Keswick is pleased to announce that Action in Maturity (AIM) will be locating to Keswick’s 40th Street campus December 1st.  The local “senior center without walls,” AIM provides transportation and social services to older adults in the North Baltimore area.

Having AIM physically located on the Keswick campus is one step in Keswick becoming a greater health resource to the community. For Keswick, it means expanding its mission of enhancing the lives of older adults to a much larger audience throughout the community AIM now serves – its membership consists of more than 1000 participants. And for AIM, the move means access to more space for its programming – a true benefit for an organization committed to outreach through the facilitation of activities.

“Keswick is growing as a community health resource,” said Carmel Roques, CEO of Keswick. “Having AIM with us on our campus means more people will experience Keswick in new ways.”

Keswick Welcomes Maria J. Darby as Director of Development

BALTIMORE (December 10, 2014) – Keswick today announced Maria J. Darby as the organization’s new Director of Development.

A seasoned fundraiser with 22 years of fund development, management, communications and board development experience in the nonprofit community, Maria has raised millions of dollars for myriad organizations, led capital campaigns, developed a multitude of philanthropic partnerships, managed hundreds of grants and grant-reporting processes, led grassroots advocacy efforts and managed government relations efforts at the local and state level and has developed on-going media and community partnerships in Maryland.

Ms. Darby is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, MD Chapter and a former member of its Board of Directors, having chaired its annual professional development conference for three consecutive years. She served on the Village Learning Place Board for six years, is a past president of the Hampden Family Center Board on which she served for 13 years, and served for five years as the President of the Govanstowne Business Association, a board on which she continues to sit. Ms. Darby is a committee member of the York Corridor Collective tasked with examining and making recommendations for economic development in the Govanstowne business district and she is a member of Councilman Bill Henry’s 4th District Community Advisory Commission. Ms. Darby has been a member of the Junior League of Baltimore for over 22 years having held various leadership positions including serving as its President in 2001-02. She served as the volunteer co-chair for the Junior League’s Building Opportunities capital campaign, raising over $1.25 million dollars.

Ms. Darby is a LEADERSHIP Baltimore County graduate, Class of 2001, a Leadership Washington graduate, Class of 2005, and a 2009 Network 2000 Mentoring Program graduate. In September 2006, the Baltimore Business Journal named Ms. Darby one of Baltimore’s Top 40 Under 40 professionals, and in 2009 and in 2011 she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. In 2012, Ms. Darby was named The Spirited Woman of Baltimore 2012 for outstanding spirit, service, dedication and commitment to excellence.

“We are so pleased to have Ms. Darby join Keswick to support the development function as we seek to expand our mission impact as a community health resource for older adults in Baltimore” said Carmel Roques, CEO of Keswick Multi-Care Center.

Keswick CEO Carmel Roques Featured in Baltimore Business Journal

The November 7th Health Care Innovators issue of Baltimore Magazine featured Keswick Multi-Care Center’s CEO Carmel Roques in a story about how Keswick is implementing a new health care model. Carmel shares her perspective on the evolving health care landscape and discusses how Keswick is responding to new needs by expanding its services and becoming a larger community health resource. Read more here:


Congratulations to Reverend Medgar Reid, Director of Spiritual Care, whose proposal to present at the 2015 Aging in America Conference has been accepted. Rev. Reid will provide a 90-minute poster presentation entitled “S.E.X.Y. Ageless Spiritual Wellness” at the national conference of the American Society of Aging, March 23-27 in Chicago.

Rev. Reid brings 19 years’ experience serving the community through spiritual care to this opportunity. His presentation will cover penetrating, powerful and productive ways of using Synergistic Energy eXhange within Yourself (S.E.X.Y.) through Mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote healing and wholeness at any age. Attendees will learn techniques to enhance mindfulness and tranquility, analyze various religious beliefs from Karmic and Abrahamic traditions pertaining to S.E.X.Y. Ageless Wellness, and become familiar with the enlightening eight topics used at Keswick Multi-Care Center for Spiritual Wellness.

Spiritual Care is a key service Keswick offers its residents and guests, and their families. In its commitment to treat the whole individual – in body, mind and spirit – Keswick furthers its mission to enhance the lives of older adults. Keswick proudly salutes Reverend Medgar Reid for representing the organization on this national level.

Marina Nellius to Present at NADSA National Conference in October

Congratulations to Marina Nellius, Director of Adult Day Services, whose proposal to present at the National Adult Day Services Association annual conference has been accepted. Marina will be presenting A Case Study of Memory Care: The Highs and Lows of a Specialized Adult Day to attendees of the national conference, October 9-11 in Charlotte, NC.

Marina brings 10 years’ experience serving the Alzheimer’s and dementia populations to this opportunity. And as the director of Keswick’s Adult Day Services program for the past five years, Marina will be sharing best practices from the organization’s successful program, long regarded as a leader in providing day-care services for those with dementia and memory impairment. Attendees will better understand how memory impairment is defined in adult day programs, and learn to identify factors which affect the person with dementia, as well as the quality of life for the caregiver. And with a focus on the behaviors of those with dementia, Marina’s presentation will also provide information on non-pharmaceutical interventions that can be used to address neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Education is a cornerstone of the Keswick organization. Whether training the next generation of health care workers, or sharing best practices with other health care providers, Keswick is committed to educating others in enhancing the lives of older adults and the chronically ill wherever they reside. Keswick proudly salutes Marina Nellius for representing the organization on this national level.

Strategic Partnerships in the Neighborhood

Keswick CEO, Carmel Roques, will participate on the “Strategic Partnerships in the Neighborhood” speaker panel at the upcoming Mid Atlantic Medical Neighborhood Forum in Washington, D.C. on October 3, 2014.

Keswick Volunteer Association Holiday Party

The Keswick Volunteer Association will be sponsoring a Holiday Party at on December 3, 2014 form 2:30 p.m. -4:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Live music and desserts will be provided.

Keswick Steps Out to Stop Diabetes and Surpasses Fundraising Goal

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Congratulations to the Keswick Team who supported the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on Sunday, October 5th! The team surpassed their goal and raised more than $3000.00 for the American Diabetes Association of Maryland.

As part of Keswick’s ongoing Wellness Program, the organization has engaged in several activities to increase awareness about Diabetes and educate employees on ways to decrease their risk of developing the disease. So far this year, activities have included a Diabetes Alert Day which offered educational material and a risk test; a summer walking program to encourage employees to walk and keep active; and Wellness Wednesdays in the Keswick Café to offer employees healthier dining choices.

Additionally, Keswick CEO, Carmel Roques is one of six area CEOs who serve on the Board of Directors of the Maryland ADA chapter and have committed to leading the charge in increasing awareness and reducing instances of diabetes in their organizations. Upon learning the amount Keswick’s Team of supporters raised for this year’s walk, Carmel beamed. “I can’t be more proud of my team and the way they support the community,” Carmel said. “It’s the Keswick way to achieve above and beyond, and this year we hit it out of the park.”

Keswick Welcomes this year’s MICA Fellow

Heather Kasdan MICA Fellow 2014

Keswick is pleased to announce this year’s MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) fellow: Heather Kasdan (MFA in Community Arts, ’15). Heather is the new recipient of the Libby Bowerman ’82 Fellowship. This fellowship opportunity is a unique collaboration between MICA and Keswick Multi-Care Center. A year-long residency, Keswick fellows use their talent to make a positive impact on the lives of Keswick’s residents and guests. Heather will engage and support Keswick’s residents and guests to express their creativity through workshops and creative arts projects. Creative art classes at Keswick Multi-Care are held in the Elizabeth “Libby” Bowerman Creative Arts Studio.

Keswick’s Short-Term Rehab Scores High in Satisfaction

MHHC logo 2014Keswick is pleased to share its results from the 2014 Maryland Nursing Facility Short Stay Resident Survey conducted by the Maryland Health Care Commission. This survey measures residents’ experience and satisfaction for short-term, post-acute care.

We are especially proud to report that 9 out of 10 short stay residents surveyed would recommend Keswick to their friends and neighbors. Additionally, Keswick scored very well in the Overall rating, and Overall Care by Staff rating — both significantly higher than the statewide averages.

“I am pleased to see Keswick score so well in the Maryland Health Care Commission Short Stay Survey,” said Carmel Roques, CEO of Keswick. “We work hard each day to provide the highest level of care available – this recognition confirms our commitment to provide the best possible experience for our guests.”