Promise Pointe at Tampa Oaks Receives Community Partners of the Year Award

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Tampa, Florida (April 17th, 2020) – Promise Pointe at Tampa Oaks (“Promise Pointe”), a senior care development owned and operated by Christian Tyler Properties (“CTP”), recently received The University of South Florida (“USF”) School of Aging Studies Community Partner of the Year Award.

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This award recognizes partners of the School of Aging Studies who have a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of older adults. Promise Pointe is honored to receive the award and excited to see the great things that will continue to result in working together with USF to improve the quality of life for older adults, all while providing exceptional opportunities for the USF School of Aging Studies, nursing students, and all USF Schools the community works with.

“In these difficult times that we find ourselves in during the COVID-19 pandemic, good news like this is to be cherished. I have never been more proud of a group of individuals as I am the Promise Pointe staff that are making sacrifices and showing an unending commitment to the safety and well-being of each one of our residents who we consider to be a part of our extended family” says Kirk D. Eicholtz, president and CEO of Christian Tyler Properties, owner of Promise Pointe.

Promise Pointe’s Partnership with USF

Promise Pointe partnered with USF in January 2019 through instrumental people such as Dr. Kathryn Hyer and Dr. Ross Andel, professors in the School of Aging Studies, along with Dr. Kevin O’Neil, Chief Medical Officer for Affinity Living Group (“ALG”) who all helped make such a unique affiliation become a reality. The public private partnership between Promise Pointe and USF is something we are very proud of, and we hope each resident and their family are also proud of these efforts to make Promise Pointe a preeminent senior care facility.

Steven Strumpf, Executive Director acknowledges, “I am honored to help Promise Pointe at Tampa Oaks work with the professors and students at USF, to earn this award of Community Partner of the Year.  It is exciting to be part of a ground breaking public-private partnership in the study of various aging science curriculum.  Helping the USF students through a variety of programs of memory care research, having the students intern with our management team leadership, working with the USF students enrolled in the RN to BSN nursing program, will help provide much needed new workers entering the healthcare field.”

Promise Pointe is partnered not only with USF’s School of Aging Studies but also with numerous departments throughout the university, such as USF’s Physician Assistant Studies Program, the School of Nursing, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, the Department of Biomedical Sciences, the College of Nursing – Public Health, and the Department of Pharmacotherapeutics & Clinical Research. The primary goal of the relationship between USF and Promise Pointe, according to Eicholtz, has been to help improve the study of aging sciences for not only the residents and families living at Promise Pointe, but throughout the community by sharing the best practices for use with future generations of students and seniors.

Offering Real-World Opportunities for Students

“We are excited to be collaborating with USF to help provide a senior care community where students in medical programs can participate in research projects and quality improvement programs at our state-of-the-art facility,” says Eicholtz. “We have an extraordinary opportunity to combine the great academic work being done at USF with a practical, hands-on, real world experience in day-to-day senior living and geriatric care.

Leadership at Affinity Living Group (“ALG”), the management company for Promise Pointe, share Eicholtz’ excitement for the partnership and its benefits for the future of senior care. “We have an extraordinary opportunity to expose students to wonderful experiences in senior living and geriatric care,” said Dr. Kevin O’Neill, chief medical officer for ALG. “Students will learn to apply what they have studied in an academic setting to the reality of an assisted living setting. There is an urgent national need for more geriatric care workers and leaders. Hopefully, this experience will encourage more young men and women to pursue careers in senior living and geriatric care.”

“With the USF partnership, Promise Pointe will play an important role in training the next generation of geriatric practitioners,” ALG President and CEO Charles Trefzger, Jr. said. “It’s a win-win. Our residents will benefit from the time and attention of the diverse group of students spanning numerous departments, who in turn will benefit from the hands-on experience – learning the real, day-to-day needs of senior citizens at an assisted living community.”

About Promise Pointe at Tampa Oaks

Promise Pointe at Tampa Oaks is an exceptional choice for assisted living and Alzheimer’s and dementia care in a refreshingly convenient location off Interstate 75 in Temple Terrace, Florida. At Promise Pointe Senior Living, a dedication to helping each individual live the highest quality of life is exemplified by exceptional care and attention, beautiful architecture and natural surroundings, and an enriching and inspiring ambiance. Our goal is not only to foster an exceptional lifestyle for our residents, but also for all ages in the greater Tampa community.  We are proud to serve as a resource on senior living issues. For more information, see

About University of South Florida School of Aging Studies

The University of South Florida School of Aging Studies, formerly Department of Gerontology, was established in 1967. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest degree-awarding programs in Gerontology. Its graduate and undergraduate degree programs are multidisciplinary. Faculty members have degrees in diverse areas including Aging Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Gerontology, Law, Medicine, Neurosciences, Nursing, Pharmacology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, and Sociology. Faculty bring their expertise in these scholarly and professional areas, and their specialized experience in gerontology, to bear on the many complex issues faced in understanding the biological, psychological, social, and public policy aspects of aging. For more information, see

About Affinity Living Group

Affinity Living Group (“ALG”) is the seventh largest provider of assisted living in the United States, the fourth largest provider of Alzheimer’s and memory care, and the largest senior housing provider in the southeastern US. ALG is headquartered in Hickory, North Carolina, with communities in eight states. In 2017, ALG celebrated a special milestone: the 100th community opened its doors. The leadership and staff at ALG are devoted to our mission of creating “the best life for all we serve.” For more information, see

About Christian Tyler Properties

Since 1995, Christian Tyler Properties, LLC, (“CTP”) has developed and repositioned commercial properties throughout the State of Florida and more recently has expanded its development efforts to focus on the southeastern region of the United States. CTP has vast experience in both typical “ground up” commercial real estate development (office, retail, multi-family, senior assisted living and memory care, industrial, and flex) and in buying distressed properties from community, local, and regional financial institutions and repositioning them in the marketplace.  Mr. Eicholtz is CTP’s founder and President.  For more information, see