The health and well-being of our patients, residents and team members is our number one priority. Despite many of the counties in which we operate beginning to re-open, per the Departments of Health, Concordia is still operating under a no visitation policy, except for patients/residents in end-of-life situations. However, those wishing to see their loved ones can schedule time with them at one of our safe visitation areas. Please call your loved one's facility for more information. For information regarding Concordia’s coronavirus precautions and cases, please click here. We have also began publishing regular video devotions from our Chaplains. To take a look, click here to visit our Mission & Ministry page.

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The Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

At Concordia, we have been bringing pet therapy services to a variety of our locations for over 15 years. We believe this form of therapy brightens the days of our residents and helps to improve socialization. We recently interviewed volunteer Mary Ann Birsa, who has been conducting pet therapy at our Concordia at Ridgewood Place location in Plum Borough. During her interview, Mary Ann described one of her greatest memories being the day one of our residents, who is very nonverbal due to a stroke, met her dog, Pepper.  “As he interacted with Pepper, he actually began to talk,” Mary Ann said. “It was such an amazing experience to witness how people interact with animals. I believe animals can see into your soul.”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Ann Birsa

Mary Ann Birsa is a person with great compassion who understands the importance of putting a smile on someone’s face. Since August 2002, she has been brightening the days of the residents at Concordia. Not only is Mary Ann putting smiles on the beautiful faces that she comes across during her visits, but so is Pepper and Petey, her Bichon Frise Therapy Dogs. 

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