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Sandra Robertson received the 2014 "Service Exellence Award" from LeadingAge North Carolina on May 14th at the LeadingAge NC Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach!

Sandra has been an outstanding member of the housekeeping staff at Deerfield since 2004. Her performance as a housekeeper has been truly exemplary, both in the quality of her cleaning services and as a devoted and trusted presence in the homes of the residents she serves. These residents have been vocal in their praise of Sandra. She has been a mentor and example of what our employees proudly call "the Deerfield way" - doing every task right, thoroughly, and efficiently, every time.

 Deerfield residents who are so inclined can post a "Catch a Shining Star" award (on a prominent bulletin board) to express appreciation for any employee for service they believe to be exceptional. Sandra is frequently sited by the residents as one of Deerfield's Shining Stars. She has also received recognition for multiple years of perfect attendance.

Deerfield recently completed the annual Medicare resident care survey for skilled nursing and Assisted Living units. We are happy to announce that our survey by a team from the state of North Carolina ended with NO deficiencies being found, which is incredibly rare. Having a state survey team carefully review the efforts of our staff gives Deerfield the opportunity to have an objective eye on the care we deliver every day. The survey confirms the things that we are doing well and also provides direction on ways to improve in areas where improvement may be needed. The impeccable result of this survey is a testament to our efforts on behalf of the residents we are entrusted to serve. 

This survey result will impact Deerfield’s star rating with Medicare, available through their “Nursing Home Compare” website. While the star rating hasn’t been fully processed yet, we anticipate it will allow us the opportunity to distinguish Deerfield from other facilities within the long term care community of Western North Carolina. Congratulations to our skilled and caring staff on this successful outcome!

Welcome to the Deerfield family Dr. Valerie Wilson, a board certified internist and geriatrician with a special research and clinical interest in cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Wilson received her medical school training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine training at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. She then went on to complete a Geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest University and subsequently stayed on faculty after finishing fellowship in 2012. 

Dr. Wilson has served as the Outpatient Clinic Director of Wake Forest's Outpatient Geriatrics Clinic and Assistant Medical Director of Brookridge Retirement.  She has worked teaching the geriatrics fellows in their primary care clinics, Memory Assessment Clinic, and in the long term care setting.  She has worked on over a dozen studies at Wake Forest that focus on cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer's dementia, and will continue to be involved in various research studies with Wake Forest.

Deerfield residents now have the opportunity to access a new, easy-to-use computer system called, “It’s Never 2 Late” (IN2L), designed specifically for seniors as a tool that will contribute to both quality of life and quality of care. This system is known for empowering lives through technology.
  • The IN2L system allows seniors with limited tech know-how to:
  • use e-mail to connect and share photos with family and friends
  • enjoy mind-stimulating activities
  • improve hand-eye coordination as part of a rehabilitation program
  • enjoy programs adapted especially for them based on their individual abilities, interests and needs
  • develop life story videos
“Integrating this technology is just one more way we are working to enrich the lives of those we care for here at Deerfield,” says Julie Cooley, Health Care Activity Director and Volunteer Coordinator.  “A resident can use the webcam to read a favorite story to his grandchild in California or take a walk along a virtual re-creation of the street where he grew up, and re-connect with treasured memories from childhood. This technology can help to restore the quality of life for people who may have felt they lost parts of themselves when they entered into Health Care, whether in assisted living or skilled care.”

This exciting technology was developed by a Colorado-based company founded in 1999 that specializes in connecting older adults and their caregivers to the benefits of computers and the internet. IN2L's picture-based, touch screen platform enables almost anyone to use a personal computer, even those with dementia.

event on Tuesday, May 13 at the Sherrill Center/Kimmel Arena on the campus of UNCA. The day-long event will bring together local presenters to engage your mind, body and spirit. Attendees will enjoy a light breakfast, two morning breakout sessions, lunch, and an afternoon session. Local companies will provide information tables that can assist successful aging. 

Breakouts will include fun and informative sessions such as Memory Dance, Internet Security, Tai Chi, Ballroom Dancing, Pilates, and Mindfulness Stress Reduction ... just to name a few.

Deerfield is proud to be a supporting partner of this year’s event, along with CarePartners and Mission Health. The presenting sponsor is Parsec Financial.

Make plans to attend this popular event! Tickets go on sale in April, and the cost is $17 per person. Call 277-8288, or visit www.coabc for more information.

(Photo Caption: The Deerfield Chorus in conjunction with Opera Creations recently presented a rousing performance of “H.M.S. Pinafore” featuring Deerfield’s own Reverend Edward de Bary.)

“Talents Within” offers Deerfield residents the opportunity to share their talents with our community, friends and relatives. Programs feature informative travel talks, musical performances, vocal performances, and interesting hobby presentations such as bee keeping, growing apples, making cider – and everything in between! 

Vicki Sheppard, Deerfield’s Resident Life Coordinator, developed the Talents Within program two years ago as a way to showcase the wealth of talent in our community. See our event calendar on the reverse side for upcoming programs.


Deerfield’s commitment to the safety of its residents and employees has again been recognized with the “Lighthouse Beam Safety Award” from BB&T Insurance Services. This is the third year in a row that Deerfield has received the award.

BB&T Insurance Services instituted the Lighthouse Beam Safety Award Program to promote the prevention of workplace injuries. Recognition is provided based on overall safety performance. 

Deerfield has maintained its excellent record by regularly reviewing policies and seeking to continuously improve environment, health and safety performance.

Our residents know that the food at Deerfield is anything but ordinary, and that is in large part thanks to our outstanding executive chef, Cary Shackleford. Chef Shackelford has participated in the annual Western N.C. Chefs Challenge multiple times, and once again, he placed as a quarterfinalist in the latest competition. The competition pits the region’s top chefs against each other in an Iron Chef-style battle for the title of “Best Chef in WNC.” 

Chef Shackelford recently renewed his Executive Chef certification, and currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. He joined the Deerfield team in 2006, where his cooking is inspired by various cuisines and features fresh, quality ingredients. Deerfield is indeed fortunate to benefit from Chef Shackleford’s outstanding culinary skills and experience!

Deerfield welcomes Cheryl Gettinger as our Director of Fund Development. In her new position, Cheryl will help Deerfield residents connect their passions with opportunities to give of their time, talents and treasure, both within the Deerfield community and in the local area. Prior to joining the Deerfield team, Cheryl served as the Director of Development at Lake Logan Episcopal Center, a conference center that is also part of the Diocese of Western North Carolina. She is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, and began her career working in Information Technology before deciding she really prefers working with people and promoting philanthropy. Cheryl looks forward to meeting you when you move in!

Kathy Foster has joined the Deerfield marketing team as Director of Marketing. Prior to joining the Deerfield family, Kathy worked as an independent consultant, impressing the management team with her talent, experience, and abilities. Kathy has worked in the senior living industry for over twenty years, serving in a variety of capacities including as a CNA, and as an activities director, prior to her focus on marketing. Kathy and her husband Tom moved to Morganton two years ago from Massachusetts. She holds a B.S. In Marketing and Advertising from Granite State College in New Hampshire.