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Our W.C. Pongers are making their mark with area school children

Our W.C.Pongers were featured on 13News Now. Daybreak Anchor Dan Kennedy highlighted our volunteers during his "In Session" segment. He talked about how our residents go out and teach 4th and 5th graders at Thalia Elementary how to play ping pong. It's a labor of love that is making a lasting impression on these children and teaching them a skill that will last a lifetime.

Our beautiful resort city makes Money Magazine's 10 Best Big Cities to Live in Right Now list

We know what a great city Virginia Beach is to live in and now thanks to MONEY Magazine so does everyone else. The magazine recently crunched the numbers to find big cities—those with a population of 300,000 or more—with the best of all worlds: attractions, iconic neighborhoods, a relatively low cost of living, and promising job growth. No surprise our beautiful city made the list of top 10 picks for best big cities to live in. 

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The Hoy Center at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay is featured in a new documentary

Our Army/Navy Croquet Challenge is highlighted on WVEC for Veterans Day

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A resident's rich history is making headlines

Mary Ann Lipscomb says her father John Ellington White didn't talk much about his time in World War I. That's why she holds dear a letter her father received from King George V when he arrived in England with the other American troops in April 1918. 

Click here to read more about Mary Ann Lipscomb's story

Chef Jet's culinary skills are putting our campus in the spotlight

Westminster-Canterbury wins Dignity Gold in McKnight's Tech Awards

Westminster-Canterbury wins Dignity Gold in McKnight’s Tech Awards

Seniors with cognitive impairment are at risk for isolation and depression. But Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach, VA, used innovative bedside technology to boost engagement, allowing it to land the Gold Award in the Dignity category of McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards (Skilled).

Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach, VA, won Dignity Gold in the McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards (Skilled).


The community launched a clinical trial through the Birdsong Initiative to find if digital engagement helped residents’ moods. It did, with results that included a 55% decrease in depression. Participants had an overall 7% decrease in blood pressure.

However, continuing using the engagement software was too expensive for individual bedside use, CEO Ben Unkle said. In frustration, his team partnered in May with engineering company TMM Groupe to create its own in-room engagement tool called “The Birdsong Tablet: No mind left behind.”

That cost is less than discounted in-house cable tv, he told McKnight’s. The Birdsong Software costs have been reduced to $7 per month per unit to about $18 per month per unit depending on the number of units purchased.  

“We put it in one hundred percent of our rooms and people love it,” Unkle said. One resident, Karla, had cognitive decline that progressed to the point she was nonverbal.

“Through these tablets and engagement her interest in life was reawakened,” he said.

Published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News on October 1, 2018

Written by Elizabeth Newman, Senior Editor



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