Thursday, December 28th, 2000
PUMH Delaware retirement communities are re-accredited
A year-long process culminated on Dec. 4 in the announcement that all three Peninsula United Methodist continuing care retirement communities in Delaware have won re-accreditation for another five years. The only national organization to study and certify the quality of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) has granted that distinction to only 302 of the nearly 4000 CCRCs in the United States. Methodist Country House in Greenville, Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, and Methodist Manor House in Seaford were each accredited for the first time in 1990 and re-accredited in 1995. The review process involves extensive self-assessment by the retirement community, with roles for staff, trustees, and residents. "We were commended for the thoroughness of our self-studies," said Allen L. Johnson, president and CEO. "More than for the accreditation itself, the process is important as a function of long-range planning. What is learned there should be reflected in the improved functioning of the organization," he continued. A retirement community must be well established, financially secure, and fully occupied to be eligible for CCAC accreditation. The fourth retirement community in the PUMH family, Heron Point of Chestertown, Md., will be ten-years old in 2001 and has begun the accreditation process, as well. Heron Point's self-assessments and site visits will be completed by April and the final action by the CCAC will be announced in September 2001.

Hospital Auxiliary Annual Winter Gala
Nanticoke Health Service Auxiliary will host its Annual Winter Gala on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at the SGCC. "The Golden Gala" will mark the beginning of the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Auxiliary. Cocktails are from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet until 8 p.m., and dancing from 8 until midnight. Entertainment this year will be presented by Bruce Willey and Murphy's Law. Price per ticket is $50 per person. Tickets may be purchased from Lucy Carter, Judi Thoroughgood, Barbara Hancock, Nancy Cook, and Dot Dixon or by contacting Volunteer Services in the hospital.