Top Ten Concordia Blog Posts of 2021

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For a year that brought more unprecedented challenges to us all, the Concordia family found ways in 2021 to bring joy into our communities. We saw the return of annual events promoting fellowship, kindness and generosity, we found blessings in tragedy and we were humbled by God’s grace that allowed us to grow our mission and serve even more of His people.

Our annual Top Ten Concordia Blog Posts listicle touches upon the forementioned and also speaks to the fortitude of the Concordia family – a compassionate and selfless team of staff, donors, residents, patients and their families who bring out the best in one another and work together to foster our mission of caring. From short term rehab to skilled nursing and every service line in between, we are truly humbled and thankful to continue to provide quality care for our residents and patients even in the face of adversity. Thanks be to God!

1. Concordia at Villa St. Joseph Hosts Expansion Grand Opening
Concordia at Villa St. Joseph’s personal care and memory care expansion, our newest blessing, opened in August. The state-of-the-art expansion adds 78 personal care beds and 33 memory care beds to the campus, which was designed to offer individualized care at an incredible value.

2. Celebrating 140: Concordia’s Annual Summer Festival Was a Terrific Success
Concordia celebrated 140 years of caring for God’s people at our annual summer festival in July. It was a joyous day of community fellowship and entertainment for the entire family that closed with a traditional worship service led by Concordia Director of Chaplaincy Pastor Jack Hartman.

3. Concordia Oktoberfest Returns
Concordia’s annual Oktoberfest made its full return this year after the event was modified in 2020 and limited to a drive-in fireworks show on the Concordia at Cabot campus due to the pandemic. We had a great time welcoming families, friends and community members back to the Cabot campus!

4. 140 Years of Caring: Concordia’s History of Service
Concordia first opened as the Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Orphans and Old Peoples Home in the early 1880s and 140 years later now serves God’s people in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Tampa, Florida at a number of senior living facilities, retirement communities and through home health care and hospice services. The years in between paint a portrait of an unwavering mission driven by faith, caring and compassion.

5. 2021 Fishing Derby Attracts Over 750 People
Concordia’s annual Fishing Derby for Kids welcomed over 750 people to Saxony Farm Lake in May. This enjoyable event wrap-up blog includes a record-breaking catch, cool facts and a TON of great photos!

6. 17th Annual Concordia Golf Classic Was a Tee-riffic Success
Concordia’s 17th annual golf outing was a great success and raised nearly $130,000 for the Good Samaritan Endowment Fund! The charitable care fund helps offset the cost of care for residents who have outlived their resources and allows those who we care for to continue to age in place.

7. 15 Years Ago in Concordia History: The Haven 1 Fire
“In terms of property loss, we have a catastrophe. In terms of people, we were very blessed,” said Concordia President and CEO Keith Frndak on the day of the Haven l fire. This blog takes a look at a few of the many blessings of the day and the days that followed, and how the resiliency, strength and spirit shown by the Haven I residents spoke to the testament of what it means to FULLY trust God.

8. Why We Chose Concordia: Bill and Ione Cowen
Concordia at Sumner residents Bill and Ione Cowen share their story and what motivated them to move to our Eastern Ohio retirement living community, and how it’s going so far!

9. Tips For Conquering Seasonal Depression During the Pandemic
Concordia Visiting Nurses’ medical social worker Justin Fichter delivers expert advice on how to combat seasonal depression during a pandemic and also provides excellent resources for those who are struggling.

10. Recognizing, Treating and Managing a Lymphedema Diagnosis: A Q & A with a Lymphedema Specialist
Sue Hanna, Concordia Visiting Nurses’ physical therapist and lymphedema specialist, explores the often misdiagnosed, or underdiagnosed, condition of lymphedema in a relatable way. This is an excellent read that dives into the symptoms, the treatment and how to successfully manage the condition.   

As we look ahead to the New Year, please keep Concordia, our mission, our staff and especially those we serve in your thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your family in 2022! For information about our services at our locations in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Tampa, Florida, visit the Care Levels and Services page of our website. You can also call our headquarters to learn more at 724-352-1571 or message us through our online contact form

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