In the midst of this unprecedented healthcare crisis we are thrilled to be able to share some great news with you. The Great Place to Work Institute has certified SpiriTrust Lutheran® as a Great Place to Work (GPTW) for the third consecutive year! We have created a video to thank our team for honoring us as a GPTW.

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Although we were not able to publicly recognize this year’s Cornerstone Award honorees, Jeff and Cindy Lobach, in our usual celebratory manner, we did videotape a small ceremony to recognize them. Bob Rundle, our president/CEO, and Larry Young, chair – SpiriTrust Lutheran Board of Directors, acknowledged the incredible community contributions of this special couple and presented the award to Jeff.

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COVID-19 Test Results

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Test Results

Champions work here diligently keeping those we serve and those who serve healthy and virus-free!

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, SpiriTrust Lutheran® has formulated its response plan and developed protocols to safeguard the health and well-being of our residents and team members based on the evolving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), PA Department of Health and PA Department of Human Services.

In May, our medical director and clinical leadership team began developing a plan for COVID-19 testing at our skilled care centers and personal care residences. Our first testing was conducted June 8 at the skilled care center at The Village at Luther Ridge. On the very same day that we started our testing, Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary – PA Department of Health issued an order mandating COVID-19 testing by July 24 of all residents and staff at all skilled nursing facilities throughout Pennsylvania.  Dr. Levin then issued another order on June 26 which requires all long term care facilities in the state to conduct universal testing of all residents and staff by August 31, 2020.

SpiriTrust Lutheran® is committed to being fully transparent about the results of the COVID-19 testing which is taking place at our six life plan communities. As part of our effort to inform our residents and their family members/responsible party in as timely a manner as possible of the impact of COVID-19 on our residents, the COVID-19 positive test results for each community can be found on the two charts below.

The first chart lists the positive test results for residents and team members at each of our communities. The second chart lists the positive test results of contracted ancillary and support staff that work in our communities. These charts are updated as new test results become available.

SpiriTrust Lutheran® COVID-19 Positive Test Results
Active cases as of October 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

Resident
Active Cases
Resident
Cumulative Cases
Team Member
Active Cases
Team Member
Cumulative Cases
 The Village at Gettysburg Skilled Care
0
1
0
10
 The Village at Gettysburg Personal Care
0
0
0
0
 The Village at Gettysburg Residential Living
0
0
0
0
 The Village at Luther Ridge Skilled Care
0
1
0
6
 The Village at Luther Ridge Personal Care
0
1
1
3
 The Village at Luther Ridge Residential Living
0
0
0
0
 The Village at Kelly Drive Personal Care
0
0
0
0
 The Village at Kelly Drive Residential Living
0
0
0
0
 The Village at Shrewsbury Skilled Care
0
70
3
32
 The Village at Shrewsbury Personal Care
0
0
0
2
 The Village at Shrewsbury Residential Living
1
1
0
0
 The Village at Sprenkle Drive Skilled Care
0
0
0
9
 The Village at Sprenkle Drive Assisted Living
0
0
0
1
 The Village at Sprenkle Drive Residential Living
0
0
0
0
 The Village at Utz Terrace Skilled Care
0
0
0
5
 The Village at Utz Terrace Personal Care
1
10
3
7
 The Village at Utz Terrace Residential Living
0
0
0
0
Life Plan Community Totals
2
84
7
75
 Luther Ridge Manor (Chambersburg HUD)
2
10
0
0
 Oakview Manor (Hanover HUD)
0
0
0
0
 Strasburg Haus (Shrewsbury HUD)
0
0
0
0
 HUD: Residential living apartments offered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban  Development to income and age qualified seniors and individuals with physical disabilities.

 

Contracted Ancillary & Support Staff Testing Results
Active cases as of September 24, 5:00 p.m.

 

Active Cases
Cumulative Cases
 The Village at Gettysburg Skilled Care
0
0
 The Village at Gettysburg Personal Care
0
0
 The Village at Luther Ridge Skilled Care
0
2
 The Village at Luther Ridge Personal Care
0
0
 The Village at Kelly Drive Personal Care
0
0
 The Village at Shrewsbury Skilled Care
0
1
 The Village at Shrewsbury Personal Care
0
0
 The Village at Sprenkle Drive Skilled Care
0
2
 The Village at Sprenkle Drive Assisted Living
0
0
 The Village at Utz Terrace Skilled Care
0
1
 The Village at Utz Terrace Personal Care
0
0
Totals
1
6

Preventive Measures

  • All residents and team members have been and will continue to be assessed for COVID-19 exposure risk to determine the need for testing.
  • Because team members are masked and goggled, the exposure risk is low to other team members and residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • All team members are screened at the beginning and end of each shift by taking temperatures and assessing any potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.

COVID-19 Testing FAQ

How are you going to test my loved one?

The sample may be taken using one of three methods – nasal, throat or nasopharyngeal swab. This testing can be temporarily uncomfortable for some individuals, but we will take all necessary steps to ensure comfort for those being tested.

How long will it take for my loved one's test result to be known?

The turnaround time to receive the COVID-19 test result is approximately 72 hours, depending on the lab and the volume of tests being analyzed.

How will I be notified of the test result for my loved one?

A SpiriTrust Lutheran® team member will call you once your test results have been released to us.

What happens if my loved one tests positive for COVID-19?

If your loved one tests positive for COVID-19, then he/she will be moved to a specific area in a SpiriTrust Lutheran community designated for COVID-19 positive residents. The area will be staffed by a care team dedicated to caring only for individuals residing in the designated area.

How long will my loved one be in the designated area after testing positive?

The time that your loved one spends there will be based upon your loved one’s needs, the time it takes to recover from COVID-19 and the results of any follow-up testing ordered by our medical director. Typically, individuals spend a minimum of two weeks in this area to ensure they are no longer contagious.

If my loved one or I refuse to have my loved one tested, what will happen?

If your loved one has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, then he/she would be moved to another room for isolation purposes and we would ask that the resident and/or the family member to reconsider having the COVID-19 test performed, as ordered by our medical director. Your loved one would move back to his/her room when cleared by our medical director.

If my loved one tests negative for COVID-19, can he/she remain in his/her room?

We cannot guarantee that a move will not be necessary. The results of the testing may require us to cohort those who test positive. This may impact the room assignments of all residents. We will certainly keep you informed if this impacts your family member. Our goal is to not move any residents, unless absolutely necessary for their safety.

Are you testing all team members?

Yes, SpiriTrust Lutheran is testing all team members who work at any of our six life plan communities. It is important for you to know that we have a staffing contingency plan in place that ensures that we have an adequate number of team members to care for your loved one.

Will you continue to test every resident and team member after the initial round of testing is completed?

Repeat testing will be determined by our medical director. We will notify you of the need for repeat tests.

Will you let me know every time you test?

Yes, we will call you, if and when we repeat testing for any resident or team member.

If my loved one is moved to the COVID-19 designated area, will we be able to communicate with each other?

Yes, you and your loved one will be able to communicate with each other using the current technology we have in place, including FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and other forms of videoconferencing. In-person visits and window visits will not be permitted.

Will personal items be moved to the designated area along with my loved one?

We will make every effort to move essential vital personal belongings to your loved one’s new room. Please understand that a move is a temporary stay and because there will be a limited number of staff permitted to enter the area, we may not be able to move all your loved one’s personal belongings. If we are not able to move your personal belongings, we will ensure their safekeeping.

Are there any additional costs, if my loved one is placed in the isolation area?

Any additional costs will be based on the specific care needs of the individual.

Who will pay for the cost of my loved one's test?

The lab will bill your loved one’s health insurance.

Where can I find the most current information on life plan community test results?

The most current information is posted on this website.