly by resident contributions, raised nearly $143,000 in its spring campaign, according to Todd Sullivan, Director of Philanthropy for the Erickson Living retirement community. In the previous eighteen years, the Oak Crest Scholars Program has raised over $2.36 million, assisting 671 students to advance their collegiate careers. During the ceremony, Dominique Mayer, a scholarship recipient in 2008...

Spring Is Finally Here! And Now It's Time to Garden at Oak Crest

Apr 15, 2015

On Thursday morning, April 16, residents of Oak Crest retirement community in Parkville, MD will be doing spring cleaning for their garden areas, where they will be planting delicious vegetables and beautiful flowers for the season.

This year, they will be joined by students from nearby Rosedale Baptist School for an intergenerational appreciation of gardening.

Together, they’ll be preparing the garden areas for planting, and the residents will share their secret “green thumb” tips with the students. There promises to be many colorful photo ops on a sunny spring morning.

The event will take place from 10:15am-11:30am,...

Oak Crest Residents Receive Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Apr 14, 2015
Parkville, MD—Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, celebrated the generosity of its volunteers with a luncheon on March 27 to recognize those who answer the call to service. 246 residents earned Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for volunteering at least one hundred hours in 2014. They contributed to Baltimore-area programs such as the Maryland Food Bank, Our Daily Bread, Buddy Reading and the Lions Club. All told, residents and friends of Oak Crest logged more than 96,000 hours of service on campus and beyond in 2014. Special honors were presented to three Volunteers of the Year: Mary Snyder (Oak Crest...

Oak Crest’s Extended Care Neighborhood Receives Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Mar 30, 2015
Baltimore, MD--The extended care neighborhood of Oak Crest has received the highest overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes . Created by the publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals, the Best Nursing Homes 2015 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. The goal is to help users find a home with a strong track record of quality care. To create Best Nursing Homes 2015, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a...

Oak Crest Celebrates 20 Years in Style

Mar 17, 2015
PARKVILLE, MD—Despite the biggest winter storm of the season, the show went on at Oak Crest. During the snowy evening of March 5, the Erickson Living retirement community celebrated its 20th anniversary in style, as residents enjoyed elegant dinners and champagne toasts throughout the campus. The main event occurred in Erickson Hall. Forty residents and eighteen employees—those “pioneers” who moved or began working at Oak Crest in 1995—were the guests of honor at a dinner ceremony that blended a nostalgic look back with a glimpse to the future. Dignitaries included John Erickson, the founder of Oak Crest’s original developer and...

In Writing, Charles Pefinis Captures Legacy of the ‘Greatest Generation’ and Beyond

Mar 3, 2015

PARKVILLE, MD—As an Army combat infantryman in Belgium during World War II, Charles Pefinis was feasting on K-rations with his squadron of ten on the side of a remote hill draped with pine trees. As they looked down, three German tanks pulled to the side of the road; soon, those soldiers would exit their Panzers to eat.

All was quiet…until Charles’ breakfast, a block of cheese, slipped from his hand. As in slow motion bouncing between the grass and rocks, it came to rest…immediately under one of the enemy tanks. The American soldiers frantically whispered “get down” as they...

Oak Crest Appoints Dameon Fletcher as Director of Extended Care

Feb 24, 2015
PARKVILLE, MD—Oak Crest retirement community announced the appointment of Dameon Fletcher to the position of Director of Extended Care. Mr. Fletcher brings sixteen years of health care administration to his new leadership position. For the last fourteen years, he has been with Genesis Health Care, where he most recently served as the Administrator for the Patapsco Valley Center in Randallstown. He has been a licensed nursing home administrator for nearly ten years. Additionally, Mr. Fletcher received Genesis Health Care’s 2012 Administrator of the Year Award and the 2013 Center Leadership Award. Mr. Fletcher holds a B.S. in Sociology from Morgan...