January 18, 2021

An Open Letter to the Longview Community and Our Ithaca College Partners

Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself as Longview’s CEO effective January 11. It’s an honor for me to begin building collaborative relationships at Longview, with our partners at Ithaca College, and in the greater Ithaca community. Together, we will not only continue Longview’s mission of non-profit service, we will strengthen and build on it.

My first priority is keeping open and responsive lines of communication. My office number at Longview is (607) 375-6310, and my e-mail is pphillips@longviewithaca.org. For those stopping by the Administration office, please leave your name and contact information with my assistant Sue Howe. If I am not immediately available to greet you, I will get back to you promptly.

As I join Longview and the Ithaca community, I am keenly aware that COVID-19 continues to impact virtually every aspect of community life. And yet, there are growing reasons to be hopeful as we look toward better days ahead. Key among them, I see:

  • Longview’s on-site vaccination clinic for Phase 1A residents and staff in assisted living and enhanced assisted living begins January 22.
  • Phase IB immunizations are underway in the Ithaca community, including for those aged 65+.
  • Under new leadership, the federal government has committed to dramatically ramp up production and distribution of vaccines with the goal of delivering 100 million immunizations in the next 100 days.
  • $900 billion of COVID-19 stimulus funding was approved at the end of 2020, with President-elect Biden calling this merely a “down payment” on the federal spending he has proposed to bring much needed relief for families and businesses.

As public health developments and regulations allow, the Longview Team will be carefully evaluating opportunities to gradually and safely restore programming and services. I dearly wish I could tell you when that will be, but at this point, in all honesty, I cannot. What I will commit is that our Longview Team will keep in close contact so you are aware of the most recent developments affecting Longview’s tenants, residents, staff, visitors, and all our community partners.

As today we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I’m reminded of a quote that, I believe, precisely captures the challenge of this moment. “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” - MLK

I look forward to hearing from you, and close by thanking each and every Longview staff member for serving our tenants and residents with such tireless dedication.

You are heroes, indeed.

Sincerely,
Paul Phillips, CEO


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