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Upcoming Events & Programs

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

Learn more about ongoing resident activities, and those planned for this month »

Quarry Hill Cottages Open House
Saturday, April 19, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Thinking about making the switch to an easier, freer way of life? Don’t miss Quarry Hill’s Open House. View five cottage homes in two sizes—all maintenance-free and available for purchase now. Learn more about the opportunities waiting for you at the Midcoast’s premier community for adults age 55-plus. Meet Quarry Hill residents and staff. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a gardener’s starter pack—complete with a tool set with folding seat, portable seed house, gloves, watering can and more—valued at $200. And consider this: if you see a cottage you love and sign a purchase agreement we’ll give you $5,000 to put toward customizing your new home.

Bring your family, bring your friends—and get a view of your future from the Hill!

For more information or to arrange another time to visit, call Quarry Hill at 207-230-6116 or send us an email.

AARP Driver Safety Course
Monday, April 28, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

At Anderson Inn, Quarry Hill, Camden. 

Presented by Paul Sheridan

This one-day refresher course is designed for drivers age 50 and better and features an updated 2014 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.

AARP membership is not a prerequisite, but registration is required. Call Quarry Hill at 230-6116 or email.

Finding Your Place of Real
Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 am to 12 noon

Location: Quarry Hill

Presented by Clarity, artists and writers, with members of House of ME

In a fun, multimedia presentation, Su.Sane and Robert Hake, the artist/writer team known as Clarity, will share their children’s book Place of Real and explore ways to nurture the children in your life (including the child in you!) on the important journey to find what’s real.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-230-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

The History of American Indians in Maine
Wednesday, June 18, 10:30 am to 12 noon

Location: Quarry Hill

Presented by John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor and associate director, Wabanaki Center

Mitchell, a member of the Penobscot Nation, guides an exploration of the history and culture of Maine’s native peoples from the perspective of the people themselves.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-230-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Recurring Events & Programs

New Pathways for Parkinson’s
Every Friday, 10:00 am

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

This holistic fitness program is designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Instructor Carol Woodbury Witham, a local clinical exercise specialist, leads this class. Cost is $5 per class, payable at the door.

Alzheimers Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:00 pm

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) 230-6237 or at calexander@penbayhealthcare.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 Carol Witham at (207) 594-1637 or at cawitham@me.com.

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Articles and Press Releases

Artwork by Quarry Hill Resident Featured in Poetry Month Rockland Show
April 4, 2014

CAMDEN, Me., April 3, 2014 – An original work of art by Quarry Hill resident Ronald Smith was recently selected for the 2014 Poetry Month Rockland juried art show and is among numerous works included in the show, on display at Rockland Public Library through April 30.

Smith’s Windows is a three-dimensional assemblage made of lobster-trap wire and other discarded materials found on long walks near his home and elsewhere in New England.

Smith said he was inspired to submit the piece to the juried exhibition when he learned that the theme for the show would be “Windows, Mirrors, Doors,” focusing on works that represent various “ways of looking.”

The amateur artist said his interest in assemblages was sparked by the works of American artists Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) and Louise Nevelson (1899–1988). Over the past two decades, Smith has crafted dozens of works and been featured in group and one-man shows at Quarry Hill, in Belfast, Me., and in Winchester, Mass.

Quarry Hill Hosts Mid-Coast School of Technology CNA Graduation
April 4, 2014

Graduates of MST’s Spring 2014 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program include, left to right, Megan Green, Susan Turner, Nikki Hayes, Kevin Vanleer, Scott Ewen, Cameron Kunesh, Catherine McDonald, Sherilyn Callahan, and Maya Dunning, with instructor Marian Rector, RN, center.

April 4, 2014, Camden, Me.—Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden played host as Mid-Coast School of Technology (MST) awarded certificates to nine new graduates of its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, April 2.

Addressing the graduates, Quarry Hill interim executive director Mary Sargent said, “You are embarking on a marvelous adventure. Thank you for accepting this honor and the privilege of serving and caring for others. If you choose to work in long-term care, you will meet some of the most extraordinary people and enjoy getting to know them. I know I have.”

Four of the nine graduates have already been offered positions at Quarry Hill.

Mid-Coast’s nine-week, 216-hour CNA curriculum covers a wide range of basic nursing skills. In addition to classroom instruction, students complete clinical training at nursing-care centers at Quarry Hill and the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland.

“We’re thankful to Pen Bay Healthcare for the varied, practical experience that its  senior-living centers provide for our students,” said MST instructor Marian Rector, RN. “The nurses at both centers do a fantastic job of welcoming our students and nurturing them in their training.”

McKeown Announces Retirement from Quarry Hill
March 3, 2014

CAMDEN, ME, March 3, 2014 – Bob McKeown, executive director of Quarry Hill, has announced that he will retire from his position at the Camden senior-living community, effective March 7.

McKeown began his 36-year career with Pen Bay Healthcare, Quarry Hill’s parent organization, in 1978, when he was appointed manager of material services at Pen Bay Medical Center. He served as nursing home administrator at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland beginning in 1993. In September 2001, he took over as executive director for both the Knox Center and Quarry Hill. He played a central role in the planning process that led to the creation of Quarry Hill and in the construction and development of the community itself.

Asked to name his proudest achievement at Quarry Hill, McKeown pointed to the satisfaction of seeing the original vision for the community come to fruition.

“An organization like Quarry Hill is a living, multilayered entity that evolves continuously over time. For me, the most rewarding thing has been helping to ensure that the working parts all come together in a way that reflects the founders’ original concept and values,” he said.

He cited the 2009 opening of a primary care practice at Quarry Hill—the first of its kind in Maine—and the 2010 launch of a clinic offering onsite monitoring for patients on the prescription blood thinner Coumadin as examples of services launched for the convenience and well-being of the community’s residents.

Looking ahead, McKeown sees opportunities for further enhancements. “On the drawing board are plans to introduce cutting-edge technologies that will enhance communication and improve convenience and safety. We’re also looking at expanding the range of dining options and introducing a variety of supportive services—from assistance with personal care to transportation and errand-running—for residents of our independent-living apartments and cottages,” he commented.

“Maine’s position as the state with the third oldest population in the nation suggests a bright future for Quarry Hill,” McKeown said.

Former Pen Bay Healthcare CEO Roy Hitchings, who worked closely with McKeown on the development of Quarry Hill, had high praise for the soon-to-retire executive.

“From Quarry Hill’s inception 15 years ago, Bob led the feasibility study, design, construction, opening, marketing, and day-to-day operations. He is the most important reason why so many of my friends, colleagues, and physicians call Quarry Hill ‘home,’ both for themselves and their parents. He is a visible, hands-on leader who cares very much about how every resident and staff member is treated, and he knows each of them personally,” he commented.

Quarry Hill administrator Mary Sargent, who has worked with McKeown for more than 20 years, similarly reflected on his “competent, calm” leadership style.

“Bob is the type of leader who doesn’t use a lot of words or speak too often. However, when he does share his opinion, you know it’s one that is well thought out and has the best interest of Quarry Hill residents at its core. Bob is a consummate professional in all his interactions and business dealings and is highly regarded by his peers in the field of senior living. I will miss his day-to-day gentle guidance, warm smile, and thoughtful manner.”

McKeown and his wife Cathy, who will retire soon from her position as human resources manager for Pen Bay Healthcare, plan to spend winters in Florida and the warmer months at a home they own in eastern Maine.

Administrator Mary Sargent will serve as interim executive director at Quarry Hill while a search is conducted for a permanent candidate for the post.

 

Quarry Hill Extends “Cottage Cash” Incentive
January 23, 2014

CAMDEN, January 31, 2014 – Quarry Hill, a community for adults age 55-plus located in Camden, has announced that it will extend into 2014 its popular “Cottage Cash” incentive for those interested in purchasing one of its cottage-style homes.

Under the terms of the incentive, prospective new residents who sign an agreement to purchase a cottage can receive up to $5,000 with which to customize the home or reimbursement of up to $5,000 in documented moving expenses. The extension will continue for a limited period and is subject to expiration at any time.

 Quarry Hill residents who have already taken advantage of Cottage Cash say they’ve used the offer to put a personal stamp on the homes they purchased.

“For our cottage, we had the choice of either carpet or a wood floor. The $5,000 made it easy to decide. Today we enjoy a beautiful maple floor,” said resident Art Zur Muhlen.

Cottage owner Rita Elliott commented: “When I purchased my cottage in 2012, the $5,000 bonus was surely a boon. I used it to purchase the kitchen appliances I wanted and to have a custom entertainment center built in my living room.”

Quarry Hill cottages offer one-floor, maintenance-free living. Residents enjoy priority access to a full range of onsite living options, including assisted living and nursing care services, and other amenities tailored specifically to the needs of older adults. To learn more about Quarry Hill, the Cottage Cash program, or cottages currently available for purchase, call 230-6116, or visit www.quarryhill.org or www.facebook.com/QuarryHillCamdenMaine.

Quarry Hill Hosts Mid-Coast School of Technology CNA Graduation
November 1, 2013

Graduates of MST’s Fall 2013 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program include, left to right instructor Marian Rector, RN, Brett Hayward, Shae Garton, Morgan Mitchell, Melissa Johnson, Stephanie Richards, Teara Rytky, Nicholas Robinson, Ashley Sabien and Kammie Howard.

November 1, 2013, Camden, Me.—Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden played host as Mid-Coast School of Technology (MST) awarded certificates to 9 new graduates of its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, October 30.

In remarks to the graduates and attending friends and family, Quarry Hill administrator Mary Sargent praised the new CNAs’ “courage, compassion, and kindness” and welcomed them to “a community of healthcare that supports you in your practice.”

Two Quarry Hill CNAs also offered remarks.

Kathy Tilton, CNA-M, described her work as “a calling, not a job” and urged the graduates to “leave your problems outside the door, but bring your joy to work. Your patients want it and need it.”

Sarah Brenner, CNA, agreed: “You’re not just a CNA,” she said. “You’re an important part of your patients’ lives.”

Mid-Coast’s nine-week, 216-hour CNA curriculum covers a wide range of basic nursing skills. In addition to classroom instruction, students complete clinical training at nursing-care centers at Quarry Hill and the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland.

“We’re thankful to Pen Bay Healthcare for the varied, practical experience its two senior-living centers provide for our students,” said MST director of adult education Marianne Doyle.

Quarry Hill

Quarry Hill is Midcoast Maine’s premier extended-care retirement community. It is a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services, which also includes Pen Bay Medical Center, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, and the Knox Center for Long Term Care. Through these organizations, and with a staff of more than 100 outstanding physicians and more than 1,500 healthcare professionals, we are able to provide the people of Midcoast Maine with a continuum of both routine and specialty patient-centered medical services.

To learn more about Quarry Hill, call 230-6116 or visit us on Facebook.

Quarry Hill Named Best Retirement Community in Countywide Poll
October 29, 2013

CAMDEN, ME, October 29, 2013 –  Quarry Hill has been voted Best Retirement Home in Knox County for the tenth consecutive year as part of Village Soup’s 2013 Best of Knox County People’s Choice poll.

The annual poll asks Village Soup readers to identify their favorite service providers, businesses, stores, restaurants, and more and names the top vote getters in each category.

“Quarry Hill is truly honored to have been elected number one in its category yet again this year. We appreciate the continued support of the Midcoast community and promise to continue working hard to earn the public’s high regard,” said Quarry Hill executive director Bob McKeown.

An extended-care community for adults age 55-plus, Quarry Hill offers independent-living apartments and cottage homes, as well as assisted living, short- and long-term nursing care and rehabilitation services, and dementia care. In 2012, the community placed within the top 10 percent of senior-living centers of its kind nationwide in a resident-satisfaction study conducted by the independent applied-research firm My InnerView.

Quarry Hill

Quarry Hill  is a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services, which also includes Pen Bay Medical Center, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, and the Knox Center for Long Term Care. Through these organizations, and with a staff of more than 100 outstanding physicians and more than 1,500 healthcare professionals, we are able to provide the people of Midcoast Maine with a continuum of both routine and specialty patient-centered medical services.

To learn more about Quarry Hill, call 230-6116 or visit us on Facebook.

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