The theme of the 2013 Concordia Lutheran Ministries calendar is "Faithful Caring Our Way of Life," and each month offers a picture of a resident/patient with one of our dedicated caregivers. We thought it would be fun to tell the stories behind the models, in a series we're calling Concordia Calendar Portraits. Enjoy!
Concordia at the Orchard, celebrating a decade of service to the Butler community this year, is featured in the 2013 Concordia calendar in the month of May.
Meet resident Millie Sutton and Resident Care Coordinator Anna Hildebrand, known around the Orchard as "The May Girls." Millie lived in an apartment in Butler before she made her home on Concordia Way almost two years ago. She worked at Armco until she married.
"Back then," she said, "they only let you work three months after you got married and then they laid you off."
Her husband (who also worked there) and she had four children: two sons one is superintendent of a school district in Iowa and the other is an architect in Pittsburgh; and two daughters a nurse for Highmark and another who is retired in Missouri. She has eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. This former golfer said she likes everything at the Orchard, especially the people, and is very happy.
Anna Hildebrand has been part of the Concordia family for nearly two decades. Beginning her career as a certified nurse aide in Markus Hall (part of the Oertel Care Center, which is now the headquarters for Concordia Visiting Nurses) was a natural course of action, since both her grandmother and cousin were nurses. She took a leave to attend Lenape School of Practical Nursing and returned in 1996.
Anna has been married for 22 years and has two children. Helping others, touching lives she continues her family's tradition and it suits her perfectly. "My personal goal is to put 110 percent into caring for my residents at the Orchard," she said. Anna loves to hunt and fish and spends a week each year with her family at Deep Creek.
A participating provider in Concordia Lutheran Ministries' CARF-CCAC accredited Aging Services Network, Concordia at the Orchard is a personal care facility located on 40 acres in northern Butler County across from the Clearview Mall.