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Galloway Ridge Welcomes New Director of Information Technology

Galloway Ridge is pleased to announce Bryan Angelico as the new Director of Information Technology.

Bryan has nearly twenty years of experience in network and systems administration, including extensive experience with a variety of computing environments. As the Director of Information Technology, Bryan will be responsible for overseeing our investment in hardware and software use in the day-to-day operations of Galloway Ridge, as well as manage the resident technology support team. He also has responsibility for implementing procedures to comply with PCI and HIPPA requirements, as well as evaluating innovative technological solutions. He attended school at Nova Southeastern University.

Galloway Ridge Welcomes Two New Culinary Talents

Ryan Payne has joined our Galloway Ridge team as Director of Culinary/Executive Chef! Ryan will be responsible for the overall coordination of our food preparation and kitchen operations in independent living. He comes to Galloway Ridge with over 20 years of experience in the food service industry and has won multiple culinary awards.  Ryan attended Johnson & Wales University in Norfolk VA, earning an Associates’ Degree in Culinary Arts.  Ryan brings a passion for creating a dining experience that will align with our mission in enriching the lives of our residents. (pictured first)

Grey Bailey has joined our Galloway Ridge team as Chef de Cuisine. Grey will be responsible for the food preparation in all of our dining venues in Independent Living.  Grey comes to Galloway Ridge with over thirty years of experience in the food service industry, notably serving as Executive Chef at Carolina Meadows. He has vast experience in multiple culinary venues across the United States, as well as experience in pastries. Grey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition & Restaurant Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier Vermont. (pictured second)

U.S. News & World Report Names The Arbor at Galloway Ridge a 2019-20 Best Nursing Home

Washington, D.C. – November 13, 2019 – The Arbor at Galloway Ridge is among the 19% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report.

The home earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for Short-Term Rehabilitation.  U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

“We are honored and excited to have the Arbor included in the U.S. News and World Report’s list of best nursing homes. Our goal is to assist the residents of our community to continue living active and engaged lives. With that mission in mind, our staff work extremely hard to provide the best quality of care with a compassionate and caring spirit,” said Adam Melton, Galloway Ridge Associate Executive Director.

Now in its 10th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’ exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes.

“For the aging population in America, a nursing home should meet the specific level of care based on the needs of each patient or resident,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News.

“The U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings hone in on measurements like emergency room visits, quality of staff and proper distribution of medical and physical therapy to help families make an informed decision,” she said. “These ratings help individuals and their families begin their search for senior care and should be used in consultation with a medical professional and in-depth on-site visits.”

This year, U.S. News introduced a new rating focused on long-term care. The Long-Term Care Rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality of care provided by nursing homes. The rating includes data on staffing, success in preventing emergency room visits, and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics.

“The inclusion of the new Long-Term Care Rating in this year’s Best Nursing Homes guide expands the quality of data-driven decision support for patients, residents and families choosing a nursing facility.” said Zach Adams, senior health data analyst at U.S. News. “Here at U.S. News we understand that every person researching a nursing home is looking for qualities specific to their needs. We have updated our methodology to reflect multiple dimensions of care that matter when making this important decision.”

U.S. News also expanded the factors included in the Short-Term Rehabilitation rating that assesses the performance of nursing homes in the care they provide to patients staying at the facility for fewer than 100 days. The quality measures included in this year’s ratings include consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs, and success in preventing falls.

For more information behind both U.S. News ratings please refer to the FAQ.

Lovingly crafted with heart, soul and Southern charm, Galloway Ridge is more than a life plan community – it’s a secure, health-conscious, pleasure-packed lifestyle destination. The 50-acre campus is just south of Chapel Hill and adjacent to Fearrington Village. Galloway Ridge offers 248 independent living apartments along with 52 independent living villas. The Medicare-certified health care center, The Arbor, is connected to the main building and offers 96 private rooms for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. To learn more about Galloway Ridge please visit gallowayridge.com

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and Civic, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Honoring a Man Of Honor


Galloway Ridge strives to create the kind of community that people want to belong to, and we have our residents to thank for it. People who choose to live here come from all over and bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion with them, but even if they worked in a high-profile or high-power position, they prefer a humble, modest life in retirement. When good news about one of our residents comes our way, we like to share it with the community, especially if we know that resident isn’t likely to toot his or her own horn.

If you haven’t met George Meinig yet, you may want to introduce yourself. George is an active member of our community, but you may not realize that he is also a highly decorated Naval officer. Rear Admiral Meinig (Ret.) served this nation as both an active duty officer and a civilian consultant for fifty years, and continues today. During his time in the Navy, he became, in his words, “a weapons specialist”, and brought both the Phalanx Close In Weapon System and the Aegis Weapon System into the Navy as Program Manager. Along the way, George was the commanding officer of the Naval Surface Warfare Center providing laboratory, engineering, and technical support to the fleet with a total staff of over 22,000 under his leadership.

After his military retirement, he continued as a consultant with the Navy as the leader of the Senior Advisory Team for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the heart of the Navy’s integrated air and missile defense programs. In his tenure, he oversaw changing technologies and even extended support to some of our nation’s allies who implemented similar defense capabilities. You might say he is an authority on some of the most advanced technology protecting our nation, allied forces, and much of Europe

It’s a role that seems fitting for our George, if you think about it. We are protected every day by a system most of us either know nothing about or don’t realize exists, a quiet sentinel making a monumental difference in our safety and security. George, in his own way, is also quiet, and not one to tout his achievements or take much credit for his life’s work.

Which brings us to George’s honor, the ceremony on October 18, 2019, in the city of Moorestown, New Jersey. The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Engineering Center, a new facility that contains the latest equipment to maintain and support the Navy fleet’s foremost weapons system, has been named in honor of RADM George R. Meinig, Jr., United States Navy (Retired).

Having a Naval building named for someone is no small undertaking. It’s a process that involves nomination, discussion, and approval at multiple levels, much as you would expect from any military operation. Vice Admiral Jon Hill kicked it off by nominating George and was also a speaker at the dedication ceremony. That level of recognition from a highly respected peer is an honor in and of itself, but it speaks volumes of the kind of person George has been throughout his career and lifetime.

George and his family attended the ceremony, along with many of his close friends and colleagues, both military and civilian. He has since returned to his home in Galloway Ridge and the life he has made here as a part of our community. He has plenty to be proud of, but you won’t find him sharing his achievement in grand fashion. We are happy to do that for him.

What brings a man of his caliber to our corner of Pittsboro? The short answer is family, as he and his wife Jan wanted to be close to their daughter in Durham, whom he affectionately refers to as “Durham Daughter.” The long answer is that, even with many years of living near the Washington Beltway and the Northeast, George and his wife didn’t find what they were looking for near where they lived in Pennsylvania. Their Durham daughter suggested they consider Galloway Ridge, and the rest, as they say, is history. George and his wife made their new home here and joined our community, and we are lucky to have them. In his modest way, George explained it best:” Once I saw the cows, I knew I was home.” We couldn’t agree more.

Galloway Ridge Wins Beacon Award for ‘Best in Wellness’

Pittsboro, NC, October 10th, 2019 – Galloway Ridge has won the 2019 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award, which recognizes and honors the Top 25 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America. Galloway Ridge is among those recognized as best-in-class for successfully fostering a wellness-centered environment to benefit all who live and work in their community. The award was created as a joint effort between International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep, LLC, a major manufacturer of recumbent cross-trainers used in healthcare, senior living and fitness, already mentioned above.

The ICAA is responsible for leading, connecting and defining the active-aging industry. CEO and founder Colin Milner says, “Senior living communities have long been aware of how important wellness is for the health and well-being of their residents, but in recent years, wellness has evolved from being a programming option to becoming a way of life” This evolution, says Milner, is also reflected in a survey recently conducted by the ICAA. The survey found that 59% of senior living communities state their business model will be wellness-centered with care services by 2023.* Galloway Ridge has successively partnered with its residents and staff to create relevant, meaningful opportunities and inspire participants to improve their quality of life.

Wellness is typically defined by seven key dimensions: emotional, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, vocational and environmental. When each of these dimensions is equally nurtured and prioritized, it can enhance a sense of well-being among residents.  It is this commitment and acknowledgement of how important wellness is for older adults that elevates resident health to new heights.

“At Galloway Ridge we believe that there is wellness in everything that we do,” said Bob Zimmer, Executive Director at Galloway Ridge. “Through the relationships built between residents and staff, the services and programs offered, and the environment in and around our community, it is clear that wellness is at our very core. Our goal is to provide opportunities for each resident and staff member of our community to live their best life and to continue thriving as the unique individual that they are.”

As the older adult population continues to grow and more individuals seek a better, longer life, where they choose to live is becoming increasingly important. How communities structure their wellness culture can have a significant effect on health and longevity. It’s more than just practicing wellness; it’s about having it permeate all aspects of life. As winners of the Beacon award, Galloway Ridge is leading the way.

About Galloway Ridge


Galloway Ridge at Fearrington is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community that blends Southern hospitality and cosmopolitan sophistication. Discover a community of individuals who are open to fresh ideas, new adventures, and living every day to the fullest. Our residents enjoy vibrant, independent living as well as an array of activities and progressive health programs in a tight-knit environment where employees and neighbors alike truly care for one another.

About NuStep, LLC

NuStep, LLC designs, manufactures and distributes recumbent cross trainer exercise equipment. NuStep products, accessories and adaptive equipment empower users of virtually all functional abilities and fitness levels to engage in exercise that helps build strength, enhance independence and improve health outcomes. From 1998 to 2018, NuStep  sponsored the Pinnacle Award to recognize senior communities and senior centers transforming lives through whole-person wellness programming. The award also served as a vehicle to educate and encourage senior organizations to integrate whole-person wellness into their programming.

About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

ICAA, a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry and supports professionals who aspire to develop wellness cultures for adults over 50. This includes creating wellness environments, programs and services. The association is focused on active aging – an approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies, including the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia (Canada) Ministries of Health and Healthy Living and Sport.

For more information or questions, contact:
Missy Johnson, Senior Director of Marketing and Sales, Galloway Ridge

Telephone: 919-545-2547 E-mail: mjohnson@gallowayridge.com

Australian Nursing Students Visit Galloway Ridge

As part of the UNC School of Nursing Global Partnerships program Galloway Ridge hosted eight nursing students from Australian Catholic University for an afternoon of education and discussion on the life plan community concept in the United States. The students learned about all of the available senior housing options in the United States along with a detailed discussion of life at Galloway Ridge. During the panel discussion with six Galloway Ridge residents the nursing students heard stories about why living in a life plan community creates opportunities for connection and purposeful living. The residents encouraged the students to consider working in senior communities because of the long term relationships they can form with the residents and vice versa.

After the panel discussion, the students toured Galloway Ridge and spent time in the Arbor HealthCare Center. Sandra Haggins, Arbor HealthCare Center Administrator, shared her passion for working at Galloway Ridge and how taking the time to learn about the residents lives makes her nursing career even more robust.  The students will be at UNC Chapel Hill for another week before returning to Australia to continue their nursing education at Australian Catholic University.

Living Your Best and Longest Life in Fearrington Village

“A long life is a life well spent.”—Leonardo da Vinci

 If you are not a regular subscriber to The Washington Post, you may have missed a small article they published in the past year. The article reported on an analysis of National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information, comparing life expectancy in different areas and what factors may influence longevity. The article discussed life expectancy in two Maryland neighborhoods; after all, it is a D.C.-based publication.

After a through explanation of the research findings, the article concluded with an interesting factoid you may not have known: our own Fearrington Village has the highest life expectancy in the country. The average lifespan here is 97.5 years, and the median age of residents in our community is 65. Compare those numbers with the average life span in the U.S, 78.69 years, and a national median age of 38.2. These are not insignificant numbers.

No Surprises Here

While these are astounding statistics, they are not without good reason. Fearrington is one of the premier planned communities in North Carolina, and what an incredible plan it is. This suburb of the Chapel Hill side of the Research Triangle has almost 3,000 residents, most of whom are retirees as well as young families and professionals. They are predominately highly educated individuals with diverse backgrounds, and they settled here in their golden years to take advantage of the quality of life that flourishes in the community. Think of all that you have available within a short distance from Fearrington Village:

  • 4 major research universities
  • Performing arts centers
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Public gardens and green spaces
  • Golf courses
  • Excellent public and private schools

This area cares about the environment, the lives of those less fortunate, and the habits that improve wellness and vitality. The suburban setting highlights the natural beauty of the area and boasts many walking trails and parks to explore. Fearrington has small town charm blended with big city comforts, making it a gem in the rolling farmlands of central North Carolina.

All About the People

People from all over have recognized the amenities that our area offers, and they choose to come here for their retirement. They bring with them a wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds, which only adds to the level of culture that can be found in Fearrington. Seniors in the area participate in local events, volunteer to meet the needs of the community, and support non-profit organizations that provide services to their peers and younger generations. This level of engagement and socialization adds to overall satisfaction with life, which may be just one factor that explains the high life expectancy rate.

What other factors contribute to longevity? Genetics do play a big part, but so do regular exercise, a balanced diet, higher education, and even access to medical care.  Fearrington Village can’t take credit for the good genes, but those other factors are either achievable or accessible to residents in the community. It’s not just existing, but it’s truly living that makes the difference in this town.

Finding Your Niche

 Galloway Ridge, a Life Plan Community, offers our residents conveniences that foster a level of independence, healthy living, positive socialization, and a sense of purpose, which in turn may increase life satisfaction and life expectancy. We are proud to be a part of this exceptional area, and we are proud of our community that shares so generously of their time, knowledge, and resources with the greater Fearrington area. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of LifeCare and to meet our team.





Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

August 26, 2019

Galloway Ridge exists to inspire meaningful and engaged lives and to assure each resident a superior quality of life and care.  In support of our mission the Galloway Ridge Chatham County Charitable Fund was established in 2006 to serve the citizens of Chatham County. We are honored to announce that the Galloway Ridge Chatham County Charitable Fund is now accepting grant applications from Chatham County 501(c)(3) organizations and from Chatham County Public Schools and other Chatham County non-profits. Thanks to the generosity of the Galloway Ridge residents during the 2018 fund drive, $100,000 is available to support our larger community.

The application can be downloaded at the link below. Completed applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 11, 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Celeste Lestienne, Senior Executive Assistant, at clestienne@gallowayridge.com or 919-545-2604.

Please click here for the Grant Application Package.

Growing Together

Growing Together was the theme of the joint project between the Residents & Community Engagement Committee of Galloway Ridge and the Boys & Girls Club of Siler City.

We invited the Boys & Girls Club to send a group of fifteen boys and fifteen girls, who are members of their club, to come to Galloway Ridge this summer.

Their camp experience at Galloway Ridge included games, decorating rockets, learning the history of Jordan Lake, basket weaving, swimming at DCFL, visiting Fearrington Village to see the Belted cows, goats, and chickens, and enjoying box lunches at Jordan Lake. The visit to Jordan Lake also included a boat ride, where each camper got a chance to steer the boat.

On Tuesday, July 30, a group of Galloway Ridge residents traveled to the Wren Family Center in Siler City to see the kids in action. The day included firing off rockets made by the girls and the presentation of Certificates of Participation to each camper. The campers expressed their appreciation to the Galloway Ridge volunteers for their wonderful experience by presenting each with a personal “thank you” note.

For more than a century, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has helped put young people on the path to great futures. Research shows that young people who attend a Club regularly tend to do better than their peers nationally.

It was Galloway Ridge’s privilege to support this wonderful program.

Vets Serving Vets

On April 4th, four of Galloway Ridge’s veterans gave of their time and energies (and got up REALLY early!) to serve their fellow veterans.  John Stell, Al Schalk, Chet Rogers, and Bob Kelly found their way to the GR kitchen for a 5:30 AM departure to Jordan Lake.  These fine veterans/residents spent their morning assembling and serving biscuits for Operation North State.  Operation North State is an organization that throws fishing “tournaments” at many of the lakes throughout North Carolina.  They bring out disabled veterans and wounded warriors for a day of fishing.  The veterans are taken out by volunteer boaters/fisherman that spend all morning and part of the afternoon taking the veterans around the lake and assisting them in fishing.  The day culminates with a weigh-in to determine the best fisherman, but the day is really about honoring these veterans who have sacrificed their health and well-being for our country.  And to give back to them by giving them a day of activity and “normalcy” to some who struggle.  Thank you gentlemen for your service and your service to others who have served!  Thanks also to Josh Carr and Jason Carter getting up early and helping make this happen.

Community Grant Program



Galloway Ridge exists to inspire meaningful and engaged lives and to assure each resident a superior quality of life and care.  In support of our mission the Community Grant Program of the Galloway Ridge Inc. Charitable Fund was established in 2006 to serve the citizens of Chatham County. We are honored to announce that the Community Grant Program is now accepting grant applications from Chatham County 501(c)(3) organizations and from Chatham County Public Schools and other Chatham County governmental units. For 2018, $85,000 is available to support our larger community. Completed applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 12, 2018.  Applications are available by contacting Celeste Lestienne, Senior Executive Assistant, at clestienne@gallowayridge.com or 919-545-2604.

Please click here for the Grant Application Package.


Galloway Ridge Residents Recognized as Outstanding Volunteers by United Way of Chatham County

Every two years since 1996, the United Way of Chatham County has recognized individuals who selflessly give their time, talent and expertise to benefit the residents of Chatham County. Three couples from Galloway Ridge are among the ten volunteers to be named this year: Kay and John Combest, Ruth and Dick Flannelly and Edith and Joe Hammond. These individuals were also selected to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award certificate from the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

Kay and John Combest have volunteered at Galloway Ridge for many years. Kay’s most active role is as the Residents Welcoming Coordinator. In addition, she spends 18 hours a month as the assistant manager of the Turnaround Resale Shop, and, as a member of a group called Coups for Troops, she cuts coupons for troops in Guam, Germany and Japan.

John Combest was a member of the first Residents Council, which was charged with drafting and writing bylaws and procedures, and he started the original Volunteer Service Committee at Galloway Ridge. John also maintains the Men’s Bible Study group that meets weekly, and he helps his fellow residents solve technical problems with televisions and computers.

Ruth and Dick Flannelly contribute to their community in many ways, so it’s no surprise that they, too, were selected for this honor. As a gifted pianist, Ruth accompanies the Galloway Chorus at their weekly practices and semi-annual concerts, and she selects the music for all chorus events. Ruth, an avid pet-lover, often takes care of her neighbors’ animals when needed, and she sponsors several programs that enhance the lives of residents at the health center.

Ruth and Dick travel extensively, and Dick records their travels together. On a weekly basis, he shares his travel experiences and videos with other residents in the health center. The couple also provides transportation to Galloway Ridge residents. When someone needs a ride to a doctor’s office or urgent care clinic, they’re always there to help.

Edith and Joe Hammond are another couple that epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism. Edith invests an average of six to eight hours per month as a part of the Residents Council. She’s also the primary organizer and leader of the “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” program, which assists residents with various needs, including transportation and reading. After helping to establish a permanent Volunteer Service Committee (VSC) in 2012, Edith secured volunteers and identified projects within and beyond the Galloway Ridge community. She continues to be active with the VSC.

Having taught engineering at Georgia Tech and Clemson Universities, Joe Hammond puts his background to good use at Galloway Ridge. He leads two popular groups: a men’s nonfiction book club and a “Contemporary Religious Thought” discussion group. Joe also uses his engineering skills by volunteering with the Galloway Ridge Woodworkers Group. The woodworkers accomplish an incredible number of repair jobs for residents and staff. They also build birdhouses and speaker lecterns.

The United Way of Chatham County recognized these individuals for their time and dedication during the 2018 Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony. The awards reception was held on May 3 at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro. Diana Hales, Chair of the Chatham County Commissioners, presented the awards, and former Chatham County Commissioner Betty Wilson was the keynote speaker. Sheriff Mike Roberson served as the Master of Ceremonies.

About United Way of Chatham County
The mission of the United Way of Chatham County is to increase the financial and human resources available for providing human care services to county residents. To learn more, please visit http://unitedwayofchathamcounty.org/ or call Alane Coore at 919-542-1110.

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