Shell Point Retirement Community’s president, Peter Dys, marked his 30th anniversary at Shell Point on Aug. 1, 2015.
Dys assumed the role of president on Aug. 1, 1985, at age 41, after serving for four years as a member of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation board of directors for Shell Point. During this time, he provided much insight and assistance to Shell Point as it planned further expansion and development of its facilities and services. This experience provided for a natural transition to the position as President, and through his conservative management and wise fiscal policies, Dys has led Shell Point to its present-day position as an industry leader among continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).
Dys has overseen many significant initiatives during his 30-year tenure, including expanding the community from one neighborhood to four, opening three assisted living facilities, and completing a $74 million healthcare “renaissance,” which resulted in the expansion of skilled nursing care at Shell Point. After more than doubling the residency, today, Shell Point is fully occupied and financially strong, delivering “Lifestyle with Lifecare” to approximately 2,400 seniors with a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
“Dys’ pursuit of excellence for the welfare of the resident is modeled and seen at all levels of management,” said Dr. Mark O’Farrell, board of directors chair. “As a CCRC, we have been blessed by his vision, sacrifice, and commitment to provide the services that enrich residents and employees alike.”
Dys first entered the field of aging services as the Founder and Executive Director of the Lancaster County Office of Aging in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1974 to 1985. In 2008, Dys received the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging for his outstanding achievements in the retirement and lifecare industry.
Today, Dys serves as Chair of the Governor’s Continuing Care Advisory Council, where he has provided advice, feedback, and recommendations to the Office of Insurance Regulation regarding lifecare services provided by facilities throughout the state of Florida to ensure not only compliance with the law, but also quality services for residents who enjoy care and services in these facilities. He has served on the Governor’s Continuing Care Advisory Council for more than 10 years during his career at Shell Point.
About Shell Point Retirement Community
Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Fort Myers, Florida, operated by the Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc. A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest single site CCRC in Florida with 2,400 residents and more than 1,000 employees. Located just two miles before the Sanibel Island causeway, Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free boat dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, four open-to-the-public dining venues, and numerous recreational facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.
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