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Upcoming Events & Programs

Following are upcoming events and programs that are open to Quarry Hill residents and the general public.

Downsizing Made Easy
Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenters: Kim Dorsky and Liz Pattison, owners, SimplySized Home

Whether you’re anticipating a shift to smaller digs or just want to rid yourself of excess “baggage,” tips from professional downsizers (and sisters) Kim and Liz will get you through the process with body and spirit intact.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Integrative Approaches to Digestive Health
Thursday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Steve J. Byers, clinical herbalist, Herbal Medicine Wellness Clinic

Espousing an integrated approach that combines both science and traditional wisdom, Steve explains how the state of one’s digestive system affects one’s overall well-being and offers research-based strategies for addressing—and preventing—common digestive complaints.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s Going Strong series.

AARP Driver Safety Course
Friday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presented by Paul Sheridan

This one-day refresher course is designed for drivers age 50 and better and features an updated curriculum, dubbed Smart Driver. Attendees will experience a new, research-based workbook and video material. The course covers defensive driving, existing and new rules of the road, and the impact of recent changes in automotive technology on the driving environment. Also discussed are age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time and how to know when it’s time to give up the keys.

The entire training takes place in the classroom. There is no actual driving and no exam.

Maine drivers age 55 years or older who successfully complete the course qualify for a three-year, state-mandated discount on their auto-insurance premiums.

Attendees will be asked to pay $20 ($15 for AARP members) at the door to cover instruction and materials. Please bring a bag lunch; complimentary desserts and beverages will be provided.

AARP membership is not a prerequisite, but registration is required. Call Quarry Hill at 207-921-6116 or email.

Creatures of the South Pacific
Wednesday, April 17, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Camden Public Library

Presenter: Carla Skinder, wildlife photographer

Go nose-to-snout (and beak!) with the extraordinary fauna of the South Pacific Islands in this armchair tour replete with Skinder’s stunning images.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Cosponsored by Camden Public Library

Women After 50: New Beginnings in the Second Half of Life
Wednesday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenters: Diana Coleman, MA, author, speaker and change catalyst; and Lisa Cohn, MA, LPC-C, certified SoulCollage® facilitator

Spring at last! Explore your potential for rebirth as Coleman shares true stories of women 50 and better who found bold, new ways to blossom. Plus: Cohn returns with a creative SoulCollage® workshop designed to reveal your soul’s adventurous yearnings. Copies of Coleman’s Women Going For It! Taking Risks After 50 available for purchase and signing. Complimentary continental breakfast included.

Free and open to women age 50-plus. Registration required. Please call 207-921-6116 or email.

Adventures of a Nantucket Whaler
Wednesday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Renny Stackpole, director emeritus, Penobscot Marine Museum and former curator, The Whaling Museum at Nantucket

Voyage back to New England’s whaling days through the tale of Obed Folger, a ship’s boy aboard the 1820s whaler Lady Adams, in this fascinating illustrated talk. Copies of the presenter’s recent books, Sea Letters and Treasures in the Attic, available for purchase and signing.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

From Distress to De-Stress
Tuesday, May 21, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Gilda Joffe, BM, MM-HMCT, certified HeartMath trainer and coach

A stress-free life? No such animal. But you can control how you deal with life’s inevitable ups and downs. Joffe discusses the nature of stress and how to build emotional and physical resilience.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Island Inspiration: Monhegan’s Art Colony, 1895–2000
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presenter: Leith MacDonald, artist and curator, MacDonald Art Services

Using rarely seen paintings from a private collection, MacDonald divines the connections between artists drawn to Maine’s century-old art colony and the islanders and island landscapes that have inspired them.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Recurring Events & Programs

New Pathways for Parkinson’s
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m.

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

This holistic fitness program is designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Participants Gordon Guist and Dan Avener co-lead this class. Free.

Alzheimers Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:00 p.m.

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

The Alzheimer’s Support Group provides information and support to area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

Free. For details, please contact Cheri Alexander, LSW at (207) 921-6237 or at calexander@pbmc.org.

Parkinsons Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 12 noon

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

The Parkinson’s Support Group is for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends, and caregivers.

Free. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. Drinks and desserts are provided. For details, please contact Cassie Walters at 596-3978.

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News from Quarry Hill

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Articles and Press Releases

Quarry Hill Named a Winner in Chili Challenge
February 14, 2019

Camden, Me., February 15, 2019 Kudos to Quarry Hill executive chef Scot Pierce for his winning entry in the West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge, held February 9 at 16 Bay View restaurant in Camden.

Pierce’s Oktober Fest recipe took third in a field of 10 concoctions submitted by restaurants and professional kitchens and judged by hungry locals. His recipe for success: a chilblain-chasing blend of bratwurst, sauerkraut, beef, bacon, beans and veggies (plus a generous swig of Sam Adams lager) that tasters said was like Bavaria on a spoon.

West Bay Rotary donates all proceeds from the Challenge, held each year in conjunction with the National Toboggan Championships at Camden’s Ragged Mountain Recreation Area, to local nonprofits. In recent years, it has provided vocational scholarships for students, donated heating-oil funds to area towns for distribution to people in need, and supported caring organizations such as Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, Knox County Homeless Coalition and community food banks.

Shown here: Pierce (far right) with other 2019 Chili Challenge winners.chili_challenge_qh

Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser to Benefit Parkinson’s Research
February 12, 2019

Camden, Me., February 12banner, 2019 – The Camden-based Parkinson’s Support Group invites pizza lovers to follow their noses to Flatbread Company in Rockport on Tuesday, March 5, between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. for a deliciously inspiring fundraising event aimed at advancing research into Parkinson’s disease, a neurological condition that affects more than 1 million people and their families worldwide.

During the event, Flatbread will donate $3.50 for each large flatbread pizza and $1.75 for each small flatbread pizza sold to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. A deejay will keep toes tapping, and a raffle will be held, with prizes donated by local businesses.

The Parkinson’s fundraiser is part of Flatbread’s tradition of holding benefit nights in support of nonprofit organizations throughout the Penobscot Bay area. It will be the second time Flatbread has collaborated with the Camden Parkinson’s Support Group to benefit Parkinson’s research.

The support group meets regularly at Quarry Hill in Camden on the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 2:00 p.m. It provides opportunities for people with Parkinson’s, their family members and caregivers to come together to learn, share insights and enjoy the support of others affected by the disease.

For more information about the fundraiser or the support group, please contact Cassie Walters, 596-3978 or ckwalters66@gmail.com.

Quarry Hill Staffers Achieve Medication-Aide Certification
December 21, 2018

crmas-12-7-18Camden, Me., December 21, 2018 Six certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and one Activities Department staffer at Quarry Hill in Camden have completed the 40-hour certification process required by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to serve as certified residential medication aides (CRMAs) in a licensed assisted living center. Quarry Hill recently hosted the state-mandated 40-hour CRMA training course, which qualifies front-line healthcare paraprofessionals to measure and administer medications in senior-living centers.

The newly certified group includes, from left, Iris Perkins-Powell, Savannah Tinker-Wadsworth, Mercedes Tremblay, Karyn Willis, and Andrea Annis (not shown: Jennifer Sanderson and Katlyn Grubbs). They will be eligible to begin working as CRMAs at Quarry Hill this winter, after completing an inservice orientation program.

Heather Quesnel Joins Quarry Hill as Director of Nursing
December 21, 2018

quarry-hill_heather-quesnelCamden, Me., December 21, 2018 Heather Quesnel, MS, RN, NEA-BC, known throughout New England as one of the region’s most effective nurse leaders, has joined Quarry Hill as the Camden senior-living community’s director of nursing.

Quesnel’s 25-plus-year career began in Maryland and Washington, D.C., where she served five years in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Migrating to Vermont, she pursued positions in school nursing, nurse education and nursing administration before moving to Maine in 2014 to become chief nursing officer at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

In 2016, Quesnel was named administrative director of MaineGeneral Homecare and Hospice in Waterville. Her leadership were seen as instrumental in enabling the organization to complete a major restructuring initiative, overcome regulatory and compliance issues, surpass budget targets and exceed virtually all national standards for hospice care.

Commenting on Quesnel’s arrival at Quarry Hill, executive director Loriman Looke said he cannot imagine a more qualified candidate for the director of nursing job.

“Heather is precisely the kind of leader we need to continue to meet the challenges of senior care,” commented Looke. “Her devotion to residents and patients as well as to the staff members she guides is remarkable. Plus, the combination of clinical and leadership skills she embodies will be essential to our success in today’s highly regulated, ever-changing senior-living environment.”

A decorated Army veteran, Quesnel holds a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Maryland. She has also earned the credential NEA-BC (Nurse Executive Advanced—Board Certified).

She resides in Hope.

Quarry Hill Nurse Named to State Board
October 18, 2018

Camden, Me., October 18, 2018 Ashley B. Dudley, RN, interim director of nursing at Quarry Hill in Camden, has been selected to serve on the Maine State Board of Nursing. Her four-year term on the Board began in August.

Dudley represents the perspective of Maine’s long-term-care nurses on the nine-member Board. During her term, she will participate in all aspects of the Board’s work, including formulating the rules that govern nursing practice in the state, auditing Maine’s 15 nurse-training programs, and resolving issues surrounding the practice of individual nurses as they arise.

Dudley’s career at Quarry Hill has prepared her well for Board service. She began at the Camden senior-living community as a floor nurse in 2015, becoming assistant director of nursing in 2016. Named interim director in May 2018, she is now responsible for ensuring that Quarry Hill meets the highest standards of nursing care; maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations; and providing education, supervision, and support for clinical staff.

The freshman appointee submitted her application to fill an opening on the Board in July, having spent several months completing the rigorous eligibility requirements. She’s excited about taking on her new duties.

“I see it as an opportunity to make a positive difference in nursing in Maine while improving my own practice as a nurse by enlarging my perspective,” she commented.

Dudley holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Husson College in Bangor and a degree in nursing from the University of Maine in Augusta. She is currently preparing to sit for an examination to become board-certified in gerontological nursing.

Kendall House Named Assistant Administrator at Quarry Hill and Knox Center
October 17, 2018

Camden, Me., October 17, 2018 Quarry Hill in Camden and the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland have named Nobleboro resident Kendall House to the recently created position of regional assistant administrator.

House is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures consistent with the caring mission of the two senior-care communities and for ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. Her other duties at both organizations include supporting performance-improvement efforts and maintaining sound financial management.

House is well-known in local health care circles, having started out as a dietetic technician at the Knox Center and at Waldo County General Hospital. In August 2015, she stepped into the pivotal position of Executive Assistant at Pen Bay Medical Center, providing invaluable support at the highest levels of that organization. Prior to joining Quarry Hill, she was Administrator in Training at the Knox Center while completing requirements for licensure as an administrator. She recently completed those requirements and is now fully certified as a multi-level nursing home administrator by the state of Maine.

House holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and an associate’s degree in dietetics from Southern Maine Community College.

Geriatrician Joins Quarry Hill Primary Care Practice
January 9, 2018

CAMDEN, Me., January 9, 2018 – Board-certified geriatrician Dr. Maureen Sauvage, DO, has stepped into the role of supervising physician for Quarry Hill’s inhouse primary care practice. She replaces Dr. Richard Kahn, MD, who launched the practice in 2009 and served until his retirement in October.

Dr. Sauvage works in partnership with the service’s nurse practitioner to cover the primary-care needs of the residents of Quarry Hill as well as its sister senior-living community, the Knox Center in Rockland.

“With Dr. Sauvage in place, this invaluable service will continue to grow, providing enhanced quality of care, swifter response to emergent medical concerns, fewer hospitalizations, reduced healthcare costs and other benefits for our residents,” commented Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent.

Dr. Sauvage is no stranger to Maine. While she most recently served as practicing geriatrican at MorseLife Health System/PACE in West Palm Beach, Fla., she previously worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor and Maine Medical Partners Geriatrics at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She earned her doctor of osteopathy at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 and completed a fellowship in geriatrics at Maine Med in 2013.

Quarry Hill Launches 15th Anniversary Celebration with Lobster Feed
August 21, 2017

Quarry Hill Ice SculptureQuarry Hill Lobster Bake FunCamden, Me., August 21, 2017 Quarry Hill used the occasion of its summer Lobster Bake, August 18, to launch the celebration of its 15th year as the area’s most extensive residential community for adults age 55 and better.

An end-of-summer tradition at Quarry Hill for more than a decade, the Lobster Bake brings together residents, prospective residents, and staff members for an outdoor bash complete with steamed lobster and other seafood, live entertainment, and neighborly socializing. This year’s fête also featured special anniversary-related decorations, a massive 15th anniversary ice sculpture created by a Quarry Hill dining services team member, and a display honoring the 25 current residents and 31 current staff members who have lived or worked at Quarry Hill since it opened in 2002. A jazz ensemble headed by local musician Glen Sargent kept toes tapping into the evening and brought a few guests to their feet to dance.

Quarry Hill will continue celebrating the 15-year milestone by weaving the theme into the numerous events and social gatherings it hosts for residents and the wider public year round.

The area’s only extended-care community traces its roots back to 1996, when a citizens task force began looking for new uses for the site of the former Camden Health Care Center, a nursing-care facility that was razed after the opening of Penobscot Bay Medical Center. The concept of an extended-care community emerged as the best way to serve the needs of older adults, and construction of Quarry Hill’s 45 cottages and central Anderson Inn began.

Today, Quarry Hill provides independent living and assisted living for adults age 55-plus, as well as short- and long-term nursing care and rehabilitation. The community has become a respected source of information and inspiration for older adults regionwide with diverse educational programs, support groups, and other events offered throughout the year.

Quarry Hill Plans Assisted Living Open House
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15—Older adults and family members interested in learning more about assisted living are invited to attend an Assisted Living Open House at Quarry Hill on Wednesday, September 13, from 5 to 6 pm at Quarry Hill’s main building, the Anderson Inn. The event is planned as part of Quarry Hill’s annual observance of National Assisted Living Week, scheduled this year for September 10–16.

The open house is an opportunity to explore Quarry Hill’s traditional assisted living community, meet residents and staff, and pick up free literature on helping loved ones make the transition to assisted living. Visitors can learn more services, apartment types, and other specifics and get a sense of what it’s like to live in the Midcoast’s premiere community for older adults.

The open house is free and open to the public on a drop-in basis. To schedule a visit on another day, Monday through Friday during regular business hours, or to request literature, please call the Marketing Office at 207-921-6116.

Parkinson’s Group to Celebrate 13th Anniversary
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15, 2017 – Individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, as well as their family members and caregivers, are invited to attend the 13th anniversary celebration of the Parkinson’s Support Group that meets each month at Quarry Hill in Camden.

The party will take place during the group’s Tuesday, September 5, meeting, beginning at noon at Quarry Hill’s main building, the Anderson Inn, and will feature cake, ice cream, and time to socialize and reflect on the group’s accomplishments over the years. Afterward, participants will divide into discussion groups where those living with Parkinson’s, their family members and caregivers can explore each other’s unique perspectives and insights.

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at Quarry Hill on the first Tuesday of each month during the noon-to-2:00 p.m. time slot. Meetings typically feature an educational component, followed by small-group discussion. Attendees are generally encouraged to bring bag lunches, with Quarry Hill providing beverages and desserts.

For more information about the September 5 anniversary celebration or about the Parkinson’s Support Group in general, please contact Cassie Walters at 596-3978 or via email at ckwalters66@gmail.com.

Quarry Hill to Showcase Cottages in September Open House
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15, 2017–Quarry Hill will hold the fifth in a series of open-house events designed to introduce the public to its cottage homes for adults age 55-plus on Saturday, September 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the community’s 26-acre campus in Camden.

Visitors will be welcome to tour cottages that are available for purchase or rental, meet with staff members and residents, and pick up information concerning pricing, services, floor plans, and more. Signs and balloons will be placed to direct drivers to cottages open for viewing; light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the September open house, or to arrange a visit on any day, Monday through Friday, please call the Marketing Office at 207-921-6116.

Physician to Speak on Shoulder Health
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15, 2017 Adults age 50-plus who live with shoulder pain—and those who hope to avoid shoulder pain–are invited to attend a presentation by Jeff Rasmussen, MD, on Monday, September 25, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden.

In his remarks, Dr. Rasmussen, an orthopaedic surgeon with Pen Bay Orthopaedics in Rockport, will explain how to maintain healthy shoulder function and outline treatment options for those experiencing difficulty with this critically important joint.

Dr. Rasmussen received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The September 25 program is part of Quarry Hill’s Going Strong series, devoted to health-related issues of particular concern to older adults. Admission is free; advance registration required. To sign up, call Quarry Hill at 921-6116 or email qhinfo@penbayhealthcare.org.

Educator to Speak on “The Art of Nonviolent Communication”
August 16, 2017

Camden, Me., August 15, 2017 Returning by popular demand, Lincolnville-based Nonviolent Communication educator Peggy Smith will guide a further inquiry into empathy-based communication strategies in “The Art of Nonviolent Communication” on Wednesday, September 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden. The program is part of Quarry Hill’s ongoing Adventures in Living Well series aimed at enriching the lives of adults age 50-plus; admission will be free.

 

In her interactive presentation, Smith will explore the “calming gift” of empathy, or “warm accompaniment,” and show how it can be used to connect authentically and compassionately with others, even in the face of challenging or oppositional points of view. She’ll explain what judgmental thinking tells us about ourselves and suggest ways to convert such thoughts into positive, life-serving energy.

 

Smith is certified as a Nonviolent Communication educator by the International Center for Nonviolent Communication® (cnvc.org). She is a cofounder of the Maine NVC Network and creator of the online curriculum Courageous Communication, based on her experience with men exiting the prison system. She runs two consulting businesses—Open Communication (opencommunication.org) serving individuals, and Clarity Services (clarityservices.us) serving businesses and nonprofits—and is also known for her work with educators through the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine.
Smith holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught in Maine schools for more than 30 years before deciding to devote her professional energies to enhancing sustainable human relationships.

 

Advance registration for Smith’s presentation is required. To sign up, please call Quarry Hill at 921-6116 or email qhinfo@penbayhealthcare.org.

CNA Students Give to Music & Memory Program at Quarry Hill
June 1, 2017

From left: Students Jenna Taylor, Briana Garner, and Kelsie Merrill present funds they raised on behalf of the Music & Memory program at Quarry Hill. Receiving the gift are Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner and Quarry Hill administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, BSHA.

From left: Students Jenna Taylor, Briana Garner, and Kelsie Merrill present funds they raised on behalf of the Music & Memory program at Quarry Hill. Receiving the gift are Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner and Quarry Hill administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, BSHA.

Camden, Me., May 26, 2017 — Three local students concluded months of fundraising today by formally presenting a check for $2,615 as a donation to the Music & Memory dementia-care program at Quarry Hill in Camden.

Currently pursuing nursing assistant (CNA) certification through the Midcoast School of Technology, high school seniors Jenna Taylor of Camden, Brianna Garner of Union, and Kelsie Merrill of Hope said they decided months ago to make Music & Memory the focus of a community-service project they hoped to enter in the 2017 national SkillsUSA Championships. The competition challenges students to design and complete service projects on behalf of community causes.

The girls organized two spaghetti dinners and canvassed local businesses to raise funds for the Music & Memory project. Having received the top score at the SkillsUSA state competition in March for their efforts, the students will now now shifts to the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 19 through 23 in Louisville, Kentucky, where the threesome will compete against some 6,300 other entrants from across the United States.

Taylor and Merrill said they developed the idea for the campaign after hearing a talk by local Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner. In addition, both girls had worked at Quarry Hill–one of only two older-adult communities in Maine that are certified to offer Music & Memory to residents with dementia—and had seen the program in action.

“We saw the difference it made for people,” Taylor said.

Music & Memory is a nationwide nonprofit that trains elder-care professionals and volunteers to use music to help those with dementia reconnect with their memories, their loved ones and themselves. Trained caregivers set up playlists of recipients’ favorite music, load the music onto iPods or CDs and then help recipients and their families enjoy the equipment.

According to the Music & Memory website, listening to music they’ve loved over the years “brings residents and clients back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.” In some cases, say practitioners, music can even succeed where dementia medications fall short.

SkillsUSA is a nationwide organization serving high school and college students enrolled in training programs related to healthcare and other skilled and technical occupations. The organization is based in Leesburg, Va.

Quarry Hill Honors Volunteers
May 3, 2017

Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent.

Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent.

Camden, Me., May 3, 2017 – It took not one but two separate do’s—a brunch on April 26 and a tea on May 2– to honor adequately the 100-plus good souls whose volunteer efforts enriched the lives of our residents in 2016. This year’s celebrations, in conjunction with National Volunteer Recognition Week, featured delicious food, remarks by the volunteers themselves, and words of gratitude from executive director Mary Sargent (pictured here). “The hours that our volunteers contribute toward the greater good,” said Sargent, “transform this community from just a place to live to a place we’re happy and proud to call home.”

Quarry Hill Bids Farewell to Chef Roy
March 7, 2017

john_royCAMDEN, Me., March 7, 2017 – Quarry Hill bid adieu last week to the man who developed and managed the Camden older-adult community’s highly regarded dining program.

John Roy served as executive chef at Quarry Hill for more than 13 years before leaving February 25 to begin a new position in Portland. Earlier that week, it had been standing room only as residents, employees and others packed a farewell reception held in his honor.

Roy was the first person hired to help shape the resident experience at Quarry Hill. He joined the management team three months before the community’s main building, the Anderson Inn, officially opened and began designing the program from the ground up, from outfitting the kitchen to hiring staff and crafting menus. In 2011, his management role was expanded to include dining services at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland, another Pen Bay Healthcare (now Coastal Healthcare Alliance) member.

Among those singing John’s praises during the reception were former Pen Bay Healthcare CEO Roy Hitchings and current Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent. Sargent gave the chef a Quarry Hill fleece jacket and umbrella, and Leigh Smith of the residents’ advisory Food Committee presented him with a New York Times cookbook signed by committee members.

Maine Health Care Association Lauds Quarry Hill Staffers
October 6, 2016

MHCA award winner Mike Flanagan (center) outside Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn with residents Eleanor McClelland (left) and Hannah Williamson.

MHCA award winner Mike Flanagan (center) outside Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn with residents Eleanor McClelland (left) and Hannah Williamson.

Doug Gilson (center) poses at the pond with a few of the many residents who took part in the trout-stocking initiative. From left: Skip Gambell, Ann Bex, Phil Dufour, and Mary Carlson.

Doug Gilson (center) poses at the pond with a few of the many residents who took part in the trout-stocking initiative. From left: Skip Gambell, Ann Bex, Phil Dufour, and Mary Carlson.

CAMDEN, Me., October 6, 2016 – The Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) has named two Quarry Hill Maintenance Department employees as recipients of MHCA’s 2016 Celebrating Excellence Awards. Mike Flanagan won an Excellence in Caregiving award, while Doug Gilson was honored for Excellence in Innovation.

A veteran of 14 years at Quarry Hill, Flanagan was nominated as a “go-to person” who not only knows how to find and fix everything but has endeared himself to residents as a caring friend and sympathetic ear.

“Mike never hesitates to go the extra mile to make sure every individual that comes to him leaves feeling heard and cared about,” noted colleagues in their letter of nomination. “[He] never gives up until a crisis is averted, a problem is solved and everyone is reassured and comfortable.”

Innovation winner Doug Gilson drew praise as the driving force behind a project that invited Quarry Hill residents to relive “old fishing hole”memories by helping to stock the community’s man-made pond with 113 rainbow trout from the Maine Department of Fish and Wildlife. The initiative grew to involve residents and staff throughout Quarry Hill in acquiring, releasing, and feeding the fish and ultimately reaping the rewards: a series of catch-and-release fishing parties. Residents and employees whose donations offset the costs of the initiative won the right to name the fish, resulting in monikers ranging from Jaws to Free Willy.

The 2016 Excellence in Innovation award is Gilson’s second. In 2015, the avid outdoorsman was honored for organizing a daylong snowmobiling trip for residents in collaboration with the local Lincolnville Mountain Goats Snowmobile Club. The outing has become an annual tradition, combining a half-day trail ride in Camden Hills State Park with a hot lunch served by club members at a ski lodge along the way.

Flanagan, Gilson and other honorees received their awards from Maine First Lady Ann LePage during a recent recognition ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center. The annual MHCA event spotlights long-term care employees who exemplify commendable levels of caregiving, dedication and professionalism in caring for elderly and disabled citizens in Maine nursing homes and assisted living centers. Nominees must meet criteria related to quality of caregiving, attention to residents’ rights and leadership among their peers. Nominations are submitted by long-term care communities; an independent panel of judges with expertise in the field of long-term care selects the winners.

According to MHCA president and CEO Richard Erb, “Maine’s direct care and support staff provide compassionate quality care and in many cases fill a family role for long-term care residents and consumers….[The awards program is] a tribute to their dedication and our way of saying thank you.”

MHCA is a nonprofit trade association representing Maine’s 250 long-term care providers, including nursing homes and assisted living communities.

Hannaford Helps Program Provides Boost to Resident Activities Fund
September 21, 2016

Camden, Me., September 21, 2016—Quarry Hill’s time as beneficiary of Hannaford Stores’ “Hannaford Helps” reusable-bag community fundraising program finally ended on August 31, and the results have been most gratifying. In Quarry Hill’s four months as beneficiary, a total of 968 of the initiative’s blue “good karma” shopping bags were purchased at Hannaford stores in Rockland and Camden, resulting in $1,206 in donations from Hannaford. We’ve applied all monies raised to the Resident Activities Fund, where they’ll translate into more and better programs for our residents. A big thank-you to all who helped by purchasing “Hannaford Helps” bags.

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