Special Announcement

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Dear Ralston Center Friends,

I am delighted to announce that Lynette M. Killen will become Executive Director of Ralston Center on March 19th.

Lynette’s entire career has centered on serving older people. For 14 years she was CEO of Chandler Hall Health Services, Inc., a Quaker-based, long-term-care residential community and hospice in Bucks County, where she oversaw 300 employees and a budget of $18 million. Previously she was administrator for geriatric services at Albert Einstein Medical Center for 11 years. Earlier she held director positions in social work for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Methodist Hospital. Lynette has consulted in the aging and social services field and advised the Trumbower Hospital Foundation.

Three advanced degrees attest to Lynette’s expertise: a Master of Social Work, Specialty in Aging, from West Virginia University; an MBA, Administration, Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University; and a Master in Aging Services from the University of Baltimore, Erickson School. A native of Annville, Pa., Lynette earned a bachelor’s degree at Shippensburg State College.

Highly regarded by her peers, Lynette has addressed state and national conferences. Among many volunteer governance roles, she chaired Philadelphia Senior Center and now chairs the Advisory Council of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging.

In Lynette we found a passionate advocate for older people, an energetic builder of relationships, a tested administrator, and a person of great integrity. We are thrilled that she will lead Ralston Center into its third century.

With Lynette on board, my temporary role as Acting Executive Director will end March 31st. I will continue to serve as President of Ralston Center. I am grateful to our exacting search committee, our committed Board of Managers and our dedicated staff, who improve the lives of older Philadelphians every day.

Sincerely,

Neville E. Strumpf, Ph.D., FAAN

President, Ralston Center

Our Mission:

To improve the health and quality of life for older adults in Philadelphia. 

Since 1817, Ralston Center has been an advocate for aging in Philadelphia. The quality of life of older adults is our sole focus, and our goal is to provide people 55 years of age and older with the services and support they need to live in their own homes and communities as they age. If you’re looking to get the most out of life, we invite you to explore the many programs and services we offer.

 

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Ralston My Way

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Ralston's Age-Friendly Initiative

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Ralston’s Age-Friendly Initiative is a collaborative partnership of local and citywide stakeholders, to create age-friendly changes in West Philadelphia.

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Joseph J. Hill Ralston Mercy-Douglass House

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Joseph J. Hill Ralston Mercy-Douglass House

Joseph J. Hill Ralston Mercy-Douglass House is a subsidized independent-living residence for low-income seniors 62 years of age or older located at 3817 Market Street in Philadelphia.

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Ralston Center’s current mission is to improve the health and quality of life for older adults in Philadelphia.

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