May 27, 2020
A message to our Community,

Last week, Governor Justice contacted the West Virginia Healthcare Facility Licensing Agency, assigning them the task of beginning to develop a future plan to ease visitation restrictions for WV Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

Today, I was part of the first in a series of statewide conference calls to introduce this subject to all stakeholders.  On the conference call were representatives of our licensing agency, the WV Bureau of Public Health, senior advocates, and eldercare facility administrators throughout West Virginia.

The Licensing Agency stated at the onset that Governor Justice has absolutely no date in mind to begin to ease restrictions, which would allow the public to reenter eldercare facilities in West Virginia to visit their loved ones.  His only request of the group was to begin to develop a plan to ease restrictions once he decided that it was acceptable to determine a date to start the process.  The decisions to adopt a plan and implement a plan to ease restrictions are not up to each facility.  These decisions remain solely with the Governor.

We understand that this has been a difficult time for our residents, their family members and our staff.  Separation from loved ones in terrible – but restricting visitation so far has enabled us to protect our residents against the coronavirus.  The health and safety of residents and staff are our top priorities.

I will continue to update you, as I know more information. Thank you for your prayers and your patience.


Donald R. Kirsch

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Good Shepherd Nursing Home Honors Volunteers with “Hearts Full of Grace”

Our volunteers are the greatest.

Good Shepherd Nursing Home volunteers honored recently include, front row from left: Dr. Beverly Whelton; Sister Catherine Gentile, RGS; Dolores Joseph; Sister Marie James Cody, RGS; Janet Kelly; and Activities Aide Michelle Turner. Back row from left are Jim Gilligan; Good Shepherd Administrator Donald R. Kirsch; Eleanor Smith; Shirley McCloskey; Victoria Jeskey; Clara White; Gretchen Wilson; Elizabeth Stewart; Activities Aide Vickie Henderson; Certified Activities Director Carol Bowman; and Judy Conkle. Volunteers not in the photo include Michael Kelly; Dee Nazzaro; Kelly Rine; Sister Carol Pregna, RGS; Carol McLaughlin; Joann Drnach; Kim Michaud; Diane Fredericks; Kathy Galinski; Karen Morris; Sara Risovich; Gerald Jacovetty; Kathy Shook; Kate Gallo, Glynda Marie Walker; and Ed Novotney.

Good Shepherd Nursing Home Honors Volunteers with “Hearts Full of Grace”

 “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” Dr. Martin Luther King once said in recognition of the contributions that volunteers make to American life. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve… you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling honored the dozens of people with hearts full of grace who volunteer their time to make life better for its residents.  Administrator Donald R. Kirsch presided over a recent luncheon that honored the contributions of Good Shepherd volunteers.

“We’re grateful for the wonderful people who choose to spend time with our residents,” he said. Volunteers assist at Daily Mass, in the Dining Room at meals, and with the activities that Good Shepherd offers every day for its residents. “Their acts of kindness mean the world to us.”

The event was arranged by the nursing home’s Certified Activities Director Carol Bowman and her staff. Good Shepherd Chef J.T. Porter prepared a meal for the volunteers that included sliced beef with mushroom gravy, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, fresh broccolini, fresh fruit cup and cheesecake with strawberries.