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2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

Homewood at Martinsburg

Est. 1974

Rev. Samuel Givler’s vision paired with his determination was the cornerstone on which a 34- acre farm would become what is now home to over 350 residents at Homewood at Martinsburg, a continuing care retirement community in Central Pennsylvania.

Ground was broken in 1972 and on January 7, 1974 the 67-bed nursing home opened its doors to its first six residents. By December 1974, the beds were full and approximately 52 people were employed part-time and full-time.

A $13 million, two-phase expansion included the development of apartments and cottages and a community center in 1990. The nursing center also expanded from 67 beds to 84, while adding an additional 60-bed memory care unit in 1995.

Ground was broken in 2004 on a new community center that included a cafĂ©, fitness center, swimming pool and new independent-living apartments, allowing for the accommodation of assisted lifestyle services. Homewood opened the doors to its new Bice Memorial Chapel and Givler Cultural Center in 2016. This 8,000 square foot building meant to enhance the lives of Homewood’s residents and families that is used for multiple purposes from chapel services to concerts and includes a state-of-the-art AV system, as well as a stage large enough for a symphony concert.

Homewood’s auxiliary and volunteers have been an integral part of the organization from the very beginning. Today, volunteers of all ages can be found helping residents in a multitude of ways. Homewood remains forward thinking in its strategy to address the changing climate in healthcare services today. As the communities’ needs change and grow, Homewood is prepared to meet those needs.

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