Resident Adoption Tree Now Up

Help Us Make the Holidays Even Merrier For Our Residents

LA PLATA, MD (November 19, 2018)

Sagepoint Senior Living Services is excited to announce that our Resident Adoption Tree is now up! We strive to make all occasions extra special for our residents and the Adoption Tree is a simple way to spread joy among our facility this Holiday Season. The program helps us ensure that every single resident will have something for them under the Christmas tree. The wish lists were developed by the residents themselves or with their needs in mind. Adopt a resident today and help us brighten their holiday this season!

Activities Director Erin Johnson remarks, “Our adoption tree is a fun way for members of the community to help seniors in need. It is the generosity of the members of our community that allow us to grant each resident a wish during the holidays. If you are able, we ask that you consider adopting one of our residents this year from our Resident Adoption Tree. We promise, it’s a fun way to give back!”

If you are interested in adopting a resident for the holidays, come in and select a resident off the Resident Adoption Tree or email Erin Johnson, Activities Director, at Upon adopting a resident, you will receive the Resident’s Wish List and we ask that you return gifts wrapped in gift bags by Friday, December 14, 2018. The gifts will be delivered during our Annual Christmas Party.

In addition to resident adoptions, supplemental donations are also needed to ensure equality among the gifts received by each resident. These include personal items, bathroom accessories, and comfort and room decor. A full list can be found below.

Core Receives State Recognition for Board Service

Sagepoint Board Chair Recognized for Significant Board Service and Contributions

La Plata, MD (October 23, 2018) – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism hosted the 35th Annual Governor’s Service Awards on Tuesday, October 16th, to celebrate the outstanding volunteer contributions of Maryland residents and organizations. This year, 170 nominations were submitted. We are proud to announce that our very own board chair, Carolyn Core, was recognized for her significant contributions to our organization! Carolyn’s service to both Sagepoint and the community we serve has gone above and beyond her board commitment and we are so very appreciative of her continual selfless service.

Since her time as chair of the board, Carolyn has initiated Sagepoint’s Advisory Committee; started an annual review of the performance of the board; increased the board’s diversity; prepared for the transition of the organization’s CEO; and taken the lead in orchestrating contact between Sagepoint and The University of Maryland’s Charles Regional Medical Center to implement effective relationships so that each individual in Sagepoint’s care is ensured the highest quality of care. Carolyn also played a vital role in the development of Sagepoint’s new assisted living community, the expansion of its existing rehabilitation center, and the recent kick-off of a philanthropy program.

“We are overjoyed to see Carolyne Core recognized for her board service that goes far above and beyond what is expected of our board members,” remarked Andrea Dwyer, Sagepoint Senior Living Services President and CEO. “In fact, Sagepoint is fortunate to have a team of many supremely dedicated board members and we are very grateful for all of their service; they are truly invaluable assets to this organization!”

For more information on the Governor’s Service Awards, visit:–service-awards-recipients-2018.


A Story of Recovery Thanks to Your Support

Every patient that Sagepoint works with faces their own unique challenges. We’re here to help them all. What keeps us going is the support of our community, people like you, and the opportunity to play a part in stories like this.

‘He’s Back to Doing Everything’

“I knew Sagepoint was there, but I really didn’t know much about it,” says Barbara Howell, a lifelong resident of La Plata.

That changed in September 2015 when her husband of 43 years, Edward, suffered a massive stroke. After a brief hospital stay and a short time in an out-of-state rehab facility, Ed came to Sagepoint. He spent two months undergoing speech, occupational, and physical therapy.

“Everything improved,” Barbara said. “If I had to do it all over again, he would have come straight to Sagepoint.”

Today Barbara says, “his brain is wonderful,” and at age 81, he’s “back to doing everything.” His grateful wife calls the staff and aides “outstanding.”

“The place is as nice as could be,” she said. “Now that I know about it, it’s certainly a place I would go, too.”

We Need Your Help Once More

Because of the high costs of the care we provide and the limitations of government funding, we’ve set a goal to raise $1 million to enhance and expand care for our patients and residents by 2021. The first phase of this campaign we are calling Forever Grateful and our first goal is to raise $150,00 by the end of 2018. We know that you can’t give to every worthy cause, but as you consider your year-end donations, please consider donating to Sagepoint.

Another Story Made Possible by Your Incredible Support

While most of the care we provide at Sagepoint is for seniors, that’s not always the case. We thought you’d like to hear this story of a young married couple and the medical challenges they are overcoming– thanks in large part to the support of donors like you.

‘A 100% Miracle’

Karen Shifflett remembers her second wedding anniversary all too vividly. She sat at her husband’s beside in a hospital intensive care unit. Driving home from work in February 2013, John’s car was struck by a train in Brandywine, MD.

“After his first week in the hospital, the doctors told me to make arrangements for a nursing home- that he’d be a vegetable for the rest of his life.”

John, age 29, arrived at Sagepoint a month later. From the very beginning, Karen says, “the care was like nothing we had ever experienced. It was phenomenal.”

John arrived still very much in a “vegetative” state. After two months of speech, occupational, and physical therapy, he was eating a soft diet, sitting up, and responding to his family.

Today John continues to improve with the help of a walker and a wheelchair. He attends Sagepoint’s Adult Day Services every Saturday. Karen calls him a “100% miracle” and credits the staff and aides at Sagepoint.

“The time they put in with the therapy… they didn’t give up. They pushed him and they were always so positive. Just to know that he wasn’t alone meant everything to me.”

We Need Your Help Once More

Because of the high costs of the care we provide and the limitations of government funding, we’ve set a goal to raise $1 million to enhance and expand care for our patients and residents by 2021. The first phase of this campaign we are calling Forever Grateful and our first goal is to raise $150,00 by the end of 2018. We know that you can’t give to every worthy cause, but as you consider your year-end donations, please consider donating to Sagepoint.

Your Support Makes Stories Like This Possible

To our friends and supporters of Sagepoint Senior Living, we thought that you’d like to know a little bit about what your donations make possible. This is Miriam Kimball’s story:

A Tale of Two Parents

When Miriam Kimball’s father grew increasingly fragile from Parkinson’s disease, she moved him from a Pittsburgh nursing home to Sagepoint. Her mother, Miriam Donnellon, soon became a fixture there. Her daily visits cultivated close relationships with the staff, so close, in fact, she often invited staff members to her home for tea and cookies.

Years later after her father passed away, her mother needed care for severe dementia. Miriam Kimball again chose Sagepoint.

“Because my mom was in that frightened state, she was desperate for a friend,” Miriam Kimball said. “So many of the aides remembered her from when she cared for my dad. Even though my mother was not very lovable at times, they still provided her with loving care. The aides and nurses are simply outstanding human beings who will listen and help anytime, day or night.”

We Need Your Help Once More

Because of the high costs of the care we provide and the limitations of government funding, we’ve set a goal to raise $1 million to enhance and expand care for our patients and residents by 2021. The first phase of this campaign we are calling Forever Grateful and our first goal is to raise $150,00 by the end of 2018. We know that you can’t give to every worthy cause, but as you consider your year-end donations, please consider donating to Sagepoint.

Nicholson Named New Workforce Development Board Chair

Nicholson Named New Workforce Development Board Chair

La Plata, MD (October 8, 2018) – The Southern Maryland Workforce Development Board has elected Michelle Nicholson, Sagepoint Senior Living Services Director of Human Resources, as the organization’s new Board Chair. Unanimously elected during their September meeting, Nicholson will serve a three-year term as Chair of the Board.

Nicholson is an empathetic, innovative and deliberate human resources professional with over 10 years of progressive experience in human resources management. She is a thought leader with a proven track record of talent engagement and motivation, strategic human capital planning and employment law expertise. Nicholson received a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in Human Resources Management and a second master’s degree in Human Resources Development. Her formal training is an added benefit to her high degree of professional integrity and insightful strategy to build collaborating teams to improve organizational efficiency and human interaction. Her purpose is to uplift, inspire, encourage and support others to be their best self. She hopes to motivate others to strive for their secret and known dreams irrespective of challenges and obstacles.

“This is an exciting time for the Workforce Development Board,” says Ms. Nicholson. “I am looking forward to working with staff and my fellow Board members to tackle a number of priorities, including how we can reconnect opportunity youth to school and work, expand job training programs for ex-offenders, assist businesses in upskilling their employees, and updating the local strategic plan that embraces the new technology and training choices job seekers have now and will have in the future.”

The Workforce Development Board provides oversight and funding direction to Southern Maryland JobSource and has representatives from education, public sector leaders, organized labor, and leaders and advocates for workforce development. For more information about the Workforce Development Board, visit

Sagepoint Appoints New President and CEO

Andrea Dwyer Appointed President and CEO of Sagepoint Senior Living Services


La Plata, MD (June 1, 2018) – The Board of Directors of Sagepoint Senior Living Services has appointed Andrea Dwyer President and Chief Executive Officer. Dwyer will be responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and management to ensure the mission and core values of Sagepoint are operationalized.

“We are very excited that Andrea has joined the Sagepoint team,” remarked Carolyn Core, Chair of Sagepoint Senior Living Services’ Board of Directors. “Having conducted a nationwide search, we believe Andrea’s extensive experience in senior living services combined with her significant career accomplishments, demeanor and enthusiasm will ensure Sagepoint’s future growth and success.”

“I am honored and excited to join the Sagepoint Senior Living Services community,” said Dwyer. “I am very impressed by Sagepoint’s commitment to their residents and believe we are uniquely positioned to continue to provide the highest quality of care and services to seniors and their families throughout Southern Maryland.”

Dwyer brings to Sagepoint Senior Living Services 20 years of experience in long-term care. She has been licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator since 1999 and has held executive leadership positions in continuous care, rehabilitation, and assisted living communities. Most recently, Andrea has served as Sagepoint’s Interim President, CEO and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since January 2018. Dwyer earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Business from Towson University. Dwyer managed the organization successfully through the recent transition process including navigating Sagepoint’s new Rehabilitation Center to its much-anticipated opening this week.


New Rehab Center Now Open

New 30 Bed Rehabilitation Center With Private Rooms Now Open


La Plata, MD (June 5, 2018) – Sagepoint Senior Living Services would like to announce the opening of their brand-new rehabilitation center. This center boasts of 30 spacious private rooms, each with their own private bathroom and a 40” flat screen, HD television. An expansive dining area allows patients to enjoy their meals with visitors and the beautiful, modern living room evokes a sense of home. The new center offers a state-of-the-art therapy gym with a mock bedroom and kitchen aimed at helping patients master the very same daily living skills needed to return home. Therapy, to include all physical modalities, will continue to be offered 6 days a week. The new rehabilitation center was constructed as an addition to the current campus located off of La Plata Road.

This new rehabilitation center supports Sagepoint’s mission of providing excellence in rehabilitation and aging services. “We are very excited to be able to offer our rehab patients their very own room during their recovery,” comments Teresa Robinson, VP of Clinical Services. “Private rooms afford patients greater privacy and dignity and offer a larger living space which means more room for visiting family!”

For more than 40 years, Sagepoint’s team of compassionate, highly-skilled caregivers has been providing patients throughout Southern Maryland with high-quality, personalized rehabilitation services. Sagepoint’s rehabilitation care helps people who are recovering from serious illnesses or injuries regain their highest level of independence. Today, no other provider in the area can match Sagepoint’s care, expertise, services and track record in rehabilitation for seniors’ unique needs.

As a non-profit organization, Sagepoint strives to partner with local agencies whenever possible. We are proud to have worked with R.L. Litten & Associates, Architects, LLC and Dennis Anderson Construction Corporation on the construction of our new rehabilitation center.

To learn more, click here.

Sagepoint Receives National Leadership Award

Sagepoint Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award


La Plata, MD (May 23, 2018) – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Sagepoint Senior Living Services with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The leadership award was celebrated during the awards luncheon at ACHCA’s 52nd Annual Convocation and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. Fewer than 11% of facilities nationwide qualify. This year, only 1,717 facilities met the selection criteria.

Based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, this award recognizes the leadership at Sagepoint Senior Living Services during 2017. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data, including the Health, Safety, and Surveys, as well as top performance on designated Quality Measures.

“We would like to thank our fantastic staff for all of their hard work,” remarks Teresa Robinson, VP of Clinical Services. “We simply could not have achieved this honor without them and this award is truly a testament to the high quality of care provided here at Sagepoint each and every day.” The Facility Leadership Award was introduced in 2008 by one of ACHCA’s most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick. This award is presented annually in memory of Eli, a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long term care.


Sagepoint Marketing Wins National Awards

Sagepoint Wins Two Gold Awards in National Healthcare Marketing Competition


La Plata, MD (May 3, 2018) – Sagepoint Senior Living Services’ Community Education Series event, Having “THE” Conversation: Talking With Loved Ones About Their Wishes, earned a 2018 Gold Aster Awardin the national competition that recognizes excellence in healthcare marketing and advertising. Sagepoint’s invitation for their Invite-Only Preview of their brand new rehabilitation center, designed by Jessie Jowett from Quality Printers in White Plains, MD, also earned a 2018 Gold Aster Award.

Director of Marketing, Kelsey Pearson, remarks, “We are very honored to continue to receive national recognition for our marketing efforts here at Sagepoint. We are privileged to serve families in Southern Maryland and are proud to communicate the great work done by our staff, every day. It is wonderful to be recognized for our marketing efforts.”

In 2018, the Aster Awards received thousands of entries from hospitals, health systems, nonprofit public health organizations, and advertising/PR firms around the United States as well as several foreign countries.  All entries were reviewed by a panel of industry experts and were scored on multiple criteria against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.

Awards were issued for entries that received top marks from judges placing them in the top 16% of the nation for advertising excellence. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

*Top 5% in nation