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February 26, 2018 - St. Camillus Gives Dementia Patients a Piece of Home in New Building - MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, CATHOLIC HERALD STAFF

 

Although moving out of home and into a living facility can be hard for seniors, St. Camillus’ new memory care building has an environmental design that makes it feel like the next best

place.

 

In late January, St. Camillus celebrated the completion of its new North and Jesuit Residences. The North Residence includes 72 units for dementia patients who need assisted living services, while the Jesuit Residence features 50 units for aging Society of Jesus members. The new

building, built on previously vacant land owned by the Camillians, broke ground in April.

 

The North Residence’s units have several qualities that make it feel homey, while also tending to dementia patients’ needs. The 72 units are split into three 24-unit neighborhoods, each

designed in a circle, or a racetrack format. This format allows residents to stay active, but stay within the neighborhood and eventually loop back to their unit.

 

“A lot of times, they really like to walk; they really like to go somewhere,” said Kevin Schwab, the CEO of St. Camillus. “It gives them the ability to go somewhere without harming themselves.”

 

Residents will be able recognize their unit by the shape and the color above their door. A particular unit’s soffit is different from the next, said Schwab, and even other areas of the building are marked with different colors.

 

“If you look at the building design, outside the race track, you have very significant color areas, which helps them recognize certain things, like where their room is, where the dining and living areas are,” Schwab said. “The visual cues help reduce the anxiety that comes with not

being in a familiar place. It brings that anxiety level down, which eliminates that behavior of wanting to go home or wanting to go to work or wherever they’re thinking they want to go. Really, it’s for their safety.”

 

Apart from different colors, another visual cue can come from a resident’s memory box, located on one side of the unit’s door. This memory box, which looks like a medicine cabinet, is for family members of residents and residents to fill with items that are familiar to the

resident or may spark his or her memory.

 

The three 24-unit neighborhoods are named after Milwaukee parks: Lake Park Square, Cathedral Square and Whitnall Park Square. An interdisciplinary team of social workers, nursing staff and activities staff at St. Camillus brainstormed the idea to name each neighborhood after a park, and the idea evolved once they partnered with Wauwatosa artist

Kathleen Pulz. She researched each park and created artwork, including iconic pieces in those parks.

 

“The best choice was the park system for fond memories,” said Schwab. “Many of our residents experienced those parks over their lifetime.” St. Camillus plans to duplicate that idea

in assisted living neighborhoods, by naming each one after a Wauwatosa park, he added.

 

Several other aspects of the new building have special touches. There are two courtyards attached to the building for the three neighborhoods, so residents can enjoy the nice weather

while remaining in a contained area. In addition, the building has two chapels, one for the North Residence and one for the Jesuit Residence.  Residents started moving into the new

North Residence units Feb. 12.

 

Located north of Bluemound Road and south of Wisconsin Avenue in Wauwatosa, St. Camillus has served southeastern Wisconsin for almost 90 years, offering residents a life plan community. It offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home healthcare, home hospice and care management services.

 

Since most of its buildings, built decades ago, are now outdated and aren’t marketable, St. Camillus is undergoing a few phases of expansion.  The building of the North and Jesuit

Residences is considered its first phase of expansion, and next it plans to expand and update its independent living services.

 

“We want to be able to continue the Camillian tradition and mission on this property,” Schwab said. “Being here for 90 years, the Camillians want to thrive here and to do that, we need

to make certain adjustments as the marketplace dictates.”

 

To learn more about St. Camillus and its expansion plans, call 414-259-6310.

January 1, 2018 -

 

Join us for the Laurie Strothenke Celebration of Life Fundraiser.

 

Friday, January 19th, 2018 - Lunch 11:30am - 1:00pm, Dinner 4:30 - 8:00pm

San Camillo - 10200 W. Blue Mound Rd., Wauwatosa, WI 53226

 

Tickets are $10, Age 10 or under $5.  Includes spaghetti dinner, beverage and dessert.  Cash or Check only.

 

For additional questions, please contact Lindsey at 414.259.4610

February 23, 2018 -

 

Cristo Rey thanks their partners in the Milwaukee Business Journal!

April 4, 2018 - St. Camillus Life Plan Community Expansion

 

Wauwatosa, WI – 4/4/18

On April 3rd, the City of Wauwatosa Common Council considered the approvals necessary for the expansion of St. Camillus' Independent Living Community.  The Common Council voted 9-3 to rezone the campus with a Planned Unit Development Overlay and 10-2 in favor of Planned Unit Development preliminary plans for a vertical mixed unit development consisting of a 15 story independent living building and related uses.  St. Camillus’ primary reasons for expanding their community are to continue to maintain quality services with affordable care options throughout their continuum of care.  St. Camillus is looking forward to the future of their Independent Living Expansion plans and continuing with the presale process.

 

Over the past few months, St. Camillus has worked diligently on revising their plans to accommodate their neighbors, residents and city officials to ensure the best updates to the project.   The revised project includes a 15 story building with 168 apartments, updated common spaces, and will be connecting the St. Camillus campus.  The new building will have 12 unique floor plans and give residents the ability to personalize their dream retirement home during preconstruction.

 

The expansion will feature multiple culinary options including an Italian bistro with display cooking, sports pub, formal dining room and a made to order deli.  Residents will also enjoy endless social opportunities including daily mass, a rotating art gallery, a theatre and a brand new wellness center.

 

“We are excited for what the future holds for St. Camillus Life Plan Community.  St. Camillus is eager to assist in addressing the senior housing needs in Southeastern Wisconsin while continuing to provide the best quality care and services for years to come.”

-Kevin Schwab, St. Camillus CEO

 

As a not-for-profit, St. Camillus Life Plan Community is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate services to seniors. St. Camillus has been proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for over 90 years.

 

St. Camillus is part of a Religious Institution, the Order of St. Camillus, with more than 400 years of existence and present in more than 40 countries worldwide with an extensive tradition of serving the poor, the sick and the elderly in the healthcare field.

 

If you’d like to learn more about St. Camillus Life Plan Community, please call 414-259-6310.

April 19, 2018 - Curly Lambeau-era Green Bay Packers player who served in WWII traveling on Honor Flight

 

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April 27, 2018 -

 

Hi all-

St. Camillus is in the news again!  Our new Legacy Project with the Cristo Rey students was picked up by the Catholic Herald and made the front page!  I’ve attached the article (sorry, there is no online version).   Take a look to learn more about it and the impact it had on our residents, students, staff, and families!

 

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Congrats to Pierce, one of our Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee work study students, for receiving our first ever Youth Achievement Award this week!

May 8, 2018 - St. Camillus is proud to be named one of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top Workplaces for the 4th year in a row!

 

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May 14, 2018 - Read more on how St. Camillus trusts in its mission and vision for the future for both its employees and residents.

 

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April 23, 2018 - Board of Directors Announcement

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 4/23/18

Wauwatosa, WI, April 23, 2018- St. Camillus announces an addition to their Board of Directors, Raul Mateo, M.D.

 

Dr. Mateo has more than thirty years of medical and administration experience at various hospital systems and primarily practices at St. Luke’s, St. Francis and St. Luke’s South Shore Hospitals in Milwaukee County. Dr. Mateo is Board Certified in Family Practice, Geriatrics, and Medical Director Certification.

 

Dr. Mateo is heavily involved in the greater community and is an active member in the following organizations: American Medical Society, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Association of American Medical Directors, and American Academy of Family Physicians.   He is also the Medical Director for the Jewish Home and Care Center, Board member for the Children’s Service Society and a Medical Lecturer at the Spanish Center and Diabetes Education Lectures.

 

Prior to his extensive career, he started his collegiate education at UW-Milwaukee earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.  He then began his medical career by achieving his doctorate at the St. Louis Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri and had his Internship and Residency in Family Practice at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

 

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Raul Mateo as a part of our St. Camillus team.  His longevity and wealth of knowledge in geriatric and family medicine will be an invaluable asset to our mission and vision for the future.”  -Fr. Pedro Tramontin, St. Camillus President and Provincial Delegate

April 23, 2018 - DSHA May Crowning

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 4/23/18

Wauwatosa, WI – 4/23/18 – St. Camillus is preparing to host their upcoming annual May Crowning event in collaboration with Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Wauwatosa on Tuesday, May 1st.

 

May Crowning is a common tradition held in the Catholic Church during the month of May where the Virgin Mary is honored.   It is custom to crown a statue of Mary with an array of flowers on her head during a celebration in a parish or school.   Each year St. Camillus and Divine Savior Holy Angels High School appoints a young girl to do the honors of crowning Mary during a special May Crowning mass.   The May Crowner often had her 1st Communion the year before and wears the same dress for the St. Camillus May Crowning ceremony.

 

Divine Savior and Holy Angels became the now known combined Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in 1970 when the two schools decided to open as one.  For 10 years, St. Camillus has been hosting their May Crowning event every first week of May, inviting over 2,400 Divine Savior and Holy Angels Alumnae to attend.   The celebration starts with a special May Crowning mass with the DSHA choir performing followed by a delicious lunch prepared by St. Camillus Chef Giuseppe Asciutto.

 

“St. Camillus is blessed to host and share this beautiful event with all of those who attended Divine Savior and Holy Angels over the years, including our own St. Camillus residents!”  -St. Camillus Administrator of Independent Living, Julie Leveritt

 

St. Camillus is excited to continue the May Crowning tradition and its ongoing partnership with Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.

 

As a not-for-profit, St. Camillus Life Plan Community is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate services to seniors. St. Camillus has been proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for over 90 years.

 

St. Camillus is part of a Religious Institution, the Order of St. Camillus, with more than 400 years of existence and present in more than 40 countries worldwide with an extensive tradition of serving the poor, the sick and the elderly in the healthcare field.

 

If you’d like to learn more about St. Camillus Life Plan Community, please call 414-259-6310.

May 4, 2018 - Healthy Chats Presentation

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 5/4/18

Wauwatosa, WI, May 5, 2018- St. Camillus Life Plan Community is excited to host their upcoming Healthy Chats presentation, Promoting Wellness and Preventing Falls, presented by St. Camillus and Froedtert and the Medical College of WI Clinic Nurse Practitioner, Anita Steliga, on Tuesday, May 8th.

 

St. Camillus began a monthly Healthy Chats series to educate both their residents and the greater community on the benefits of personalized wellness and healthy aging.  This month there will be discussions on the best exercises to achieve better strength and balance, fall prevention, what do in case of a fall, and medication education.

 

St. Camillus announced a partnership with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin earlier this year and provide an on-site geriatric clinic at St. Camillus currently open to campus residents.  The clinic provides a proactive approach to geriatric services and is open 5 days a week.

 

St. Camillus Life Plan Community works diligently to offer a comprehensive, personalized wellness approach to support seniors with successful aging.  They believe providing education on how to implement a healthy, active lifestyle while achieving a higher quality of life is necessary.  St. Camillus promotes six dimensions of wellness to support the journey to optimal health including: physical, community, social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional aspects.

 

St. Camillus’ Healthy Chats presentation is free and open to the public.  If you are interested in attending or would like to learn more about our Life Plan Community, please call 414-259-6310.

 

As a not-for-profit, St. Camillus Life Plan Community is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate services to seniors. St. Camillus has been proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for over 90 years.

June 19, 2018 - Longest Day Yoga

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6/19/18

Wauwatosa, WI, June 19, 2018- St. Camillus Life Plan Community is excited to host their upcoming Longest Day Sunrise Yoga in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Association on Thursday, June 21st at 8am.

 

On June 21st, the longest day of the year and summer solstice, thousands of people across the nation will join together to show their love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.   St. Camillus will be accepting donations for the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of yoga admission and have yoga mats available for purchase.  The proceeds from the yoga mats will go towards a special recognition for St. Camillus Memory Care staff.

 

St. Camillus recently opened their new North Residence, a 72-unit Assisted Living building specializing in dementia care.  The North Residence features 24- unit neighborhoods specifically designed to support meaningful wandering. The neighborhoods run in a racetrack format to loop residents back to their origination.  Within those neighborhoods, apartments are grouped together in 12 person households to help emulate a residential setting and create a place for effective programming.

 

St. Camillus’ life enrichment program is designed to encompass the whole person. St. Camillus provides programs that address the physical, cognitive, social, creative, and spiritual needs of each individual with engaging activities to help connect individuals to their interests and their memories.

 

St. Camillus’ Longest Day Sunrise Yoga is open to the public and will take place in the North Residence parking lot at 10201 W. Wisconsin Ave.  Space is limited; if you are interested in attending or would like to learn more about our Life Plan Community, please call 414-259-6310.

 

As a not-for-profit, St. Camillus Life Plan Community is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate services to seniors. St. Camillus has been proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for over 90 years.

July 3, 2018 - Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

 

Thank you to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for a fantastic performance at San Camillo on Friday!

June 1, 2018 - St. Camillus is a Great Place to Work!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6/1/18

Wauwatosa, WI, June 1, 2018- St. Camillus announces its nationally recognized certification, Great Place to Work.

 

Great Place to Work helps organizations assess, improve, and sustain the specific culture that enables their people to power business success.  Great Place to Work Certification gives you valuable data about the current state of your workplace culture by surveying your employees, researching your methodology, analyzing the results compared to other companies in your industry, and identifying your strengths and weaknesses.  St. Camillus had over 64% of their employees participate in their Great Place to Work survey.

 

St. Camillus scored specifically well in the following categories: pride, camaraderie, and respect.   St. Camillus proudly cares for over 650 people by employing 540 employees and takes pride in recognizing the hard work of their dedicated staff.

 

“Our employees care not only for our residents, but their colleagues and coworkers.  Our mission statement is exemplified through the compassion of our employees work.  Their feedback on how to improve and how to sustain a great place for the future is very important to us.”

- St. Camillus CEO, Kevin Schwab

 

As a not-for-profit, St. Camillus Life Plan Community is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate services to seniors. St. Camillus has been proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for over 90 years.

 

If you’d like to learn more about St. Camillus Life Plan Community, please call 414-259-6310.

July 16, 2018 - St. Camillus announces Medical Director

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 7/16/18

Wauwatosa, WI –7/16/18 – St. Camillus is excited to announce Dr. Ismail Quryshi as Medical Director for their St. Camillus Froedtert Health Clinic.  Dr. Quryshi specializes in Internal Medicine with a focus on Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative care.  Dr. Quryshi has previously worked at St. Camillus in multiple different capacities over the last 17 years.  Dr. Quryshi will also be the Medical Director for St. Camillus Skilled Nursing and Hospice in his new position.

 

Dr. Quryshi attended Medical School at Karnataka Medical College in India and completed his Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in 2000. Dr. Quryshi believes in health maintenance and disease prevention with patient satisfaction as the ultimate goal.

 

“I believe, in order to develop mutual trust and understanding, a physician needs to listen and have an open and honest discussion with their patients.  I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to care for and build trusting relationships with those residing at St. Camillus.” -St. Camillus Froedtert Health Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Ismail Quryshi

 

The St. Camillus Froedtert Health Clinic provides a wide range of ancillary services including: care for common conditions such as cold and flu, cough, rash, on-site lab services, portable medical imaging, general wellness, immunizations, management of acute and chronic health conditions, and consultations with a pharmacist.  St. Camillus began a partnership last year with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin to create a clinic on campus conveniently available to their residents.

 

Clinic office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30p and is temporarily located at 10100 W. Bluemound Road.  Dr. Quryshi is available now to begin seeing patients.  To learn more information about the St. Camillus Froedtert Clinic or to schedule an appointment, call 414-454-8460.

As a not-for-profit, St. Camillus Life Plan Community is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate services to seniors. St. Camillus has been proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for over 90 years.

July 27, 2018 - St. Camillus spreads the love

 

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, July 27th, 2018 – Did you know that it costs approximately $75.00 per child to provide the grade-appropriate school supplies to help them succeed in school? This year, the Milwaukee community is working together to ensure that every child has a backpack! Specifically, St. Camillus volunteers are spreading the love at United Way’s Retire United Day of Service. On July 30th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, the volunteers will be packing backpacks and sorting school supplies in support of The Backpack Coalition.

 

The Backpack Coalition provides backpacks and school supplies to students in need.  Each year the coalition distributes almost 5,000 backpacks with grade appropriate school supplies to students in grades K-12 to the Milwaukee Public Schools.

 

Volunteering plays a vital role in St. Camillus’ Revitalize Wellness program. The Revitalize Wellness program is designed to support successful aging and is geared to help individuals’ maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. The curriculum has six dimensions of wellness including: physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and community. Every quarter, St. Camillus collaborates with an outside organization to offer additional meaningful opportunities for their volunteers.

 

St. Camillus has been proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for over 90 years and is excited to continue to grow their dedicated volunteer program.

 

To learn more information about St. Camillus Life Plan Community or to become a volunteer, please call 414-259-6310.

 

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September  17, 2018 - St. Camillus socially accountable

 

As a nonprofit organization, St. Camillus is committed to being mindful of the emerging social concerns in the community. It is vital that we continue to strive to make the world a better place, one day at a time.

In 2017, St. Camillus proudly contributed $1,815,826 towards social accountability through a variety of outlets:

  • An assortment of contributions to causes throughout Southeastern Wisconsin through Sponsorships and Donations.
  • St. Camillus hosts community support groups open to the public. For specific information, please visit our community events page on our website.
  • Since 1985, St. Camillus has had a PILOT Agreement with the city, voluntarily making payments in lieu of taxes to offset costs to the city.
  • We offer Speakers Bureaus to local seniors, Parish and Civic Groups
  • St. Camillus is partnered with 8 Senior Communities where we provide a Home Health Nurse to staff a wellness clinic.
  • St. Camillus hosts an annual Health and Wellness Fair. We also host several other fairs with our partnered wellness clinic organizations.
  • We offer Parish Nurse Services in 4 Parishes. The nurse is able to assist with blood pressure checks, consultations and flu vaccinations.
  • Every third Thursday of each month, St. Camillus hosts educational presentations, open to the public. Please visit our community events page on our website for more information.
  • St. Camillus provides benevolent care to our residents that are no longer able to pay to live on Campus.

September  19, 2018 - St. Camillus is featured in the September/October issue of LeadingAge Magazine!

 

They picked up our feature on Lindsey Bartelt, Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator, and her involvement in the creation and execution of the Cristo Rey Legacy Project this year!   LeadingAge is the leader in best practices and policies for its 6,000 nonprofits specializing in aging services.   The full link is below the article.

 

Lindsey Bartelt, St. Camillus Life Plan Community, Wauwatosa, WI

For the last 2 years, St. Camillus has had a partnership with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee. The school has more than 50 corporate partners participating in its corporate work-study program. The students work in job-sharing teams of 4, and are paired with companies based on interests and skill sets. They work 5 full days per month, within normal business hours, and the sponsoring organization pays for the services of the students. The program allows students to experience real-world professional occupations, build their resumes, and network with community contacts.

 

St. Camillus immediately saw potential for participating. The students work in a variety of areas, helping with activities in assisted living or skilled nursing, and working in information technology and marketing. They have the opportunity to sample multiple career options.

 

The students are supervised by St. Camillus’ Volunteer and Marketing Specialist, Lindsey Bartelt. She oversees the program and works with the students’ direct supervisors to implement new tasks and programming, while monitoring their ongoing work and involvement to ensure they are participating and engaged to their highest potential. She works closely with area supervisors to provide direction and follow-up when necessary.

 

In spring of this year, St. Camillus started a new program called the “Legacy Project.” Bartelt collaborated with Cristo Rey and they shaped this idea into a reality immediately. Each of the 4 participating students was paired with an assisted living resident. The students built relationships, interviewed the residents, and created biographical presentations on each resident’s legacy.

 

The students met with the residents weekly and worked diligently on their presentations. The project is mutually beneficial, allowing residents to reminisce and talk about memories that they might not share on a regular basis. The 4 residents who were interviewed shared how blessed they were to be able to live a full life. The residents and students discovered new things through conversation, and rediscovered old memories through reminiscing. One resident, Mary Ellen, says, “Seeing those pictures, it just moved me; it’s like entering my life through Pierce (Cristo Rey student).” She says it took her “down memory lane; I enjoyed it so much.”

 

This year, St. Camillus instituted a new Youth Achievement Award, which went to Pierce, a junior at Cristo Rey. He was presented the award in front of more than 140 volunteers and staff members. It came along with letters of recommendation for college.

 

The St. Camillus Legacy Project not only allowed the students to broaden their communication, social and presentation skills, but inspired all to cherish the moment and the meaningful relationships in their lives. It also showed the value of mentorship as Bartelt and the students’ supervisors helped them achieve their daily and semester goals and grow continuously. - Krista Simko, Marketing Manager, St. Camillus Life Plan Community

 

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September  27, 2018 - St. Camillus makes Fortune Best Workplaces for Aging Services!

 

We placed at #31!

 

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