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Business roundup: Lutheran Home-Hickory West will relocate from Hickory to Catawba County

Lutheran Services for the Aging has announced plans to relocate Lutheran Home-Hickory West, its 120-bed nursing home on 10th Street in Hickory, to a new location in Catawba County.
According to LSA President Ted W. Goins Jr., “We have known for some time that in order to provide residents with the most favorable living situation, we would need to renovate and expand Lutheran Home-Hickory West.
“It’s a wonderful nursing home, with caring and devoted staff, but the current site is just too small to accommodate changes that need to be made.”
LSA, based in Salisbury, is negotiating the purchase of two adjoining tracts of land in the Mountain View area.
One piece of land currently in the bidding process is a 7.95 acre tract owned by Catawba Valley Medical Center. The other is a 5.01 acre tract now owned by Carolina Orthopedic.
Together, the two tracts of land would give LSA 12.96 acres or what the healthcare organization says it needs to build a more home-like, less institutional structure.
“The new home will offer more private rooms, more common space, expanded rehabilitation services, buffet dining, a children’s playground, and many other enhancements that will allow us to provide the best possible setting for residents and families,” Goins said.
If negotiations are successful, the building could be completed in 2013.
“If not,” Goins added, “LSA is continuing its search for other suitable sites in the area.”
Lutheran Services for the Aging assumed the operation and management of Lutheran Home-Hickory West in 2001 and purchased the circa 1973 structure in 2006.
LSA also operates Lutheran Home-Hickory on Springs Road, Lutheran Home-Albemarle, Lutheran HomeńWinston-Salem and Crescent View Retirement Community, Arden.
In Salisbury, LSA operates Trinity Oaks Retirement Community, Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks and Abundant Living Adult Day Services.
In 2008, LSA added its first free-standing assisted living residence, Elms at Tanglewood, Clemmons.
School supplies drive
DoSomething.org and Staples are teaming up for the Second Annual Do Something 101 school supply drive.
Joining them to support the cause is Ciara, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ciara.
As part of Do Something 101, Ciara is encouraging teenagers in Salisbury and elsewhere to make a difference this summer by collecting school supplies and dropping them off at their nearest Staples store, from now through Sept. 19.
In addition, Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 at any Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local teens in need.
All locally collected school supplies and donations will be given to the Communities in Schools of Rowan County, an educational and not-for-profit organization that serves disadvantaged youth.
The local Staples store for supply dropoff is 355 Faith Road.
“The Do Something 101 campaign is such a great cause,” Ciara said in a press release. “I can’t imagine going to school without pencils, notebooks and other basic supplies.
“Every little bit counts and, through Do Something 101, the more we can get these essential products to teens, the more we help kids stay in school and excel even further.”
To help kick off the campaign, Ciara is starring in a public service announcement airing on television and radio stations nationwide through September, and Staples is donating more than $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program.
Rogers joins Victory Wealth
CHINA GROVE ó Victory Wealth Management Inc. has announced the addition of Brandon M. Rogers to its teams as new accounts manager.
Rogers graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He comes to Victory from Banc of America where he worked as a retirement specialist.
Rogers holds Series 7 and 66 FINRA registrations as well as N.C. Life, Health, Long Term Care and Medicare Supplement licenses.
His personal accomplishments include a congressional appointment to the U.S Naval Academy and the Eagle Scout Award. Rogers is a lifelong, member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury.
Victory Wealth is located at 603 N. Main St. in China Grove.
The firm provides comprehensive financial, investment and retirement planning. Contact 704-857-4924 or visit www.victorywmi.com for more information.
Students attend leadership conference
Three students and an instructor/adviser from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College attended the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference, held in late June, in Anaheim, Calif.
RCCC students Olivia Ackerman, Erin Derr and Sandra Horne and their PBL faculty adviser, Martha Cranford, represented the college at the national conference.
The students competed in several competitions, including business communication, marketing concepts, information management and leadership and project management.
Some 1,776 PBL members, advisers and professional division members attended the Anaheim conference, making it the largest PBL delegation in history.
Most of the 50 states were represented at the conference. North Carolina had 80 members in attendance, representing 16 local chapters, including RCCC and Pfeiffer University.
Delegates heard motivation speakers, attended leadership workshops, elected national officers and participated in competitive events following their state-level wins in April.
Phi Beta Lambda Inc. is a nonprofit student business organization, with nearly a quarter million members and advisors in 12,000 chartered college and high school chapters worldwide.
PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Va.
Comfort Keepers selected for program
The local Comfort Keepers franchises under the ownership of Lori Eberly have been selected to participate in a pilot program that involves adding select non-Medicare affiliated skilled nursing services to their current non-medical in-home care services.
Comfort Keepers received their nursing care license from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in May.
Eberly, who holds a master’s degree in health administration and is a certified geriatric care manager, chose to participate in this pilot program in response to the changing needs of seniors wishing to remain at home as long as safely possible.
“My decision to add nursing services,” Eberly said, “was largely based upon our current clients needing advanced services such as medication administration, catheterization, feeding tubes, wound care and other similar nursing services that we were unable to provide under our previous business model.
“The response from the community to this new service line has been overwhelming.”
This new program requires the addition of CNA IIs, LPNs, and RNs to the Comfort Keepers staff, and applicants are being encouraged to apply via e-mail to salisbury@comfortkeepers.com.
Comfort Keepers opened in Salisbury in 2001. For additional information, visit www.comfortkeepers.com, or call 704-630-0370.

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