Meet the Team! Executive Director of The Village at Penn State Shares Her Journey of Family Connections and a Successful Career
May 2, 2021
Executive Director of The Village at Penn State, Ellen Corbin, has served as a healthcare professional for over 35 years. Beginning her journey as a registered nurse, Ellen began her career working in the cardiac and maternity department of a local hospital. Later finding her way to retirement living, it was Ellen’s personal connection with her great grandmother and grandparents that motivated her to pursue this special kind of service.
“My great grandmother lived to be 102 and while she was aging, she spent time living in each of her daughter’s homes. One of them was my grandmother,” Ellen explains. “I can remember going to my grandmother’s house and helping them take care of her. Eventually, she moved to a long-term care community,” Ellen recalls.
A special family connection…
Coincidentally, the retirement community where Ellen’s great grandmother lived was the same community Ellen would work as Director of Nursing years later. With time, her grandparents moved to this community as well, making Ellen’s work especially meaningful. During her time working as Director of Nursing, Ellen went back to school to earn her Master’s degree in Health Administration with a focus on long-term care.
“Right before I was about to take the test for my long-term care administrators license, I saw a job opportunity at The Village,” says Ellen. “Of course, whether or not I got the position depended on passing my license,” she explains. Ellen passed her test and assumed her role as Long-Term Care Administrator at The Village in February of 2004. She then became Executive Director in 2013 and has been bringing happiness, comfort, and inspiration to residents and team members throughout the community ever since.
17 years at The Village at Penn State
“This is my 17th year working at The Village,” Ellen emphasizes. “Every day is new and exciting and brings on new challenges, which I enjoy.”
The best part of my role is being able to build relationships with residents. I enjoy learning about their unique experiences and how to make their life meaningful at The Village.Ellen Corbin, executive director of the Village at Penn State
As Ellen oversees operations of the entire community, she wears several hats on a daily basis. “Amidst this pandemic one of my most important responsibilities is ensuring safety and security for our community. That is my main focus every day, to ensure that we are following the CDC and DOH guidelines and making sure that our residents not only feel safe, but are safe,” she reflects.
As residents feel safe and secure in this beautiful community and have received COVID-19 vaccinations, they enjoy numerous opportunities to safely engage with friends, pursue their passions, and uncover new interests. “Our residents truly love our community life programming. Being a university-based community, we have many connections with Penn State and our residents enjoy attending those events,” says Ellen. Whether it’s a professional lecture held within The Village’s newly rennovated Community Room, a trip to one of the university’s sporting events with permitted spectators, or a musical theatre program, residents take advantage of the community’s multi-faceted relationship with Penn State University.
A worry-free lifestyle with the convenience of care
In addition to their close relationship with the university, Ellen says residents at The Village especially enjoy their care-free lifestyle. “Residents who move to The Village don’t have the same concerns as when they were living in their previous homes. Here, everything is taken care of for you. Our residents’ needs are met by maintenance and housekeeping and their meals are prepared for them by our professional chef and dining team,” she states.
Whether they’re dining al-fresco beside the beautiful Palmer Park or enjoying modern cuisine at The Bistro, the convenience and luxury of this community brings joy to residents on a daily basis. And as the weather warms there are plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation, including bocce ball, tai chi, a game of putting golf, kickboxing, and more.
Before living here, we came to dinners at The Village and met residents who spoke so highly of the community. We could tell they were very happy to be residents, overjoyed. They made our decision very easy. And we’re thrilled that we’ve had the same experience.Al and Jane Butler, residents of The Village at Penn State
In addition to incredible food and community life programming, the convenience of care is just one more amenity that makes The Village a desirable place to live. “We have medical services on-site so if you need to see our doctor or have routine blood work, everything is here for you. We also have podiatrists and audiologists so that residents don’t have to leave the community if they don’t want to, which is especially convenient for our residents during the winter,” Ellen affirms. The Village at Penn State also offers transportation to any doctor’s appointments residents may have outside of the community.
Caring for residents like family
As Ellen oversees every department, a quality that remains consistent among The Village’s team is their dedication to customer satisfaction and resident care.
Our team at The Village care for residents like family. That is something I see here every day. We are highly focused on customer service no matter what department we’re in, and we go above and beyond to make sure our residents are happy.Ellen Corbin, executive director of The Village at Penn State
Developing relationships and ensuring happiness, Ellen and team members at The Village continue to create close connections with residents throughout their community. Among The Village’s many friendships, the community’s spirit of togetherness and camaraderie continue to grow.