SPRINGFIELD – The Loomis Communities Annual Spring Reception honored the founding Board of Directors of Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the senior living community on May 21 at the retirement community campus, 807 Wilbraham Road.
The founding Board of Directors received the Elvira Whiting Ball Award for outstanding service to older adults. The reception also honored retired Baystate Health CEO Michael Daly; Bruce Dewey; Jack Dill; former Springfield College President Dr. Richard Flynn; John Gallup; Barbara Jefferson; Ronn Johnson; George Kuselias; David Longworth; John Mailhot; Keith McLean-Shinaman; Anthony Mott; Dr. Jill Russell; Scott Stearns, Jr.; J. Michael Wallace; Dr. Stephen Wittenberg; and deceased members Carl Breyer, Dr. Randolph Bromery and John Mann.
The community opened in 1995 on the east campus of Springfield College on Lake Massasoit and was the result of a collaboration between its founders Baystate Health and Springfield College. When established, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing became the first continuing care retirement community in Springfield with independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing all on the same campus and under one roof.
According to David Scruggs, CEO of The Loomis Communities, “The establishment of the community 20 years ago was the result of a vision shared by leadership from Baystate Health and Springfield College who were intent on building a first-of-its-kind retirement community in Springfield. There is no better way to honor these founders than with the Elvira Whiting Ball award, named after another visionary leader who over 100 years ago, with a group of Holyoke women, established the first Loomis community to provide older adults a place to live ‘exempt from strife.’”
The award is presented annually to an individual or group for outstanding service to older adults who personify the spirit of Loomis’ founding leader.