Shell Point Retirement Community’s board of directors has appointed Martin Schappell as president, following the November retirement of Peter Dys, who served as president for the past 31 years.
“After a rigorous and skillful search, the Board found an ideal candidate close to home and unanimously endorsed Martin for the role of president. He brings a strong faith base, professionalism, knowledge, and strategic leadership skills to guide Shell Point, as the community focuses on the expansion of its services and campus,” said Dr. Mark O’Farrell, Chair of the Board. “There is no doubt that this is the man sent by God to lead this community.”
Schappell is well acquainted with the nonprofit’s mission and core values, culture, and operations after more than eight years of service as a Shell Point board member, and serving as executive vice president throughout the past year. In his new executive role, Schappell will oversee every aspect of the organization, including healthcare, residential life, marketing, business operations, and employee relations.
His professional background includes substantial experience in the healthcare industry. For the past 15 years, Schappell served as senior vice president of the Behavioral Health Division of Universal Health Services, Inc., one of the largest hospital management companies in the nation. Schappell holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and a M.Ed. degree in community counseling from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
“Shell Point is a healthy, vibrant, and successful community. I am passionate about maintaining this reputation and position as an industry leader among continuing care retirement communities, as we continue to grow.,” said Schappell, emphasizing his commitment to the organization’s mission to care for, serve, and satisfy residents.
As Florida’s largest single-site continuing care retirement community (CCRC), Shell Point has a strong history of providing a wide variety of lifestyle opportunities, coupled with comprehensive Lifecare for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment since its founding in 1968. Located just two miles before the Sanibel Island causeway in Fort Myers, Florida, Shell Point offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care, with a staff of more than 1,000 employees. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, a championship 18-hole golf course with an extensive clubhouse facility, and numerous educational and recreational programs. To learn more about Shell Point, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.
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