November 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter November 2020   Halloween was a Spook-tacular Day! Elders and staff bonded over gobbling goodies, crooning tunes, and dizzy dancing at our Halloween Party this year, with Kidd Squidd as DJ and Selina the Head Chef as Captain COVID-Killer! It was a fiesta full of giggling ghouls, sweets, and superheroes, complete with lightsaber duels, Dracula vs Jason, and a poor piñata that did not survive the day.     University of Arizona Students Continue Supporting our Elders -- Zoom style! Over the years, the University of Arizona has remained one of St Luke’s Home’s most vital partners by enriching the physical and emotional health of our community. Typically, hundreds of faculty and students become part of our daily flow. It is a sight to behold when…
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October 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter October 2020   First Annual Silver Chef Culinary Competition Winner!  St Luke’s Home is proud to announce the WINNER of the first annual Silver Chef Culinary Competition, our own Selina Miramontes! It was a very hot afternoon as executive chefs added the final touches to their delicious hors d’oeuvres. The star-studded panel of judges tasted each offering, scored each dish independently, and commented favorably about the offerings. Viewers of this fine event were able to vote for the People’s Choice in Best Presentation, choosing Erich Border from the Hacienda at the Canyon as the winner. This year’s competing chefs were exceptionally talented and a number of them had over 20 years of experience. Thank you for your patience with the technical difficulties during the event.…
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September 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter September 2020 CEO Report I hope everyone is staying healthy. Once again, I am pleased to announce that NO Elder at St Luke’s Home has tested positive for COVID-19. Our early restriction policies and stringent cleaning practices have kept everyone healthy. On August 28, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services released COVID-19 Guidance for Visitation at Congregate Settings for Vulnerable Adults and Children. Although I am grateful for Governor Ducey’s Long Term Care (LTC) Task Force recommendations on reopening LTC communities and introducing face-to-face visits with loved ones, there continue to be questions about the recommendations. St Luke’s Home will continue to research guidelines and maintain all current practices while re-evaluating the recommendations weekly. At this time, due to the Pima County loosening restrictions,…
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August 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter August 2020 Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Recognizes St Luke’s Home CEO We all felt a surge of pride when our CEO, Linda Hollis, received the following letter which said, in part: “Congresswoman Kirkpatrick would like to recognize you as one of her heroes this week for all of the work you do as the CEO of St. Luke’s Home. We appreciate all of the hard work you have put into assisting low-income Elders with their living situations. We also acknowledge the amount of effort you have put into ensuring the safety and well-being of the Elders and the staff, despite the extra expense and financial stress it has put on the organization. We want to thank you for your diligence in studying the effects of the pandemic…
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July 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter July 2020 CEO Update A few months ago I began updating friends and families about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I took much pride in sharing our early restrictions, compassionate interventions, stringent cleaning processes, and being free of the virus. From those early moments, I have taken great satisfaction in our transparency. This will continue. Despite our best efforts, I am humbled to share that we encountered the Home’s first exposure of COVID-19. Immediately after receiving the news of the exposure, we took prompt measures and tested all the Elders and re-tested all staff. From that exercise, all results came back negative. I am proud of our team and our current practices that indicate the exposure did not spread. Today, everyone is healthy. Moving…
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June 2020 Newsletter

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  St Luke’s Home Newsletter June 2020 CEO Update Today represents day 92 of St Luke’s Home restriction from the greater Tucson Community. Every day our essential workers come to work and care for the Elders and the Home. As I began my CEO update, I realized what I wanted to say about these essential workers is best captured by two of our Elders: “Thank you for your service” We say this to the men and women that defend our country. Now we say this to you for defending our lives. You might not be dodging bullets, but you are beyond a doubt putting your lives in danger to keep our home as safe as you possibly can. Since we moved into this place you have shown us your concern…
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May 2020 Newsletter

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    St Luke’s Home Newsletter May 2020     State of the Home – May 21, 2020, at 3:30 pm Hi Friends! I hope you continue to remain healthy. We sure miss seeing everyone coming and going throughout the Home; however, at this time, the Elders and Staff remain free of COVID-19. The team sure enjoyed putting the mini videos together this past week - for Giving Tuesday. At the Home, our spirits remain upbeat, but the Elders miss all of you. They genuinely miss the touch of a loved one and the warm smiles of those who share their time and talents. Through the videos, we wanted you all to know you truly are part of our family. St. Luke’s Home cannot be the happy place it is…
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April 2020 Newsletter

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    St Luke’s Home Newsletter April 2020     CEO Message One year ago, I stood in front of many of you at the 100th Baile, sharing my enthusiasm as the incoming CEO of St. Luke’s Home. Since that time, we have achieved many successes; however, we are currently faced with one of the most significant and unprecedented challenges, not only at the Home, but throughout the world. On March 11, 2020, St Luke’s Home implemented strict and early precautions to prevent COVID-19 from entering our Home. At this time we have been successful in keeping our Elders and Staff healthy. As I recently left my office after work,  I witnessed a guest sitting on a folding chair, talking to her loved one through the glass doors. This was…
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March 2020 Newsletter

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    St Luke’s Home Newsletter March 2020      Don’t Forget to Buy Your Tickets! St Luke’s Home Fundraising Events are Around the Corner! Silver Chef Culinary Competition — Saturday, March 21 Our First Annual Silver Chef Culinary Competition is on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 615 E Adams St Tucson, AZ 85705. Taste the finest hors d’oeuvres crafted by an elite group of Executive Chefs that serve Assisted Living communities. Enjoy live music by Mesquite Shade. Our judges this year are Wendy Gauthier, the 2019 Iron Chef of Tucson; Lupita Murillo of KVOA; and the Honorable Richard Elias from the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Tickets are $25 per person. Purchase tickets online at stlukeshometucson.org, call Cass Eastham at (520) 207-0805, or…
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February 2020 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home Newsletter February 2020      Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Get your St Luke's Home Fundraiser Tickets!  Silver Chef Culinary Competition St Luke’s Home is proud to present the First Annual Silver Chef Culinary Competition on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at 615 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85705. Enjoy the finest hors d’oeurves created by an elite group of Executive Chefs who serve Assisted Living communities throughout Pima County. Judges for the competition include Wendy Gauthier, the 2019 Iron Chef of Tucson, and Lupita Murillo of KVOA. Join us for a delicious afternoon of friendship, music, and delectable treats as we award the Silver Chef of 2020.    Tickets are $25 per person. For advance tickets call Cass Eastham at (520)…
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