By Lindsay Hurley Fick

Spring is the time of year when the word ‘beginning’ comes to mind. The weather is beginning to change to very welcome warmer temperatures (especially after this past winter). The trees are beginning to bud, and daffodils and tulips are beginning to bloom. And the peacocks at Saint Simeon’s are beginning to lay eggs!

One new beginning you’ll hear about soon, and we hope will become an annual tradition, is family pictures. We recently had a request by a past family member to take pictures on the grounds of Saint Simeon’s. She commented on the beauty of Saint Simeon’s and likened our grounds to Woodward Park. What a wonderful compliment. Her request gave us an idea – family pictures for our Residents and their families at this beautiful time of year. We look forward to creating a family heirloom for Residents, in many ways a piece of art. As you’ll see in the following pages, art is an important aspect of life at Saint Simeon’s.

2014 is actually full of new beginnings for Saint Simeon’s. The renovation of Saint Simeon’s Health Care Center began in the fall of 2013, but the main attraction of the renovation was just completed. It is a gorgeous work of ‘art’ (or more correctly stated ‘a gorgeous work of design and construction’!). The new kitchen in the Health Care Center creates a focal point of warmth and vibrancy. Its open design and attractive appointments give the feeling of home. Thank you to the donors that made the renovation of the Health Care Center, and its spectacular centerpiece, possible.

In addition to its renovation, the Health Care Center began a new service in early 2014. Saint Simeon’s is now certified to offer Skilled Nursing – Medicare Part A. This new offering will allow individuals requiring skilled nursing as they leave the hospital to choose Saint Simeon’s for their rehabilitation. We look forward to welcoming new faces and families to Saint Simeon’s.

One other new beginning in 2014 comes in the form of technology. Saint Simeon’s will soon become paperless – well, almost! We are currently in the midst of installing an electronic medical records software. By mid-summer the installation will be complete. We are excited.

Since this issue of Ambiance will feature art, I thought I might share a few pieces of ‘art’ by my grandchildren. They love coming to Saint Simeon’s to see the peacocks, the Koi and of course Simone. They often draw pictures for me – by far the most valuable art I own. Below are a few that adorn my office!

May this spring be the beginning of a wonderful summer for you.

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