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Along with Ms. Petrick were Ralph Gaudio, Jr., M.C., Chairman of UPMC Passavant Board of Trustees; Richard Sobehart, President of UPMC Senior Living; Michael K. Haye, Regional Director of Operations UPMC Senior Living; Robert Johnson, Legislative Analyst; Thomas H. Prickett, Vice President, Administrative Services, UPMC Passavant; Robert E. Henderson, Director, Planning/Marketing UPMC Passavant; and Terrie Craig, R.N., Clinical Director, Patient Care Services UPMC Passavant.
UPMC St. Margaret said its president, Richard E. Sobehart, plans to step down in the spring, after a successor is named.A 24-year veteran of St. Margaret and the institution's president for three years, Sobehart, 53, plans to remain president of UPMC Senior Living, a real estate development arm of the Oakland health system.UPMC Senior Living was founded at St. Margaret before the Aspinwall hospital merged with UPMC nearly five years ago. Internet firm cuts back IKnowThat.com, a South Side maker of educational Internet products for children, laid off several employees last week.
Our experiences have demonstrated the community's continuing interest in this unique lifestyle, said Richard E. Sobehart, president of UPMC Senior Living.The physical and programmatic design of this residence offers seniors security, enjoyment, and the value of living in a place where they will retain their pride and independence.The association with the Washington Hospital and proximity of the new Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center brings added value to the future residents of Strabane Woods..Under construction by Graziano Construction and Development Co., Strabane Woods of Washington will open model apartments for tours in July.For more information about Strabane Woods of Washington, call 1-800-324-5523.
But Chief Operating Officer Richard Sobehart said Point Pleasant is not only grounded in local tradition, it's a product of everything he's learned about the needs of older adults in the Pittsburgh area.
Mr. Sobehart, 61, has worked for many years with Western Pennsylvania's aging population. Before retiring in 2004, he was president of St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh, near Aspinwall, and helped to create senior living communities for UPMC as a consultant. He now heads the Point Pleasant property company, while a second company, Management Services, manages the property. One thing he said he learned is that having choices is important for older adults. Point Pleasant was created to offer them options. "I came out of retirement to do this," he said, gesturing around one of the commons areas of the 125-unit building. He stressed that Point Pleasant is not a nursing home, but was designed for adults 75 or older and living independently. "The idea is to provide a supportive environment to those who, either by choice or by necessity, aren't able to take care of a home or to drive," he said. But Point Pleasant offers residents flexibility, he added. It doesn't require a large deposit or long-term commitment from them, just a monthly rental fee. "The people in Western Pennsylvania, they're buyers of services on an as-needed basis," Mr. Sobehart said. "We feel they prefer to keep their resources under their own control, and pay as they go." "Everyone ages differently," he went on. "If someone wants to leave to live with their son or daughter in Florida, we want them to have that freedom." Located on Mosside Boulevard and overlooking a nearby wooded valley, Point Pleasant offers studio, and one- and two-bedroom apartments at a cost of $1,650 to $2,800 per month. Mr. Sobehart said this fee structure includes three chef-prepared meals daily in the dining room, all utilities, linen service, maid service, live-in 24-hour management and security, transportation to nearby shopping and activities. "Plus, people can bring their pets," he said. Mr. Sobehart said the attractiveness of Point Pleasant's apartments and common spaces was a point of pride for him. "It's not quite finished, but when it is, my greatest satisfaction will be the 'Wow!' when people walk in," he said, adding that the wide range of public rooms includes a living room with a fireplace, a library, a "pub," an activity room and a card room. The design of Point Pleasant also reflects older adults' concerns about safety, Mr. Sobehart said. The building has a state-of-the-art security system, two residential managers on call round-the-clock, and emergency pull cords in every room. Although Point Pleasant has only a few residents, Mr. Sobehart said he expects the facility to be filled within 12 to 18 months, and that with his investors, he planned to build similar retirement communities elsewhere in Pennsylvania, and in New York and Ohio.
"Anything we can give caregivers that results in their having more time to spend with the patients and supplying them faster and more predictably is a priority for our spending and success," says Rick Sobehart, CEO of St. Margaret's.
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