Concordia Lutheran Ministries Expands into Florida

Contact: Shirley Freyer
Concordia Lutheran Ministries
Tel: 724-352-1571 x8266

Concordia Lutheran Ministries Expands into Florida

Jefferson Twp., PA – Today, Concordia Lutheran Ministries acquired St. Joseph’s John Knox Village of Tampa Bay, a continuing care retirement community in the heart of Tampa’s vibrant university area. It is located on a major thoroughfare across the street from the University of South Florida’s main campus.

Now called Concordia Village of Tampa, the well-established community was part of the BayCare Health System and St. Joseph’s Hospital which was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Located on 14 acres, the Village consists of 247 independent living apartments. The Medical Center provides 163 units in skilled nursing and rehabilitation, 144 assisted living units and 26 memory care units.   

Concordia President and CEO Keith Frndak said, “Because Concordia is a mission-driven organization, it continually looks for ways to grow our mission. Our Board of Directors believes that John Knox Village offers an excellent opportunity to continue a Christian ministry,” he said. “It is a large, faith-based community with a reputation for high quality care and we look forward to serving the people of Florida for many years. We welcome the team and residents to our family.”  

Current Executive Director Lisa Lyons will remain at the helm.

“The Boards of Directors of John Knox Village and BayCare Health System are very pleased to be turning over the operations of the community to a provider with Concordia’s reputation,” said Kimberly Guy, Senior Vice President at BayCare Health System. “We are confident that Concordia will provide high quality care to the residents and treat the staff with the greatest respect and integrity.”

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Frndak is available for interviews today. Please call Director of Public Relations Shirley Freyer at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266 to coordinate.

Celebrating 137 years, Concordia Lutheran Ministries is a Christian, not-for-profit organization and is recognized as one of only a few organizations in the world with an Aging Services Network accreditation.  With the Florida acquisition, Concordia now operates 911 independent living units, 1158 personal care or assisted living beds (including memory care), 742 skilled nursing beds and 26 hospice beds at three inpatient hospice facilities. Concordia also has extensive home and community services including home health care, private duty home care, durable medical equipment, hospice and palliative care and pharmacy services for residents. System-wide, Concordia has more than 2900 employees.