Shell Point implements new technology that enhances quality of life for skilled nursing residents and the staff who care for them

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2022) – Shell Point Retirement Community has implemented an innovative proprietary technology that enhances service for its skilled nursing residents – and job satisfaction for the health care team who care for them.

Shell Point is the only skilled nursing center in Florida that is currently using Partners Advanced Pharmacy Solutions 250, an advanced medication dispensing system prestocked with up to 250 oral medications. The APS 250 machine selects and packages the medications in individualized labeled envelopes and collects them in totes to simplify how nurses deliver medicine to residents.

“This level of technology amplifies our resident experience,” said Christy Skinner, Shell Point’s Vice President of Health Care. “Not only does it improve the efficiency and accuracy of our medication administration, and allows us to offer 24-7 care since we don’t need to wait for an order to be filled,” said Skinner.

Karen Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources, said that along with added safety and convenience, Shell Point’s skilled nursing staff immediately recognized the benefit of the new system.

 “It increases job satisfaction because it allows nurses more time at the bedside,” she said. “The technology enables our nurses to concentrate on resident care rather than preparing medications to be administered.”

Shell Point’s skilled nursing has received national recognition, including five-out-of-five-star ratings for overall service, quality measures, and staffing from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Shell Point, a Certified Great Place to Work, ranks 29th among the Top 100 Employers by the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance. To learn more about open positions on Shell Point’s skilled nursing team, visit www.Careers.shellpoint.org.

“Implementing the APS 250 is another example of Shell Point giving our staff the tools and technology they need to provide our residents with the best possible care,” Skinner added.

Shell Point recently completed the Larsen Health Center, a $78 million, 200,000-square-foot facility that brings together all of Shell Point’s health care services, including a comprehensive medical center, behavioral health suite, rehabilitation center, dental offices, pharmacy, and a 180-bed skilled nursing facility with private rooms.

Within Larsen Health Center, a medical center includes exam and procedure rooms, on-site imaging services, and offices for Shell Point’s medical staff and specialty physicians. A therapy center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services in a dynamic open-gym concept, along with an occupational therapy home suite, a state-of-the-art aqua therapy pool, and private treatment rooms. A dental clinic, full-service pharmacy, chapel, meeting space, and cafe complete the first floor.

Floors two through six offer 162 private and nine companion skilled nursing rooms with 10-foot ceilings, expansive 8 x 9-foot windows, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers. Dining rooms and sunrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing water and nature preserve views. Each self-contained residential neighborhood accommodates 20 residents and offers a living room, activity room, lounge area, and a family conference room.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, an arts center, coastal-inspired restaurants and outdoor cafes, salons and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, along with miles of scenic walking and bike trails and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131

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Shell Point completes Larsen Health Center

$78 million health care facility offers 200,000 square feet of private-room skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy, and medical office space

Shell Point Retirement Community has completed the Larsen Health Center, an approximately 200,000-square foot facility that combines Shell Point’s health care services, including a comprehensive medical center, behavioral health suite, rehabilitation center, dental offices, pharmacy, and a 180-bed skilled nursing facility with private rooms and scenic views.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 13, 2022) – Shell Point Retirement Community is pleased to announce the completion of the Larsen Health Center, a $78 million, 200,000-square-foot facility that brings together all of Shell Point’s health care services, including a comprehensive medical center, behavioral health suite, rehabilitation center, dental offices, pharmacy, and a 180-bed skilled nursing facility with private rooms.

“Very few CCRCs are making investments in skilled nursing, but we’re bullish on it,” said Shell Point President and CEO Martin Schappell. “Locating all medical services within one facility accelerates access to care, enhances collaboration in treatment, and hastens the healing and restorative process. Shell Point made the financial commitment to this project because our residents deserve excellent clinical care, private rooms, and a hospitality-driven experience.”

Shell Point’s skilled nursing has received national recognition, including five-out-of-five-star ratings for overall service, quality measures, and staffing from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Within Larsen Health Center, a medical center includes exam and procedure rooms, on-site imaging services, and offices for Shell Point’s medical staff and specialty physicians. A therapy center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services in a dynamic open-gym concept, along with an occupational therapy home suite, a state-of-the-art aqua therapy pool, and private treatment rooms. A dental clinic, full-service pharmacy, chapel, meeting space, and cafe complete the first floor.

Dr. Carol Clark; Dr. Gary Goforth; Dr. David Nesselroade; Rachel Zellers, Director of Long Term Care; Jeff Cory, Legacy Foundation Executive Director; Christy Skinner, Vice President of Healthcare; Karen Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources; resident Dorothy Larsen; Adam Hinds, Vice President of Operations; Martin Shappell, President and CEO; Burke Rainey, Vice President of Finance; Lindsey Bryant, Director of Nursing; and Jason Smith, Senior Director of Amenities at the Larsen Health Center Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Floors two through six offer 162 private and nine companion skilled nursing rooms with 10-foot ceilings, expansive 8 x 9-foot windows, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers. Dining rooms and sunrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing water and nature preserve views. Each self-contained residential neighborhood accommodates 20 residents and offers a living room, activity room, lounge area, and a family conference room.

“Neighborhood spaces create a nurturing environment for socializing and activities and reflect Shell Point’s personalized approach to care,” said Christy Skinner, Vice President of Healthcare. “Here, our healthcare staff, volunteers and caregivers have the tools and technology they need to provide our residents with the best possible care.”

A full-service salon for residents, an employee cafeteria, and administrative offices are located on the second floor.

Larsen Health Center’s contemporary interiors were completed by Wegman Design Group, who created award-winning designs for Shell Point’s Tribby Arts Center, Welcome Center, and several amenity and common space renovations around the campus. 

Shell Point’s Julie Nipper, Justin Schiff, Martin Schappell and Adam Hinds with Larsen Health Center project team members Kevin Mangan, Stantec; Steve Mason, Fiber Solutions; Dave Heuring and Mitchell Elliot, RDG Planning & Design; Lori Wegman and Meghan Kolund, Wegman Design Group; Kevin Winter, Johnson Engineering; Nick Pizza, Shane Bauer, Michael Thomas, Dennis Gallagher, Morgan Thie, and Nathan O’Donnell, The Weitz Company.

“Our goal in the Larsen Health Center was to create a space that would be welcoming to families, comfortable for residents, and supportive to staff,” said Lori Wegman, Founder and Principal of Wegman Design Group. “The interior design is inspired by nature, flexible and adaptable, accentuated with beautiful materials and mindful details. The beautiful surroundings of the Shell Point community are reflected and highlighted throughout the building.”

The Larsen Health Center project team includes RDG Planning & Design, The Weitz Company, Johnson Engineering, Stantec Consulting Services, and Fiber Solutions.

“The planning, design and construction process with the Shell Point team a rewarding experience,” said Mitchell Elliott, Principal at RDG Planning & Design. “Together, we will have an extraordinary impact on senior health care for years to come.” 

Shell Point broke ground on Larsen Health Center in September 2019. The facility is located in Shell Point’s Waterside neighborhood, which includes The Springs assisted living, Connected Living at The Springs memory care residences, and the Shell Point Welcome Center.

Shell Point President Martin Schappell, City of Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson and Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, an arts center, coastal-inspired restaurants and outdoor cafes, salons and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, along with miles of scenic walking and bike trails and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131


MEDIA CONTACT:

Shell Point Retirement Community: Kara Hado

239-454-8245; cell 239-310-1115; karahado@shellpoint.org

Shell Point’s Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series welcomes Jay Saccaro on March 30

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CUTLINE: Jay Saccaro of Baxter International, Inc. will cover innovation and progress in modern health care during Shell Point’s final Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries session on March 30.

Free community health care program to address innovation in modern health care

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community will conclude its fifth annual 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series on March 30 with a presentation by Jay Saccaro, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Baxter International, Inc.

Free and open to the public, the presentation, entitled “Innovation and Progress at a Modern Healthcare Company,” will offer an overview of the innovation process and approach at Baxter International, Inc., including the company’s focus on customer input in product development. Saccaro will also share specific examples from Baxter’s renal business, where the focus has been on modernizing the devices that are used in home treatment for end-stage renal disease and the use of technology to improve patient experience.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 30 in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is requested by calling 239-433-7936.

Saccaro is a leader of Baxter International, Inc., a Fortune 500 American health care company that focuses on products to treat hemophilia, kidney disease, immune disorders and other chronic and acute medical conditions. He originally joined the company in 2002 as manager of strategy for the company’s BioScience business, and over the years assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of financial planning and vice president of finance for the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as corporate vice president and treasurer. He previously held strategy and business development positions at Clear Channel Communications and the Walt Disney Company, and was also senior vice president and chief financial officer at Hill-Rom Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University.

Shell Point’s 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries is a community speaker series designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice.

Shell Point’s Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series welcomes Dr. Gary Small of UCLA on Jan. 14

Free community health care program to address memory and brain health

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off its fifth annual 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series on Jan. 14 with a presentation by Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine.

Free and open to the public, Small’s presentation, entitled “Strategies for Improving Memory and Brain Health,” will discuss the common memory complaints associated with aging and how to differentiate them from more serious conditions. He will also highlight how exercise, diet, stress management and memory methods can compensate for cognitive challenges and even stave off future symptoms of dementia.

The program will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is requested by calling 239-433-7936.

Small is a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, as well as a Parlow-Solomon professor on aging, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he is also director of the UCLA Longevity Center. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications, as well as the international bestseller, “The Memory Bible.” Small’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine and Newsweek, in addition to numerous television programs such as NBC’s Today Show, CNN and PBS. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Jack Weinberg Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the Senior Investigator Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. In 2002, Scientific American magazine named Small one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology.

Shell Point’s 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries is a community speaker series designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice.

Shell Point’s 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series to offer four free educational seminars

Lineup to include presentations January through March

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community has announced the roster for its fifth annual 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series, a free community speaker series beginning in January, designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice.

Free and open to the public, this educational series will feature prominent local and national experts who will address recent advances in the fields of global health care, macular degeneration, memory disorders and modern medicine.

Four presentations complete the lineup for the 2020 speaker series, including:

All four Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries presentations will be held in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is requested by calling 239-433-7936.

The 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series is presented by The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point in conjunction with Shell Point Wellness Connection. The series is sponsored UBS Wealth Management.

Shell Point hosts Dr. Michael Klaper Feb. 28 to address medical breakthroughs in health care

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CUTLINE: Learn about the effects of eating healthy from internationally recognized author and speaker Dr. Michael Klaper during a Shell Point Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries session on Thursday, Feb. 28.

 

Shell Point hosts Dr. Michael Klaper Feb. 28 to address medical breakthroughs in health care

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2019) – Shell Point continues its fourth annual 2019 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series with a presentation by internationally recognized author and speaker, Dr. Michael Klaper, to be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Village Church Auditorium at Shell Point. This educational health care presentation, entitled “Nutrition Meets Modern Medicine: The Key to Reversing Chronic Disease,” is free and open to the public. To learn more or to register, call 239-433-7936.

During this presentation, attendees will explore the role of eating healthy foods in reversing diabetes, high blood pressure, clogged arteries and other chronic diseases. Klaper will also share practical examples for healthy shopping, food preparation and restaurant dining.

Klaper is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and has received postgraduate training in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology and orthopedics at University of British Columbia’s teaching hospitals in Vancouver.

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New memory care center opens at Shell Point

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Photo 1: Shell Point Retirement Community recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its brand-new 28-bedroom, 21,182-square-foot memory support center, Connected Living at The Springs. (Left to right): Sunny Torres, Shell Point; Tammie Fraser, Shell Point; Sharon Dobbins, Shell Point; Christy Skinner, Shell Point; Gary Goforth, Shell Point; Dave Heuring, RDG Planning and Design; Amber Caton, Wegman Design Group; Jason Smith, Shell Point; Justin Schiff, Shell Point; Kelly Scott, Shell Point; Ronette Icso, Shell Point; Martin Schappell, Shell Point; Adam Hinds, Shell Point; Fran DeMarco, Stantec; Steve Morrison, Johnson Engineering; Josh Beverly, DeAngelis Diamond; Reggie Morgan, Shell Point; Tim Lochridge, Shell Point; Kayla Pudlin Harm, Shell Point; Rita Southern, Shell Point; Christine Gulotta, Shell Point.

Photo 2: Shell Point partnered with Wegman Design Group for the interior décor of the new memory care center that includes muted pastels, conversational artwork and comfortable fabrics.

Photo 3: In addition to its 28 private rooms, the new Connected Living Memory Support building features outdoor spaces that incorporate musical instruments and sensory objects to promote creative expression.

 

 

New memory care center opens at Shell Point

 

FORT MYERS, FL. (Jan. 29, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly constructed 28-bed, 21,182-square-foot memory care center, Connected Living at The Springs. The center will provide residential care for seniors with age-related cognitive diseases, including Alzheimer’s and other various forms of dementia.

“It’s been a joy to welcome new residents to Connected Living at The Springs,” says Christine Gulotta, memory care director of Connected Living at The Springs. “Their new home was designed to provide cozy spaces, a calming atmosphere and a safe environment full of sensory-rich stimuli.”

To complete this project, Shell Point partnered with DeAngelis Diamond, Wegman Design Group, Stantec, RDG Planning and Design, and Johnson Engineering.

The floorplan of the Connected Living building is arranged into two groupings of 14 apartments each, which function as cohesive households. Each household has established its own, unique rhythm that is familiar to residents and helps daily experiences feel natural. Staffing is kept consistent within each household, allowing for strong, relationship-based interaction between residents and the memory support specialists providing their care.

“The result is a homelike environment for residents that is secure while also allowing for freedom of movement both indoors and outdoors,” says Gulotta. “Residents can bring their own furnishings to individualize their apartments to their taste. This further establishes a comfortable setting that feels just like home.”

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Shell Point hosts Dr. Amanda Smith Jan. 28 to address medical breakthroughs in health care 

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CUTLINE: Dr. Amanda Smith of Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute will establish an understanding for Alzheimer’s and dementias, cover current treatment and review the most recent research during a Shell Point Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries address on Monday, Jan. 28.

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2019) – Shell Point continues its fourth annual 2019 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series with a presentation by Dr. Amanda Smith of Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. This educational health care program, entitled “Advances in Alzheimer’s Diseases,” is free and open to the public. To learn more or to register, call 239-433-7936.

During this presentation, Smith will establish an understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementias, cover current treatment and strategies, discuss advances and diagnosis, and review the status of current research and lifestyle behaviors that reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Smith is the director of clinical research at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida Health, as well as an associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine.

This presentation is part of Shell Point’s 2019 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series, an annual community health care speaker program that serves as a resource for residents in the greater Fort Myers area. All Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries events are free to the public, and will be held in the Village Church Auditorium at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. To learn more, visit www.legacyshellpoint.org.

Shell Point’s Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series welcomes Dr. Shane Shapiro of the Mayo Clinic

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CUTLINE: During Shell Point’s Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series on Tuesday, Jan. 22, Dr. Shane Shapiro of the Mayo Clinic will discuss topics that include regenerative medicine and the misleading myths accompanying such treatments.

Jan. 22 program to address medical breakthroughs in health care 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2019) – Shell Point kicks off its fourth annual 2019 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series with a presentation by Dr. Shane Shapiro of the Mayo Clinic, taking place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. This educational health care program, entitled “Clinical Applications of Regenerative Medicine,” is free and open to the public. To learn more or to register, call 239-433-7936.

Dr. Shane Shapiro is a nationally recognized physician and the medical director of the regenerative medicine therapeutics program at the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. During this presentation, he will describe the current state of regenerative medicine applications available to patients in clinical practice. He will also debunk many of the myths and misleading information accompanying such treatments while highlighting legitimate progress in the field, such as the use of stem cells that may become available in the near future.

The 2019 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series is an annual community health care speaker program that serves as a resource for residents in the greater Fort Myers area. All Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries events are free to the public, and will be held in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, located at 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. To learn more, visit www.legacyshellpoint.org.

Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series offers four free educational seminars at Shell Point  

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Photo 1: On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Dr. Shane Shapiro of the Mayo Clinic will discuss topics that include regenerative medicine, and the misleading myths accompanying such treatments, during this Shell Point Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries presentation.
Photo 2: Dr. Amanda Smith of Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute will establish an understanding for Alzheimer’s and dementias, cover current treatment and review the most recent research during a Shell Point Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries address on Monday, Jan. 28.
Photo 3: Learn about the reverse effects of eating healthy from internationally recognized author and speaker Dr. Michael Klaper during a Shell Point Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries session on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Photo 4: Join Dr. Malissa Wood of Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday, March 26, as she covers lifestyle approaches that positively impact one’s cardiovascular and overall health, during the final Shell Point Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries session.

Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series offers four free educational seminars at Shell Point

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2019) – Shell Point has announced the roster for its fourth annual 2019 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series, a free community health care resource for residents in the greater Fort Myers area.

This educational series, sponsored by The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point in conjunction with Shell Point Wellness Connections, will feature prominent local and national experts who will address recent advances in the fields of regenerative medicine, Alzheimer’s disease, nutrition, chronic disease and more.

“Each year the caliber of our speakers has grown. This year we are excited to welcome health care experts to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice,” said Jeff Cory, executive director of The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. – “Clinical Applications of Regenerative Medicine,” presented by Dr. Shane Shapiro, Mayo Clinic
  • Monday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. – “Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease,” presented by Dr. Amanda Smith, Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida Health
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. – “Nutrition Meets Modern Medicine: The Key to Reversing Chronic Disease,” presented by Dr. Michael Klaper, internationally recognized author and speaker
  • Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. – “Make This the Healthiest Year of Your Life Yet!,” presented by Dr. Malissa Wood, Massachusetts General Hospital

All four Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries presentations are free to the public, and will be held at the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Reservations are required for each program by calling 239-433-7936. To learn more, visit www.legacyshellpoint.org.

The 2019 season of Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries presentations is sponsored in part by: Lee Health Foundation, UBS Wealth Management and Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.