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Concordia's 2015 New Year's Resolutions

December 30, 2014

According to a University of Scranton study, almost half of all Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the popular ones: lose weight, quit smoking, save money, spend more time with family, volunteer, go to church more regularly, etc. The website USA.gov actually offers a number of popular New Year’s Resolutions ideas, and links to websites to help support you on your journey.

What you may not have known is that Concordia has had the same “resolutions” for the past 15 or so years: we call them our Statements of Value. Made up of seven principles, these statements help guide us in decision-making:

Principle One: Serve Well - Serve God
Principle Two: Value Employees
Principle Three: Always Improve Quality
Principle Four: Resident-Driven Care
Principle Five: Full and Fair Communications
Principle Six: Financial Stewardship
Principle Seven: The Concordia Way

Most of these are pretty self explanatory (click here to learn more about our Statements and Values), but what about the last one?  The Concordia Way means we will strive to manage all of Concordia's affairs according to Biblical standards. Concordia actually means “harmony,” and to the best of our ability, we will strive to live and work with harmonious relationships. We will work hard and expect our staff to perform to the best of their ability. We will do our best to lead the field.

So those are the principles Concordia resolves to continue in 2015 – what about you? We asked some Concordia staff members if they would be kind enough to share their personal New Year’s Resolutions with us. To our surprise, a few (begrudgingly) agreed!

  • Concordia Lutheran Ministries Director of Public Relations Shirley Freyer: Eat healthier and read devotions every day
  • Concordia at Cabot Skilled Nursing Administrator Natalie McKay: I’m going to start saying “no” to things I don’t have time for; I don’t have to say yes to EVERYTHING!
  • Concordia of Fox Chapel Unit Manager BethAnne Lawson: Stop smoking and eating chocolate
  • Concordia at Cabot Director of Retirement Living Connor Hagey: Start raising another child (his wife is due any day now!)

Lamentations 3:22-23 -- "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." From the Concordia Family to yours: Have a safe and happy New Year!

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