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This month's edition of Village Streams, ACV's e-newsletter that provides useful and timely information about ACV and concerning the issues of aging and its effects on families is now available.
Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park loves to celebrate Christmas. As the season surrounding the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is a wonderful time of joy and anticipation. For decades, ACV has made the season as festive as possible. This year, many exciting events are planned, and you are invited to take part!
Thirty years ago, Advent Christian Village’s Dick Grillo put together the first artist series season. At the time, Advent Christian Village (ACV) was approaching its 75th anniversary, and became Florida’s first retirement community to initiate and host an artist series for its own members as well as the surrounding communities. The final performance of the very first season was the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, playing to a full house in the new Village Church sanctuary.
We are pleased to announce that on Sunday, June 11, a dedication ceremony and a ribbon cutting will be held at Advent Christian Village (ACV). At 2:00 p.m., in The Village Church, ACV will dedicate Phase II of Taylor Commons, its newest neighborhood; the Marion Polk Ceramics Shop; and the Shirley J. Brooks Archive Wing, which is part of the Jo Kennon Public Library. At 3:00 p.m., Suwannee County will celebrate the grand opening of the Kennon Library with a ribbon cutting on site. The public is invited to these events.
For a full year the ACV community prayed for God’s leading in searching for a new music minister for the Village Church. Those prayers were answered, as Traci Nissley accepted the call to this position of ministry; her first Sunday was June 4.
Good Samaritan Center, Advent Christian Village (ACV) at Dowling Park’s skilled nursing center, is excited to announce that they have received a 5-star rating from CMS, the US government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Members and friends of ACV have been watching as a stretch of Dowling Park Drive has undergone a dramatic transformation. Where once cinderblock duplexes stood, now stands an entirely new neighborhood of townhome-style apartments called Taylor Commons. This project not only increases occupancy in that area, but also enhances curb appeal at ACV’s center.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in August, the community gathered for the groundbreaking of the Marion Polk Ceramics Shop. The ceremony took place at its future location, in what is now being called the “crafting circle,” joining Watkins Hobby Shop, housing the woodworking and lapidary shops, and the Chriss Building, where artistic painting is taught.
CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities - Continuing Care Accreditation Commission) announced that Advent Christian Village (ACV) has been awarded a Five-Year Term of Accreditation. The announcement came early this month following an on-site survey at the end of September.
Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park (ACV) is much more than just a nursing home; it is truly a village, with homes, apartments, stores, restaurants, a medical center … the list goes on. Despite ACV’s diverse and varied offerings, its nursing home, Good Samaritan Center (GSC) — a skilled nursing community offering short-term rehabilitation stays and long-term nursing care — is a big part of Advent Christian Village’s continuum of care. Because of its importance, for the better part of three years, GSC has been undergoing a complete renovation — and we are happy to report that the renovations have reached a milestone.
One of the vital services provided at Copeland Medical Center at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park is Copeland Clinic. There, outstanding medical care is offered to area residents five days a week. Board certified family doctor/geriatrician Dr. Maria Gonzalez leads the medical team, along with two nurse practitioners: Beth Fulford, and newest team member, Natalie Gordon.
A crowd of Suwannee County residents gathered at the corner of Dowling Park Dr. and Marvin Jones Blvd. in Dowling Park Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, to break ground at the site of the Suwannee River Regional Library System's (SRRLS) newest addition: the Jo Kennon Dowling Park Public Library. The library, which was first proposed by Danny Hales over a decade ago, survived several obstacles to become reality and anticipation only made the event sweeter. In 2014, Suwannee County was awarded the financial support necessary to make the Dowling Park library a reality. Funding from the state is only part of what is necessary to fund the project and many in the county have stepped up to fill in the financial gap.
Advent Christian Village (ACV) recently held a service of dedication at The Village Church following the completion of two construction projects: Phase I of Taylor Commons, ACV’s newest neighborhood, and improvements made to the Christian education and office areas at The Village Church. These are the first projects to be completed which are part of the new ACV Master Development Plan announced at the end of 2013 with the 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign.
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First Federal Bank of Florida is helping Advent Christian Village extend a special opportunity to Suwannee County band students. ACV will host an exciting musical event in Dowling Park in April 2016. Along with holding a public concert at ACV, Presidio Brass will also be offering a youth workshop for brass players. Presidio Brass is a brass quintet on par with Canadian Brass, US Army Quintet, and other internationally known brass ensembles.
The annual Marvin E. Jones Memorial and Forward Fund Scholarship Banquet was held by Advent Christian Village (ACV) May 19. Each year, the legacy of those who donated funds to ACV in order to establish scholarships is carried on, as college scholarships are awarded to Suwannee High School graduates, ACV employees and the children of ACV employees. This year, a total of 22 scholarships were awarded.
In celebration of ACV’s 100th birthday and in preparation for its next century of service, the Village Board of Directors recently adopted a new 10-year Master Development Plan.
A community luncheon was held in Dowling Park to kick off the fundraising effort for the proposed new Suwannee River Regional Library (SRRL) branch in Dowling Park. The library will be open to the public and will be a great benefit to those living in the western part of the county, as the closest public library is located roughly 18 miles away, in Live Oak.
Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park is thrilled to announce the arrival of their new chief of medical services, Dr. Maria Gonzalez. Maria, fresh from Florida Hospital in Orlando, began seeing patients in Dowling Park the 13th of last month. Besides seeing patients and managing daily operations at the Copeland Clinic, she will also supervise the medical care given at Good Samaritan Center, ACV’s 24-hour skilled nursing center, and at Dacier Manor its’ assisted living facility.