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Volunteer Group Recognized with Statewide Award

Friday, June 22, 2018

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Reed Vanderslik, Jerry Miller, and Gabby VanderMolen

 At an evening gala this June, LeadingAge Michigan presented Project Outreach with the “Group Volunteer of the Year Award.”   Each year, the award goes to a group who has provided distinguished service to a LeadingAge Michigan Member.

Since 1968, LeadingAge Michigan has been proudly representing mission-based providers who serve frail seniors and adults with disability through the full array of post-acute and long-term services and support. The 320 member organization is the only statewide association in Michigan that represents the entire continuum of post-acute and long-term services.

The University of Michigan’s Project Outreach program has impacted Glacier Hills Senior Living Community for over 13 years. Project Outreach is a course, offered at the University of Michigan. The course combines classroom learning with practical experience in a healthcare setting. Each student invests 40 hours per semester with our residents. Approximately 60 students are assigned to Glacier Hills each semester. Over the years, Project Outreach has become an integral part of Glacier Hills’ volunteer program.

Project Outreach students volunteer all over campus. They visit one-on-one with residents, help with games, discussion groups and crafts. They accompany residents to concerts, religious services and programs. Project Outreach has expanded over the past three years to include a music section. Now musicians come and perform right in the households five days per week.

Activities staff say that it is rewarding to watch the “light come on” as new volunteers begin to understand how to best connect with our residents. We can depend on Project Outreach volunteers to support professional activities staff so that the day goes smoothly. Their helping hand makes such a difference. Their friendly, patient interaction with residents is a calming influence especially in memory care households. This team of volunteers increases our ability to provide that important one-to-one attention.

We are especially grateful to the leadership of Dr. Jerry Miller, the Faculty Coordinator for Project Outreach. Jerry says “Students often comment that Project Outreach is the most memorable course of their academic experience.” The commitment the University of Michigan Project Outreach program has made to our community helps Glacier Hills continue to provide extraordinary service to our seniors.

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Glacier Hills Recognizes 2017 Volunteer of the Year and Other Outstanding Volunteers

Glacier Hills Senior Living Community honored one of its finest volunteers on March 30th at its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner.  The Volunteer of the Year Award is the highest honor that goes to an individual who stands out among all volunteers and is an example of what is means to serve our community.  This years’ honor was bestowed to Tom Gaffield, Glacier Hills 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

Tom is known by many at Glacier Hills for his series “Piano with Tom” that takes place the 2nd Friday of every month.  He performs the residents’ favorite songs and goes out of his way to play music he knows the audience wants to hear.  One resident commented, “You made me feel 20 years younger!  The music took me back in time and I was dancing with my husband.”  Gabby VanderMolen, Glacier Hills Volunteer Coordinator thanked Tom for “Beautifully demonstrating what it means to make the world a brighter place.”

Others long standing volunteers were also honored at the Volunteer Recognition Night, Bryce Messmann received the Youth Service Award, the University of Michigan’s Project Outreach Program received the June Bennett Teamwork Service Award, Gloria Welsh received the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.  Cyndy Pollard, received the Ruth Monahan Spiritual Service AwardAyush Arora won the Tom and Jeanette Gaffield Gift of Music Award.  Glacier Hills thanks all of volunteers for the countless hours donated to our community.

Glacier Hills & Trinity Health Senior Communities Welcome Reed Vander Slik new President of Glacier Hills

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Steve Kastner, President & CEO of Trinity Health Senior Communities, parent company of Glacier Hills since July, has announced the appointment of Reed Vander Slik as the new President for Glacier Hills, succeeding Ray Rabidoux who will retire after 18 years at the helm and a career in the senior services spanning over 43 years. Reed will join Glacier Hills in March.

Reed comes to Glacier Hills from Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services in Grand Rapids where he has served in executive positions since 2004, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Major from Aquinas College, East Grand Rapids, MI and a Master’s in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. Prior to his tenure for Porter Hills, Vander Slik held several financial executive positions over a 22 year period in both domestic and international settings.

Reed’s priorities during his first few months will include establishing a firm foundation of relationships with residents, staff and Board members as well as reaching out to local business and health system leaders in the Ann Arbor markets.

“I am excited to pass the leadership of Glacier Hills to a colleague of Reed’s stature” noted Ray Rabidoux, departing President & CEO of Glacier Hills. “The organization will be in great hands for the future!”

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About Glacier Hills Senior Living Community

Glacier Hills Senior Living Community for over 43 years has served southeast Michigan as a non-profit, senior living and care provider. Our mission is to serve older adults with a continuum of lifestyle, care and support alternatives embracing enrichment of the whole person. Glacier Hills’ beautiful 34-acre campus is located in the cultural and cosmopolitan heart of southeast Michigan. Glacier Hills’ has both pioneered and continually renewed its commitment to a premier senior lifestyle through transformative change. Glacier Hills joined Trinity Health Senior Communities in July of 2016.

About Trinity Health Senior Communities

Trinity Health Senior Communities is a non-profit senior living organization headquartered in Livonia, Mich. Offering Independent Living apartments, Assisted Living apartments, Memory Care, Long-Term Care and Short-Term Rehabilitation THSC serves thousands of seniors and their families each year in more than 45 communities across the country. Trinity Health Senior Communities is a National Health Ministry of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country.

Glacier Hills Affiliates with Trinity Senior Living Communities

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Board of Directors of Glacier Hills has finalized an agreement to become a subsidiary of Trinity Senior Living Communities (TSLC) of Livonia, Mich., effective July 1, 2016.

Glacier Hills, a full-service senior campus in Ann Arbor, includes a continuum of short-term and long-term rehabilitation and wellness services as well as senior living options. It will maintain its governance by a community board of directors.

TSLC, a non-profit senior housing and nursing care organization, currently owns and manages more than 45 communities offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, long term care and rehabilitation services for seniors. TSLC is a member of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country.  St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital is also a member of Trinity Health.

Ray Rabidoux, President and CEO of Glacier Hills, described the decision to join TSLC as an extension of Glacier Hills’ vision to help meet the needs of aging persons in the Ann Arbor area.

“Aligning with TSLC will preserve our mission into the future,” he explained. “It enhances the continuum of care in the region for seniors and aligns Glacier Hills to meet the needs of healthcare reform, deepens the existing relationships with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and enables us to continue providing quality care and service to our residents and their families. It also assures our continuing relationship with the University of Michigan Health System.”

TSLC’s goal of creating a sustainable regional model with other Trinity Health Regional Health Ministries made Glacier Hills an attractive community to seek out a relationship with, and eventually, align. This structure will bring together the focus of both organizations people-centered care, providing streamlined communication for residents, guests and families as
they navigate through a health care event.

“We are proud to finalize this agreement with an organization dedicated to outstanding high quality care, employee satisfaction and excellence,” noted Ken Robbins, President & CEO of TSLC, in the acceptance of the agreement which was signed by TSLC and Glacier Hills on June 21, 2016. “We are invested in and committed to the people of Ann Arbor, and know this opportunity will enhance care delivery across our system for those we serve.”

Rabidoux and Robbins also announce that Glacier Hills and TSLC will establish The Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, to focus on supporting the future needs of seniors in Washtenaw County.  The Glacier Hills Legacy Fund program development and funding process will be completed in 2017.

TSLC owns and operates Sanctuary at St. Joseph’s Village, an independent and assisted living community, and Huron Woods, a memory care community, on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. In addition to enhancing the care continuum within the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Glacier Hills will continue working with patients and families from the University of Michigan Health System.

“It’s an exciting time to be in care delivery for seniors,” said David Brooks, President & CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals. “We are looking forward to enhancing our relationships through a common ministry providing people-centered care together in Ann Arbor.”

“We are ecstatic for what this means for Southeastern Michigan,” added Rob Casalou, Regional President & CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “As we come together to deliver senior care and services within Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, we eagerly welcome Glacier Hills as an important part of our regional health ministry.”

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About Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community for 42 years has served southeast Michigan as a non-profit, non-sectarian senior living and care provider. Our mission is to serve older adults with a continuum of lifestyle, care and support alternatives embracing enrichment of the whole person. Glacier Hills’ beautiful 34-acre campus is located in the cultural and cosmopolitan heart of southeast Michigan. Glacier Hills’ has both pioneered and continually renewed its commitment to a premier senior lifestyle through transformative change.

About Trinity Senior Living Communities
Trinity Senior Living Communities is a non-profit senior living organization headquartered in Livonia, Mich. Offering Independent Living apartments, Assisted Living apartments, Memory Care, Long-Term Care and Short-Term Rehabilitation TSLC serves thousands of seniors and their families each year in more than 45 communities across the country. Trinity Senior Living Communities is a National Health Ministry of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country.

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