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SearStone Poised to Give Back

August 27, 2014

One of the things that make SearStone a distinctly different senior community is its status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. As written in its charter, SearStone is to use five percent of its gross revenue for community benefit.

In August 2011, SearStone entered into an agreement with Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC), another nonprofit serving North Carolina seniors, to obtain guidance on philanthropy, governance and operations. The two organizations formed the SearStone/Lutheran Services Carolinas Community Benefit Committee, now comprised of SearStone resident Dave Wolf, SearStone Board President Stan Brading, LSC President Ted W. Goins, Jr., Grace Lutheran Church Pastor The Rev. Michael Fry, and North Carolina State Bar Executive Director and Secretary Tom Lunsford.

Wolf has plenty of prior nonprofit management experience, having served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy North Carolina Chapter, the North Carolina Symphony Foundation, and Hospice of Wake County (now Transitions Lifecare). As the resident liaison, he will report to the residents on the work of the committee.

The committee is responsible for administering and distributing 80 percent of the community benefit funds to the programs and activities of 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations that benefit seniors, especially indigent seniors. LSC Director of Community Services Barbara Garwood was tasked with investigating senior needs in Wake County and making recommendations on how to allocate the first distribution.

Now in operation for over half a year, SearStone is ready to begin disbursing funds, which will then continue on a quarterly basis. On July 9, the committee met to review Garwood's recommendations and discuss the first distribution of funds. They decided that the first disbursements will help fund specific programs for these three local charities:

Meals on Wheels of Wake County $10,584 to serve 200 seniors identified as high risk. This money will fund extra meals delivered on Fridays to help them through until the next meal delivery on Monday.

Resources for Seniors $5,292 for in-home aide services to help alleviate the backlog of 390 seniors in Wake County on waiting lists for in-home assistance.

Center for Volunteer Caregiving $5,292 for their In Home Connections program to provide volunteers in the homes of seniors identified by Meals on Wheels and Resources for Seniors as having the greatest need.

"As a requirement of receiving these funds, all three organizations will have to fill out an application, provide copies of its 501(c)(3) designation, and provide a final report showing how the money was spent," said Wolf.

As more residents move to SearStone, the charitable fund will increase. Wolf anticipates that the donations will get bigger and bigger as the fund continues to grow. A second distribution of more than $55,000 has already been sent to LSC in preparation for next quarter's donations. Although SearStone residents already contribute greatly through individual volunteering and philanthropy, they can also receive peace of mind knowing that their community is contributing to the greater good through monetary donations to local charities.

SearStone Executive Director signs Statement of Support

August 13, 2014

CARY, N.C. North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense Office, announced Christopher Romick, Executive Director, SearStone Continuing Care Retirement Community, signed a Statement of Support.  Romick is also a Navy Veteran.  "It is an honor to sign the Statement of Support pledging our support of the men and women in the Guard and Reserve," states Romick.

Participating in the ceremony representing North Carolina ESGR was Matt Segal, employer outreach director and Meg Segal, ESGR volunteer. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service.  ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

Pictured left to right; Matt Segal, Employer Outreach Director, North Carolina ESGR, Christopher Romick, Executive Director, SearStone Continuing Care Retirement Community, and Meg Segal, North Carolina ESGR volunteer

Dr. David Fisher Joins SearStone as Medical Director

August 06, 2014

CARY, N.C., July 25, 2014 North Carolina's continuing care retirement community, has hired David Fisher, M.D., MPH as medical director at Brittany Place, the community's skilled nursing facility.

Dr. Fisher is board-certified in family medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. In addition to overseeing medical operations at Brittany Place, he also visits the community’s Independent Community Clinic once a week to see the more independent and active residents.

As an advocate for patient empowerment, Dr. Fisher has been featured on Fox News, WPTF, Cary News and other media outlets, and authored the book How to Keep Your Mom (And Yourself) Out of a Nursing Home; Seven Keys to Keeping Your Independence. He also shares valuable health care information on his blog at http://www.doctorfisher.com and through his Twitter account @DoctorFisher.

Dr. Fisher is a graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his residency in family medicine and clinical fellowship in geriatric medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Fisher is a member of the medical staff at Doctors Making Housecalls, one of the nations leading medical practices dedicated to helping patients age in place.

We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Fisher supervising health care at SearStone,” said Executive Director Chris Romick. Our staff and residents greatly appreciate his expertise and gentle touch with patients.

Dr. Fisher says his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and six children.


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