Village Square & Hopewell Grand Opening weekend

The public is warmly invited to tour Village Square and Hopewell on Saturday, January 27 between 11 am and 3 pm as we celebrate the completion of this phase of Project Envision at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village.  Check out these great articles and photos from three local publications:


The Sentinel

Central Penn Business Journal

Follow us on social media this weekend as we share all the latest news and photos from our grand opening celebration!


Messiah Village Welcomes Back NHA

Crystal Stair -1702As we prepare to open the Greenwood and Engle neighborhoods later this year and press on with our nursing renovations and other strategic projects in nursing, we are pleased to have hired a permanent NHA to join our team. Crystal Stair, RN, NHA recently returned as the Nursing Home Administrator last month. If her name sounds familiar to you it is because Crystal was the NHA at Messiah Village from 2002-2010. After spending a few years away from campus serving two other communities, Crystal is pleased to be back at Messiah Village. We are delighted that she brings a deep familiarity with our campus, along with a breadth of knowledge and expertise. Moreover, Crystal is well-aligned with our mission and our values, and she appreciates our culture. Early in her career, Crystal spent years as a charge nurse at the Polyclinic Hospital. This hands-on clinical experience gives her a unique perspective as an administrator. When you see Crystal around campus, please offer your warmest welcome or, for some of you, a warm welcome back!

Fitch Ratings Affirms Messiah Lifeways as Stable through April 2018

In a press release dated April 5, Fitch Ratings affirmed the Messiah Lifeways ‘BBB-‘ rating on the following bonds issued on our behalf:
–$24,080,000 West Shore Area Authority Revenue Bonds (Messiah Village Project), Series A of 2015;

–$10,000,000 Cumberland County Municipal Authority Revenue Bonds (Messiah Village Project) Series A of 2008.

“This is great news,” stated CEO Curt Stutzman. “It’s good confirmation that we are remaining financially stable during the Project Envision expansion. I’m grateful for a solid team that manages our finances with great care.”

The bonds mentioned here are related to the first phase of Project Envision, a major Messiah Village campus expansion.  Construction on three separate sites is now over 60% complete with some spaces expected to open in late July or early August.  Village Square, the Hopewell personal care neighborhood, and the Engle and Greenwood private nursing neighborhoods are all expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2017.

To read the entire release, visit the Fitch Ratings website here.

Spotlight On Giving: Project Envision

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is credited with this admonition: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” In this 120th year of ministry, we at Messiah Lifeways have been overwhelmed with kindnesses – gifts of time, talent, and treasure. From canned goods and homemade jellies to six-figure estate gifts, we have inherited a rich heritage of cheerful giving. Project Envision has marked another chapter in transformational gifts. To the donors and families mentioned here and to many others, we offer heartfelt thanks.


(pictured) Hostetter Enrichment Center, Lesher Atrium and Main Entrance to Village Square

Hostetter Enrichment Center: The spacious new home for the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning will be formally named the John N. Hostetter Enrichment Center in honor of the late Brethren in Christ bishop. This generous naming gift comes from the children of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Winifred Worman. Rev. Hostetter is considered our organization’s first fundraiser as he and his wife Nellie played a key role in raising funds in the late 1970’s.

Kibler Bridge: The connecting walkway between Village Center and the new Village Square will bear the name of Rev. George Kibler, past President and visionary leader. The Auxiliary’s significant campaign gift has resulted in this honor. Rev. Kibler quite literally bridged the gap between past and present, between Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg, between the old nursing home model and the new continuing care concept.

The Heisey Room: This intimate, reservable private dining area is just off Kathryn’s on the Square and will offer a lovely spot for small dinner parties and celebrations. It’s named in honor of current Messiah Lifeways board chair Glenn Heisey and his wife, Kelly.

The Wesley Courtyard: The beautiful outdoor patio area just off Café 100 is named in honor of former Messiah Lifeways board chair A. Wesley Carr and his wife, Jill. The courtyard features a fire pit, pergola, and ample seating for diners who want to enjoy their smoothies and coffee al fresco.

The Lesher Atrium: This light and airy gathering area is named to honor the many contributions of Drs. Emerson & Ruth Lesher and their ongoing commitment to Messiah Lifeways. Emerson is Messiah Lifeways’ immediate past CEO serving a term of nearly 20 years, and both have multiple family members who have lived or continue to live at Messiah Village and Mount Joy Country Homes.

The Asbury Room: The spacious communal dining room for the new Hopewell enhanced living neighborhood is named in recognition of a gift from Clarence and Susan Asbury. Clarence is a former Messiah Lifeways board chair, and Susan’s parents have been long-time Messiah Village residents.

The Rutherford: This cozy conference room on the main level of Village Square will be the perfect spot for committee meetings and other gatherings. It’s named in loving memory of Messiah Village resident Jere Rutherford, who passed away in 2014.

[article adapted from Messiah Lifeways Magazine, Fall 2016, Issue 10]

Nursing Renovation Preparation

Wohlsen Construction will start setting up their job trailer and installing construction fence to the left side of the Donegal entrance on Friday, September 9. Renovations to the nursing neighborhoods is expected to start later in September. Also, portions of the temporary Green (Nittany lawn) lot will be used by Wohlsen for supply staging and parking. Please use extra caution in all these areas and stay tuned for details.

Dark Blue Parking Lot Changes; July 26

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation!

Construction Vehicles

Beginning March 9, construction vehicles will also be using the temporary main entrance near Messiah Circle to access the fenced construction area near door #9. This will only last a few days while considerable excavation work is happening at the construction-only entrance to move the old driveway. Please use extra caution as these large vehicles are navigating between the main entrance and the fenced-in work areas. Thank you for your cooperation!

Door #9 Closing January 18

The door near nursing administration, often referred to as door #9, will be closed Monday, January 18, 2016 in advance of demolition. Visitors should use the new Chapel Entrance as their primary point of access. Thank you for your attention to this change.

Project Envision featured in CPBJ

Bill Morgan, left, of Eastern PCM LLC, a Cumberland County-based construction management firm, and Gregg Witters, senior director of strategic projects for Messiah Lifeways, work together as the Cumberland County senior-living provider starts a series of projects that includes a town square development on its Upper Allen Township campus.

Thanks to Central Penn Business Journal for highlighting the first phase of Project Envision in a recent issue. The picture accompanying the article features Bill Morgan, left, of Eastern PCM LLC, a Cumberland County-based construction management firm & Greg Witters, senior director of strategic projects for Messiah Lifeways. The two organizations are workinh together as the work is underway on a huge capital expansion. (Photo credit: Amy Spangler)

Read the article here.


Project Envision Moves Ahead!

October 29, 2015 (Mechanicsburg, PA) More than 200 dignitaries and community leaders joined Messiah Lifeways executives for the Project Envision ceremonial groundbreaking today. President & CEO Curt Stutzman noted that this event is a milestone in the organization’s 119-year history. “Today we symbolically and literally dig in and embark on a comprehensive $77 million expansion that will bring nearly 160 new residents and a vast array of amenities to our Messiah Village campus. Years of strategic planning have brought us here and we are grateful for all the advisors, partners, and friends who have made it possible.” Stutzman and others, including George Book, Jr., President & CEO of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the fact that this project will result in up to 30 new permanent jobs and will increase tax revenues to Upper Allen Township and Mechanicsburg Area School District. Construction is slated to begin before the end of this calendar year and will last for at least 18 months.

In addition to a large number of current Messiah Village residents who joined in the celebration, a group of Village Square depositors were specially acknowledged during the ceremony. Village Square will include 84 apartment homes with underbuilding parking. More than 40 couples and/or individuals have made financial deposits to reserve their new home at Village Square, expected to open in summer 2017.

Messiah Lifeways Board Chair Glenn Heisey underscored the importance of Project Envision’s first phase as a comprehensive three-part expansion. “Beyond new residential living accommodations at Village Square, we are looking ahead at how to best serve future generations. We live in one of the nation’s ‘grayest’ states so our new private nursing rooms and spacious personal care apartments will be key to meeting current and future demand.”

Some of the key professional project team members were also recognized during the program.

Development Consultant — Greenbrier Development, Dallas, TX

Architect– Stewart & Conners Architects, Charlotte, NC

Landscape Architect — RGS Associates, Lancaster, PA

Builder — Whiting-Turner, Baltimore, MD

Interior Design — Interior Design Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN

Advertising Agency — LevLane, Philadelphia, PA

Financing Consultant — Ziegler, Chicago, IL

Financing Bank — BB&T, Winston-Salem, NC

Legal Counsel — Latsha, Davis & McKenna, Mechanicsburg PA

Kristen Heisey, Vice President of Strategic Development & Marketing, applauded this group’s talent and effort. She also shared high praise for Upper Allen Township officials who have “gone above and beyond” in helping this project plan become a reality. “It’s a great day – the years of meetings, planning, and collaborating have brought us to groundbreaking and we are anxious to begin.”

Project Envision is a 20-year plan for a mission-driven Messiah Village campus. Phase one includes the building of Village Square with apartment homes, dining, wellness, and enrichment venues. Phase one also includes adding 26 Enhanced Living apartments and 2 new nursing neighborhoods with 32 private rooms. Plans also include renovating and privatizing an existing 32 nursing rooms so that when this project is complete, Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village will have 64 of its 184 skilled nursing beds designated as private accommodations.

Artist’s rendering of two new nursing neighborhoods, each with 16 private rooms, that will be added to the existing Village Center building.


This view, from the existing Village Center lobby, shows an addition of 26 spacious new personal care apartments, along with new living and dining areas and outdoor space. The addition will connect, via covered walkway, to the existing Village Center.