The Village at Marymount

Featured in Community Leader

The Village at Marymount was featured in the May 2019 issue of Community Leader magazine. Community Leader is an insert publication of Cleveland Magazine and Great Lakes Publishing.

Read the article here.


A Trip To The Hospital: Now What?

By Liz Pencak

Director of Marketing & Clinical Liaison

Are you prepared to ride-the-rails of the emotional rollercoaster?

As you travel the back roads from your house to your parents – for your weekly luncheon with mom – you think about the tasks to be completed that day. A trip to the grocery store. A quick stop at the bank. Shuttling kids to and from sporting activities. Your mind continues to compose the list, as you pull over for an ambulance with lights and sirens blaring. As you round the corner of your parent’s street, you see your father and several neighbors in the driveway … your heart skips a beat.

Your father proceeds to tell you … mom had been walking down to the mailbox, twisted her ankle, fell and hit her head. Apparently, she laid in the driveway for about 20 minutes before dad went looking for her. The paramedics insisted on taking mom to the hospital for a quick review and assessment. And so, the ride begins.

The next three hours are spent providing insurance information, reviewing past medical history, answering questions about “the incident,” undergoing multiple tests and waiting to see the emergency department physician. Mom appears to be fine and so your mind starts to readjust the list from this morning. Grocery store can wait until tomorrow. Hit the ATM on the way home. My sister may be able to shuttle the kids around. And then, the doctor arrives. Test results show abnormalities and the physician is recommending mom be admitted for observation and a few additional tests.

Many folks will experience similar situations like the one described above. Will they be prepared? Will they know their options? Most of us desperately try to avoid a trip to the hospital, so we avoid having conversations about these types of events. If we don’t speak of them – perhaps they won’t happen to us – resulting in most people being unprepared to traverse this very personal and emotional rollercoaster ride. According to the U.S. Department for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 5 Americans will visit an emergency department at least once a year. With those amazing statistics it is obvious, we must get out of our comfort zone, do the research and be prepared.

Doing the due diligence prior to the need will allow objectivity. Don’t allow yourself to be thrust into an emotionally charged situation having to make very difficult/important decisions. Certainly, take the time to know – and understand – your options. If home healthcare has been recommended, understand that there are many providers offering both medical and non-medical/companion care options. If skilled nursing/short-term rehabilitation is recommended, then have you visited any campuses? Do you understand the services that will be provided? What benefits will be covered by insurance?

These are decisions most of us will face at some point in our lives. Your medical professionals will certainly provide options and recommendations – but the decisions are yours to make. Be prepared!

Liz Pencak will be part of a panel discussion addressing the topic “A Trip To The Hospital: Now What?” as part of The Village at Marymount’s popular Speaker Series program. The event, which includes a light dinner and refreshments, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. To attend this free event, please call Liz at 216-332-1396.


2019 Speakers Series Announced

The Village at Marymount has two programs remaining in its 2019 Speaker Series. We hope you’ll join us. Attendance is FREE. Reservations are required. A light dinner and refreshments will be served.

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Caregiving for Dementia

From A Physician’s Perspective

Thursday, August 22nd   6:00pm-7:30pm

Presenter:     Dr. Justin Havemann

CCF–Marymount Hospital


Your Hearing Health and

Available Assistance

Thursday, Sept. 19th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Presenters:     Lori Rosenberg

Dr. Lisa Reedy


Villa St. Joseph Earns Perfect Deficiency-Free ODH Annual Survey

The average number of deficiencies incurred by nursing homes during their annual Ohio Department of Health survey poses a daunting statistic. The average number of deficiencies in Ohio in 2017 was 4.67. In 2018, the number rose to 6.2. During the Fourth Quarter of 2018 alone the average number of deficiencies was 7.53.

On January 17 the ODH completed its annual survey for Villa St. Joseph. During the exit conference with the administrative team, the surveyors revealed zero citations; a perfect survey marking a clean sweep of perfect surveys for all three facilities (Villa St. Joseph, Marymount Place, and Memory Care Unit) at The Village at Marymount.

This was the first time in its nearly 11-year history that VSJ received a perfect survey score.


We’re A U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Nursing Home

The Village at Marymount recently was selected as a Best Nursing Homes for 2018-2019 by U.S. News & World Report!

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information, which includes and annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals.

“We are extremely proud to achieve this honor once again,” said Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey. “This is an award that reflects the Sisters’ mission and the great work of our award-winning staff.”

The Village at Marymount previously was a U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home in 2016-2017.

In 2012 U.S. News & World Report launched a conference division focusing on important national conversations and solutions in STEM Education and Healthcare of Tomorrow.


Grants Help Fund New Virtual Reality Program For Residents

“Don’t forget I’m over here,” Dannie Greenfield excitedly told an approaching elephant. “If I had some peanuts, then I’d give them to you.”

Greenfield, pictured above, wasn’t at the zoo with the elephants, but he was provided with an up close, real-life experience with one nonetheless as part of a new program at The Village at Marymount. Using an interactive virtual reality platform from Rendever, residents, like Greenfield, at The Village at Marymount have the ability to enjoy life again. The Village at Marymount received gift from The Sisters of Charity Foundation’s St. Ann Legacy Grant and the McGregor Foundation to help fund the program.

When asked if he would like to view the Detroit home in which he grew up as a child, a gleeful Greenfield was amazed to see what the dwelling looks like today. He shared the experience with resident James Hosack, who also viewed the home he owned before moving to Villa St. Joseph. “My sister lives there now,” Mr. Hosack said when he saw his Maple Heights house come through the viewing device. “Wow. This is amazing.”

The interactive session was conducted by Toby Patel, Rendever’s Director of Community Engagement. Patel said the favorite part of his job is seeing the reactions of residents when they view a travelogue or see the home in which they lived as a child.

He also enjoys seeing how residents who are usually withdrawn suddenly come to life and move about during one of the virtual reality experiences. Such was the case with Mr. Greenfield, who began the session seated in the middle of the room but quickly found himself at the other end of the room by the time his session concluded.

“We have the ability to work with assisted living facilities to help us design content and features that they would like to have for their residents,” Patel said. “We rely on their feedback to design programs for them. We can create many new programs based upon the facility’s needs.”

Sister Mary Alice Jarosz, The Village at Marymount’s Director of Mission Integration, also visited her childhood home in the Detroit area. “I’m thrilled beyond words that you decided to go beyond the younger generation and meet the needs of our residents,” she said to Patel. “I’ve seen (the residents’) reactions and I love it!”


We’re A Five-Time NorthCoast 99 Top Workplace Winner!

The Village at Marymount is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work. This year marks the fifth consecutive year The Village at Marymount has received the coveted NorthCoast 99 Award.

“This award is a testament to our staff and winning a fifth NorthCoast 99 Award validates their efforts live our Mission to provide an environment of compassion, competence and the celebration of life to all entrusted to our community of care,” said Sue Nall, RN, LNHA, Executive Director of The Village at Marymount.

NorthCoast 99 is in its 20th year of recognizing great places to work for top performing people that drive results, provide competitive advantages, and allow businesses to innovate and grow. Applicants are evaluated based on policies and practices related to the attraction and retention of top performers, as well as data collected from employee surveys.

“We’re extremely honored to recognize The Village at Marymount as one of our 2018 NorthCoast 99 winners,” said Kelly Keefe, President of ERC. “These organizations have earned the right to call themselves a great workplace by their dedication to attracting, supporting, retaining, and motivating their Top Performers. ERC developed the NorthCoast 99 program with the hopes of inspiring local leaders to promote the great workplace movement.”

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. The program focuses on organizational practices and performance. The program is presented by ERC (, the area’s leading professional services organization dedicated to HR. Sponsors of the NorthCoast 99 program include: Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; CareerCurve; Cleveland Magazine; Corporate Screening; ERChealth; Gino’s Awards; iHeart Media; Mark Wayner Photography and Videography; Meyers, Roman, Friedburg, & Lewis; Oswald Companies; Staffing Solutions Enterprises; and Ultimate Software.

Three Honored As 2018 Wall of Distinction Inductees

Bishop Roger Gries presents the 2018 Wall of Distinction inductees from left, Jean Stokes (accepting on behalf of her late husband, Bill Stokes), Peggy Mathews and Joe Scaminace.

The spotlight was cast upon Joe Scaminace, Peggy Mathews, and posthumously, William E. Stokes, during The Village at Marymount’s second Wall of Distinction Mass of Thanksgiving and Induction ceremonies Oct. 11 in Villa St. Joseph’s Assisi Hall.

The event began with a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the opening of Marymount Place and the contributions of the three inductees.

Jeff Myers, The Village at Marymount’s Chief Operating Officer, board members Carol Kenney and Bill Keckan, and Sister Mary Alice Jarosz, Director of Mission Integration

served on the Planning Committee to help select the honorees.

Myers introduced Peggy Mathews, who has served for 30 years as the only administrator of Marymount Place. She was recognized for her tireless service to help establish Marymount Place and ensure that each of the residents would come to love their home away from home.

“You are thanking me tonight, but truly I should be thanking you,” Mathews said upon accepting the award. “I am so blessed to have been able to enjoy what I do for the past 30 years. It’s you and the residents who make it possible for me to do so.”

Accepting on her late husband’s behalf, Jean Stokes acknowledged the compassion that he had for the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis and for the development and creation of Marymount Place. As Bill Keckan said in his introduction, Bill Stokes was not only in charge of the building of Marymount Place, but he also became totally involved in the lives of the residents.

Sister Mary Alice introduced Joe Scaminace, who has been a long-time supporter of The Village at Marymount. “I have known Joe for more than 30 years and have come to know a man of integrity and passion, a generous-to-a-fault man with a keen sense of humor and deep insights into our amazing and at the same time frail human natures.”

About 50 people attended the Mass and dinner, including the families of 2017’s inaugural class of Wall of Distinction honorees – former Marymount Hospital President Thomas J. Trudell, Sister Karen Shimko, and board member William K. McClung.


Plan Now For Move To Assisted Living Facility

Be sure to get all important documents together so you can have all questions answered about assisted living.

For many elderly couples who continue to live in their home, the thought of preparing for their lives together in an assisted living facility may not be an immediate concern. Despite gentle prodding from family and friends, who often suggest a couple not wait for a crisis to begin searching for their new home, most couples delay their efforts to do so.

Peggy Mathews, administrator at Marymount Place, located within The Village at Marymount in Garfield Heights, said careful planning and education are two key components needed to begin your search for an assisted living community. It is a good idea to plan ahead for such a move and not to wait for when an unexpected health crisis makes the move a necessity, she said.

“I recommend that older adults tour assisted living communities in their neighborhood before they make a decision,” Mathews said. “Most people want to keep their same churches, banks, and physicians, as well as live at the same social/economic level. Doing so makes the transition easier to manage.

Mathews offers the following suggestions for selecting the right assisted living community:

  • Tour the facility. Look for the right atmosphere, try the food, and attend an activity so that you get a true sense of the community. Be sure to look at your background — social level, nationality, religious affiliation, and personal needs that must be met. You must determine if the facility can fulfill these needs.
  • Assisted living is not for ill people or disabled people. It is for active, vital senior citizens who want to remain active without the worries and demands of home. The more independent you are the lower your monthly costs will be.
  • Consider a community that offers multiple levels of housing options to allow movement within the community when the need for a higher level of care arises.
  • Plan your finances. Research the housing market in your neighborhood. Today, with the slowing housing market, you may need to have advice on bridge loans or reverse mortgages. Review your income, Social Security, pension, and interest on investments. Look at your assets and current interest rates.
  • Educate yourself on government support for assisted living. Find out about Veterans Administration support for qualified individuals, as well as a surviving spouse. The Medicaid Waiver Program also is available in some communities. Government support has qualifiers and requires an application period and process.
  • If you have long-term care insurance it may also cover assisted living. Check your policies.
  • Update your Will. Consider a power of attorney for finances and health care.

“Moving out of your home is not a sign of a loss of independence,” Mathews said. “It is a smart decision to allow you the opportunity to enjoy your life free from worries and to continue an independent life style. Keep it simple and take it in steps. Planning is the key. If you do it ahead of time, you will be fine.”

Marymount Place offers a complimentary lunch and a tour of the facility. To schedule an appointment, call 216-332-1396.


Let Us Help You Treat TMJ, Headaches

A Q&A With Sarah Mathis

Sarah Mathis is The Village at Marymount’s Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation. Sarah is one of the few physical therapists in Northeast Ohio who is skilled in manual therapy and specializes in the treatment of headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders; cervical dysfunctions; and lumbo-sacral dysfunctions. You can contact her at (216) 332-1787 or via email:

Q: What is TMJ and how does someone recognize the symptoms of this disorder?

Sarah: TMJ disorders occur because of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ) and surrounding facial muscles. Those with TMJ may experience pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck, and shoulders. They may also have a limited ability to fully open their mouth, may hear a clicking or popping sound in the jaw joint and/or may have difficulty chewing.

Q: What causes TMJ?

Sarah: The cause is not clear, but dentists believe that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Some possible causes include:

  • Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ
  • Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
  • Presence of osteoarthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth

Q: What type of TMJ treatment options do you provide on an outpatient basis at The Village at Marymount?

Sarah: We perform a comprehensive evaluation of your TMJ, neck, thoracic spine, and shoulder area to determine the structures causing TMJ symptoms. Based on our findings, we will implement a plan to treat your underlying bio-mechanical problems. Not all physical therapists are experienced in treating TMJ, so you need to search for the right practitioner. Start with your dentist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon — they can refer you to our outpatient therapy program at The Village at Marymount. When you have your appointment, don’t be surprised if your physical therapist puts on exam gloves and feels your jaw muscles and joints from inside your mouth — that is often part of a thorough TMJ evaluation.

Q: Are your therapy services covered by insurance?

Sarah: As with other forms of physical, our program is usually covered through the patient’s medical insurance, helping to ease the financial burden they may face should they opt for out-of-pocket treatment from a dental specialist.