A History Of Our Community

“A community that will be a prototype of excellence.” – September 1982

On September 1, 1982, Sherwood Oaks, a “community for active older people,” opened its doors. The philosophy of the founding men and women guided them to build “A place oriented to preventive medicine, rehabilitation, vigor, and to encouraging residents to take an active charge of their own lives…”

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Since this community was started by people who intended to live here, it was natural that the programs and services were designed to meet the interests of residents. There is no social or activities director who designs what residents do. Residents themselves establish committees and participate, or not, as they chose. There are at present nearly 60 resident-led committees. They run the gamut from art classes, bridge and chorus, through swimnastics, Wimbledon and the wood shop.

Although this community was designed for active living, the founders felt that it was important to have on-site health care as a backup to their active lives. After researching various retirement homes in Pittsburgh, they decided that a “continuing care” model was the best. When Sherwood Oaks opened its doors in 1982 they had already built a complete Health Center that included a fully licensed Skilled Nursing center and Personal Care living facility.

Here is a time line of events for Sherwood Oaks:

1982 – Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community opens its doors on the 84 acre campus located in Cranberry Twp, PA for seniors who wanted to retire in Pittsburgh

1983 – Completed construction of the Greenhouse and the Gazebo overlooking the lake

1986 – Sherwood Oaks affiliated with North Hills Passavant Hospital

1994 – We built and dedicated the Oak Lodge a residence for visiting family and friends

1999 – Opened the Fitness Center and built a perimeter walking trail

2001 – A new Gatehouse was completed, and residents established the Employee Scholarship Fund (which has provided over $371,000 in employee scholarship grants

2002 – Sherwood Oaks became a part of UPMC Senior Communities

2006 – Renovations to the Community Center building were completed, enhancing our dining and fitness facilities

2010 – New residents seeking retirement in Pittsburgh began moving into the 24-unit Lakeside Apartment Building

2011 – We dedicated the Oak Grove Center, a care facility for persons with memory impairment. Residents raised over $9 million to support this effort

2012 – The renovated 43-bed skilled nursing facility opens

2015 – Construction of the Cranberry Lake Fitness Center