Skilled Nursing Center To Expand

Healthcare Services To Benefit

FORT MYERS, FL (February 1, 2001) – Quality healthcare has always been a foundation of the caring environment that exists at Shell Point. With full-time staff physicians available 24 hours a day, an onsite pharmacy, behavioral and psychological services, and other benefits, Shell Point frees residents from “what-if” worries by providing health and medical services at every level of the continuum of care.

(photo at right) Pavilion residents and employees, Project Development team members, and employees of Wright Construction help spread the word of The Pavilion’s expansion.

The Pavilion, Shell Point’s skilled nursing facility, serves a vital role in short-term healthcare, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, and long-term nursing care. The Pavilion is now entering an expansion phase, adding a new four-floor wing onto the existing building. According to administrator Tim Kimes, this will “enhance delivery of health care to all Shell Point residents.” It will provide much needed office space for Pavilion personnel, as well as increasing the available occupancy from 180 beds to 219 beds, with more emphasis on private and semi-private rooms.

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Open House Draws More Than 4,000

Everyone Wants to See What’s Going On at Shell Point

FORT MYERS, FL (January 19, 2001) – Shell Point celebrated the Grand Opening of The Woodlands at Shell Point with an Open House event on Thursday, January 18. The event drew a crowd of more than four thousand people in eight hours.

Entertainment included a barbershop quartet, big band music by The Stan Spiro Orchestra, a Broadway musical revue by Center Stage Productions, two fashion shows featuring clothing from Miromar Outlet Mall, a variety of volunteer pianists, and a caricature artist. Guests also enjoyed an art show, quilt show, orchid exhibit and health fair.

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Village Church Announces Free Concert Series

Nationally Renowned Performers, and You’re Invited

FORT MYERS, FL (December 5, 2000) – The Village Church at Shell Point is pleased to present the 2000-2001 Concert Series. The concert series has been an outreach ministry of The Village Church since its inception 29 years ago. Throughout that time people have been strengthened, encouraged, and motivated in their relationship with a personal Savior through the medium of music.

Please join us as we welcome these fine musicians to The Village Church:

2000 Christmas Pageant
December 16 & 17, 2000 – 7 p.m.

There may be no place like home for the holidays, but there’s no better place to celebrate the birth of the Savior than The Village Church! Now in its 4th season, the annual Christmas Pageant combines pageantry with artistry to bring an evening of celebration that truly reminds us of the meaning of the season. Bring the entire family and enjoy the many dazzling sights and sounds of the holidays as we “Celebrate the Child Who is The Light!”

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Shell Point Golf Club Holds Grand Opening

Championship Golf Just Minutes from Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach

FORT MYERS, FL (November 30, 2000) – The Shell Point Golf Club officially opened its doors to the public by holding a Grand Opening celebration.

(photo at right) Helping to officially open the course for business are (left to right) assistant golf professional Scott Hatto, course superintendent Terry Stoyer, head professional John Pfister, director of golf Michael Mongoven, president Peter Dys, Fort Myers Beach mayor Daniel L. Hughes, and trick shot expert Mike Calbot.

With an occasion as momentous as the opening of the Shell Point Golf Club, a similarly momentous celebration had to follow, and Shell Point did not disappoint.

Duffers from across southwest Florida came by the hundreds to see the features of the new course for themselves. There were golf-cart tours of the new course, chipping and putting contests, music and entertainment, and many other sights of interest for the amateur and advanced players.

The biggest draw was Mike Calbot, a local golf expert, who put on a trick shot demonstration at the driving range. His novelty clubs and impressive drives got quite a reaction from the sizable crowd.

Attendees also got to meet the staff of the Shell Point Golf Club, including rangers, folks at the pro shop, and PGA-certified class A-1 professional John Pfister.

The Shell Point Golf Club is open to the public and is located off Summerlin Road in Fort Myers, just two miles from the Sanibel causeway. For information or to reserve tee times, call the pro shop at (239) 433-9790.

Barbara Bush Speaks at Shell Point

Governor Jeb Bush Joins His Mom

FORT MYERS, FL (November 1, 2000) – How often can you say that a former First Lady came to your neighborhood, or that you shook hands with the Governor? On October 30, many Shell Point residents got the chance to experience both, as Barbara Bush and Jeb Bush visited The Island at Shell Point.

The Village Church was filled to capacity with residents, the media, local politicians, and the general public, plus a standing room only crowd which topped the audience at around 1500 people. Florida Governor Jeb Bush spoke first, and then introduced his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush. Both had quite a bit to say about senior issues like Social Security and Medicare, life in the public eye, and (of course) a certain Presidential candidate. Noticing the number of people in the room, Mrs. Bush remarked, “The people in this room could sway this election!”

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Olympic Memories Past, Present, and Future

Shell Point Residents and Their Roles in Olympic History

FORT MYERS, FL (September 15, 2000) – As we watch the beginnings of another Olympiad (the Games in Sydney begin on Friday, September 15), we can’t help but look back and remember the Olympic stories that enriched the lives of so many, including residents of Shell Point.

Residents Donald and Margery Bush think back to Tokyo in 1964, when their daughter, Lesley Bush, was an Olympic platform diver. “Our phone rang in the early morning hours,” says Margery, “and a voice asked how it felt to have a gold medal winner in the family. I told the reporter he was mistaken, and said she doesn’t dive until tomorrow. One hour later, Lesley called to say she indeed won the gold medal. We hadn’t figured the time difference correctly.” It was a significant feat for Lesley, in that she had only learned to dive from the 10-meter height five weeks before the games and was picked to finish dead last.

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USA Today Features Shell Point Dining

Not Just Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

FORT MYERS, FL (August 11, 2000) – Recognized as the industry leader in lifecare retirement communities, Shell Point has been recognized by USA Today as a provider of high-quality dining services.

The front page of August 11th’s Life section of the nationwide newspaper featured an article by Maria Montoya about the changing nutritional tastes of seniors, interviewing Shell Point resident James Arter as an example. Montoya also mentioned the popularity of Shell Point’s restaurants to the outside public, quoting Director of Hospitality Al Slickers as saying, “It’s really amazing what the reaction has been to our menus.”

The article also featured a color photograph of chef Mel Reinhart at the grill, working in the kitchen of The Island’s Crystal Room.

Four of Shell Point’s restaurants are open to the public:

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Florida’s Elder Affairs Secretary Visits

Gema Hernandez Declares Shell Point an Ideal Example

FORT MYERS, FL (July 13, 2000) – Dr. Gema G. Hernandez, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, recently visited Shell Point as part of the Elder-Ready Communities Awakening Tour 2000. Secretary Hernandez spoke in the Social Center to a large group of government and community leaders and representatives from a number of social service organizations that provide services to seniors in southwest Florida. The audience included representatives from the Shell Point Residents’ Council, residents of Shell Point, and other guests.

Dr. Hernandez is traveling the state of Florida as part of Florida’s Elder-Ready Communities Awakening Tour. Lt. Governor Frank Brogan and Secretary Hernandez launched this event last month in Tallahassee. The purpose of the tour is to encourage Florida’s counties and cities to take steps to make their communities elder-ready.

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Being Funny Is Serious Business – Resident Cartoonist Shares His Talents


Honey, call Shell Point and tell them we're coming!

FORT MYERS, FL (July 1, 2000) – Most everyone at Shell Point has seen one of Ned Beard’s cartoons on a flyer or in a newspaper. His black-and-white vignettes, personally drawn for the occasions, give residents that little chuckle that their day needs. Their joyous and giving spirit make Ned and Dot Beard a special couple.

Ned served in the Navy during World War II. On the GI Bill, he then studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, where a blind date led him to Dorothy Janda, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. They soon married and raised a family.

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Shell Point Participates in C&MA Annual Worldwide Council

Village Church With Unique Opportunity

FORT MYERS, FL (June 1, 2000) – Since Shell Point was founded in 1968 by The Christian and Missionary Alliance, the C&MA and Shell Point have had a very special relationship. Because this year’s C&MA General Council (their worldwide conference held every year) convened just up the road in Tampa, Shell Point (and the Village Church in particular) had a unique opportunity to represent itself to an enormously diverse audience.

The Village Church’s choir sang at two sessions at Council; once by itself, and once with a combined Florida choir. Dr. David Nessleroade and his daughter, Leann, both had solos. During the service for retirees, Pastor Davey moderated the service, while Shell Point’s president Peter Dys was a speaker. And throughout the week, worship leader Russ McCorkle was involved with the worship committee, as well as playing the organ.

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