MINERSVILLE, Pa – Since LIFE Geisinger came to Schuylkill County in February, life has been easier for the 20 seniors in the day program at Miners Lofts as they get the care they need to remain independent at home.
This would not have been possible without Mid Penn Bank’s $1 million contribution through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).
Recently, Mid Penn Bank presented Geisinger with a check and toured the new facility at Miners Lofts.
“It is part of Mid Penn Bank’s mission as a community bank to consistently support each of the communities in which we operate with loans, employee volunteerism and investment dollars,” said Mid Penn Bank President & CEO Rory G. Ritrievi. “When we invest, we do so in projects that ideally support certain segments of the population that need it most. With the Miners Loft Project, we had the opportunity to support the revitalization of a historic Schuylkill County property and provide vital and affordable housing and senior care to the 55+ community.” Ritrievi continued, “Mid Penn Bank is committed to supporting programs like LIFE Geisinger that directly and positively impact the communities we serve, and it was our pleasure to do so here with Miners Loft.”
LIFE Geisinger provides comprehensive health and medical care to adults age 55 and older who would otherwise be confined to a nursing home as well as a full range of daily activities to enhance participants’ quality of life.
“With their contribution, Mid Penn Bank invested in improving the health of seniors in their community,” said Dr. Richard Martin, LIFE Geisinger medical director. “We look forward to this continued partnership with Mid Penn Bank as we start offering more social activities and events for our participants.”
The new facility occupies the 11,750-square-foot second floor of Miners Lofts at 2 Lewis St. and includes primary care services with full exam rooms, recreational space, rehabilitation gym, bathing facilities, laundry room and serving kitchen.
The top three floors of the Miners Lofts building consist of 30 units of affordable housing for seniors. QSP Development developed the project.
“We are grateful for Mid Penn Bank’s financial support and generosity that provided an opportunity to bring the Miners Loft project to fruition. This contribution positively impacts our seniors and their ability to live independently by providing affordable housing to low-income seniors, said Bud Quandel, a Partner of QSP Development, the development entity for LIFE Geisinger’s Miners Loft project. It has been a privilege to work and collaborate closely with Mid Penn Bank and Life Geisinger. We are proud of our partnership and its contribution to this incredible project.”
The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) has served as a resource for nonprofits, businesses and neighborhoods for more than 30 years. The goals of the program are to promote community participation and collaborations among nonprofits, businesses and residents while producing outcomes which assist a distressed area or the low-income population in a neighborhood.
“The Neighborhood Assistance Program demonstrates what is best about Pennsylvania—our critical partnerships, our commitment to community, and our tremendous spirit of giving,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “These investments, and projects like this, are a promise to our communities—that together, we will build a better future for everyone who calls our commonwealth home.”
For more information about LIFE Geisinger, call 855-237-9467 or visit go.Geisinger.org/LIFE.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes nine hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.