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SearStone Hires Wellness Director and
Director of Resident Life

December 12, 2013

Mark Johnson and Shannon Hoffman
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CARY, N.C., Dec. 9, 2013 – As a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that aims to raise the bar, SearStone prides itself on promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for its residents. The community is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Johnson as wellness director and Shannon Hoffman as director of resident life.

Johnson was most recently wellness coordinator for the Glenaire retirement community, where he had also served as wellness assistant and wellness instructor. Prior to that, he was a wellness instructor at Rex Wellness Center.

Johnson is certified as a personal trainer by Interactive Fitness Trainers of America (IFTA) and as a group exercise instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). He is also an aqua arthritis and land arthritis instructor. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health fitness specialist from East Carolina University.

Now residing in Fuquay-Varina with his wife and newborn daughter, Johnson loves to participate in Triathlons. He has also volunteered with the Arthritis Foundation and Alzheimer’s NC.

Hoffman comes to SearStone from Peak Resources - Treyburn, where she was director of activities. Prior to that, she served as director of activities and volunteer coordinator at Rose Manor Healthcare in Durham.

Hoffman received her Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and park management from East Carolina University. After a stint as a park ranger with the city of Columbia, S.C., she embarked on her career in activities management.

Newly married, Hoffman and her husband look forward to settling into their new home in North Raleigh with their two dogs.

“We love the energy and enthusiasm that Mark and Shannon bring to their new positions, and I’m sure our residents will, too,” said Chris Romick, SearStone’s executive director.

SearStone is nearing 90 percent in pre-sales, with fewer than 19 homes remaining. A variety of home sites and styles are still available but are moving fast.

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com or call (919) 466-9366. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity or follow @SearStone on Twitter.

SearStone Staff Profile Crystal Hays, Director of Nursing

December 01, 2013

Geriatrics is a passion of mine.”

When Crystal Hays, R.N., says that, what comes through is her warmth and compassion. She genuinely cares for the many older patients she has served over a career spanning more than 30 years.

After earning her associate’s degree in nursing from Harrisburg Area Community College, Crystal worked at clinics, assisted and skilled nursing communities, and rehabilitation facilities across Pennsylvania. She even took time to provide in-home care and companionship for a disabled family member.

After relocating to South Carolina in 1998, she worked as a PRN charge nurse for Conway Hospital before a 13-year stint at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where she served as clinical care manager for the Wound Care Program (where the majority of her patients were elderly) and most recently as clinical care nurse/case manager – geriatrics.

Crystal found the opportunity to serve as SearStone’s director of nursing a perfect job fit, and recently relocated to Holly Springs. “I look forward to building relationships with the residents,” she said. “I like to view all of them as members of my own family.”

By the way, her own family includes two daughters and four grandchildren whom she loves spending time with. Crystal also enjoys reading, being outdoors and going to concerts. She’s looking forward to sharing those and other experiences during future resident outings. It’s all part of her approach to developing close ties with residents.

As she and Medical Director Wells Edmundson, M.D., build up SearStone’s medical staff, Crystal says they plan to hire employees with plenty of long-term-care experience. “We’ll have a variety of services including in-home care, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, memory care, therapy, and a pharmacy.”

As she lists the various offerings SearStone will provide, her enthusiasm is infectious. It’s all part of that passion for geriatrics that she mentioned, and we’re thrilled to have her with us. 

SearStone retirement community opens in Cary

November 17, 2013

With its new license in hand, the first residents of the long-awaited SearStone continuing care retirement community in Cary opened for business on Nov. 1.

The North Carolina Department of Insurance on Oct. 28 issued a CCRC license to SearStone, the first CCRC to receive a license in North Carolina since 2008.

For full article http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/print-edition/2013/11/08/searstone-retirement-community-opens.html


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