2018 St. John's Annual Report

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The past several years have brought significant change to the business of supporting older adults. In some ways this is nothing new, as our industry frequently experiences shifting methods of regulation and measurement that have required us to adapt our approach. However, the greatest factors now driving this recent transformation are the changing expectations

Major renovations happening right now both at St. John’s Home and St. John’s Meadows are creating flexible spaces where residents will be able to spend their time continuing to enjoy the activities and interests they love. As people age differently than in previous generations, we are exploring new technology that will help make time spent in resident rooms more meaningful.

Being flexible with the services we provide leads to greater independence for the residents we serve, allowing them to continue living their lives on their own terms. of today’s long-term care and senior housing consumers. More than ever, residents and their families demand that we offer amenities and services that will help them live as comfortably and independently as possible. We have always made sure to look ahead and anticipate the changing wants and needs of those who call St. John’s “home.” Brickstone by St. John’s and the St. John’s Penfield Green House Homes—two communities that were concepts and architectural drawings just a decade ago—have thrived in our marketplace as living choices for older adults looking for something different in their new home.

This demand for greater independence applies to each and every level of care we offer. In fact, 2018 saw the arrival of a new level of care for St. John’s: enhanced assisted living provided at the Hawthorne. This new offering will give assisted living residents greater control over the services they receive and the environment in which they are received. Being flexible with the services we provide leads to greater independence for the residents we serve, allowing them to continue living their lives on their own terms. As an organization with a proven track record of creating innovations in senior services,

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St. John’s will continue to lead the way with new approaches that advance how older adults age. As one of our many cherished stakeholders, we thank you for contributing your valuable time, talents, expertise, and financial support. St. John’s continues to look ahead to the future of senior housing and long-term care. We acknowledge those who have helped us shape our position as a pioneer in the industry both locally and across the country. We also stand committed in our pursuit to ensure that the programs and services we provide are aligned with the ever-changing needs of those who we are privileged to serve.

Robert Boehner Chair, Board of Directors

Charlie Runyon President and CEO

“My Brickstone neighbors are no longer just neighbors—they have become my friends.” So it was no surprise that when Berdjouhi Esmerian held a signing and launch event on January 31, 2018 for her new book, So Many Homelands: Memories of a Daughter of the Armenian Diaspora, the Wintergarden was full. Though her event drew many friends and collaborators from outside of her St. John’s family, a strong contingent of the special people she has met since moving to Brickstone came to offer their support. “Every day I am amazed for finding so many caring and affectionate people all collected in one location.”

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Life never slows down for this always active St. John’s Meadows resident. Pat Brogan knew just what she was looking for when she embarked on her search for an independent living community in Rochester to call home. “My goal was to find a place where I could remain physically active, intellectually stimulated, and socially engaged,” explains Pat. “I have found all of that and more at St. John’s Meadows.”

Not long after moving to the Meadows, Pat took up swimming to combat some trouble she was having with her hip. This ongoing dedication to staying physically active has even increased Pat’s social circle. She now regularly joins a group of fellow residents who meet at 7:00 a.m. at the indoor pool at St. John’s Meadows. Pat’s philosophy towards making the most of the years is one that should resonate with people of all ages. “We are not made to live in isolation,” says Pat, who lost her husband about a year before making the move. “There is a lot more joy in life when you are involved with other people. And there certainly are a lot of interesting people here.”

Staying physically fit has always been a priority for Pat. As an avid bike rider, she enjoys the great accessibility she now has to bike paths around her St. John’s Meadows home and the neighboring Brickstone community; not to mention trails throughout the town of Brighton and on the Erie Canal. “I ride as often as I can,” says Pat. “I am out there pretty much every day.”

“ I wanted to be in my old neighborhood, but I also knew

I wanted to be in an active, supportive community,”

explains Pat. “I knew enough about St. John’s from people who have lived here to know this was the place for me.”

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n a d i r e h S l l i B Long-term care does not mean a loss of

identity. Individuals thrive at St. John’s Home. When Bill Sheridan needed to transition from his apartment at St. John’s Meadows to long-term care, there was one requirement he and his family insisted his new home was able to accommodate. “He needed to bring his art work with him,” his daughter Beth explains. “That was an absolute for him.”

Today, Bill’s identity is significantly tied to the continuing pursuit of his artwork. “I enjoy painting considerably,” he says. At various points throughout his day, he sits at his easel, surrounded by several of his past works mounted on the walls. Right now, he is working on completing a portrait inspired by the photo of a St. John’s employee’s wedding. “I have another commissioned painting I’ll be working on next,” says Bill.

Initially, the Meadows community was a great fit for someone who paints every day, citing the abundance of art activities as well as numerous other active artists who continued to work every day. Bill’s new private room at St. John’s Home also had the space needed to allow him to continue his craft. His room is equipped with an easel complete with all of the tools necessary to continue producing attractive canvas paintings.

In addition to working on his own in his room every day, Bill is always the first student to arrive to his Art in the Studio class on Fridays and the last one to pack up and leave. “I paint every single day, and I’m always looking forward to the next project.”

“ It remains very important for him as a person,” says Bill’s daughter Beth about being able to continue painting every day. “I think it is a really great release for him.”

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With his move to Brickstone, this resident found a new favorite venue to play his music. Music has always played a central role in Rick Muir’s life. For decades, Rick has quietly influenced the growth of the Rochester area’s Irish music community. He organized events and celebrations and also composed and archived authentic Irish and Celtic tunes. He even led learning sessions that gave up-and-coming musicians the opportunity to improve their skills.

Because Rick is a Brickstone resident, the use of the Wintergarden as a venue for this Hall of Fame induction came at no cost. The perk is just one of the many reasons Rick and his wife Margaret enjoy living here so much. Margaret, a retired nurse, has found many of her peers also reside in the community. “By no means have we met all of the residents living here,” says Rick. “But the ones we have met we are nuts about.”

Rick’s contributions to the local music scene earned him a spot in the Rochester branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Hall of Fame. In December 2018, Rick was one of five musicians inducted in a ceremony held at the Wintergarden at Brickstone by St. John’s. He even performed a special march he composed for the occasion: That Hallowed Hall of Fame.

Not long ago, Rick began leading what he calls “combined learning sessions.” Says Rick: “we go around the circle and play each person’s tune. There is minimal stress.” The Wintergarden at Brickstone once again serves as the venue to allow Rick to continue spreading the joy of music to the next generation of performers.

“ Learners bring tunes they have been playing and we play them a little faster,” says Rick.

With this great venue available just steps from his

Brickstone bungalow, he is able to better retain his connection to the local Irish music community. my life




JANUARY 102 year-old Theda Hayes insists that making her own bed every morning keeps her going. Theda was one of nine residents age 100 and older who were celebrated during the annual Centenarian Luncheon at St. John’s Home.


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A great employee benefit got even better! Renovations at the Employee Fitness Center resulted in new, more modern equipment, better space, and greater usage among staff members.

In her 40th year as a nurse, Tulip Neighborhood Administrator Sheila O’Brien was honored with the Rochester Business Journal’s Healthcare Achievement Award at a ceremony at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.



The Hawthorne at St. John’s Meadows received its long-awaited license to provide Enhanced Assisted Living services, thus allowing residents to better age in place.

Residents, management, and friends of St. John’s got together for a party at Geva Theatre prior to a showing of “Steel Magnolias."




Game Show Week returned to St. John’s Home with six days of the greatest contests in television history. Residents and staff members teamed up for prizes and glory!

Independent living residents came together for an incredible Hawaiian Luau that spanned much of the St. John’s Meadows campus.



Another annual summer tradition! Staff and volunteers joined St. John’s Home residents for the always fun water war in the Skalny Courtyard.

Brickstone’s Casino Night provided an opportunity for friends and neighbors to gather together and try their luck playing roulette, blackjack, craps, and more.


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Employees (and even a few residents) donned their favorite pink outfits to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention on National Mammography Day.

Ceremonies at St. John’s Home and St. John’s Meadows on Veteran’s Day honored the several dozen residents and employees who served our country in the armed forces.

DECEMBER A brand new holiday tradition is launched! The 1st Annual Holiday Spectacular teamed up entertainers who live and work in St. John’s independent communities.


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THE FOUNDATION Because of you, it happens quite often…St. John’s residents are living life their way. funded employee programs and longerterm projects, you make it all happen for St. John’s communities.

Thanks to your gifts, spontaneous moments of joy take place every day at St. John’s. These moments have come courtesy of recurring events like our fireside happy hours, worship services, sing-a-longs, and storytelling hours. Special events like a miniature golf tournament spanning the entire ground floor of St. John’s Home or our annual fashion show featuring residents and staff members always deliver lasting delight. Yes, life is fully embraced at St. John’s each and every day and residents are always enthusiastic to welcome that next special moment.

In fact, thanks to your contributions, renovation is about to begin on the ground floor of St. John’s Home as part of our transformation to small homes. The Hastings Building front corridor, which opened in 1997, will soon be dramatically transformed into a hub of resident activity. In a few months, you will find residents and family members engaged in a variety of activities in a new multi-purpose room, library, music and media room, and a new indoor and outdoor activity space. The transformation of resident rooms to small home neighborhoods continues and brings meaningful change to the health and well-being of residents. These changes are exciting for all of us!

Please know that your generous gifts to St. John’s Foundation make these moments and memories real. Maybe you gave to our annual Fall Appeal or perhaps supported our 2018 golf tournament or Illumination of Love event (both of which were among our most successful events ever). Whether your gifts brought activities and programming to groups of elders, provided for a single resident’s special needs, or

Since 1899, St. John’s has remained flexible, consistently making changes to better serve elders. This continued growth and activity is only made possible by you. We thank you!

Anne McKenna, CFRE, President

Elizabeth Howard, Board Chair






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After a serious injury left him with multiple fractures, Richard Stutzman transitioned from the hospital to the rehabilitation unit at St. John’s Home in 2018. Every day, Richard worked with physical, occupational, and speech therapists to regain strength before making a full recovery. In October, Richard returned to St. John’s to say “thank you” to the staff members who helped him through his rehab journey. “I needed to come back because everyone was so nice and good to me,” said Richard, dressed as his signature Happy the Clown to spread joy to those still on the neighborhood. “It’s nice to come back and see everyone.”

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S uccess of Green House Homes Demonstrates Strength of Small Homes Model

In so many ways, the St. John’s Penfield Green House Homes serve as an example for how taking an innovative approach to long-term care can pay huge dividends. Since their opening in 2012, the Penfield Homes have consistently set the standard for exceptional elder care and high satisfaction rates among residents and their families. That same level of satisfaction has extended to the hard working staff dedicated to making these two 10-bed homes a premium destination for those looking for an alternative to the institutional nursing home setting. This trajectory of excellence resulted in a string of accolades over the past year that support the idea that smaller really is better when it comes to long-term care. The St. John’s Penfield Green House Homes were named to the U.S. News and World Reports list of Best Nursing Homes. Additionally, the Green House Homes earned a best possible Five Star rating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These honors illustrate the exceptional care provided to residents living in our Penfield Green Houses and—in addition to the financial success of these communities—reiterate the reasoning behind the move to a similar small homes model at St. John’s Home.


2018 Consolidated Financials Skilled Nursing $44,536,208

Resident Revenue $48,070,865

$63,982,058 TOTAL REVENUES


Rental Revenue $13,767,207


Other Revenue $2,143,986





Independent Living $11,200,191 Day Break $353,222 Management & General $9,978,928



$5,603,230 2018



$3,815,356 2017


St. John’s CFO Named Finalist for Prestigious Award St. John’s Executive Vice President/CFO Robert Earl was named a finalist for the Rochester Business Journal’s 2018 Financial Executive of the Year Award. His nomination was based on his outstanding financial leadership and his dedication to making sure the wants and needs of all St. John’s stakeholders are considered when making tough fiscal decisions. “Rob’s compassion for residents and understanding of the needs of staff drives him to make best use of resources,” says Charlie Runyon, St. John’s President and CEO.


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As someone who has contributed to just about every facet of daily life at St. John’s, Monica Amador’s experience exemplifies how both sides of the volunteer relationship reap the benefits. She began volunteering three years ago, and has helped with transporting residents to and from the beauty shop, made numerous friendly visits, and participates in special events. Today, Monica continues to help out wherever she is needed. “What drives me

is seeing them (residents) smile and helping them to know they are loved,” Monica states. “Listening to their stories about when they were young benefits me as a person and I try to apply what they say to my own life.”

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Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Charlie Runyon

St. John’s

St. John’s Meadows

President and CEO

Robert Boehner, Chair

Krista Vardabash, Chair

Paul Bartlett

William Wallace Secretary/Treasurer

Corporate Strategy Officer

Pietro Giovenco Dominick Mancini

Steven Brown Dorothy Haelen Jennifer Mastrangelo James McBride

Robert Earl

St. John’s Home

Brickstone by St. John’s

William Wallace, Chair

Pietro Giovenco, Chair

Bridget Shumway, Chair Elect

Anna Lynch, Chair Elect

Helen Halewski Secretary/Treasurer

Annette Cucchiara Beth Howard Denise Smith

Vice President, Senior Housing

Joanne Braeunle

Vice President and CFO

Jennifer Lesinski Vice President, Marketing

Anne McKenna Executive Director, St. John’s Foundation

Dean Moore Operations Manager, Work Life

Nate Sweeney Vice President, Skilled Services

Robert Boehner Raymond Pettine Susan Poole

St. John’s Foundation Elisabeth P. Howard, Chair

Penfield Green House Homes

Eliza Kozlowski, Chair Elect

Dominick Mancini, Chair

David Tang, Treasurer

Carol Brink, Chair Elect

Kevin Beach Tony D’Arpino Amy Mason, M.D. Thomas Spina David Steitz, Ph.D. Louis Visco Jennifer Vogler

Donna Maxwell Secretary/Treasurer Mike Waters


James McBride, Secretary

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