Volume LVIIIFebruary 2011Number 1

Gillmore Leads Elizabethtown Village

The Committee on Masonic Homes and Bro. Joseph E. Murphy, C.E.O., have announced the realignment of various leadership positions and responsibilities to better position the Masonic Villages for continued success in all service areas.

Vicki L. Gillmore, R.N., Ph.D., N.H.A., has been promoted to Executive Director for the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Vicki joined the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown as Administrator, Health Care Services, in 1997. In her new role, she will be responsible for the overall operations of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.

"I feel a deep sense of personal appreciation for the opportunity I am afforded to be part of such a special place," Vicki said. "I am deeply honored and excited about my new role as Executive Director. Together, we can accomplish many wonderful service enhancements."

This change provides each of the five Masonic Villages a leadership team to concentrate on its respective community's needs. It also redefines the corporate leadership team, under the direction of Bro. Murphy, that is responsible for all Masonic Villages and for planning and implementing strategic initiatives across all campuses.

Retirement Living Options Expand

The Residential Living areas of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown transitioned to a Retirement Living rental fee plan, beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Both service areas have been combined and are now referred to collectively as Retirement Living. The Admissions and Marketing offices also have combined, making it easier for prospective residents and their families to obtain the information and assistance they need regardless of which service level they desire.

The fees in Residential Living previously had been set to cover costs; however, upon analyzing the market, it became evident that it was necessary to reposition these living areas by aligning the services, amenities and fee structure with what people can afford in today's economy. Becoming more competitive in the marketplace will allow the Masonic Village to meet the needs of more people interested in its services and lifestyle.

The restructured payment plan provides more flexibility in service options, giving residents more control over their personal finances. It also has enabled some residents previously receiving fraternal assistance to move to a private pay status.

The Masonic Villages were able to make this change due to the size of the organization and the many initiatives it has taken over the years to become more efficient. As the Masonic Villages population has grown, so have its amenities, shared recreational programs and common areas. These fixed expenses, spread out over a larger population, makes it more convenient and affordable for all residents.

The Masonic Villages will continue to provide care and services regardless of an individual's ability to pay, in accordance with its Mission of Love. Those with Masonic ties will still be given preference, including those who cannot afford to pay the entire fee. The fraternal care procedures remain unchanged.

For more information about Retirement Living at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, call (800) 676-6452. For Personal Care or Nursing Services, call (800) 422-1207.

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