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Westminster COO Garry Hennis Appointed Chair of Seniors Quality Leap Initiative

November 13, 2017

ORLANDO, November 13, 2017 – Westminster Communities of Florida is delighted to announce the appointment of Chief Operating Officer Garry Hennis as the new chairman of the Seniors Quality Leap Initiative (SQLI), a North American organization of selected providers of senior living and long-term care with university relationships.

SQLI is dedicated to attaining higher performance levels in quality and safety as they relate to quality of life among the older adults its member organizations serve, and to raising the bar in achieving excellence. Its mission is to improve outcomes in each member’s organization through evidence-based practices.

Hennis, a member of the board of directors since 2016, is a strong advocate for the interests and welfare of older adults and will lend his voice and Westminster Communities of Florida’s perspective to SQLI.

“I’m honored to be able to serve the Seniors Quality Leap Initiative and to help our member organizations, including Westminster, improve the quality of life of those we serve at our communities,” said Hennis. “I look forward to working with our high-achieving member organizations in the U.S. and Canada to continue our progress.”

SQLI members include some of the most prominent and high-achieving senior living organizations with university affiliations in the United States. Senior living providers include Hebrew SeniorLife of Massachusetts, Presbyterian Senior Living of Pennsylvania, and Westminster Communities of Florida. Major North American research universities participate, including Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Waterloo (Ontario), McGill University (Quebec) and Florida State University.

We Welcome Two Communities to Our Family

November 1, 2017

We have great news! We are pleased to welcome Hugh Ash Manor and College Arms Towers to the Westminster Communities of Florida family. These two senior living communities in DeLand have both shared our commitment to serving seniors since the early 1970s. Now they’re becoming part of our Mission and ministry of providing quality and affordable residences to seniors with low incomes throughout the state. Read more by clicking the links below: 

Press Release: Hugh Ash Manor

Press Release: College Arms Towers

College Arms Towers Joins the Family of Westminster Communities of Florida

November 1, 2017

ORLANDO, October 31, 2017– Westminster Communities of Florida and the College Arms Towers Board of Directors are excited to announce that College Arms Towers, an affordable senior living community in DeLand, Fla., has joined the Westminster family.

The transfer of sponsorship of the community preserves the mission of service of College Arms Towers to low-income seniors. College Arms Towers will continue to honor all residents’ leases and provide employment to current employees.

College Arms Towers, a 16-story, 196-apartment building on North Amelia Avenue, has provided a quality affordable place to live for seniors since 1970, through the generosity of the Bert Fish Foundation, which donated the land for the building and provided the funds for its construction. It has been managed by Westminster Communities of Florida since 2014. 

Martha Holler, former chair of the board of directors of College Arms Towers, said, “We are so thankful for the generations of residents who have lived at College Arms Towers since 1970. Westminster Communities of Florida will be a good steward in serving our residents, and we know that the historic mission of serving low-income seniors at College Arms Towers will continue for many years to come.” 

As part of the transaction, a portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase a new van for transportation and to make improvements to the community that will enhance the quality of life of its residents, and another portion will be given to three other local charitable organizations serving seniors in DeLand. Westminster Communities of Florida thanks the former College Arms Towers board of directors for their generosity and service, including Mrs. Holler, vice president Kathy Sanders, and board members Robert F. Apgar, Mary Ellen Early and Richard C. Reynolds.

Westminster Communities of Florida Chief Executive Officer Roger Stevens said, “We are so pleased that today, College Arms Towers is becoming part of the Westminster family. Our organization has served seniors with low incomes since 1990. Now we’re expanding that mission and ministry with the wonderful residents and employees at College Arms Towers. We are truly stronger together.”

Westminster Communities of Florida, the state’s largest not-for-profit senior living organization, has 21 active senior living communities throughout Florida, serving more than 7,000 residents with an active lifestyle emphasizing wellness and lifelong learning. The organization has 10 Continuing Care Retirement Communities, offering independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation and therapy; and 11 Rental Retirement Communities, including College Arms Towers, offering affordable independent-living residences to seniors with low and moderate incomes.

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