Shell Point Appoints Mark Tesoro As Memory Care Unit Program Manager

FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 17, 2008) — Mark Tesoro, MA, recently joined the Shell Point Memory Care department as the Program Manager according to Steve Minniear, Vice President of Healthcare Services for Shell Point Retirement Community.

Shell Point’s Memory Care Center, located in the Larsen Pavilion, dedicates an entire floor of resources to patients in need of these services. Therapeutic recreation programs are tailored to strengthen both mind and body. Those with early-stage memory loss reside in a separate area, so that they may enjoy the highest degree of independence possible. With a staff of five full-time physicians, two nurse practitioners, 66 licensed nurses, 89 certified nursing assistants, and a myriad of other health care professionals including social workers and therapists, Shell Point focuses on exceeding the expectations of care and services that are offered. Shell Point is working at the forefront of healthcare with local community groups, and making advances in the field, which ensures that patients in the Larsen Pavilion receive the best care available.

“Mark Tesoro brings a wealth of information and expertise to Shell Point’s Memory Care Unit, and as the Program Manager, will continue current programs, as well as create new programs that will offer patients the best in care and services,” said Minniear. “His experience and knowledge will offer the highest level of care possible to assist patients in the Memory Care Unit.”

Prior to coming to Shell Point, Tesoro worked in the Lee County Health Department, serving as the Supervisor for Lee County’s Injury Prevention Program. Tesoro has more than 10 years of experience coordinating clinical, research, and grant activities related to language and memory disorders. While at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served as Program Coordinator for the Division of Cognitive Neurology and Neuropsychology. He was also employed with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in Washington, D.C., as a Senior Analyst developing behavioral health performance measures for the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). While there he coordinated the activities of national experts to establish managed care quality assurance standards that are currently used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans. Tesoro is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received both his B.A. and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has been accredited since 1993 and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.

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