July 1, 2013—Chandler Hall, a community serving older adults in the Quaker tradition since 1973, has become the 12th and newest member of Kendal’s family of not-for-profit communities and services, now in eight states. Chandler Hall affiliation graphic
“Seeing its future from a position of strength, Chandler Hall determined that it would benefit from the collective sharing throughout the Kendal System of model practices—such as clinical, business, innovation, technical and planning practices—as well as benefit from operational efficiencies not available to a single-site organization,” said Lynette Killen, CEO of Chandler Hall.
Initially conceived as a nursing home by its Quaker founders, Chandler Hall has grown steadily since opening its doors in March 1973. The continuum of care now includes residential living, personal care, nursing care and hospice accommodations. Chandler Hall is well-known for its community programs, which bring a liveliness to its campus that helps transform the experience of aging.
“Kendal appreciates the wide array of services that Chandler Hall offers and its willingness to share knowledge and experience with other Kendal affiliates,” says John Diffey, President and CEO of Kendal. “For example, Chandler Hall’s intergenerational program, its Adult Day Health program, its Medicare Home Health program, and its current and expanding Palliative Care program are initiatives that help meet the needs of many older adults who want to have a choice of where and when they receive services.”
Values rooted in Quaker principles led Kendal to establish a federal-type governance system that blends autonomy with shared strengths. Each Kendal community is an independently owned and operated not-for-profit organization with its own volunteer board. Assets remain within each local organization and under the care of each community’s board and staff.
Over Kendal’s 40-year history, only five already established communities have become Kendal family members: Barclay Friends in West Chester, Pa., in 1994; the Lathrop Communities in Northhampton and Easthampton, Mass., in 2004; The Admiral at the Lake in Chicago in 2009; Collington in metro Washington, D.C., in 2011; and Chandler Hall in Newtown, Pa., in 2013. Kendal communities also are located in Hanover, N.H.; Ithaca and Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; Oberlin, Granville and Cleveland, Ohio; Lexington, Va.; and Kennett Square, Pa.