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SearStone Breaks Ground on Expansion of Health Care Facility

February 13, 2018

Cary, N.C., Feb. 13, 2018 – Despite chilly weather conditions, a lively group of around 70 attendees came out to witness the official groundbreaking for the expansion of Brittany Place, the health care facility located at the SearStone continuing care retirement community in Cary. The expansion will add 15 beds – nine skilled nursing beds and six assisted living beds – to bring the eventual total to 39 beds.

Stan Brading, board chairman for Samaritan Housing Foundation, owners of SearStone, welcomed the attendees and recognized VIPs in attendance, including Cary Town Council Members Ken George and Don Frantz, other board members, Cary Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, representatives of SearStone’s Residents Association, and David Ammons and Kyle Dilday from SearStone-RLA, the company managing SearStone.

“Early in 2016, we recognized the need for more healthcare beds to serve our residents,” said Brading. “We knew we wanted to build on our existing land, and we closed on our bond financing in December of 2016.”

After filing for the appropriate permits from the Town of Cary, SearStone selected Steele Group Architects as the architect for the project, and Poythress Commerical Contractors as the builder.

James Souter, Brittany Place administrator, and Jarrod Lowery, southeast regional director for the North Carolina Department of Insurance, also made brief remarks at the event before Brady invited select groups to step forward and ceremonially “turn the dirt” to officially commemorate the groundbreaking. Residents also took turns with the shovels and took photographs of the proceedings before heading into the community’s Winston Clubhouse to enjoy warm beverages.

 

SearStone welcomed its first residents in 2012, and initial plans are underway for the second phase of the community.

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com​. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity.

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About SearStone

SearStone is a continuing care retirement community located at the southeast corner of High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary. The community is not-for-profit and offers several different home styles for independent residents 62 years and older. SearStone gives residents exclusive access to long-term-care services such as assisted living and nursing care. SearStone has been mentioned in numerous national publications such as The New York Times, and is currently accepting wait-list deposits. For more information, visit www.searstone.com or call 919-234-0339.

SearStone Donates More than $290K to Local Charities 12 Charities Receive Grants

December 18, 2017

Cary, N.C., Dec. 18, 2017 – As written in its charter as a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, SearStone contributes five percent of its gross revenue to local charities that benefit Wake County residents. The Samaritan Housing Foundation/SearStone Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the community distributed $290,500 in grants to 12 different charities over the past year.

During the recent grant cycle, SearStone provided grants to the following nonprofit organizations:

Caring Community Foundation

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Meals on Wheels Wake County

Note in the Pocket

Pretty in Pink Foundation

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen

Temple Baptist Church

Transitions LifeCare

Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited

Triangle Family Services

Women’s Center of Wake County

A joint committee comprised of SearStone resident and advisors from Lutheran Services Carolinas vetted the nonprofit organizations and decided which ones would receive grants. This year’s contributions ranged from $6,000 to $60,000.

“Giving back to the local community is part of the SearStone experience,” said Vinson Bankoski, SearStone’s executive director. “Many of our residents volunteer with local charities, participate in onsite food drives and toy drives, and help us select our grant recipients. It just goes to show you that philanthropy is ageless.”

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com​. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity.

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About SearStone

SearStone is a continuing care retirement community located at the southeast corner of High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary. The community is not-for-profit and offers several different home styles for independent residents 62 years and older. SearStone gives residents exclusive access to long-term-care services such as home health care, assisted living and nursing care. SearStone has been mentioned in numerous national publications such as The New York Times, and is currently accepting wait-list deposits. For more information, visit www.searstone.com or call 919-234-0339.

 

SearStone Hires New Executive Director, CFO and Health Care Center Administrator

April 10, 2017

The Board of Directors of the SearStone continuing care retirement community has announced the hiring of Vinson Bankoski as executive director, Jason Chautin as chief financial officer, and James Souter as administrator of Brittany Place, the community’s health care center.

A transplanted New Englander, Bankoski is a lifelong leader in the hospitality and senior living industries. He previously worked at Erickson Living and Erickson Retirement Communities. Vinson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from Florida International University and his Master of Arts degree in aging, management and policy from the Erickson School of Aging Services at the University of Maryland. In addition to his professional career, Vinson has served on nonprofit boards supporting both aging services and the arts, and also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.

Chautin has more than 20 years of experience working for public and private companies, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies across many industries. His previous senior care work was with Sunrise Senior Living as director of financial operations for its home care business, Sunrise At Home. Chautin received both his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance as well as his MBA from The George Washington University. Originally from Acton, Massachusetts, he now resides in Cary with his wife, Stefanie, and his twins, Melanie and Kyle.

Souter has been a nursing home administrator for five years and has practiced in both North Carolina and Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in finance and minor in management from Georgia Southern University. He also spent a summer studying finance in Innsbruck, Austria. Originally from Montezuma, Georgia, Souter has called North Carolina home since 2013. He is recently engaged to be married and enjoys the outdoors as well as spending time with family and friends. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have such experienced and passionate professionals as Vinson, Jason and James join us at SearStone and lead us in our next stage of growth,” said Stan Brading, board president. “With our recent achievement of being 100 percent occupied and reserved, the community is readying itself for our next major growth opportunity.”

About SearStone

SearStone is a continuing care retirement community located at the southeast corner of High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary. The community is not-for-profit and offers several different home styles for independent residents 62 years and older. SearStone gives residents exclusive access to long-term-care services such as home health care, assisted living and nursing care. SearStone has been mentioned in numerous national publications such as The New York Times, and is currently accepting wait-list deposits. For more information, visit www.searstone.com or call 919-234-0339.

 
  

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