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If Ever There Was a Standard-Bearer of the Great American Dream on July 4 There is None Better Than the Likes of Riderwood Resident Esko Hallila

Jun 20, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (June 20, 2012) - If ever there was a standard-bearer for the great American Dream on July 4th, there is none better than the likes of Riderwood retirement community resident Esko Hallila. Plenty of framed pictures are on the walls of his Riderwood apartment in Silver Spring, MD, most with added photos stuck into the glass. But there is a difference -- not glaring, but held in honor. The photos are mementos of consequence.  They  reflect a story of a lifetime worth telling,  especially this time of year.. Esko passed through Ellis Island in 1926 as the six-year-old son of...

Erickson Living, Developer/Manager of Riderwood, Named to 2012 List of Best Places to Work in Technology

Jun 19, 2012
Erickson Living, Developer/Manger of Riderwood,  Named by IDG's Computerworld to 2012 List of Best Places to Work in Information Technology BALTIMORE, MD (June 19, 2012) - Erickson Living, developer and manager of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, today announced that IDG's Computerworld magazine, has selected it as one of the top 100 organizations that provide their information technology (IT) professionals with a creative and stimulating work environment, great career opportunities, as well as exceptional benefits and compensation.  Erickson Living was ranked 93rd on this year's list.  Honorees are included in coverage in Computerworld  (June 18, 2012), along with results from...

Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards Shares Her Legislative Priorities With Riderwood Residents

Jun 13, 2012
Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards Shares Her Legislative Priorities with Riderwood Residents SILVER SPRING, MD (June 13, 2012) - Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D - 4 th  District)  today visited Riderwood to share herlegislative priorities with residents  and to respond to their questions. She spoke for an hour to nearly 100 residents in the Encore Theater at the invitation of the resident-run Democratic Club of Riderwood. Because of redistricting, Congresswoman Edwards, if re-elected,  will in 2013 represent the residents who live in the Prince George's County part of Riderwood.  She has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since June...

GOP Senate Candidate Dan Bongino Visits Riderwood to Discuss Issues with Residents

Jun 12, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (June 12, 2012) - GOP Senate candidate Dan Bongino spoke to nearly 60 Riderwood residents today in the Encore Theater who came to hear his views on issues that affect everyone. He visited Riderwood at the invitation of the resident-run Republican Club. Bongino, who is a former U.S. Secret Service agent and a small business entrepreneur, spoke for about an hour, taking questions from the audience. He then was interviewed 'live' via telephone from the Riderwood campus by  FOX NEWS  correspondent Geraldo Rivera for a national newscast. Bongino, a former top ranked member of the Secret Service's...

Riderwood-Beltsville Library Partnership Will Read "The Cellist of Sarajevo" for One Maryland One Book Project

Jun 11, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (June 11, 2012) - Riderwood retirement community's partnership with Beltsville Library this year will read Steven Galloway's novel "The Cellist of Sarajevo" as part of One Maryland One Book project held under auspices of Maryland Humanities Council. The book discussion by residents will be led by Barbara Spears, Branch Manager of Beltsville Library. It will be on Monday, December 3, from 10 a.m. - noon, in Village Square Classroom on the Riderwood campus, 3140 Gracefield Road, in Silver Spring,MD. Inspired by the actions of a real cellist during the siege of Sarajevo, "The Cellist of Sarajevo"  is a...

Erickson Living, Developer/Manager of Riderwood, is One of the CIO 100 Award Honorees

Jun 1, 2012
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND ---June 1, 2012---IDG's  CIO  magazine  today announces Erickson Living, developer and manager of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD,  as a recipient of the 2012 CIO 100.  The 25th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Erickson Living's recognition is based on its innovation in creating a Health Group quality indicator dashboard that utilizes Microsoft SQL Server to aggregate information and data sources, including GE's Centricity Electronic Medical Record system.  Specific quality measure categories designed into the dashboard include: Prevention;...

Patricia S. Steeg, a National Cancer Institute Chief and the Wife of Riderwood's Medical Director, Calls for New Direction in Oncology

May 31, 2012
SILVER SPRING/BETHESDA, MD (May 31, 2012) -- Patricia S. Steeg , the wife of Dr. Gene Machado, Riderwood retirement community's  Medical Director, and daughter of Riderwood resident Elizabeth Wiegand,  has published an article in  Nature  magazine that calls for a new direction in oncology, particularly with respect to clinical trials for treating breast cancer.  Steeg is Chief of the Women's Cancers Section, Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. "The oncology community as a whole needs to commit to doing something different," Steeg writes. She writes: "Cancer therapeutics inhibit tumor growth, but there is...

It's "Match Point' for Riderwood's Resident-Run Tennis Club

May 29, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (June 1, 2012) -- A tennis ball being hit makes a unique sound, and that sound gets the blood stirring and makes the body want to move, at least for tennis lovers -- and especially for members of the resident-run tennis club at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring. Riderwood is intriguing in that it has its own tennis courts on its campus. The tennis club meets on both courts four times a week during the season (April-November), hitting balls and sharing laughs. The club also invites teams from neighboring retirement communities to participate in the annual...

Erickson Living, the Developer/Manager of Riderwood, is Recognized as a National Top Workplace

May 25, 2012
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND ---May 25, 2012--- Erickson Living, developer and manager of Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD, has been recognized as a National Top Workplace among organizations with more than 1,000 employees by WorkplaceDynamics, experts in organizational health. The list of National Top Workplaces aggregates results from across 30 Top Workplaces publishing partners to identify the best employers in the nation.  In addition, the workplace evaluation is based on employee feedback from 805 companies surveyed with 1,000+ employees across the 30 regional Top Workplaces programs.  This included survey responses from more than half a million employees.  The full list is available at  ...

Restorative Nursing at Renaissance Gardens at Riderwood is Redefining and Changing the Scope of Nursing Care

May 25, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (May 25, 2012) - A comprehensive restorative nursing program initiated by Renaissance Gardens,  the extended care neighborhood at Riderwood retirement community, has been key to its earned status as a Medicare Five-Star facility each year for the past five years. And it is redefining and changing the scope of nursing care. All long-term care residents are required to have an appropriate five-day restorative nursing program each week. Rehab staff evaluates these residents with the following two goals in mind: First, the therapist determines if the resident experiences a decline in function and, if so, a treatment plan...