Founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1914, The Estaugh began its long history as a simple not-for-profit boarding home in Haddonfield, New Jersey, dedicated to providing for the concerns and care needs of older adults.The expansion of this original mission in 1971 resulted in a transformation and relocation from boarding home to the creation of Medford Leas Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Medford, New Jersey. Today, Medford Leas continues to be recognized nationally for its standards of excellence, sound values, vision and leadership in the service of older adults.
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Medford Leas is sponsored by The Estaugh, a Quaker-related not-for-profit corporation founded in 1914 to serve the needs of older adults. Their purpose was to create a special community in which the principle of loving concern would guide their common effort. Medford Leas was born of that early vision and has grown in scope and in stature on The Estaugh’s stable foundation.
Today, Medford Leas is comprised of nearly 450 residential dwellings of varying design, over 700 residents, nearly 400 employees, extensive recreational and social facilities, impressive health and wellness care services and programs, and nursing and assisted living care facilities. Its campuses in Medford and Lumberton, New Jersey, both designated as arboretums (together they are officially known as the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve), provide extraordinary environments enjoyed not only by those who live and work here, but by interested visitors from the public, as well.
Throughout its more than 90 years of mission-driven service, the core values of The Estaugh have remained constant, and the Board remains engaged in a continuous process of evaluating what changes or innovations should be made in housing options, services, and contracts offered to residents, both current and future. The process of organizational renewal is an essential component of ensuring The Estaugh’s continued vitality and viability through its next 90 years.
The Estaugh Board of Trustees is an all volunteer board comprised of a maximum of 15 members. The composition of the Board requires that a majority shall be members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and that at least one member shall be a resident of Medford Leas. Trustees serve three-year terms and are chosen at The Estaugh’s annual meeting after nomination by their Nominating Committee. None has any equity or beneficial interest in the community.
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The Estaugh is a not-for-profit corporation, guided by Quaker principles, committed to providing a diverse and inclusive community of senior adults the means to realize the best possible quality of life and to serving them with the highest level of care and respect.
We maintain a community in harmony with nature that provides a healthful, caring, and secure environment in order to enhance to the highest possible level the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being of each resident.
We serve our staff as a responsible employer.
We serve our current and future residents by conducting our operations in an ethical and fiscally responsible manner.
Medford Leas will continue to be a leading-edge senior adult community in the region, successfully meeting the total lifestyle needs of all its residents with innovative and highly valued programs, life enhancing and sustaining services, technological and environmental advances, up-to-date residential units, and well-equipped facilities, all in highly desirable arboretum settings. This vision will be achieved by the collaborative efforts of Medford Leas' caring staff, involved residents, highly respected management team, and engaged board of trustees.
The Estaugh is guided by the teachings and beliefs of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), particularly the basic tenet that there is ‘That of God’ in everyone and the respect for the sanctity of every individual inherent in that belief. The Estaugh is further guided by the following Quaker testimonies: peace and non-violence, equality, stewardship, simplicity, integrity and community.
Approved by The Estaugh, Board of Trustees, September 24, 2008
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Richard A. Cleaver, President
Chiyo Moriuchi, Vice-President
Walter L. Evans, Treasurer
Douglas Springer, Secretary
Jeremy M. Vickers, Assistant Secretary
C. Miller Biddle, MD
Gregory H. Busch, DO
Richard A. Cleaver
Walter L. Evans
Janet Sawyer Thomas
Laurence Van Meter
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Medford Leas is a member of Friends Services for the Aging (FSA), an association of Quaker organizations that provide services to older adults in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California.
The members of Friends Services for the Aging believe that their communities and services are enriched by diversity within their organizations. Their Quaker values lead to a policy of inclusion, of seeking out diversity, and of nondiscrimination.
Our commitment to diversity flows from our common Quaker identity and values. Friends believe that each human life is sacred — that there is “that of God” in every person. This conviction has led to more than three centuries of Quaker action to promote equality, respect for differences, and the dignity of all people.
FSA member organizations are committed to making their services to the aging a part of this heritage.
The Estaugh Board of Trustees, which conducts Medford Leas, has fully adopted this statement of diversity into its own policies and procedures including all admissions of residents and hiring of employees for the community.
Additionally, there are two committees actively working on furthering the mission of enhancing diversity with the Medford Leas community: the Resident Diversity Committee and the Joint Diversity Committee (a blended committee with equal representation from residents, staff, and Estaugh Board members).
As a Friends (Quaker) organization, Medford Leas believes in the equality, dignity and worth of each person, and therefore welcomes all regardless of their race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, culture, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and philosophical beliefs.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness
The Estaugh, which operates Medford Leas, embraces diversity and inclusiveness and believes these qualities strengthen and enrich us all. In our role as part of the greater human community we are called to respect and recognize equally the dignity and worth of all persons. Further, we believe no one individual has greater value than another. It is through this belief that we find unity, peace, and fulfillment in our service to one another.
For all those who desire to live, work, serve and participate with us, we actively strive to:
- Be free of myths and stereotypes;
- Foster an appreciation of individuality;
- Adopt and apply policies and practices that uphold the rights, dignity, and equality of all persons without regard to race, culture, religious and philosophical belief, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
- Ensure that all internal and external interaction will be carried out in a way expressive of these principles.
The Estaugh’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not an end in itself. Rather, its pursuit will more meaningfully bind together all constituents, enhance the potential for achieving The Estaugh’s mission, and bring unparalleled vitality and enlightenment to the organization.
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A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), combines attractive residences with the security of a coordinated system of services designed to address the comfort, health, wellness, and developing needs of adults as they grow older. CCRCs provide a continuum of care, including residential living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care, all at one site.
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