Community Leaders Welcome LIFE Armstrong County Services

Published: Thursday, May 28, 2015

The ribbon has officially been cut at LIFE Armstrong County, bringing much-needed comprehensive health services to eligible older adults who would like to remain living independently in their own homes.

LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) Armstrong County is a partnership between Lutheran SeniorLife and ACMH Hospital, and is located adjacent to the hospital on Nolte Drive in Kittanning.

“It is the perseverance of many that made this day happen,” said David Fenoglietto, president and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife. “LIFE Armstrong County will allow us to serve the seniors of this community – keep them well, keep them healthy.”

John Lewis, president and CEO of ACMH Hospital, agrees. “LIFE Armstrong County is a tremendous opportunity for our current and future participants, and will be an asset to Armstrong County,” he said.

LIFE Programs are an innovative health plan that provides care and services which allow eligible seniors to live safely in their homes 24-hours per day, seven days per week, by managing their complex medical, functional and social needs. Available services include comprehensive medical care, adult day services, support in the participant’s home, prescription coverage, meals, recreational programs and transportation to and from the LIFE Center.

Bishop Kurt Kusserow of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, gave the blessing at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He called LIFE Armstrong County “a true gift” and “an example of life abundant.”

“The people in this community are very enthusiastic about this model of care,” said Dr. Frank T. Baker, member of both the LIFE Armstrong County and Lutheran SeniorLife boards of directors. As a long-time resident of Armstrong County, he is keenly aware of the need for these types of services in a rural county where senior services can sometimes be fragmented and difficult to coordinate. He thanked those who gave financially toward the creation of the facility, and those who will now “give their talents to care for the people of this community.” He added, “LIFE Armstrong County will help many live more abundantly – which is exactly what our Lord envisioned for us.”

LIFE Armstrong County joins LIFE Butler County, a partnership between Lutheran SeniorLife and Butler Health System, and LIFE Beaver County and LIFE Lawrence County, partnerships between Lutheran SeniorLife and Heritage Valley Health System.

Pictured at right: John Lewis, president and CEO of ACMH Hospital; Rev. Kurt Kusserow, Bishop of the Southwestern PA Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Jeff Pyle, PA State Representative; Dr. Frank T. Baker, Lutheran SeniorLife and LIFE Armstrong County board member; David Fenoglietto, president and CEO, Lutheran SeniorLife; Toni Hively, executive director of the LIFE Programs.

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