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March 4, 2022

Peter Ward

I found Mr. Ward sitting on the back patio making impressive bird calls to the turtle doves that like to occupy that part of Pine’s campus. Peter told me about quite the journey he has been on, that eventually led him to Sarasota. His story starts many years ago in […]
February 15, 2022

People of Pines: Doris Hoogland

Those who have met Ms. Doris lovingly refer to her as The Purple Lady. The color purple is seen in even the smallest of touches in her room. The roses outside her window may be yellow, but the puzzles, artwork, planters, & even the dresses she wears shine with shades […]
February 15, 2022

Joan Reinebach

More than once, Joan has been described as a priceless volunteer for the lengths she goes to for the residents at Pines of Sarasota. Over the last 20 years, Joan Reinebach has given of her time, & resources, but most importantly, she has given abundantly of herself. Like many people […]
February 4, 2022

Barbara Rothman

“Anyone with a serious battle needs a strong sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. Playing at the Pines give me so much more than I give them!” Barbara Rothman is a volunteer here, at Pines of Sarasota. She comes often to share with the residents, staff, and anyone […]
February 4, 2022

Frank Vlcek

Mr. Vlcek was quick to correct me when I referenced East St. Louis as just St. Louis, Missouri. Frank grew up in East St. Louis, met his wife there, and joined the Airforce with plans to serve our country well. These plans took him across the globe for the next […]
January 18, 2022

Martha Hutchinson

“My mother wasn’t shy about anything.” Ms. Martha told me with a wink like we were sharing our own little secret. “I think she’s where I get it from.” Ms. Martha Hutchinson was ready for her interview before I even arrived. As a native of what was once Camp Taylor, […]
January 11, 2022

Lillian Day

When I visited Ms. Day this morning, the first thing I noticed was her window. It is adorned with canvas paintings & Beanie Babies and overlooks the new Skilled Nursing Building across the courtyard. It felt appropriate that Ms. Lillian’s room would look onto Pines’ newest addition – she has, […]
January 3, 2022

Holiday Highlights

The holiday season gets very busy very quickly. We wanted to give you a quick recap – a highlight reel – of all the fun things our residents had the opportunity to participate in this month! Breakfast with Santa If you follow our blog, you have probably already read the […]
December 17, 2021

New Building, Same Mission

From CEO Mike Ward at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony- At our groundbreaking not quite two years ago, the CEO of Pines, Mike Ward, talked about the vision of our founders from the Kiwanis Club and their mission – to take care of those who can no longer care for themselves. […]
December 14, 2021

Pictures with Santa

It says something about the people that work for Pines of Sarasota that the CFO is willing to dress as Santa not once, but twice for the sake of our staff and residents. If you remember, Bruce Blake played a very convincing Santa Claus at our Breakfast with Santa event. […]