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Noreen Albulario Appointed Director of Nursing for Miramont Pointe

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (June 4, 2018) – Miramont Pointe, a premier senior living community, announced the appointment of Noreen Albulario as director of nursing, effective immediately. The appointment was announced by Julie Taylor, executive director at Miramont Pointe. As director of nursing of Miramont Pointe, Albulario plays a key role in the management and coordination of health and supportive services provided to residents.

“We are thrilled to welcome Noreen to our team. I was quite impressed by her experience, values and ethics, and successful track record,” said Taylor.

Albulario brings 10 years of experience in senior living and health care to her new position. Albulario worked in New Zealand as a unit manager in a long-term care and dementia unit. Albulario then transferred to the hospice and palliative care nursing unit with Hibiscus Hospice in New Zealand as an inpatient registered nurse. Most recently Albulario worked as a floor nurse, unit manager, quality improvement coordinator nurse, and minimum data set coordinator at Valley Health & Rehabilitation in Billings, MT.

Albulario has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

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Miramont Pointe Senior Living Community to Celebrate 15 Years of Serving Greater Portland

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (June 15, 2017) – In honor of its 15th anniversary, Miramont Pointe, a Platinum Service senior living community, will host a celebration on Thurs., June 22 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Guest speakers and special guests include: Mayor of Happy Valley Lori DeRemer, President and CEO of North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce Laura Edmonds, and Clackamas County Commissioner Sonya Fischer. The public is invited to attend and can RSVP by calling 503-698-1600.

“Since we first opened our doors in 2002, we have had the unique opportunity of meeting and caring for thousands of individuals and families who have become part of our community, and our family,” said Julie Taylor, executive director of Miramont Pointe. “We cherish every person we’ve had the pleasure of serving. We look forward to celebrating them, as well as our contributions to the Greater Portland area, at our anniversary celebration.”

Over the past 15 years, Miramont Pointe has thrived and grown. The community has implemented new programming, completed renovations, and provided amenities to better meet the changing needs of residents, team members, and guests. At the center of Miramont Point’s Platinum Service promise is to develop and provide meaningful services and offerings. One of these is the community’s unique intergenerational programming, in which K-12 and college students visit on a regular basis to volunteer and form meaningful relationships with the residents. In addition, new programming has been implemented for residents in memory care, called Music & Memory, allowing those who have dementia to experience personalized, therapeutic music-triggered memories.

The 15th anniversary event will feature entertainment by Robbie Laws, a renowned local guitarist awarded best electric guitarist in the Pacific Northwest, and Pianist Graham James. Guests will enjoy Oregon wines provided by Barley & Vine, as well as craft beer and a champagne toast. Complimentary valet and parking will be offered.

“Miramont Pointe is a great example of our distinct design, service and program offerings,” said Craig Edinger, CEO of The Goodman Group, which has managed Miramont Pointe since 2002. “This June, the community was recognized with the Bronze – Achievement in Quality award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award program highlights select facilities across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long-term care, and we couldn’t be more proud of their dedication in meeting those standards.”

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Miramont Pointe First Clackamas Senior Living Community to Receive 2017 National Bronze AHCA/NCAL Award

Bronze-Level Award Honors Senior Living Organizations’ Commitment to Quality Services

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (June 1, 2017) – Yesterday, Miramont Pointe was recognized as a 2017 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of senior care. Since the implementation of the awards in 1996, Miramont Pointe is the first in Clackamas to be recognized.

“Bronze award recipients advance our mission of improving lives by delivering solutions for quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We applaud their efforts to enrich the lives of those in the long term and post-acute care communities we serve.”

The National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, assisting providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Facilities begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. A team of trained Examiners reviews each Bronze application to determine if the facility has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award, Miramont Pointe may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver – Achievement in Quality award.

The Association will announce the 2017 Silver – Achievement in Quality and Gold – Excellence in Quality Award recipients in the coming months. The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 68th Annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 15-18, 2017.

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Miramont Pointe Senior Living Community Plans Second Annual Candlelighters for Children with Cancer Benefit Event in Memory of Jacob Stoneking

Miramont Pointe Residents, Staff and Community Partners Plan Fundraiser

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (May 1, 2015) – Throughout the month of May, Miramont Pointe senior living community will host a series of fundraising and special events in honor of Jacob Stoneking. Jacob was diagnosed with high risk medulloblastoma, a terminal brain cancer, at the age of 14 years old, and passed away in October 2014, at the age of 19. He is the son of Wendy Stoneking, business office director at Miramont Pointe and employee for the past eight years. The benefit event of note is the Candlelighters for Children with Cancer organization’s benefit event on May 13.

After undergoing extensive treatments and operations, his family hoped the cancer would go into remission. Jake and his family were then first introduced to the organization, Candlelighters for Children with Cancer. Candlelighters is a 503(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to support children and their families affected with cancer. Candlelighters offers support, education, advocacy and hope to those facing such difficult times.

In January 2014, Jake’s tests showed the cancer had returned and spread, making it terminal.

As a celebration of his life, Jake created his infamous bucket list, a list of things he wanted to do before passing. His list included getting a tattoo, going dirt biking, riding in a helicopter, driving a police car and helping other children fighting cancer by supporting Candlelighters. Miramont Pointe’s inaugural Candlelighters benefit began last year. Themed “Jake’s Favorites,” the fundraiser raised over $12,000 for Candlelighters.

“Candlelighters for Children with Cancer means so very much to my family and me,” said Wendy Stoneking, Jake’s mother and Miramont Pointe employee. “They touched our lives during some of the darkest days. They were there with a gift card for dinner or a cup of coffee. They were there with a snack, magazine or deck of cards during long hours at the hospital. It is so important to carry on Jake’s legacy and memory with this benefit. He would be pleased and happy to be helping other children with cancer. Jake loved the Kansas song, “Carry On Wayward Son.” It became his catchphrase that he would ‘carry on’ through cancer. The torch has been passed to us to support other children and their families through cancer.”

Schedule of events:

  • Friday, May 6, Jeans day: “We Will Carry On” t-shirts on sale for $10. Those who purchase this t-shirt may wear their t-shirt and jeans this day.
  • Week of May 11, “Wish List” week: collection of Wish List items. Wish List items are used in gift bags for children and their families who spend endless hours in the hospital. Wish list items include magazines, word search and crossword puzzle books, non perishable food items, small games, decks of cards, gum, DVDs, stuffed animals and small toys.
  • Wednesday, May 13: 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Candlelighters for Children with Cancer benefit event. Open to the public, this fundraising event will feature live music, raffle prizes, beverages and a buffet prepared by Miramont Pointe’s Executive Chef Christopher Gayer. Guests will have the opportunity to honor Jake by supporting Candlelighters.
  • Week of May 18: gift card donation week. Gift cards in any amount are welcomed. Most popular gift cards include restaurants, gas, Starbucks and iTunes. Gift cards not only offer families a small break during their day to enjoy a few moments outside of the hospital room, but children love the chance to purchase music, movies and games from iTunes.
  • May 30: Private concert for the Stoneking family, Miramont Pointe employees and Miramont Pointe residents and their guests by renowned pianist Michael Allen Harrison. Event to start at 6:00 p.m., with Mr. Harrison to perform at 7:00 p.m.
  • Miscellaneous items: Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn, Ore., Jake’s middle school, to host “Change for Candlelighters” drive during the month.

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Julie Taylor Appointed Executive Director for Miramont Pointe, A Senior Living Community

CLACKAMAS, Oregon (June, 12, 2014) – Miramont Pointe, a premier senior living and health care community, managed by The Goodman Group, today announced the appointment of Julie Taylor as executive director, effective immediately. The appointment was announced by Craig Edinger, vice president of senior living & health care, The Goodman Group, who manages Miramont Pointe, A Senior Living Community. Julie TaylorAs executive director of Miramont Pointe, Taylor plays a key role in the management of all departments and processes, and providing information and direction to all staff, while maintaining consistent standards throughout every building.

“Julie has extensive experience in health care management and has been successful in leading teams to achieve numerous awards. Her hands-on style of leadership, commitment to excellence, and passion for seniors will make her a valuable addition to the team at Miramont Pointe,” said Edinger.

Taylor brings more than 15 years of experience in senior living and health care to her new position. She started her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Taylor’s most recent experience includes serving as an Executive Director of a senior living community with a homelike setting similar to Miramont Pointe for nearly seven years.

Most recently, Taylor served as regional vice president of Frontier Management LLC in Oregon, an organization that manages quality senior housing and services throughout the United States. In this position, Taylor was responsible of overseeing 17 senior living communities specializing in Retirement and Assisted Living, as well as Memory Care. Previously she served as executive director for Frontier Management LLC, where she was responsible for all aspects of business operations and management for the community.

Taylor’s successful leadership of teams has been widely recognized by the health care community. Most recently, she was awarded the 2013 National Assisted Living Executive Director of the Year award from the National Council for Assisted Living. That same year, Taylor and her team received an Innovative Programming Award from the Oregon Health Care Association. In 2012, she received several awards from Frontier Management LLC, including Executive Director of the Year, Highest Overall Census, and Best Financial Performance.

Taylor has a degree in Healthcare Management from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore. Taylor also holds Executive Director Certification from the Oregon Health Care Association.

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Miramont Pointe Senior Theater Group Presents: Technolo-Gee!

Featuring Nationally Acclaimed Senior Theater Director And Soundtrack By Grammy Award-Winning Music Producer

Who:  Miramont Pointe Senior Theater Group will perform their exciting third production, Technolo-gee! with a cast consisting of a dozen residents. Nationally recognized expert in Senior Theater, Bonnie L. Vorenberg, and Miramont Pointe Life Enrichment Director, Shelly Barley, will direct this impressive show highlighting the hassles and joys of technology. Vorenberg founded Arts for Elders, an arts academy for seniors, and the Oregon Senior Theatre. She is now President of ArtAge Publications, having worked as a teacher, director, author, and speaker of Senior Theatre for over 30 years. The production’s soundtrack features acclaimed, Grammy award-winning music producer Tiger Roberts, who currently resides in Portland. Roberts has produced for the likes of Marques Houston, and has won a Grammy for best Traditional R&B Album for his work with Gladys Knight.

What:  The Miramont Pointe Senior Theatre Group is back with another entertaining and visually stimulating show. Short plays, monologues, poems, and humor will tickle your technology-frustrated funny bone.

Why:  The Senior Theatre program at Miramont Pointe provides an enriching social experience for residents and great exercise for both body and mind. Vorenberg and Roberts’ unique collaboration is one uncommon to the performing arts, let alone in the realm of senior theatre.

When:  Friday, June 20, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Where: Miramont Pointe, senior living campus. 11520 SE Sunnyside Road, Clackamas, Oregon 97015. 503-698-1600. www.miramontpointe.com.

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Miramont Pointe’s “Jacob Stoneking Benefit” and Other Activities Raise More Than $12,000 for Candlelighters

Inaugural Event Fulfills Jacob Stoneking’s Wish to Help Families in the Region Facing Childhood Cancer 

PORTLAND (CLACKAMAS), Ore. (March 19, 2014) – The inaugural “Jacob Stoneking Benefit for  Candlelighters For Children With Cancer” hosted last week by Miramont Pointe, and other sponsored community activities, inspired hundreds of participants and support of the community, and raised $12,127. Jacob StonekingThe contributions included cash and credit card donations for the benefit fundraiser, a graduation event in honor of “Jake,” a Jeans Day at Miramont Pointe, and $2,010 to date in Gift Cards for the Candlelighters Emergency Fund.

Miramont Pointe plans to sponsor an annual Jacob Stoneking fundraising benefit event for Candlelighters For Children With Cancer at its senior living and health care community.

“We were overjoyed by the strong show of support from area businesses, organizations, churches, individuals and my workplace, Miramont Pointe, and support of our management company, The Goodman Group, based in Minnesota,” said Wendy Stoneking, Jake’s mother and business office director at Miramont Pointe. “We are also proud of Jake’s concern and care for other families dealing with childhood cancer and special wish to host a benefit on his bucket list, and this has inspired countless others to help make a difference.”

“It was an unbelievable afternoon and overwhelming to see the genuine show of support for Jake, his family and Candlelighters,” said Janet Sams, executive director for Candlelighters For Children With Canceer. “Because of such an outpour of generosity, Candlelighters For Children With Cancer unveiled our newest program: The Jacob Stoneking Gift Card Fund. It is our wish to help the Stoneking family honor Jake and the legacy of his giving spirit.”

The Country-themed dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Samuel Evangelista of Miramont Pointe’s Pacifica Restaurant, was a major hit with attendees and featured all of Jake’s favorite’s including country barbecue pork, baked beans, Spanish rice, chocolate covered strawberries, and a Root Beer Float Bar. Jake and his mother Wendy, led an enthusiastic group of attendees in country line dancing.

Stoneking is facing a terminal form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma and wants to help others by supporting the organization which has brought great comfort and support to him and his family. Every year, Candlelighters helps over a thousand families in Oregon and SW Washington.

Donations can continue to be made online by visiting Candlelighters For Children With Cancer Website and designating “Jacob Stoneking Benefit” in the notes section of the donation form. Candlelighters is a 501(c)3 and, therefore, contributions may be tax-deductible.The organization also welcomes thedonation of Gift Cards for the Candlelighters Emergency Fund, so they can help kids and their families in the region facing childhood cancer.

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Miramont Pointe Hosts Jacob Stoneking Inaugural Benefit for “Candlelighters For Children With Cancer”

Event Honors Jacob Stoneking’s Wish to Help Families Facing Childhood Cancer 

PORTLAND (CLACKAMAS), Ore. (March 1, 2014) – Miramont Pointe, a senior living community, is hosting the Jacob Stoneking Inaugural Benefit for Candlelighters For Children With Cancer to honor him, and his sole wish to help make a difference for families facing childhood cancer.  Jacob Stoneking, known by family and friends as “Jake,” is the son of Todd and Wendy Stoneking. Wendy, is the business office director at Miramont Pointe, and an employee there for the past eight years.  Jacob StonekingThe Country-themed benefit dinner and party will also celebrate Jake’s life and care for others and will be held on Thursday, March 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Miramont Pointe at 11520 SE Sunnyside Road.

Stoneking is facing a terminal form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma and wants to help others by supporting the organization which has brought great comfort and support to him and his family. Every year, Candlelighters helps over a thousand families in Oregon and SW Washington. The public and members of the local business community are invited to attend and donate Gift Cards for Candlelighters Emergency Fund from “Jake’s Top 10 List of Favorite Places,” or their own, so they can use them to help kids and their families in the region facing childhood cancer.

Donations can be made online by visiting Candlelighters For Children With Cancer Website and designating “Jacob Stoneking Benefit” in the notes section of the donation form, and donations will also be accepted at the event. Candlelighters is a 501(c)3 and, therefore, contributions may be tax-deductible.

“A family’s childhood cancer diagnosis comes not only with great emotional stress, but may also cause financial challenges,” said Janet Sam, executive director, Candlelighters For Children With Cancer. “Gift cards presented to families help to purchase groceries, to pay for gas as they travel to and from the hospital, to enjoy a meal out and away together as a family, or to simply allow the child or teen the opportunity to purchase something and take their mind off what is arguably the most tumultuous time of their life. The Candlelighters Emergency Fund serves to ease at least one stress brought on by the diagnosis and is a valuable resource to the entire family.  We offer our very best wishes to the Stoneking family, and will continue to support them in any way needed,” she added.

“Our senior living community is incredibly proud of Jake, and Wendy, who is part of our highly dedicated staff, and their family, and want to help support this important cause which will create a wonderful legacy for his selfless generosity and compassion for others,” said Cynthia Herb, executive diector at Miramont Pointe. “Candlelighters is an exceptional organization which helps the community and families affected by childhood cancer covering essential areas including support, education, advocacy and hope. We would like our residents and their families, as well as local businesses and the public to join together with us to make this benefit fundraiser a great success, and an annual event with Candlelighters to honor Jake.”

The complimentary Country-themed dinner will be created by Executive Chef Chris Hudock, of Miramont Pointe’s Pacifica Restaurant, and feature many of Jake’s Favorite foods such as BBQ pork, baked beans, Spanish rice, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a Root Beer Float Bar.  Entertainment for all ages will include country music, line dancing and boot-scooting, two different arcade games, and much more. Please RSVP by March 10 by calling (503) 698-1600 or emailing: info@miramontpointe.com.

Jake Stoneking’s Top 10 Favorite Places

  1. Subway
  2. Red Robin
  3. Taco Bell
  4. Olive Garden
  5. Baskin & Robins
  6. Dutch Brothers
  7. Walmart
  8. Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor
  9. Sportsman’s Warehouse
  10. Chevron Gas Station

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Miramont Pointe Valiant Veteran’s Club Luncheon Features Guest Speaker, Noted Author and Columnist Ardis Stevenson

Author to Speak About Dusty’s War, a Book Based on Her Father’s Experiences in WWI  

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (Feb. 7, 2014) – Miramont Pointe, a senior living community, has invited local author and columnist Ardis Stevenson to be the featured guest speaker for its Valiant Veteran’s Club Luncheon at 11520 SE Sunnyside Road Friday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The event is open to its residents, their families and the public. Stevenson will be speaking about her book Dusty’s War, based on her father’s World War I diary and conversations.

Stevenson is a newspaper columnist for the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings.  “We are excited to have such a locally-renown author and writer as Ardis Stevenson as our keynote speaker sharing her insights on Dusty’s War, her new book about her father’s military experience, a topic that hits home with our residents and the greater community, said Cynthia Herb, exectuive director, Miramont Pointe. “Our senior living community includes many military families, with one-third of our residents having served in the armed forces,” said Herb.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

11:30 a.m. –  12:30 p.m.– Lunch and speech at Miramont Pointe
12:30 p.m. to 1:00p.m.–Meet the author, book signing

This complimentary luncheon will be created by Executive Chef Chris Hudock, of Miramont Pointe’s Pacifica Restaurant.

Miramont Pointe’sValiant Veteran’s Club meets quarterly and is a Life Enrichment program for veterans and their spouses, friends and family members. The purpose of the club is to remember, reconnect, reminisce, remind, represent, revitalize, reach out, recognize, and  rejoice in our freedoms. The Valiant Veteran’s Club hosts luncheons and events, such as inviting historical and military related speakers to present at the senior living community. Miramont Pointe offers a five percent discount on rent for all veterans.

Paperback copies of the book will be available to purchase and be signed by the author at the event. Dusty’s War details the challenges encountered by a 24-year enlistee in the United State Army Air Service from 1917 to 1918. Chauncey Steven Miller, Jr. is Dusty, who learns through the journey, fear is sometimes necessary in the fight for survival. Journal and scrapbooks spanning 60 years document his life in riveting detail and help recreate his most significant moments.

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