Volunteer Opportunities

Dave Montgomery has put together a rather comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities both at Collington and in greater Prince George’s County. You can find this list under the Getting Around tab –> Volunteer Opportunities. Or click here to see the page now!

Thanks Dave!


Contributed by Peter Fielding

Last Thursday was both memorable and important for our Collington community.

After a long period of discussion, lasting some ten years, the University of Maryland and our Maryland state agencies have partnered to create a new state of the art Medical Center less than two miles from our Collington campus.

Under the very entertaining and skilled Master of Ceremonies, Charlene Dukes (President, Prince Georges Community College), a dozen speakers had variations on the same themes: partnerships; recognition of local healthcare needs; the politics of money; and the duration of what was called a “spirited negotiation” which was needed to reach ultimate agreement.

Both well-established representatives and those seeking higher office were on the program and most of them spoke: Seamon, Moore, Reece, Chrencik, Hogan, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown, Davis, Busch, Miller, and Baker.

However, it was the last speaker, The Honorable Rushern L. Baker III, PG County Executive, who had been the major driving force keeping the vision moving forward who spoke for the majority. He was quiet, humble, sincere, and clearly personally moved by the fact that the people of our region will now be better served when the first phase of the Medical Center, and some of the related retail and office developments, come on line within 3 – 4 years. Baker was given a standing ovation by the 450 guests (which included a small contingent from Collington). All the guests were clearly very engaged; lots of animated chatter; lots of handshakes; and quite a lot of hugs.

It was a good day for a future which promises to meet some of Collington’s core health needs.   So very refreshing.

Hospital details when all phases complete:

  • Main Tower: 11 levels; 2 rooftop helipads, 595,744 sq. ft.
  • Acute care licensed beds (private): 205
  • Adult Observation/Short Stay beds: 20
  • ER treatment bays: 45
  • Operating rooms: 8

Core Programs & Specialty Centers:

  • Level II Trauma Center
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Cardiac STEMI/Cardiac Surgery Center
  • Designated Stroke Center
  • Cancer Program
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Emergency Services
  • Neurosciences
  • Orthopedics
  • Women’s Services

Sounds of Beethoven in the Ivy Room



Tuesday, October 10, residents were treated to duo delights performed by our University of Maryland student intern residents, cellist Samantha Flores and clarinetist Matt Rynes.  They serenaded over 30 residents for about 30 minutes with 2 Beethoven duets.  Everybody loved to hear them, and with good reason.  Read at the bottom of this post for more information on what the two will be up to here in the next few months.

Matt has played the clarinet for about 15 years and is studying for a PhD in Clarinet Performance, and Samantha is a 2nd year Masters student in Cello Performance.  They will be here until next summer but meantime have much planned for our residents.

We can look forward to more short performances in the Ivy Room by them as well as other University of Maryland music students.  Later in October Samantha and Matt are planning a larger and longer performance in the Auditorium.  This will include other musicians (students as well as faculty and professionals) and last about an hour.  Keep your eyes open for flyers and news in the Courier.  These longer performances will also become a more regular feature.

Both Samantha and Matt are also available for music lessons in clarinet, cello and beginner string instruments.   A music reading class, lectures and workshops are also on the horizon.  Clearly both these talented musicians have great affection for Collington and our residents and we reciprocate.

New Tips on Shopping Around Collington

Joe Howard and others have put up a wonderful collection of resources for shopping.

It should be emphasized that this is for informational purposes only.  No endorsement should be implied.

Here is the list.

It is also reachable from the “getting around” tab on the top menu.


Inter-generational Living and Music and Beyond

Collington is launching a wonderful Musician in Residence Program.  As announced:

The University of Maryland School of Music (SOM) and Collington, a Kendal-affiliated Life Plan retirement community, have partnered to create a student artist residency program that brings together two different generations through music. Beginning this August, SOM graduate students Samantha Flores and Matthew Rynes will receive free room and board at Collington in exchange for performing regularly and organizing additional concerts and educational programs for residents.

“The artist residency at Collington affords students the chance to connect in meaningful ways with a distinct segment of our community and compels them to think about how we use music to engage with specific audiences,” says SOM Director Jason Geary. “It’s important that students understand fully the role that music can play in enriching the lives of those around them.”

And, here are Cellist Samantha Flores and Clarinetist Matthew Rynes:


If we do this right, there are just so many possibilities.  One idea I heard at a recent Hopkins Oncology Patient Council presentation by their Peabody Institute, for example, was having musicians work with end of life patients to help them compose musical pieces to leave for their families and friends to express their lives and their connection.  This is all part of a much broader movement in music to get it beyond static performance and back into connection and community.

This is not only great for music and community, but also suggests all kinds of broader possibilities.  As an article in  Statnews, describing  how two students from USC’s gerontology school live at Kingsley Manor Retirement Community in Los Angeles, explains, having students join communities can have very broad impacts:

The students, Tina Guan and Sai Raj Kappari, are part of a unique collaboration between the retirement home and the University of Southern California’s gerontology school. The program, which has been around for more than 30 years, allows select students to live and eat for free in the retirement home. In exchange, they spend time with the residents — they teach fitness and art classes, swap stories over dinner, and answer a constant flurry of computer-related questions.

“Having young people? That is the best idea. We can see their energy,” said Gabrielle Boisson, 97, a resident who lights up when Kappari stops by her room to say hello.


The goal is to spark the next generation of health care providers to take interest in gerontology — and better equip them to take care of the elderly by immersing them in the world of retirees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“They share things with you that you wouldn’t necessarily get as a doctor at a 20-minute appointment. It’s kind of like being an undercover police officer,” said Ben Howie, a former participant in the program who is now in medical school.

So, at Collington this feeds perfectly into the creative thinking in our strategic planning process, for what some of us call “asset-driven proactive gerontology’ and beyond.

Our residents have so much knowledge and expertise that we could be life and career changing to almost any receptive live-in student.  Just think of the mentoring we could provide.