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A Message from Melissa Orth, The Legacy’s CEO

First of all, I want to convey how incredibly honored and excited I am to have joined The Legacy family. As I sit down to write this message, I have been a member of The Legacy community now for only two months. During these two months, I have spent my time meeting with various constituencies, including members of the board of trustees, employees, Willow Bend residents and fellow leaders in the Jewish community. To a person, everyone has been extremely warm and welcoming, and more importantly, clearly dedicated to and passionate about The Legacy’s mission and purpose. There is a clear commitment to excellence, integrity and quality of care and service, which defines the heart of this organization.

And it’s always satisfying when our commitment to excellence is recognized by others in the industry. Earlier this summer, The Legacy Willow Bend’s Assisted Living and Memory Care operations were examined by the state of Texas, and for the fifth consecutive year The Legacy achieved a deficiency-free health survey. Congratulations to Brandi Weaver and her team on a job well done!

Also this summer, the state came to The Legacy Willow Bend for the annual nursing and life safety survey of our skilled nursing facility. The outcome of this survey has far reaching implications, including our CMS/Medicare Star Rating as well as our ability to continue to be a preferred referral source from our hospital partners. I am very pleased to report that the outcome was outstanding. We only received one health deficiency (for a minor non-nursing issue). This is a fantastic result that our skilled nursing team should be congratulated for achieving.

Over the past several months, the hospital systems that operate in the greater Dallas area have been identifying the highest quality providers of skilled nursing and home health services in order to create preferred provider networks. I am pleased to report that both The Legacy Willow Bend and The Legacy at Home have been identified as high quality providers and as a result have received invitations to be included in these hospital networks. This is a significant achievement and all of The Legacy’s employees should take great pride in this accomplishment.

After many months of planning and design, The Legacy Senior Communities is proud to announce that we have launched our new and improved website. The new site is designed to improve how The Legacy communicates both our mission and our quality services to the outside world. Please go online and take a look: https://thelegacyseniorcommunities.org/

Plans continue to evolve for The Legacy Midtown Park, our much anticipated state of the art rental continuing care retirement community. Be on the lookout for more information to come regarding events celebrating the commencement of this incredible facility. The capital campaign supporting this project continues to serve as an important financial component to making this new community a reality, so if you have yet to give to this impactful project, please consider making a gift by contacting Andrea Statman.

We have two important events this fall which I hope you will all attend. On Thursday, November 2, we will be hosting The Legacy’s YES! Event featuring Barbara Corcoran and benefiting The Legacy Senior Communities Financial Assistance Fund. As our programs continue to evolve and expand, the demand for financial assistance to help those in need increases, as well. The Legacy’s commitment to our financial assistance program requires dedicated resources to ensure support now and as we open our new facility. Please consider supporting this important initiative by attending the YES! Event or by making a gift directly to this fund.

The Legacy’s annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, at The Legacy Willow Bend. Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of fiscal 2016-17 and share what’s in store for the coming fiscal year. We will also thank and recognize members of the board of trustees for their dedication and service.

As hopefully you can see, there is so much to be proud of here at The Legacy, but also much work to be done. I plan to spend the coming months continuing to meet various members of The Legacy community to gain an even broader and deeper understanding of The Legacy’s mission and culture, as well as the services we provide, and I would love to speak with you!