Baptist Retirement Community dedicates Elsie Gayer Chapel

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Members of the Baptist Retirement Community came together with Buckner Retirement Services staff to dedicate the Elsie Gayer Chapel. On hand were members of the Gayer family, as well as members of the Baptist Memorial Ministries Board and Buckner International Board of Trustees.

The renaming of the chapel after Elsie Gayer is part of an $8.4 million renovation project to Baptist Retirement Community, announced in Oct. 2018. The planned updates include renovations to the high-rise independent living apartment building and the Sagecrest nursing building while also providing for road repairs and added curb appeal to the community, which has served seniors in San Angelo since 1951.

Elsie Gayer, RN, founded the Baptist Memorials Geriatric Hospital in 1951 and served as its administrator until 1968. The hospital later pivoted into senior living and was renamed Baptist Retirement Community.

A plaque honoring Gayer was unveiled at the ceremony, noting how her “efforts and passion persist today as an enduring symbol of senior living that is Inspiring Happiness™ in San Angelo and throughout Texas.”

“Every professional studying the history of senior care should know the name Elsie Gayer,” said Aaron Hargett, BRC’s executive director. “She was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of so many senior adults by ensuring they were loved and lived with dignity as members of a community.”

The updates and new construction to BRC are part of a long-term campus renovation and repositioning plan, which already has seen the construction of The Crest, a new assisted living memory care building, which opened in 2016 on the 100-acre campus. Buckner affiliated with Baptist Retirement Community in 2010. It is one of six Texas senior living communities owned and managed by BRS.

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Faith is the tie that binds us. Regardless of our backgrounds, life stories or differences, it’s our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior that binds us together as brothers and sisters. And what better time to come together as a family of faith than during the Advent season?

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Through these devotions, we hope you and your family can have meaningful conversations and grow closer together this Advent season. Sign up today to receive your FREE digital 2018 Buckner Advent Devotional Guide as well as weekly devotional emails in your inbox during the Advent season.

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Baptist Retirement Community Launching $8.4 Million Renovation Project

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Leaders at Buckner Retirement Services announced today a series of major campus renovations at Baptist Retirement Community. The planned updates represent $8.4 million in changes to key features of the senior living community and are scheduled to begin immediately, according to Buckner officials.

Areas slated for renovation include the high-rise independent living apartment building and the Sagecrest nursing building while also providing for road repairs and added curb appeal to the community, which has served seniors in San Angelo since 1951.

The plan also calls for the demolition of the Elsie Gayer nursing building while maintaining the existing chapel, maintenance and laundry buildings. The chapel at BRC will be named for Elsie Gayer at a special ceremony in December.

Charlie Wilson, senior vice president for Buckner Retirement Services, said the planned changes to the community represent “a major repositioning of Baptist Retirement Community, which will allow us to offer a greater experience for our resident members and is a real investment in San Angelo and the entire Concho Valley region.”

Aaron Hargett, BRC’s executive director, said he’s excited about the new campus plan. “Baptist Retirement Community has always had a great reputation in the Concho Valley for quality services. We’ve led the Concho Valley in the number of services we offer as the only Continuing Care Retirement Community in the Concho Valley. Now, we will offer these services in an updated, beautiful campus setting.”

The updates and new construction are part of a long-term campus renovation and repositioning plan, which already has seen the construction of The Crest, a new assisted living memory care building, which opened in 2016 on the 100-acre campus. Buckner affiliated with Baptist Retirement Community in 2010. It is one of six Texas senior living communities owned and managed by BRS.

Ventana by Buckner reaches construction milestone

Ventana by Buckner

Ventana by Buckner, a $140 million luxury high-rise community for seniors in North Dallas, marked the project’s halfway point with a topping out ceremony.

The milestone included the raising of a ceremonial beam and tree to the top of the north tower. Speakers included Charlie Wilson, senior vice president for Buckner Retirement Services; Rick Pruett, executive director of Ventana by Buckner; and Albert Reyes, president/CEO of Buckner International. The trio thanked workers with general contractor Whiting-Turner, who began construction on June 12, 2017.

“We are extremely grateful to every single person who has labored to bring Ventana by Buckner to its midway milestone in only 13 months,” said Pruett. “The high quality of work put into the construction process is representative of the high-quality of life Ventana will provide its residents with luxurious features and amenities and excellent health and wellness services.”

Ventana by Buckner is Dallas’ first and only luxury high-rise Life Care community. Its adjacent 12-story towers will house 189 independent apartment homes, including one-, two- and three-bedroom options and ranging from 800 to 1,900 square feet. Ventana includes the full continuum of care for senior adults, with assisted living, nursing care, memory care and a rehabilitation component.

The community will also include underground parking, multiple dining venues and lounges, spacious common areas, modern wellness and fitness centers, heated indoor pool, salon and spa, movie theater, rooftop garden, multiple patios and more.

Ventana was designed by Dallas award-winning architect David Dillard and his firm, D2 Architecture. It will open to its first residents by mid-2019.

Buckner opened its first retirement community in 1954. Ventana by Buckner will be its sixth retirement care property in Texas.

For more information about Ventana by Buckner, visit VentanaByBuckner.com.

Ventana by Buckner changing Dallas skyline

Once, it was just a dream to create the pre-eminent senior living community in Dallas. With each passing hour, that dream moves closer to becoming reality.

Each day, Ventana by Buckner climbs a little higher as it takes its place in the Dallas skyline. Already, the structure stands out along Central Expressway. It’s newly installed windows glisten in the sunlight. It stands as a beacon of a bright future for future residents.

“This growth is exciting!” said Charlie Wilson, senior vice president of Buckner Retirement Services. “We take our calling to serve seniors seriously and do whatever we can to sere them with excellence.”

Ventana is proud to offer its residents a comprehensive range of hospitality services and a maintenance-free lifestyle, along with a full complement of recreational, culinary and wellness opportunities. Looking for a five-star senior living experience? Look no further than Ventana.

From our pristine fitness center to our sparkling community pool, amenities here will set a new standard in senior living. Services at Ventana are comprehensive, providing each resident with the peace of mind that comes with knowing their every need has been anticipated and addressed.

Learn more at ventanabybuckner.com.

Faith Focus: Seeing what you didn’t before

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Last week, Buckner Senior Living and Cooper Aerobics announced a collaboration that will bring Cooper experts to the Ventana by Buckner campus in Dallas. In the process of the day, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Kenneth Cooper and learn more about what sets him apart.

Fifty years ago, Cooper wrote Aerobics, which introduced the world to the benefits of aerobic workouts. Prior to the book, many people were discouraged to exercise after the age of 40 as experts believed it would shorten a person’s lifespan.

When Cooper’s book not only contradicted the contemporary thought, but put forward the notion that regular exercise would actually prolong health and lives, he was called a crackpot. Potential patients were steered away from him. But he stuck it out and his theories have proven true.

He’s revolutionized what it means to be healthy as we age. He’s even proving it day after day personally, having run more than 38,000 miles at the age of 87. His concepts have helped popularize the notion of each person needing to walk 10,000 steps daily. He trained a World Cup team. He has promoted healthy living around the globe.

And all that has led people to live far different lives than they once believed possible.

That struck me as extremely similar to what we do through Buckner Family Pathways and Family Hope Centers: Change individual’s and families’ perceptions of themselves and empower them to live lives they didn’t think possible.

Like Cooper’s efforts, the work of changing someone’s long-held beliefs is difficult. But just like the good doctor, we have examples we can point to where lives have been transformed. Single parents who have graduated from college. Families that are strong and raising amazing young people. Cycles of poverty that have been broken.

The impossible is possible – even in your life.

Do you believe it?

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. –Matthew 17:20

Friday photo: Buckner Senior Living, Cooper Aerobics collaborating on wellness program for Ventana

Cooper Aerobics collaborating on wellness program for Ventana

Buckner Senior Living and Cooper Aerobics announced May 11 a collaboration to bring top health and wellness initiatives to Ventana by Buckner, Dallas’ first high-rise luxury Life Care community under construction at Northwest Highway and Central Expressway.

Future Ventana residents, along with key personnel from Cooper Aerobics and Buckner Senior Living, gathered May 11 at Cooper Aerobics Center to celebrate the collaboration.

“This exciting collaboration is a blending of two unique, strong brands,” said Charlie Wilson, senior vice president of Buckner Retirement Services. “Both are Dallas icons and have collectively been working to create vibrant lifestyles for active adults for nearly 115 years. Our goal is to provide the best in holistic wellness for Ventana residents, and there’s no better provider to help make that happen than Cooper Aerobics.”

When Ventana opens in 2019, Cooper Aerobics will provide health and wellness consulting at Ventana for all residents, manage the on-site wellness center and lead ongoing wellness initiatives throughout the community.

“We are pleased to bring nearly 48 years of research and science-based findings at Cooper to nearby Ventana residents,” said Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Cooper Aerobics. “Our Cooper Wellness Strategies services provide organizations with wellness programming, fitness center management and consulting opportunities to help their people lead longer, more productive lives.”

Located at the intersection of Central Expressway and Northwest Highway, Ventana includes:

  • 186 independent living apartment homes.
  • 38 assisted living apartment homes.
  • 26 specialized memory care suites.
  • 48 skilled nursing accommodations.
  • 24 rehabilitation accommodations.
  • Multiple common areas and amenities, including several dining venues, a wellness center with an indoor pool and a Grand Hall multi-purpose space.

Ventana will join five other senior living communities operated by Buckner Retirement Services in Texas. Buckner is the second largest provider of non-profit senior living in the state and the 59th largest nationally. Visit www.ventanabybuckner.com for more details.

Friday photo: Celebrating one year of Ventana by Buckner

Ventana by Buckner

One year ago today, Buckner Senior Living broke ground on Ventana by Buckner, a high-rise Life Care community set to open in summer 2019. Construction is now well underway at the corner of Northwest Highway and Central Expressway in Dallas. The two-tower, 12-story community will provide independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term and skilled nursing, as well as state-of-the-art rehab services.

Future residents already gather regularly as excitement for the community builds. Like one future resident, Maureen Broadnax, said, “I’ve never seen a place like Ventana, and I wanted to get in on the beginning. It’s going to be a new adventure, and I’m ready!”

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