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Lakewood’s ‘Cumberland group’ wins Leading Age Virginia Award

By Ann Lovell

The Cumberland group displays the Power of Purpose award they received from LeadingAge Virginia June 7.

NORFOLK, Virginia—What do these have in common: six sisters, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and a cousin; four housekeepers, three CNAs, an LPN, and a floor tech? At Lakewood, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Richmond’s west end, they represent 156 years of combined service.

Seven current and two former employees are a family who make up what’s known as Lakewood’s “Cumberland group.” The family received the inaugural “Power of Purpose” award June 7 at LeadingAge Virginia’s annual conference in Norfolk. The award recognizes a front-line caregiver — or in this case nine — who demonstrate remarkable commitment to the people they serve.

The legacy began in 1988 when Dorothy Trent joined the staff of Lakewood as a housekeeper. Her sister, Nancy Wheele, joined Lakewood as a CNA in 1989 and worked there until her death in 2016. Other members of the family soon followed. Sister Annie Trent worked as a housekeeper from 1991 until 1998, and Julie Athey, a third sister, joined as a CNA in 1992. Five years later Becky and Jimmy Edmonds, Trent’s fourth sister and brother-in-law, joined Lakewood in August 1997 as a CNA and floor tech, respectively. Annette Johnson, a cousin, came to work as an LPN in 2003, and Laura Langhorne, Trent’s fifth sister, and her sister-in-law Lucy Langhorne joined Lakewood as housekeepers in 2008 and 2013, respectively. Together, this all adds up to a combined 156 years of service from one family.

“We call the Cumberland group a ‘legacy family,’” explained Patricia Morris, vice president of the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation who nominated the group to receive the award. “A ‘legacy family’ includes residents or staff families who have chosen to live or work at Lakewood for a number of generations.”

“The family carpools about an hour each way from their home in Cumberland County to Lakewood,” Morris said. “They are dedicated people who show up on time and work hard.”

Barrett Way, Lakewood’s Executive Director agreed. “Residents depend on them, and they answer the call of service happily. Their commitment to the Lakewood family is evident every day, and we are grateful they chose to join us.”

“We are very honored to have been nominated for this award,” said Jimmy Edmonds, speaking on behalf of the family at the awards ceremony held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. “We are real pleased and even more honored to have won the award.

We enjoy working at Lakewood. We enjoy the residents and consider them part of our family,” Edmonds continued. “We do travel long distances, but we do that because we love our jobs, the residents and the staff. We greatly appreciate this award.”

Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia. For more information, email alovell@lifespireliving.org or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.


LifeSpire welcomes Corporate Director of Clinical Services


teresa-collinsRichmond, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce the addition of Teresa Collins as Corporate Director of Clinical Services. As a member of LifeSpire’s corporate team, Collins is responsible for the overall clinical and health services in all LifeSpire communities, including global implementation and training for all clinical programs, protocols, benchmarks and standards. She also assures compliance with Federal and State regulations and best practices in the delivery of quality services across all communities.

Collins holds a master’s degree in nursing administration and is board certified as Nurse Executive, Advanced. She has 26 years’ experience as a registered nurse and 10 years’ experience in acute care as a Director of Emergency Services and Chief Nursing Officer. She brings a strong understanding of Medicare, Accountable Care Organizations and bundled payments. She has also served as Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance and Compliance Director at Colonial Heights Health Care and Rehab in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

She and her husband, Jack, reside in Doswell, Virginia. They have two adult sons.

For more information, contact Ann Lovell, Corporate Director of Communications, at alovell@lifespireliving.org or (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes, operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.

LifeSpire welcomes new corporate staff

RICHMOND, Virginia — LifeSpire of Virginia welcomes two new employees to its corporate staff. Tammy Mackey is the executive assistant to the president. Stephen Folkes joins the corporate staff as a human resources (HR) support specialist.

TammyMackeyMackey comes to LifeSpire after 20 years of missionary service with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in Africa, Southeast Asia and East Asia. For the past five years, she focused on providing logistical support — coordinating housing, vehicles and visas — for IMB workers in East Asia. In her position with LifeSpire, Mackey will provide support to the president, senior leadership team and trustees by coordinating communication, meetings and documentation.

Mackey and her husband, Ron, reside in Glen Allen. They have two children and one grandchild.

StephenFolkesA graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Folkes previously worked for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. Since April 2015, Folkes worked as an HR assistant with Lakewood, a LifeSpire community in Richmond’s West End. He transitioned to LifeSpire’s corporate office in June, where he provides support for HR-related computer applications, including Kronos and ADP. He also performs a variety of HR-related tasks in support of LifeSpire’s four communities.

Stephen and his wife, Samantha, have been married two years. They live in Mechanicsville.

For more information, contact Ann Lovell, corporate director of communications, alovell@lifespireliving.org, (804) 521-9192.