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Mid-Willamette Valley
Monthly Marketing Update
- October 2019

I am starting my day with a box of Kleenex in anticipation for the moments when I realize Barret has moved to Los Angeles, and is no longer part of our work family. We have put hiring a new person "on hold" for the immediate time being- as to ensure we don't continue an unfair comparison of personalities. However, as I stare at this box, I remember how I felt when I was going through the interview process with him two years ago (and I was NOT excited then either). Honestly, I hate hiring, but I love the way our team engulfs new members and indoctrinates them into our culture… so I am going to remain optimistic. On that note, our team has been working for several months on our "Creed" and we are very proud of what we have created, so I wanted to share it with you. Our Creed is how we live out our values and mission. I feel the best way to make sure you live up to something is to put it in writing and share it with others. Our "Creed" is now posted near the bottom of our About Us page of the website. I welcome your feedback.

I am excited about several things:
1) The newest edition of Mid-Willamette Valley hits the streets this week
2) We already have a huge amount of RSVPs for the Release Party on October 23, RSVP now and feel free to invite others
3) We are coordinating Case Management Week  "thank you" bags for Samaritan Health and Salem Health care management staff (more info below)

Last but not least- please make sure Retirement Connection is part of your 2020 marketing budget and plans!


Network Meetings - Salem/ Albany/ Corvallis


9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Linn/Benton)
Samaritan Albany General Hospital
Reimer Conference Room
1046 6th Ave SW, Albany, 97321


10:45 AM
Transitions of Care Monthly Meeting
Samaritan Albany General Hospital
Reimer Conference Room
1046 6th Ave SW, Albany, 97321


9 AM
Salem Senior Lifestyles Network
Cedar Village
4452 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, 97305


OCT 23
9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Salem)
Salem Hospital-Creekside Dining Overflow- first floor
890 Oak Street SE, Salem, 97301
Topic: Understanding the Funeral Industry – Part Two


NOV 20
9:30 AM
Save the date!
NWSDS Senior Network


NOV 21
9 AM
Save the date!
Yamhill Network Meeting
Life Care Center of McMinnville
1309 NE 27th St, McMinnville, 97128


Marketing and Development


OCT 17
1:30 PM
Effective Communication Strategies
Santiam Hospital Auditorium
1401 N 10th Ave, Stayton, 97383


OCT 17
5 PM
Fall Festival and Grand Re-Opening
Heron Pointe Senior Living
504 Gwinn St E, Monmouth, 97361


OCT 19
8:30 AM
Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Willamette Valley
Timber-Linn Park
900 Price Rd SE, Albany, 97322


OCT 23
3:30 PM
Mid-Willamette Valley Retirement Connection Guide Release Party
Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St SE, Salem, 97301


OCT 25
8:30 AM
2019 OGA Annual Conference
Keizer Community Center
930 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer, 97303


On The Move


Do you know someone that has recently changed positions? Send us an update to share in the monthly newsletter, helping everyone stay connected and informed about community changes.

Jennifer Roberts is now Administrator,
Regent Court Senior Living

Chris Nordyke is now Business Development,
Belfor Property Restoration


National Case Management Week

National Case Management week is coming up starting October 13th! Case Managers are an important part of our industry, truly making an impact in the lives of patients every day. Although the recognition of their professional dedication and compassion should go without saying every day, I wanted to make sure we all take the time this special week to show our appreciation...

Retirement Connection is working with the case management staff of Samaritan and Salem Hospitals to organize care packages for ALL of their Case Managers. Each Case Manager will receive a bag filled with thank you notes and small gifts from each provider that wishes to participate.

You are invited to deliver items to be distributed. We will have enough of each item for EVERY case manager to be included. Here are some suggestions: $5 coffee card for every case manager, a personal hand written note of appreciate for each, small notepads and pens for each, Kind bars, chocolate bars, or other items of appreciation. (I encourage you to group your items with a business card, or attach a label).

You can participate in either or both events.
- 25 total items needed for Samaritan Hospitals (Lebanon, Albany and Corvallis)
- 80 total items needed for Salem Health

Below are possible drop-off times for your gift bags...
1. October 1st, 9-11:30am: Albany Hospital, Rainier Conference room
2. October 14th, 8-9am: Salem Health Hospital, Building B (in lobby outside case management)
3. Prior to October 10th, during business hours: to the Retirement Connection office in Portland (205 SE Spokane St, 3rd Floor, Portland OR 97202)

All items will then be placed into a bag and to the Case Management department on your behalf. We wanted to create a fair and equitable way to make sure all providers have the opportunity to thank every case manager.

Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback. It's the least we can do to honor our Case Managers, the day to day difference makers.



Additional Resources

There are so many resources included in Retirement Connection, that often a few may slip past you and may not be noticed. Did you know that the guide also includes:

Financial Services and Hospitals


Nuggets of Knowledge

"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group - that's teamwork. " – John Wooden

As our team make up changes with those that move on and new hires- this quote resonates with me. It is always more important (and often more challenging) to find a person that elevates the entire team more than an individual.

~ Amy Schmidt
Retirement Connection


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