New community partnership graphic with The Miller Center and Alzheimer's Association logos

Alzheimer’s Association Forms Community Partnership with The Miller Center

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LEWISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA– The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter is collaborating with The Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness through the ALZ CARES (Community Alliances for Resources, Education and Support) Community Action Plan to assess and meet the growing need for dementia education and support.


Through this partnership, the organizations will work together on creating an action plan to expand Alzheimer’s and dementia care and support programs within the Lewisburg area. The Miller Center will offer Alzheimer’s and dementia education and awareness programs in the community and at its Lewisburg location, beginning in September 2023.

“The Miller Center’s dedication to preserving and improving the health of those in their community through collaborations makes the organization a perfect partner for the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Sara Murphy, vice president of programs and services for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. “We are excited to partner with Tthe Miller Center to increase the local community’s awareness about dementia, importance of early detection and ways we can lower our risk via brain health education.”


“I’m truly excited for this opportunity to bring The Miller Center and the Alzheimer’s Association together in yet another unique, community partnership,” said Ryan McNally, director, Miller Center & Community Health Initiatives. “The need for additional resources for those in our area battling or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia is a great one. This collaborative effort will help both organizations deliver much needed aid and resources to individuals living with dementia and caregivers, as we strive to work together in an effort to strike out Alzheimer’s.”


More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Pennsylvania alone, there are more than 280,000 people living with the disease and 400,000 caregivers.


For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit For immediate care and support, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.




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Front of the Miller Center building, showing the YMCA sign, as well as signage for the joint venture of Evangelical and Geisinger

Degenstein Grant to Help Make Childcare in the Region More Accessible

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Through a generous $2 million grant from The 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation, the Miller Center—through its joint venture with Evangelical Community Hospital and Geisinger and in partnership with the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA—is poised to make childcare in the region more affordable and more accessible.

The $2 million grant from The 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation, along with a $1.68 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Congressionally Directed Spending Grant previously secured with the help of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s office, will cover the construction costs for a childcare center at The Miller Center. The plans include an expansion on the west side of the facility. Other operational details are still in development.

“Our workforce at Evangelical is at least 50% women, if not more. Accessing affordable, quality childcare is the number one issue I hear when discussing the challenges facing young families with employees and prospective employees,” said Kendra Aucker, President and CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital, and President and Board Chair, The Miller Center. “We have to get creative and help these families with this essential service.”

“As an organization passionate about the health and well-being of the communities in Central Pennsylvania, we understand that far more goes into mental and physical health than just medicine,” said Matthew Walsh, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Geisinger, and Board Secretary, The Miller Center. “We’re proud to be part of this collaborative effort that will help provide local families with the support they need to live productive and fulfilling lives in these incredible communities.”

“In order to operationalize the expansion and make quality, affordable childcare more readily available to the families who need it, we’ll be looking to area employers to join us in this effort,” added Aucker.

The need for more affordable childcare options continues to grow.

“There are nearly 11,000 pre-kindergarten aged children in Union, Snyder, and Northumberland counties and almost 60% of them have working parents,” said Bonnie McDowell, CEO, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 1,500 childcare classrooms have closed in Pennsylvania. So as more and more children need care, parents face fewer and fewer options.”

Construction of the new space—the first step in this effort to address the community need—would not be possible without the support of The Degenstein Foundation.

“Charles Degenstein was a long-serving member of the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA and kids were his passion,” noted The 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation Trustees. “The Foundation is pleased to continue its support of The Miller Center and the mission to develop a sustainable model of childcare that delivers more accessibility and more affordability to young families in our region. In addition, this effort benefits our business community by paving the way for more young families to remain in the workforce.”