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Summer Generations 2023 – Message from Lisa Marcello

Lisa Marcello, President/CEO

It has been an unforgettable summer at Episcopal SeniorLife Communities (ESLC). We reflect on the cherished memories and joyous moments that have filled our days across all communities and programs. We have experienced outings in and around Rochester, made heartwarming connections with new friends and longtime friends and celebrated new ventures. Perhaps most notably – the groundbreaking ceremony for our upcoming ninth campus – Ellen’s Place.

One of my favorite annual events is our summer staff picnics which give us an opportunity to rest, break bread and enjoy each other’s company – I am incredibly grateful for all our staff members do to contribute to the lives of our residents and appreciate any time I can get to know each of them a bit better. I would like to offer a special “thank you” to our Dining and Hospitality Department for the fantastic meal!

Also, this summer, ESLC launched our EMPOWER! Learning Academy and celebrated the first graduates of the Management Development Program – the first of many learning opportunities that will be available throughout the year. Establishing our learning academy demonstrates our commitment to creating a culture of continuous learning and development as we continue to empower those who have made it their lives work to care for others. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

As we all prepare for the change of season, we do so with fond memories of summer and an eagerness to create new as we welcome fall. But for now – please take a moment to review some of our fun adventures from this summer, here.

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ESLC’s 26th Annual Golf Tournament Raises Funds for New Housing Project

ESLC held our 26th Annual Golf Tournament at the Penfield Country Club with over 150 golfers, proceeds raised are going to benefit the upcoming housing project in Irondequoit, Ellen’s Place. See WHEC‘s coverage of the event here.

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Lisa Marcello Honored on the Rochester Business Journal’s Power 30 Health Care List


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Congratulations to Lisa Marcello, President/CEO of Episcopal SeniorLife Communities for being honored as one of the power players for the RBJ’s Health Care Power 30 List. Lisa continually inspires residents, families, program members and staff at ESLC. Read Lisa’s interview with the RBJ here.

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Episcopal SeniorLife Communities Breaks Ground on Ninth Campus

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities (ESLC) broke ground on our ninth campus, Ellen’s Place on June 20. This community will be located right on Culver Road on the current St. Cecilia Church Campus. Ellen’s Place will offer 74 apartments, many gathering spaces for residents, program members and guests to enjoy. We will continue to grow our signature Neighborhood Program in partnership with Saint Kateri Parish.

The Neighborhood Program is a community-based health and wellness program that offers fitness classes, educational programming, social gatherings and clubs for residents and community members to enjoy – we have already started offering lunch and learns in the Newcomb Center – we look forward to growing this program together.

Ellen’s Place is named in memory of Ellen McNellis. Ellen was raised in Irondequoit but spent much of her adult life out of the area. When Ellen’s life circumstances and health needs became challenging, she longed to return home and to be near family – especially her devoted, loving brother who immediately coordinated Ellen’s return to Rochester.

ESLC celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking in partnership with Pike Residentiall, Pardi Partnership Architects, MRB Group, St. Cecilia Church, future residents of Ellen’s Place, ESLC’s Board of Directors, Ellen’s family and loved ones and the ESLC Project team.

In speaking on the project, Lisa Marcello, President & CEO mentioned, “Perseverance and passion were certainly a factor in getting us to where we are today. Planning for Ellen’s Place began many years ago, there have been countless designs, schematics, layouts, meetings, discussions, cost variances, and – of course a pandemic – that could have derailed us. Nonetheless, here we are, and it is due to the perseverance and passion of many in this room. We are extremely honored to be joining the vibrant community that has been established by the parishioners and staff at St. Cecilia and are grateful for their trust and belief in Episcopal SeniorLife Communities.”

Architect rendering of Ellen’s Place.

We certainly look forward to the future of our newest senior housing community, check out coverage from 13WHAM here.

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Episcopal SeniorLife Communities Talks About the Future of Baby Boomers in Senior Living

Lisa Marcello, President/CEO and Courtney McGinness, VP of Marketing and Community Engagement recently talked in an article with the Rochester Business Journal on how Baby Boomers differ from previous generations when accessing and searching for senior housing options. Read the full article here. quote from Lisa Marcello

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Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative Wins RBJ’s Health Care Heroes, for Health Care Innovation

On March 28, the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) team for ESLC won in the Health Care Innovation category for RBJ‘s Health Care Heroes. They are a shining example of assisting seniors in the Rochester area establish secure housing while providing service coordination and health and wellness programs to create the best opportunity for them to thrive. See the write-up below!

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ESLC News: Beatrice Place Nominates Barnard Fire Department for Excellence

Al Adaskin, a resident of Beatrice Place, nominated the  Barnard Fire District  for their excellence as first responders. See the news story from Channel 8 here:

GREECE, NY (WROC) — Assistant Chief Steve Dorgan with the Barnard Fire District says they have a fondness for a certain senior living community in Greece.

“We’ve had lunch, we’ve had dinner. They’re family,” he said.

At Episcopal SeniorLife’s Beatrice Place on Denise Road, a big part of what the crews do when not responding to emergencies is prevention and training with the residents.

“If we can get to somebody ahead of time and stop something from happening, or pick up on something…” said Dorgan.

Workshops like blood pressure clinics, fire safety, and others help keep the residents safe. Firefighter and paramedic PJ Doyle says going over there is “awesome.”

“The staff is very caring for the residents. We interact with them frequently,” said Doyle.

“They come in with smiles on their faces for every emergency you can imagine,” said Beatrice Place resident Al Adaskin.

From slips and falls to things on the more serious side, residents Al Adaskin said the folks at Barnard provide peace of mind.

“It’s just great to have people well-trained and well-versed in what we need,” said Adaskin.

Michelle Scipioni with Episcopal SeniorLife Communities says even during emergencies, seeing the fire teams is always a morale booster for the seniors and staff.

“We’re just very grateful,” she said.

Dorgan did add in addition to Episcopal Senior Life, they do these kinds of events and outreach with other communities and organizations throughout their area of responsibility in Greece.

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Bright Spot: Anne’s 100th Birthday Celebrations

Tuesday night’s Bright Spot from Channel 13 shines on parades, cakes, friends, and family. Check out the entire story here

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities hosted a parade outside Brentland Woods, and a party on the inside, in honor of one of its residents. Anne Licata is celebrating her 100th birthday this week. She worked at Bausch & Lomb most of her life before joining the payroll department at Allstate Insurance, until her retirement. She’s an avid reader and always on the look out for new books.

Licata said she truly appreciates the work that went into Tuesday’s party and those who gathered. “Family and friends, they mean a lot, and really what counts is your family and friends that you have every day,” said Licata. Anne has one son, named Len, who described his mom as an “old school, 1950s mom.”

“Great meals, a little over-protective at times, but I wouldn’t take a minute of it back,” said Len. “She’s a wonderful woman and I love her with all my heart.”

A wonderful woman, and bright spot, whose advice for a long life is “take one day at a time!”

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Nursing Homes are in Financial Crisis: Our Seniors Deserve Better

As part of the Alliance for Senior Care in Rochester, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities partners with Friendly Senior Living, Jewish Senior Life, St. Ann’s Communities, St. John’s, Rochester Regional Nursing Homes and University of Rochester Medical Center Nursing Homes. The Alliance was recently published in the Rochester Business Journal and the Rochester Beacon with a guest opinion educating the public and urging New York State to make necessary changes in nursing homes in order to better serve seniors.

report from the Rochester Business Journal titled nursing homes are in a financial crisis our seniors deserve better

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1570 Gallery at Valley Manor Welcomes Sheridan Vincent

For about 20 years, Sheridan Vincent has concentrated his pursuit of photography in and around Rochester. We live in such a photogenic locale with magnificent trees, beautiful parks, an expansive lake shore, a dynamic riverfront, architectural splendor and, of course, the variety of the four seasons. He moved to Rochester in 1974 from Minnesota to pursue a career at Kodak. Vincent retired in 2005 and has enjoyed continuing in the photography industry as a full-time photographer. In this exhibit, he extended his portfolio of regional scenes of Rochester and parks with a combination of cityscapes and landscapes. Numerous night photographs depict the city as “enlightened and illuminated.”

He enjoys keeping up with the advancing capabilities in play today with cameras, software and media. His photographs can be produced in various sizes with media ranging from conventional frames, canvas, face-mounted acrylic and AluminArte. You can find Sheridan Vincent’s routine exhibits at Image City Photography Gallery, where he is a partner.

Sheridan Vincent

 Cell: 585.472.2005

For purchases or more information about this show, please get in touch with Diane Cotton, Gallery Coordinator, at 585.546.8439 ext. 3102 or

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