Shellie KerminSeptember 20, 2013 – (Mishawaka, IN) North Woods Village at Edison Lakes, Michiana’s first stand-alone memory care assisted living community, today announced the appointment of Shellie J. Kermin as Director of Community Relations. In her new position, Ms. Kermin’s responsibilities will include working closely and personally with residents and their families to support their well-being and satisfaction; managing the dissemination of information about North Woods Village at Edison Lakes to residents, the public and the media; and coordinating all resident activities, events and personal tours.

In announcing the appointment, Dane Slabaugh, President of True North Group, LLC, the local development partnership behind the project, said, “We are delighted to add an individual of Shellie’s caliber to our outstanding team of professionals. Her previous decade of experience in healthcare has demonstrated that she not only excels in all aspects of community relations, but most importantly in developing high quality relationships with the residents, their families and the surrounding community. I am personally looking forward to working with Shellie as we begin our mission of compassionate, leading-edge memory care services for this region beginning the first of the new year.”

A recent graduate of Leadership LaPorte County, Ms. Kermin received a degree in accounting from the International Business College in 1985. During her 10-year career in the healthcare industry, she planned and implemented public events, including community health fairs, open houses and educational programs. Additionally, she was a member of a team that produced a quarterly community relations publication that won three National Awards. Active as a volunteer, Ms. Kermin was a member of the LaPorte Hospital Foundation.

Commenting on the announcement of her hiring, Ms. Kermin stated, “I have always had a passion for people, therefore I am extremely excited to be part of North Woods Village at Edison Lakes and the unique memory care services it will provide. I am honored to have the opportunity to join the North Woods Village at Edison Lakes’ family and to serve the residents and families that will be part of this leading-edge community. It will provide a beautiful and loving environment and I am looking forward to helping to make it a regional showcase for the best in memory care living today.”

Locally owned and operated, North Woods Village at Edison Lakes broke ground earlier this year at 1409 East Day Road in Mishawaka to create a state-of-the-art community that will become the first stand-alone memory care assisted living community designed specifically for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The purposeful architectural design of North Woods Village at Edison Lakes is one element of “New Directions,” the community’s signature memory care program. Two other key elements of the program are the professionally trained memory care staff and resident-centered care.

Each neighborhood will provide residents with a familiar and individualized environment that promotes independence and allows for individually focused care. The neighborhoods will include private resident suites, a Country Kitchen, a sunroom, large living room and patio. They will also feature consistent, specially trained staff, enabling residents to get to know the people who work in their neighborhood.

The community will also offer a secure, outdoor courtyard with raised flower and vegetable gardens, seating areas, walking paths with shaded seating and a gazebo. Interior amenities include a community room, a family lounge, a beauty salon/barber shop, day spa, video conferencing for virtual visits, a wellness center with on-site physician offices and a chapel.