The Copeland Experience

by Feb 6, 2017The Copeland Experience

New Look, Same Warm Welcome!

Walking into the main entrance of the Beeghly Building on the Copeland Oaks campus you will notice a big change: the reception and lounge areas have been completely remodeled and redecorated! New flooring, tile, comfortable seating and pewter chandeliers are only some of the changes that make the space feel updated and inviting. But the focal point of the lobby is a large grandfather clock that chimes several times each hour.

The clock features a hand-made walnut case and large, tubular cylinders which produce the deep, throaty chimes. This unique piece was commissioned in 1910 and made in Germany, the clock was given by A. A. McGuire to his wife Beatrice. The clock was donated to Copeland Oaks in September, 1969, by Margaret Burt after her husband, Lorin, passed away. Margaret Burt resided in Apt. 4-408 at Copeland until her death in 1980.

During the remodeling, the clock was moved from Williamsburg Lounge to the main entrance and was re-furbished by Richard Yoder, Copeland villa resident.

“The clock was silenced a few years ago because the chiming was distracting during the meetings, lectures and musical presentations in the Williamsburg area. Re-modeling the front reception area provided the perfect opportunity to move the clock to a high traffic area where it could have a new life and be enjoyed by residents, staff and visitors on a daily basis,” said Lisa Gentile, director of the Oaks Foundation, who spearheaded the remodeling project.

The reception area remodeling project was made possible by donations from Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center staff to T.H.E. Campaign administered by the Oaks Foundation.

Recent Events

Copeland Oaks events are always well attended and provide many an exciting story! Last month’s line-up was no exception.

Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar

Do you love all things rock ‘n roll? Copeland residents learned about the art and evolution of the guitar when they visited the Maggie Meiners exhibit, “Medieval to Metal,” at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. They also visited the Pastel Society of America’s 44th annual exhibit as well as the Butler’s permanent collection.

Upcoming Events

Michael Sonata: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

FEB 9th, 7:00pm

Singer Michael Sonata will take the Murphy Auditorium stage with a tribute to Frank Sinatra! Sonata’s repertoire includes over 100 classic Sinatra songs and reflects his wide range in music styles. Residents are invited to bring family and friends to enjoy the evening together.

Watercolor Workshop

February 10th, 1-3pm

The Watercolor Workshop will resume Friday, Feb. 10 from 1 – 3 pm in the Creativity Center on the second floor of the Beeghly Building. The workshops are free and participants are asked to bring their own supplies for special projects. Slates will be provided for anyone wishing to do slate painting. Classes will be moderated on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month by Copeland resident and accomplished artist, Chuck Bell.

Repertory Strings Concert

February 16th, 7:30pm

The residents of Copeland are invited to enjoy a Repertory Strings Performance at the University of Mount Union on February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dewald Chapel. The concert is free and the Copeland bus will provide transportation to UMU.

Piccadilly Parlor – Victorian Tea Room

Grab your white gloves and petticoat! The ladies on the Copeland Campus are invited to take a walk back into time for lunch at Piccadilly Parlor… A Victorian Tea Room located in Canfield. Bus transportation will be provided and travelers will also enjoy a visit to White House Farms on the returning trip.

A Message from Dave Mannion, CEO

Copeland Oaks Looks to Past, Present and Future

“While we cherish our rich history and honor all those who have played a part in it, there is an awareness of a ‘new beginning’ on our campus today,” said Dave Mannion, CEO of Copeland Oaks Retirement Community, as he looks forward to 2017.

Mannion was referring to a change to a “Team Management” approach that began early in 2016 when he was appointed by the Copeland Oaks board as chief executive officer, Jason Cicchillo, LNHA, was appointed chief operating officer, and Lisa Gentile, was appointed Director of Resident Relations and Development. “Jason, Lisa and I believed that we could together accomplish so much more than any outcome attainable individually,” noted Mannion.

In reflecting on 2016, Mannion observed, “Our blessings have included a more responsive approach to resolving resident concerns, and a restored and successful business model.” Proof that the new management approach is successful includes an increase of 6 % in revenue and a 1% decrease in operation expenses tallied during the first half of the current fiscal year. “We have had the best start to this fiscal year since 2001,” he reported.

Besides fiscal stability, 2016 saw many enhancements of facilities on the 230-acre retirement community campus located in southwest Mahoning County near Sebring.

Because of the popularity of the Copeland wellness programs, the Buckeye Aerobics Studio was opened during the summer. The studio provides a state-of-the-art facility for a menu of classes from chair exercises to line dancing and Zumba. A second work-out facility remains open 24/7 to accommodate Copeland residents who prefer to exercise independently on “senior safe” equipment.

A half-mile cement walkway that encircles the 5-acre Lake Copeland on campus was constructed to provide a safe and scenic path for residents, families and guests to both exercise and enjoy the natural landscape. At resident request, a pickle ball court was installed adjacent to the activities center and the indoor warm-water swimming pool. New outdoor amenities include a new fishing pier that is wheelchair safe.

The Copeland Clinic has been expanded to include more exam rooms and patient care areas to accommodate the physicians and clinical personnel who provide health services for campus residents on a regular schedule. The Clinic nursing staff also provides employee health services for staff of Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center.

To continue improving clinical services on campus, Crandall Medical Center completed installation of a fully electronic medical records system which went “live” in November.

“The system provides enhanced exchange of medical information, multi-disciplinary charting, comprehensive reports and saves nursing time,” said Mariann Mannion, RN, Crandall Director of Nursing. Crandall Medical Center provides rehabilitation, residential skilled nursing and hospice care for the Copeland campus as well as surrounding communities.

Completed in late December were renovations to catered living apartments in Building 5. A step between assisted living and independent living, the monthly rental for catered living apartments includes support services such as weekly housekeeping, meals, linen changes, free grocery delivery and help with medications. The Fall of 2016 also saw a face-lift to the main entrance to the Beeghly complex.

Slated to begin in February, renovations to the main Copeland dining room will include new windows, wall and floor coverings, lighting, decoration and furnishing.

During fiscal year 2015/2016, the retirement community, which is in concert with the United Methodist Church, began the journey to attain EAGLE accreditation.

“Earning this important designation verifies organizational excellence motivated by introspective self -assessment,” explained Mannion. The Copeland management team hopes to complete the EAGLE process early in 2017.

“How blessed we are all to be a part of these special efforts for alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much,” said Mannion in summarizing the new approach and recent accomplishments.

Meet Rick Yoder, the Timekeeper

Rick Yoder, villa resident for 18 years

  • Keeper of all the clocks on Copeland’s 230-acre campus
  • Learned a love of mechanics and tinkering from his dad
  • Retired auto fleet mechanic and car dealer
  • Loves working in Copeland’s wood shop – helped build campus lawn chairs!
  • Enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors

Meet Ruth Agnew, Crandall Medical Center Unit Secretary

Ruth Agnew, Crandall Medical Center unit secretary, is the winner of the Ruth Zealley Award. The award is given each year to an employee of Copeland Oaks Retirement Community or Crandall Medical who has been nominated by peers and supervisors for outstanding service.

A graduate of Alliance High School, Ruth began her career as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and has worked at Crandall Medical Center for the past 29 years. She has been serving as unit secretary on CMCII for the past 6 years.

Ruth moved from the Alliance-Sebring area to Baden, Pa., 6 years ago. When asked why she has chosen to make the two-hour drive each day instead of changing employers, Ruth replied, ”I love my job. I enjoy the people I work with. I love the residents at Crandall. Together they have become my 2nd family and I feel every day that I am making a difference in their lives.”

In presenting the award, Dave Mannion, Copeland Oaks CEO, said, “This award recognizes Ruth’s special efforts in providing caring and quality services to our residents. Employees like Ruth who serve faithfully each day are the heart of our mission and we are very grateful to you.”

In accepting the award, Ruth noted, “I am very honored and humbled by this blessing. I am just one of so many at Crandall that give 110% each day to help make Crandall a great place to work and live.”

Ruth is the mother of 2 sons and has 5 grandchildren.

Zealley award winners are nominated by fellow employees and selected by an administrative committee. Family and friends of Ruth Zealley, a Copeland Oaks resident until her death, have funded the award in her honor.

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