TINLEY PARK, Ill. (January 2016) — It’s been a year of growth, and our 2015 Annual Report tries to capture expansive Providence story in articles, images, and numbers. Read all about it in the Providence Press! Click the image to download the PDF. And thank you again for being part of the growing Providence family.
ELMHURST (June 2016) — During World War II, Marion Bell parachuted onto the beaches of Normandy, France, on what would become known as D-Day — June 6, 1944. Seventy-two years later, the veteran and Park Place of Elmhurst resident shared his story and memories of the event with fellow residents and local students from a Timothy Christian High School summer government class. Marion was only 19 when he landed in Normandy as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Their plane was hit and was on fire when they jumped. During his service, he received the purple heart twice, bronze and silver stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. On Monday, June 6, Park Place invited all of the WWII veterans in assisted living to share their memories from their service. Marion was able to show and tell, as he still has the many medals he earned, as well as part of the parachute. WGN was there to cover Marion’s story — click here to see the segment from their news broadcast. Read more about other residents who experienced WWII: Veterans honored on trip to capital Civilian memories of WWII Park Place residents recall honor flights
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (March 2016) — Each year, we honor outstanding employees in an event called “Hallmark of Caring.” Providence people in various jobs are nominated by their co-workers, our residents, or residents’ families for their efforts throughout the year. This year’s 74 honorees live out our mission to “enhance the lives of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ,” and demonstrate excellence in skill, work ethic, and compassion. Employees will be added to the list below until the event on March 11 — look for updates here and on our Facebook pages. Join us in congratulating the honorees! Honorees from Park Place of Elmhurst: Stephanie James, CNA – Skilled Stephanie is extremely compassionate and always has a positive attitude. She makes an extra effort, like coming in early to shampoo a resident’s hair because they cannot extend their head in the shampoo bowl in the salon. She also shows initiative by leading restorative exercises with our residents. Angela Bianchi, CNA – Skilled “When Angela’s here, you know it’s going to be a good day.” This was said by a client who has a great appreciation for her. That’s because Angela is always cheerful, takes pride in […]
Small Houses celebrate first anniversary HOMER GLEN, Ill. (February 2016) — The small houses at Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center mark their first anniversaries this year— the first residents moved in to Hope House on Feb. 2, 2015, and Faith House opened its doors a month later. In their first year of operation, residents and staff alike are adjusting to challenges and enjoying their unique skilled nursing setting. “We’re still learning and growing,” said Deb Brandy, Life Enrichment Director at the Health & Wellness Center. The houses certainly don’t look or operate like the stereotypical nursing home. The architecture features short hallways, private bedrooms, and an open kitchen. That set-up is making it easier for Janina to get out of her wheelchair and use a walker to get around. In one house, magazines lay by the fireplace, a decades-old wedding photo adorns the bookshelf in the library, and CDs are stacked up on the end table in the living room — mostly hymns, except for one album of love songs by Elvis. There’s also an iPad for playing games, videos, and music. Residents can wake up and go to sleep when they want — Hope House residents tend to […]
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (February 2016) — Bill Gunther can still remember the first time he saw Annemarie. He was an American soldier in Germany; she was a German citizen. He heard about her from his family; they met her while she was visiting relatives in America. He had traveled 20 minutes by train to reach her German hometown, and when he started down the stairs, he spotted her. When he closes his eyes, he can still see that moment. “I can still picture her standing at the bottom of the stairs in the train station,” he said. Today, they have been married nearly 60 years — they tied the knot on July 14, 1956, in Germany. Bill looks at their wedding photo and says, “It feels like yesterday. It’s amazing how time goes by.” After Bill was discharged from the army, they moved back to the US, settled in Addison, Ill., and Bill worked as a chemist for Argonne National Laboratory. They had two children — a girl first, then a boy a year later. They moved to Downers Grove to be closer to Bill’s work, and have lived there ever since. Annemarie struggles to remember these stories. About four years […]