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Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Continues Amazon Gift Registry for December 2021

November 19, 2021

Support Older Adults with This Holiday Gift-Giving Opportunity

Pittsburgh, PA, November 19, 2021 – For the second straight year, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is appealing to the public to make this holiday even more special for hundreds of residents in their care through its Amazon Gift Registry.

The Lifestyle Engagement Teams across Presbyterian SeniorCare Network campuses are continuing this program that provides residents with personally selected gifts.

The residents loved this special treatment last year, which brought in 1,363 gifts for seniors, according to Brittney Rostek, the Lifestyle Engagement coordinator of this gift-giving campaign.

“It brings so much joy to our residents and was such a success last year,” Mrs. Rostek said. “This Amazon gift registry is an extra, added surprise for our residents, especially when they find out that their personally selected gift is from a thoughtful donor. I am just so thankful to work with a team that goes above and beyond to make this possible.”

Last year’s first-ever Amazon Gift Registry provided an essential way for families to give gifts to loved ones during pandemic restrictions.

This year, while family visits have returned for the most part, temporary restrictions can occasionally occur within certain sections of communities. This makes the Amazon Gift Registry vital to continue.

The public is encouraged to participate by placing a registry order on prior to December 16, which will allow for the campus “elves” to wrap and include a personalized note of cheer for delivery to each resident on Christmas Day.

To Donate:

Search by community name with this main link:

Or, select a specific building’s wish list as follows:

The Willows (Oakmont):

Woodside Place of Oakmont:

Westminster Place of Oakmont:

Southmont (Washington):

Southminster (Washington):

Woodside Place of Washington:

Longwood at Oakmont -- Hanna Healthcare Center:

Longwood at Oakmont -- Brookwood:

Longwood at Oakmont -- Parkview:

Manchester Commons Personal Care (Erie):

Manchester Woodside Skilled Nursing Community (Erie):

Manchester Woodside Place (Erie):

Manchester Skilled Nursing Community (Erie):

Like many other non-profit organizations, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network relies on donations to help fund the innovative programs and services provided to the older adults in their care. For questions about placing an order on the Amazon Registry sites for each of the campuses’ holiday wish lists for residents, please contact Brittney Rostek via email at For other donation opportunities, visit


October 21, 2021

Pieffer Assumes Top Leadership Position after Three Decades with Region’s Largest Long-Term Care Provider

(OAKMONT) – October 11, 2021 – Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has appointed James “Jim” Pieffer as its President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment was effective September 1, 2021.

“I am honored and humbled that the Network Board of Directors has invested their faith in me to lead such a renowned organization,” Pieffer says. “I am committed to our organization’s mission and vision and devoted to the residents and families we serve. I have had the pleasure of working on many key initiatives of the organization as we worked to develop a comprehensive network of services and locations.”

Assuming the leadership role from Paul Winkler who retired after 34 years, Pieffer will continue the Network’s focus on providing services along the continuum of care to a diverse senior population. His priorities include developing new financing strategies, exploring niche housing opportunities and creating new partnerships and affiliations.

“We are so fortunate that the best candidate to succeed Paul was already part of the Presbyterian SeniorCare Network team,” Laura W. Synnott, Chair of the Board of Directors, said. “Jim is a nationally respected leader in long-term care, and he honed his skills with the Network. As a board, we are confident in his ability to lead the Network with vision and dedication to our mission.”

“With the guidance and the support of our outstanding team members, I am confident that Presbyterian SeniorCare Network will continue to grow and serve more people,” Pieffer says. “The Network has a history of bringing innovative programming to the people we serve – programs like Envisage, which enables people to age in place, and Dementia 360, which supports caregivers of people with dementia. I look forward to building on the incredibly strong foundation already in place.”

Pieffer began his career in long-term care in 1985 when he joined Presbyterian Medical Center (predecessor of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network) as director of administrative services. He has held progressively more responsible positions, enabling him to touch most facets of the organization, from independent living to nursing care, from strategic planning to new programming, from construction and renovation to housing.

In addition to his new responsibilities with Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Pieffer also is the 2021-2022 chair of the board of directors of LeadingAge PA, the state’s largest senior care advocacy association. He has been a member of the organization’s board since 2017.

A Pittsburgh native, Pieffer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Public Administration from Saint Vincent College and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including the American Association of Housing and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Ziegler Fellowship Award, LeadingAge PA Distinguished Service Award – Leader of the Year, and Manifesting the Kingdom Award presented by the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Pieffer holds a Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrator’s License; a Pennsylvania Real Estate License; and he is a Certified Aging Services Professional. He also is a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators, American Society of Aging, Greater Pittsburgh Board of Realtors and Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership on Aging. He is a frequently requested speaker and has authored numerous professional publications.

Jim and his wife, Maria, reside in Mars and have two adult sons.

Paul Winkler to Receive National LeadingAge Award of Honor

September 22, 2021

Recently Retired President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network to be Honored at LeadingAge Annual Meeting + Expo in October

Sept. 22, 2021 | Washington, DC – Paul M. Winkler, who recently retired as President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, will be celebrated next month for his innovation, leadership, and advocacy successes as the winner of the 2021 LeadingAge Award of Honor.

The Award of Honor is the highest award bestowed by LeadingAge, a national organization that represents more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers. The Award is presented to an individual who, through his or her body of work to the present day, has provided nationally significant, transformative leadership in aging services.

Prior to his retirement on Sept. 1, Paul had served for 34 years in various roles at Presbyterian Senior Care Network, which is western Pennsylvania’s largest aging services provider. In 1987, Paul began as Executive Vice President and later became Chief Operating Officer, and in 1999, he became President and CEO. Read more about Paul in this article written by LeadingAge.

“I am honored, humbled, and overwhelmed to receive this award, especially in this time when so many others have acted so heroically,” Paul said. “It is a credit to our organization’s team members and leaders, both past and present, who have all had a passion to make a positive difference for seniors.”

Jim Pieffer, who began Sept. 1 as President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, has worked alongside Paul for more than three decades at the Network. He said Paul is highly deserving of the Award of Honor.

“We have been deeply blessed by Paul’s servant leadership, integrity, and unfailing commitment to the people we serve,” Jim said. “Thanks to his vision and the solid foundation of executive leadership that he has built, the organization has evolved and is well positioned to meet the needs of future generations of older adults.”

LeadingAge has given the Award of Honor annually since 1963. Paul’s predecessor as CEO at Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Charles W. Pruitt, Jr., also received the Award of Honor in 1997. Paul and Charles Pruitt worked together for 13 years before Paul became CEO.

Paul will be presented with the Award of Honor at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO at the Georgia World Congress Center on October 25th.

“Paul has forged a unique path and had a positive and powerful impact on his staff and communities. As an innovator and advocate, he serves as a role model for all of us,” said Katie Smith Sloan, President and CEO of LeadingAge. “The depth of his caring and commitment exemplifies the best in our sector.”

About Presbyterian SeniorCare Network:

For more than 90 years, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has been focused on Making Aging Easer ® for older adults and their families. As the region’s largest aging services provider, we provide a wide range of service and living options that meet people’s needs wherever they are in their aging journey. Today we are privileged to serve more than 6,500 older adults through in-home and community-based programs that provide wellness and care management services as well as 56 communities across 10 Western Pennsylvania counties, including LifePlan and independent living campuses, personal care and assisted living communities, skilled nursing centers offering short-stay rehabilitation, and more than 30 supportive housing communities for income-eligible adults and persons with disabilities. We are known as a Center of Excellence in three areas – Dementia Care, Rehabilitation and End-of-Life Care -- as a result of our deep expertise and years of experience in caring for the geriatric population.

Headquartered in Oakmont, PA, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is a not-for-profit that has achieved accreditation through CARF as a Network and in five other categories including Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Assisted Living, Person-Centered Long-Term Care Communities, Home and Community Services, and Dementia Care Specialty Program. CARF is an international, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality, value, and optimal outcomes by conducting voluntary surveys for aging services providers to assure that quality standards are being met. To learn more, please visit

About LeadingAge:

LeadingAge represents more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers and other mission-minded organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside its members and 38 state partners, LeadingAge uses applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building to make America a better place to grow old. Its membership, which now includes the providers of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, encompasses the continuum of services for people as they age, including those with disabilities. LeadingAge brings together the most inventive minds in the field to lead and innovate solutions that support older adults wherever they call home. For more information visit


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