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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...

Voices Lifted as Oak Crest Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 21, 2015
PARKVILLE, MD—“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Those words set the tone for over 170 residents, employees and special guests who attended a breakfast at Oak Crest retirement community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual event, held in the Erickson Conference Center on January 21st, began with a screening of Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech from August 28, 1963. Following the video presentation, Mark Roussey, the Associate Executive Director of Oak...

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services Raises Bond Rating for Oak Crest Village, Inc. Bonds

Jan 13, 2015
PARKVILLE, MD—Oak Crest announced that Standard & Poor’s raised its long-term rating from ‘BBB+’ to ‘A-’ on Baltimore County, MD’s series 2007A senior living bonds issued for the Parkville-based Erickson Living retirement community. “The upgrade reflects additional information about Oak Crest’s master facilities plan, consistently strong operating performance over the past several years, stable demand and solid balance sheet commensurate with the ‘A-’ rating,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Liz Sweeney in a statement issued on December 23rd. Oak Crest will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in March, 2015. In August, 2014, Fitch Ratings provided an “A” grade for the...

Catholic Community Volunteers of Oak Crest Celebrate a Year of Service

Dec 23, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD—“There are different kind of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service, but the same Lord.” --I Corinthians 12:4. The essence of that New Testament passage was celebrated by the Catholic Community Volunteers of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, on December 10th. Over two hundred volunteers gathered in Erickson Hall for fellowship, delicious food and musical entertainment to commemorate a year of giving. The residents crisscross the 87-acre campus of Oak Crest, supporting thirty-seven ministries on behalf of the nearly nine hundred members of the Catholic Faith Community. Those roles include Eucharistic...

A Flurry of Giving for Local Charities at Oak Crest

Dec 12, 2014

PARKVILLE, MD—As Oak Crest prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015, employees ended this year by focusing on those in need in the Baltimore area.

An annual event at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, the Day of Giving provides employees with a forum to contribute to the surrounding community. On December 11th, hundreds of employees took advantage of this opportunity by sharing their time with various charities and causes during town hall meetings.

Among the non-profit organizations supported were the Baltimore Humane Society, Helping Up Mission, House of Ruth and the Parkville Food Pantry. Information...

Compassion in Action at Oak Crest

Nov 25, 2014
PARKVILLE, MD—One by one, they entered Erickson Hall, the large assembly room at Oak Crest retirement community. Even though it was early morning during Thanksgiving week, these fifty residents were ready to roll up their sleeves and play the role of Santa’s helpers. The occasion was the 19th Annual Stocking Stuffing at Oak Crest on November 25th, and in just thirty-four minutes, the volunteers filled 400 stockings with toys, games and school supplies for the benefit of families served by the Baltimore-area Salvation Army. In the event’s history, an estimated 7,600 stockings have been sent from residents to the Salvation...

Oak Crest’s Canine Cup IV Celebrates Pet Connections

Oct 27, 2014

PARKVILLE, MD—Since its opening in 1995, Oak Crest has been a pet-friendly retirement community. That affectionate connection between residents and their four-legged friends was on display at Canine Cup IV, Oak Crest’s annual dog show, on October 24th.

Sixteen residents and employees entered this year’s event, vying for bragging rights in four categories: Best Costume, Waggiest Tail, Best Trick and the main event, Best In Show.

The judges’ panel consisted of ABC 2 News meteorologist Adrienne Green, Oak Crest Executive Director Gary Hibbs and Catholic Review web news editor Jennifer Williams. With the cuteness level...

Oak Crest Earns Top 5 Status in Baltimore Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Awards

Oct 20, 2014

PARKVILLE, MD—Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, earned Top 5 Finalist status in the large business category of the 2014 Best Places to Work Awards, sponsored by the Baltimore Business Journal .

Finalists were recognized at an awards luncheon held at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel on West Pratt Street on October 16 th .

“The recognition earned by Oak Crest in the Best Places to Work contest confirms what I see every day,” described Gary Hibbs, Executive Director. “Serving the residents is the number one priority, and our employees do it by fulfilling...