PHV Walks in 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On September 21st, staff, volunteers, and family members walked in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s held at South Wind Park in Springfield. The event, sponsered by the Alzheimer’s Association is to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

PHV Walks in 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's

PHH Celebrates Thanksgiving

Family members and friends gathered at Pleasant Hill Healthcare November 10th for a Thanksgiving feast. This year the PHH staff served the meal while entertainers Jess Osborne and Dave Klestinski played music. Residents and guests enjoyed each other’s company and good food. PHH would like to thank everyone who attended for their kind words and donations. A big thanks also goes out to the PHH staff, who made this wonderful holiday meal possible.

PHH Celebrates Thanksgiving

Supporters Taken on a Fantastic Voyage during PHV’s Fall Dinner

Family, friends and supporters sailed away with Pleasant Hill Village on a fantastic voyage dur­ing PHV’s 16th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction October 20 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Virden. At this point, the total amount of donations is still being calculated, but the total has already ex­ceeded PHV’s goal.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated to and attended our an­nual benefit,” Marketing Director Molly Hannon said. “This year was a great success and we were able to surpass our goal of $23,000. We couldn’t have done it without all of our wonderful volun­teers and supporters.”

The Benefit included live and silent auctions, a cake walk and hula con­test among other activi­ties.

Becky Pierson was awarded a certificate for her 20 years of service to PHV, and Chaplain Terry Link was recognized as employee of the year.

The Master of Ceremo­nies was Bill Ferry and the Auctioneer was Bob Smith.

Karen Dowell won a quilt during the event, and Dottie Dambacher won the hula contest.

Supporters Taken on a Fantastic Voyage during PHV's Fall Dinner

PHV Participates in Alzheimer’s Walk

PHV volunteers, employees and friends participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk yesterday. A total of more than $50,000 was raised during the event. Thank you to everyone who donated and participated.

PHV Participates in Alzheimer's Walk

PHV Honors Employees with Appreciation Luncheon

Pleasant Hill Village of Girard held an Employee Appreciation Luncheon June 15 under the pavilion in the A/B Hall Courtyard. Food was served, and many prizes were given away through a raffle held for those employees in attendance. Employee of the Year, Perfect Attendance and Years of Service Awards were presented during the event.

LPN Melanie Thull and Chaplain Terry Link had the honor of sharing the highest award, Employee of the Year. PHV has had co-employees of the year only four times since the award was first given in 1993. “Both employees are excellent members of the PHV family, who whole-heartedly deserve the recognition,” PHV Executive Director Paulette Miller said.

Service Award Winners included Carmen Bishop, Sarah Green and Nick Little for five years of service; Debra Arnold and Marilyn Talkington for 10 years of service; Julie Crays and Sandy Strawn for 15 years of service; and Becky Pierson and Paulette Miller for 20 years of service.

Many employees received recognition for perfect attendance: 3 months – Samantha Busby, Emily White, Carla Smith and Tamarra Watts; 4 Months – Dale Flatt, Jill Wood, Tina Cloyd, Miranda Jackson, Cori Woodring; 5 months – Doreen Gibson; 6 months – Christy Buhl, Sharon Hayes, Pam McNear, Kyle Hood, Beth Church and Brooke Bacon; 7 months – Jennifer Glass; 8 months – Sandy Strawn; 9 months – Akita Fugate; 12 months – Bethany Jackson; 15 months – Linda Garbin; 18 months – Becky Pierson and Mary Lindgren; 19 months – Bev Conwill; 20 months – Marlaina Crawford and Dixie Taylor; 21 months – Misty Patrick; 70 months – Marilyn Talkington.

“The fact that we handed out so many Perfect Attendance Awards speaks to the dedication of our employees,” Miller said.

PHV would like to thank all of its employees for their dedication and hard work. “Indeed, our top-notch employees are the key to our success,” Miller said. “We appreciate their dedication and hard work.”

Founded in 1905 as a ministry of the Church of the Brethren, Pleasant Hill Village is nestled on a rolling hillside in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Girard. After a century of caring, the nonprofit organization remains dedicated to providing a high quality of life at both its independent living facility (Pleasant Hill Residence) and its skilled nursing facility (Pleasant Hill Healthcare). For more information about PHV visit or call 217-627-2181.

PHV Honors Employees with Appreciation Luncheon

Congratulations to Pleasant Hill Village’s Employees of the Year LPN Melanie Thull and Chaplain Terry Link. PHV has had co-employees of the year only four times since the award was first given in 1993.

PHH Re-energizes Residents Through Restorative Care

Pleasant Hill Healthcare Restorative Nurse Nick Little, LPN, CRRN, has a philosophy about Restorative Care. “We believe each person has the right to achieve their potential and to strive toward goals that restore, maintain or minimize decline in their functional ability,” Little said. “We believe this can be achieved by utilizing the skill and talent of all team members through a holistic care approach. We pledge, as our moral and ethical path, to embrace and apply these beliefs as we care for each soul in our midst.”

Little reminds PHH employees, “Residents do not live in our facility; we work in their home.”

So, just what is Restorative Care? Restorative Care refers to nursing interventions that promote the resident’s ability to adapt and adjust to living as independently and safely as possible. This concept actively focuses on achieving and maintaining optimal physical, mental, and psychological functioning.

A person of any age who suffers serious illness or injury may require rehabilitation and/or restorative care. Rehabilitation services employ therapists to help people regain physical function. Restorative Nursing Care is ongoing and may be provided in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities, like PHH, often following rehabilitation.

While all PHH employees work as a team for the benefit of the residents, Little also gets a lot of help from his assistant, Cindy Fernandez, PRA, who is the lead aid for Restorative Nursing at PHH. Little and Fernandez engage residents to participate in their care by encouraging them to make decisions and strive to allow residents to participate as much as possible in their daily activities, including bathing and dressing.

Restorative Care also includes physical activities and safety promotion (for example, instructing a person on how to safely transfer to bed from a wheelchair). Little and Fernandez reinforce the training residents learn from physical, speech and occupational therapy. The pair focuses on performing tasks with the resident, as opposed to for the resident.

If you have any questions about Restorative Care at PHH, please call Little at 217-627-2181.

Pleasant Hill Village Free Lift Smart Education Class

PHV to offer LifeSmart for Women classes

Pleasant Hill Village is pleased to announce that it will be offering a 10-week course entitled “LifeSmart for Women 55 and Older” free of charge from April 13 to June 15.
This class will cover topics such as aging well, mental health, physical activity, nutrition, cardiovascular disease and much more. Participants will also enjoy incentive items, which they will receive for attending the sessions, such as step counters, resistance bands, diet/exercise journals and balance balls.
The class will meet each Friday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Residence. Each session will begin with a welcome warm up. Week two of the class will feature free lipid profile screenings for every participant. During week ten’s class, eligible participants will be entered into a free drawing to win a grand prize. â�¨

Space is limited to 20 participants. Those interested in experiencing this life-transforming, educational course will need to RSVP as soon as possible by calling PHV Marketing Director Louise Jett at 217- 627-2181. This program is made possible through Illinois General Revenue funding administered through the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health.â�¨

Founded in 1905 as a ministry of the Church of the Brethren, PHV is nestled on a rolling hillside in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Girard. After a century of caring, the nonprofit organization remains dedicated to providing a high quality of life at both its independent living facility and its skilled nursing facility.

PHV Honors American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, and Pleasant Hill Village and the American Diabetes Association are encouraging Americans to take action and raise their hand to stop diabetes. Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.

There are several types of diabetes:

Type 1: The body stops making insulin or makes only a very small amount. Insulin is needed for the body to turn food into energy. Type 1 diabetes needs to be treated lifelong with insulin, meal planning, and exercise.

Type 2: The body does not make enough insulin, and the cells are resistant to the effects of insulin. Muscle and fat cells in the body need insulin to take up sugar from the blood. Type 2 diabetes needs to be treated lifelong with meal planning, exercise, and, possibly, medication. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. More than 90% of those with diabetes have this form of the disease.

Gestational: High blood sugar occurs during pregnancy, usually around the 24th week. It is often controlled with a special meal plan, and, sometimes, insulin is needed. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, but the woman is at risk for developing diabetes later in life.

Secondary: High blood sugar occurs as a result of another disease. If the primary disease can be resolved, often the diabetes will go away.

Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms


You can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle. Change your diet, increase your level of physical activity, maintain a healthy weight…with these positive steps, you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes. Here are 10 general dietary guidelines to live by:

1. Control calories and carbohydrates.

2. Eat meals and snacks at regular times.

3. Eat foods low in fat, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and whole grains.

4. Limit fruit to 3-4 servings a day.

5. Eat less high-fat foods. Skip the chips.

6. Broil, bake, boil or grill food. Avoid frying.

7. Eat more vegetables, cooked or raw.

8. Drink water or unseetened tea. Avoid soda.

9. Eat limited sweets in small portions.

10. Read labels. Some diet foods are loaded with fat and calories, so be sure to read the labels.


Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop the disease. Take the pledge to help stop diabetes, which is more likely to take your life than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Visit for more information. Or, take the pledge at

PHV’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction Draws Large Crowd of Supporters

More than 230 supporters attended Pleasant Hill Village’s 15thAnnual Benefit Dinner and Auction October 15 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Virden. The theme for this year’s event was “A Tropical Getaway,” and the benefit featured a pineapple decorating contest, Hula Fundraiser and more.

“I would like to thank all of those who donated to and attended our annual benefit,” PHV Executive Director Paulette Buch-Miller said. “This year’s event was a great success, and we couldn’t do it without our supporters. I also want to thank all of the PHV employees and volunteers who worked hard to make this benefit a huge success. I congratulate them on a job well-done.”

Buch-Miller was presented a plaque for her 20 years of service as a PHV employee during the benefit. She began working at Pleasant Hill Healthcare as administrator in 1991 and became PHV’s executive director in 2001. “It has been a fast 20 years with a lot of changes,” Buch-Miller said. “I look forward to helping PHV continue to grow into the future.”

PHV Board President Karen Bridges was also recognized for her nine years of service on the board. Bridges has served as board president for the past three years and will be stepping down from the position at the end of this year.

PHV volunteer Avis Dadisman was also commended for attending all 15 of the annual Benefit Dinner and Auctions. PHV also thanked Judge Kenneth Deihl for attending this year’s event. Deihl was the first auctioneer at PHV’s first benefit 15 years ago.

PHV Director of Finance Dawn Smith won the Hula Fundraiser contest. Twelve PHV employees and board members volunteered to do a hula dance if he or she raised the most money during the benefit. Attendees put money in jars to vote for who they wanted to see hula. Out of the $452 raised in the Hula Fundraiser, Smith raised the winning amount of $222.

Pastor David Barnett won a gas grill donated by True Value of Virden during the Heads and Tails contest. Barnett graciously donated the grill back to the live auction so that PHV could raise even more money. PHV board member John Earley’s table won the pineapple decorating contest.

Visit our photo gallery or Facebook page to view more photos of the event.

PHV's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction Draws Large Crowd of Supporters
Auctioneer Bob Smith accepts bids while Chaplain Terry Link and volunteer Karen Dowell showcase items.


Pleasant Hill Residence Community Member Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Pleasant Hill Residence community member Don Hamilton enjoyed a special weekend Sept. 9 and 10 at the Lovington Homecoming. Not only was Don an Outstanding Athlete inductee into the Lovington High School Hall of Fame, but he also served as the Lovington Homecoming Parade’s Grand Marshall.
Don, who graduated in 1946, was inducted into the Lovington Hall of Fame for his superior achievements during his four-year football career at LHS. As a half back, Don scored 189 points in 8 games in 1945. The total points scored by his team in the same 8 games equaled 420. The same season, Don’s team, the Lovington Panthers, won their conference and remained undefeated all season long. Don and his team also won the Soya Conference championship and, in the Dunkel System then in use, was rated fourth in Illinois, behind Springfield, Oak Park and Fenwick.The team was only scored against twice that school year, and the Panthers were the highest scoring team in the state.
Don retired his number, 76, in 1946 when he joined the Navy. He really enjoyed being Grand Marshall of the parade. He felt like a celebrity. “I got to see a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a while and met a lot I didn’t know,” Don said. The LHS Homecoming was the last homecoming which will be held on the Lovington campus due to annexation with Arthur School District. Pleasant Hill Village is proud of all the achievements all of its community members have made. Congratulations, Don!!
Pleasant Hill Residence Community Member Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Don Hamilton proudly displays his plaque he received for his superior achievements during his four-year football career at Lovington High School.

Pleasant Hill Village Launches Oral History Project

Do you know a story about Pleasant Hill Village? We are collecting an oral history of PHV, we would love to archive it.  Call 217-627-2181 and ask for Terry Link or Louise Jett.

Pleasant Hill Village Helps Keep Seniors Mobile

Pleasant Hill Village Helps Keep Seniors Mobile

Pleasant Hill Village in Girard is welcoming some new guests… to its parking lot, that is. PHV has teamed up with the Macoupin County Public Health Department to provide transportation services to seniors and other community members by housing public transportation buses on its spacious campus.

Two Macoupin County Public Transit buses have found a home in the PHV parking lot. Macoupin County Public Health Administrator Kent Tarro is appreciative of PHV’s willingness to house his agency’s vehicles so Northern Macoupin County can receive readily available services.

“In all we have 22 drivers and 12 vehicles,” Tarro said. “Most of them are on the road at all times. There are many advantages to having the buses at Pleasant Hill Village. We can get people rides faster. It is less work on the drivers and less wear and tear on the vehicles. We are also getting more calls from the northern portion of the county since we started housing the buses there about a month ago.”

Seniors are not only riding the buses, but many are also driving them. Tarro said approximately 50 percent of his drivers are local, retired seniors. “We have quite a few senior drivers,” Tarro said. “None of our drivers are from outside of the county. This is good for local job creation.”

The partnership began after the MCPHD held a health fair at PHV. Tarro told PHV Executive Director Paulette Miller he needed a place in the northern part of the county to store some buses. Miller was happy to help serve not only the seniors of PHV but also other seniors within Macoupin County.

“It’s a great opportunity to be involved with another agency and offer services not only as an asset to our residents at Pleasant Hill Village but also as an even greater asset to seniors in Northern Macoupin County,” Miller said. “The transportation program allows seniors to remain independent, and we are proud to be a part of that.”

Because of the partnership, Pleasant Hill Residence community members enjoy weekly trips to the local grocery and convenience stores. Residents agree the public transportation system charges reasonably low fees, and they also enjoy leaving the driving up to someone else for stress-free traveling.

Besides transportation needs, MCPHD has identified other priority needs for local seniors such as quality housing, dementia care, medical care and dental care. Tarro is interested in working with PHV to meet those needs also. Because PHV is composed of Pleasant Hill Residence, an independent living facility, and Pleasant Hill Healthcare, a caring nursing home, the organization has the desire and ability to continue to enrich the lives of seniors and looks forward to other partnerships, which will further its mission of being a caring Christian community.

Founded in 1905 as a ministry of the Church of the Brethren, PHV is nestled on a rolling hillside in a quiet, residential neighborhood. After a century of caring, the nonprofit organization remains dedicated to providing a high quality of life at both its independent living facility and its nursing home. For more information about PHV, call Louise Jett at 217-627-2181.