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Village Shalom resident, Jack Sokolov, was chosen to represent Kansas in "If I Live to Be 100: The Wisdom of Centenarians", a book crafted by award-winning photographer Paul Mobley and author Allison Milionis and sponsored by Norman Lear. Sokolov was offered the opportunity after a representative from the book's publishing house saw him featured on Fox 4 News still exercising at 100 years old and recognized his unique longevity.

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On July 14, Village Shalom Restorative Nurse Aide, Kim Green, received deserving recognition when she became the 21st recipient of Village Shalom’s Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award. In her three years at Village Shalom, Green has always put the needs of residents above her own, providing them with the same level of care and compassion as she would a member of her own family. Eager to volunteer whenever a need is left unfilled, she covers as a CNA or scheduler – even in medical records and central supply. Always willing to go above and beyond, she will change her schedule for her restorative groups with residents when they need more care.

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Village Shalom continues to move forward with its plans for a major campus expansion. The project will increase the footprint of the south Overland Park retirement community by 50 percent. The plans include a new 48-residence free-standing memory care community, a four-story independent living apartment community, a repurposed short-term rehabilitation center with expanded therapy space, and a “Main Street” with dining and service amenities that will serve as the corridor from the new apartment community to the existing continuing-care campus. Construction is on-track to begin in early 2018, with completion set for the late summer of 2019.

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Last year ended on a high note for three Village Shalom staff members after the Employee of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Allen and Gloria Block “Champion of Culture Change” Award winners were announced at the retirement community’s holiday party on Dec. 16. When the party was over, the fun was just beginning for Christine Lawson, Rachel Thomas and Michaela Kidd – each of whom stood out from a very deserving field to secure 2016's top staff honors.

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Village Shalom was deemed "deficiency-free" on its 2016 federal/state survey by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Less than three percent of Kansas facilities surveyed receive zero deficiencies.

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