William Woeltjen, Board of Trustees

Previously serving as interim CFO and Treasurer for Sarasota Memorial Hospital, William Woeltjen was named Chief Financial Officer in November 2010. As Chief Financial Officer, William is responsible for all financial matters related to the health care system, including financial reporting, financial planning, revenue cycle, reimbursement, debt management and managed care contracting. He has more than 25 years of experience in corporate health care finance.

Before joining Sarasota Memorial’s Finance Department in 2007, William, a Certified Public Accountant, served as corporate treasurer and corporate chief financial officer for University Community Health in Tampa. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.

 

 

By: Lee Yousri

I think almost everyone can boast of a full and interesting life, but I found Jean Glasser’s full, interesting, and also somewhat complicated. She discusses it with such verve and vigor, I almost asked her to write her own bio.

Jean hails from New Jersey. At the early age of 17, as an honor student from Hillside High, she was picked for employment by a prominent local law firm. She was thrilled. “I was an honor student but I hated school,” she confessed.

For the first six months she was stymied. Lawyers spoke a different language, but she heeded her father’s advice to “hang on” and eventually found herself for the next 30 years dealing with real estate matters, divorces, adoptions, estates, and all sorts of interesting subjects. To quote her: “I learned so much about law and life. It was most helpful with my own life. There was always a new challenge.”

Along the way she met and married her first husband and had a son. Unfortunately the marriage ended in divorce, but Jean soldiered on and was rewarded with a second and a third marriage, both of which sadly left her widowed. But what joy they brought! Plus they brought her four daughters, who in turn have blessed her with six grandchildren besides the three she has from her son.

Since there was no mention of Sarasota, I wondered how she had ended up here. Jean and her second husband, Edmond, visited close friends and fell in love with Sarasota. They thought, “In New Jersey we have a house in the city and one on the shore for summer fun. Sarasota encompasses both in one.”

The decision was made; in 1979, they moved south and settled in the South Gate area of Sarasota. Jean took a job with a law firm (it was in her blood) and together they thoroughly enjoyed life in Sarasota. After Edmond’s passing, Jean met Otto Glasser through an associate at the law firm. They married and took up residence in The Meadows. After adding 13 years to the 30 she had worked in New Jersey, Jean reluctantly retired at  Otto’s “request.”

This is not the end. Her volunteer work includes Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Selby Gardens, a four year term as Governor of the Bird Key Yacht Club, 17 years as President of the Meadows Condo Association, the choir of the Redeemer Church, Key Chorale, and the Meadows choir.

From the latter three you can guess that Jean is a singer. Key Chorale was especially interesting as it performed with the Symphony whenever a choir was needed. And you can add to all this her hobbies of walking, swimming, dancing, playing the organ, reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, the “arts,” etc., etc., etc.

One last thing: Jean claims she chose her apartment at Plymouth Harbor because of its many spacious closets. That’s interesting and quirky as most of her stories are. But no matter what her reason was, we’re just delighted she’s here!

 

Two desserts a day…that’s what George Heitler credits for reaching his 100th birthday. On September 3, 2015 to be exact, this accomplished and energetic Plymouth Harbor resident will celebrate this landmark with his wife Florence, who’s 95 years of age herself. But that’s not the only milestone being celebrated this summer – on July 30, 2015, Medicare and Medicaid celebrated its 50th anniversary. What do these two have in common? George Heitler.

As a child, George always admired Abraham Lincoln. “I thought he was a good man, an honest lawyer, and I respected that he charged modest fees,” he says of the former president. Despite his apparent interest in law, George first thought he’d try his hand at pre-med. That didn’t last long though. In college, he performed his first dissection and decided, “That’s not for me.” It was then that he settled on law school.

In 1938, George graduated with his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. But it wasn’t until 1957 that he joined the national Blue Cross Association as in-house legal counsel. Oddly enough, it was George’s friend who first applied for the open position, but when he was interviewed, instead suggested George for the job. It was as simple as that. George joined the Blue Cross Association as Assistant Secretary and House Counsel, and when he retired from his post in1981, he had moved his way up to Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

As a senior officer of the Blue Cross Association in 1965, George proudly remembers that he had a hand in drafting Medicare and one of the biggest programs in U.S. history, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Not surprisingly, George counts this among his proudest accomplishments throughout his 100 years. He remembers the hard work that he and his team put into it, and the seemingly endless months of drafting and redrafting of the bills. “Few people know that in the first draft of Medicare there was only supposed to be one unit. But AMA (American Medical Association) opposed it. They wanted two parts – Part A and Part B, which is what we have today.”

When reminiscing on these times, Florence instead remembers their silver bowl – a “gift of forbearance” given by the Blue Cross Association (BCA) to the wives and families of those involved. “The country got Medicare and I got a silver bowl,” Florence jokes as she pulls the bowl out from her kitchen cabinet. Engraved, it reads, “In Grateful Recognition of Your Months of Forbearance – BCA, 7–1–66.” While she jokes, Florence has a constant smile as she listens to George talk about this piece of their history.

Capture2Even outside of his involvement with Blue Cross, George never seemed to experience a dull moment in his life. When he was a toddler, he participated in a “baby beauty contest.” When he was 20, he met Florence over the back fence of his parents’ home in Brooklyn – she was 17, attending college at Adelphi, and visiting relatives next door. One rainy day, Florence’s aunt asked George to drive her to the subway, but he instead drove her home, and the rest was history when they were married on April 21, 1940.

Back in 1938, George’s first job out of law school paid him only $10 per week. After he passed the bar exam, he graduated to $25 per week, which is when he and Florence were married. They lived in a Brooklyn apartment that cost them $58 per month. At that time, Florence had just passed the social service exam and was working for the Child Welfare Bureau. When George was asked about the initial years of his career, Florence instead replies, “Well, he was really interrupted by World War II.”

When war was imminent, George volunteered for the Navy but was rejected due to very poor eyesight. He later volunteered for the Army, but was again rejected. After that, George and Florence were blessed with their first son, James. However, after Pearl Harbor, George was drafted and accepted by the Army for limited duty. On the day that he reported, he was the last man in line selected for limited duty in the U.S. only. Despite that classification, George wound up at the port of embarkation to go overseas and join the 1st Army. “Had I just gotten out of line to go to the bathroom, I wouldn’t have been chosen,” George remembers. But, as luck would have it, or as George calls it, “his dumb luck,” one of his college classmates happened to be one of the ranking officers that day. He took George out of line and rejected him.

The reassignment center then assigned George to serve as Chief Clerk and Legal Advisor to the 4th Service Command Rents and Claims Board at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. While living there, George and Florence had their second son, Richard. But, George’s light-hearted tone quickly changes as he shares that the group of 1,600 men, of which he would have been a part, were involved in the invasion of Normandy. Of those 1,600, an astounding 1,200 lost their lives.

After George was discharged, the family made their way back to New York. It was then that George took a break from law, and worked for his grandfather’s smoking pipe manufacturing firm. After some time, George made his way back into law. He became a member of the Ethical Culture Society of Long Island, New York, where he met the leader, who became his dear friend and eventually led him to the job at Blue Cross. While working for the Blue Cross Association, he was instrumental in the taking over of the Blue Cross Commission from the American Hospital Association. This eventually took the Association from New York to Chicago, and the Heitlers followed suit.

“Chicago is a wonderful city,” Florence says. “You could do and be anything you wanted to. It was also a much more welcoming city for getting involved.” In their time in Chicago, George served on the board of the Chicago Public Library, while Florence spearheaded the efforts of the Citizens Information Service (CIS). She worked with people of all ages, informing them of their rights and eventually gaining a three year government contract. At the end of its contract, the CIS was one of only 12 organizations to receive commendation.

George retired from Blue Cross at the end of 1981, and immediately joined a private practice law firm in New York, where he stayed for only four years. “The nature of the practice changed and I wanted out,” George remembers. This time he retired for good, and it was around the same time that they visited Sarasota with friends. After this visit, they were sold. “There wasn’t a doubt in our minds that we wanted Sarasota,” Florence says. They bought a condo on Longboat Key and split their time between here and a summer home in Southbury, Connecticut.

When George and Florence moved into Plymouth Harbor in 2000, their children made them promise not to sell the condo. They kept that promise, and today, the Heitlers’ sons have bought the condo underneath, expanding the space for their growing family – including the Heitlers’ four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. George and Florence’s motivation and drive continued once they were here at Plymouth Harbor. Together, the two have served on numerous committees and have participated in a laundry list of groups and activities. Florence has served as the Chair of the Plymouth Harbor Dining Committee and as Secretary of the Residents Association.

George served as Colony Director for five years, and prides himself on leading the Smith Care Center monthly birthday bash, the low vision support group, and Plymouth Harbor sing-alongs. George has been passionate about singing all throughout his life, running numerous choral groups, and play acting as a member of the Plymouth Harbor Players. The two also make it a point to stay active, playing bridge and only recently giving up tennis – Florence played tennis for 90 years of her life, and George played up until a few months ago, retiring at the age of 99 and a half.

Outside of Plymouth Harbor, George brings the joy of these sing-alongs to other continuing care retirement communities in the Sarasota and Manatee areas. The list of their contributions and involvement in the community throughout their lifetime is almost endless, but to name a few, the Chicago Henry Booth House, Heritage Village Master Association, The Ethical Culture Societies of Chicago and Long Island, the Law Committee of the American Ethical Union, and board member and vice president of the Democratic Club of Longboat Key.

As you would expect, George places an enormous emphasis on the importance of ethics, admiring Abraham Lincoln as much today as he did as a child. The tradition even carries on with his family, as each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild that ever played Abraham Lincoln in a school play uses the top hat that George wore on his wedding day. While 2015 has blessed the Heitlers with numerous highlights this year – George’s 100th birthday, Medicare and Medicaid’s 50th anniversary, and the Heitler’s 75th wedding anniversary – it still has one more milestone in store for this couple. This coming November, on the day after Thanksgiving, George and Florence will celebrate their 15th anniversary of living here at Plymouth Harbor.

It’s hard to beat a year like 2015, with so many exciting and noteworthy moments, but if anyone can do it, it’s George Heitler. Happy birthday, George! Thank you for sharing your 100 inspiring years with us. We look forward to seeing what 2016 holds.

Jon F. Swift, Board of Trustees

Prior to joining the Board of Trustees, I knew about Plymouth Harbor’s great reputation in the community. Since joining, I have been thoroughly impressed with it as a comprehensive CCRC. It has been very educational  for me, and I’m glad that I can contribute my construction background to help the organization during an exciting growth period. 

An Ohio native, Jon Swift attended Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, studying industrial technology. In 1969, Jon started his own construction company and moved his organization to Sarasota 10 years later. Currently, he is the CEO of Jon F. Swift Construction.

As an active member of the community, Jon is past president of the Argus Foundation of Southwest Florida, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., and the Police Athletic League of Sarasota County. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange and the Development Services Advisory Board of Sarasota County, and is currently on the Board of Directors of Sabal Palm Bank and The Field Club. Jon has a passion for woodworking and enjoys spending time in the shop. He and his wife Janey have five children and seven grandchildren.

 

Nora Patterson, Board of Trustees

Our ties to Plymouth Harbor date back many years, to when John’s father was a resident. I am pleased to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Nora Patterson served as a Sarasota County Commissioner for 16 years, retiring in November 2014. Prior to that, she held a seat for eight years on the Sarasota City Commission. Nora grew up in New York City, obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Duke University and a Master of Education from the University of Florida in Educational Psychology. She has been a small business owner, a teacher, and a real estate broker. She has lived in Sarasota County since 1970 with her husband John, a local attorney and a former chair of the Plymouth Harbor Board of Trustees.

Nora has always been active in the Sarasota community, serving on numerous boards of directors.  In addition to the Plymouth Harbor Board of Trustees, she currently holds a seat on the board of Teen Court of Sarasota as well as the Jewish Family and Children’s Service. She previously represented Sarasota County on regional boards that deal with subjects such as the regional water supply of a four-county area; MPO, the transportation planning organization advisory to the Florida Department of Transportation regarding Manatee and Sarasota counties; the maintenance of the Intracoastal Waterway in a four-county area; and TBARTA, a regional transportation authority.

We are indeed fortunate that Judy and Dick Diedrich chose Plymouth Harbor! They are charming, delightful, enthusiastic people whom you will enjoy meeting and getting to know.

They were both born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Judy attended college at Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and Hamline University in St. Paul. Dick went to Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.

Dick was in the Air Force and went to the Russian Language School in Monterey, California, and was then stationed in northern Japan and Omaha, Nebraska. He started his working career as a computer programmer and worked his way up to being president and CEO before he retired in 2004.

Judy and Dick were married in August 1961. They lived in St. Paul, Omaha, Cleveland, Syracuse, and Springfield, Massachusetts, before moving to Kanaya condominiums in Sarasota. Along the way, they had three children: Pamela who lives in St. Petersburg and works with an eating disorders program, Stuart who lives in Redwing, Minnesota, and works as a shift supervisor at a Sioux casino, and John who trains Arabian horses and works for a custom office manufacturer. They have five grandchildren.

However, their most important commitments have always been in doing service to their church and their community, wherever they live. At one point, Dick was on the board of 17 different community groups! Perhaps most important has been his association with the Boy Scouts where he has received many awards and traveled to the World Scout Foundation.

Judy has been a member of the Junior League in the various cities they lived in, and was involved with the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, including co-chairing a major fundraising event. They have both been active with the Church of the Redeemer.

For fun, they are members of the Bird Key Yacht Club, and enjoy movies, plays, the symphony, and eating out with their friends. They anticipate playing golf. They both enjoy reading mysteries, and they are both circus “nuts,” attending every circus that comes to Sarasota.  Here in Plymouth Harbor, Judy has attended line dancing and plans to continue with it, and also hopes to try out water aerobics. Dick is attending the Better Balance class.

So do get to know the Diedrichs, and help to welcome them to Plymouth Harbor.

 

Virginia, Donna’s birthplace and home for much of her life, is reflected in the soft southern mellowness of her speech and her gracious hospitality in inviting a stranger into her only recently occupied and partially furnished apartment, proffering a steaming mug of coffee and a readiness to chat.

Spending much of her early life with a caring uncle and aunt because of her parents’ divorce, Donna also grew very close to her adored grandmother whose loving guidance influenced her early commitment to her church and the deep satisfaction and inspiration she derived from her personal involvement. That sense of wonder, joy, and fulfillment is clearly evident in her book, “The Message of the Cameo,” published in 2000 and still available today.

After an initial false start, typical of young college freshmen, Donna settled into the role of student, majored in psychology, and graduated from Radford College with a B.S. with honors. She subsequently felt she wanted a more hands-on career, returned to Vanderbilt University where she earned a second B.S. in nursing. This more rewarding profession she practiced for many years, in a variety of situations and with an ever-increasing level of responsibility, including teaching nursing at East Tennessee State University, serving as a sought-after nurse recruiter for several hospitals, and as a public relations director for a hospital. She then opened her own marketing and consulting business, and was elected the first female member of the local Rotary Club. She retired in 2000, but remains a life member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Her husband, Bob, a physician specializing in radiology, retired about the same time and they began splitting their time between Tennessee and Longboat Key.

Donna’s only son, a commercial airline pilot, a sturdy, supportive source of joy and closeness, died suddenly of a ruptured blood vessel in 2007 — at the age of 42. Bob’s solidity and love along with her deep, abiding faith, helped her deal with the shock and anguish of their loss. So, life continued, including long-range plans to move to Plymouth Harbor; they had joined the Harbor Club and visited events. Bob developed a serious illness culminating in his death in 2014.

Having sold her home in Tennessee, but continuing with Longboat Key, Donna is now eager to be more involved with Plymouth Harbor activities — physical, social, and artistic.

If you ask Susan Johnson to describe herself, she’ll tell you that she’s a typical New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Susan, or “Sue,” as many know her, spent most of her life in New York City, attending grade school, undergraduate, and graduate school in the area. Her New York roots are so deep that she even had her North Garden apartment remodeled to look like her very own New York loft.

“When I was younger, I used to ask my mother, ‘What’s across the water?’ And she would say, ‘Nothing, honey. Don’t pay any attention to it,’” she laughs. “It was only the rest of the United States!” Today, Sue has traveled all over the world — from Europe to Russia to the French Polynesian Islands, and even Africa, her favorite of them all. But before becoming a world traveler, Sue established herself in a career of education — and a pretty notable one at that.

In 1953, Sue graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and immediately went into teaching. “That’s what you did,” she says. “Men had come back from World War II and it wasn’t easy for women back then.” She spent several years as a teacher, even relocating from New York to Texas for three years with her first husband to serve as an elementary school teacher in San Antonio. To acquire her teaching license there, Sue was required to pass a class on Texas state history.

“Here I was a New Yorker in Texas,” she recalls. “The teacher took one look at me and said, ‘Y’all a Yankee?’” Sue passed the course with flying colors, and still remembers her response to the teacher’s final question: what did you learn? “I said ‘we lost!’” she jokes, referring to the Civil War.

After moving back to New York, Sue quickly climbed the professional ladder. She moved from teaching to serving as a guidance counselor at a junior high school from 1957 to 1959. Around that time, she increasingly began to notice a lack of women in educational leadership positions, which motivated her to go back to school and earn her master’s degree from Brooklyn College.

Degree in hand, Sue became an instructor in Teacher Education at Hofstra University on Long Island, and later moved on to serve in several high-ranking positions for the Great Neck Public School District. Her motivation didn’t end there. She went on to attend night school at Columbia University’s Teachers College, earning her Master of Education in 1976 and her Doctor of Education in 1978. And it wasn’t easy — at that time, Sue was divorced from her first husband and was raising her two children while working and attending school. “I would finish at 4 a.m.,” she remembers. “I’d write my dissertation at night, sleep for two hours, then get up with the kids and do it all over again.”

While at Teachers College, Sue interned as an assistant at the Superintendents Work Conference and worked alongside Dr. Carroll Johnson, 20 years her senior and a professor in educational administration at the time. “I took one look at him and knew we would be together as life partners,” Sue says of her now-late husband. They were “from two very different worlds” she recalls – she from Manhattan and he from a small farming town in Georgia. Years later, in 1990, they married and moved into an apartment near Columbia University — just three short blocks from the famous Tom’s Restaurant seen in Seinfeld. Together, with their blended family (her daughter and grandson, and his two children and three grandchildren), they became an unstoppable team. (Tragically, at the age of 21, Sue’s son was killed after being hit by a car while he was crossing 8th Avenue in New York.)

Two years before marrying Carroll, Sue had moved up from the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Middle Island, New York, to the Superintendent of Schools in Florham Park, New Jersey — one of only five women superintendents in the country at the time.  Prior to accepting that position, Sue was named one of North America’s 100 Top School Executives by the National School Boards Association, no small feat at the time. Later, she was recognized in the 1995–1996 edition of Who’s Who in American Women in Education. When asked how she achieved these amazing accomplishments, Sue simply replies, “You have to believe in yourself and have mentors who help you along the way — it takes resilience, belief, and commitment!”

While Sue is modest about her achievements, if you’ve ever met her, you know that her vibrant personality and go-getter attitude surely played a part. This is evident in a story she tells from her time as Assistant Superintendent, when she was asked to give a speech at a conference in front of 300 of her peers. While Sue was discussing the lack of women in leadership positions in the industry, one man stood up and started yelling that it was a sin to have women in these high-ranking positions. Sue stopped her speech, looked him straight in the eyes, and said, “If you don’t have a question, sit down.” After a major round of applause, Sue and her notorious speech were featured across the country in the conference’s national newsletter.

After serving four years as Superintendent, Sue transitioned full-time into an Educational Superintendent Search Consultant, a job she had previously been carrying out in her spare time. In this position, Sue traveled to, and conducted searches for, numerous districts, including Bernardsville, Montclair, and Millburn, New Jersey; Natrona County, Wyoming; and St. Louis, Missouri. She conducted searches assisting her husband, who had become the prime consultant for the National School Boards Association. Carroll was a nationally recognized scholar, and one of the first superintendents to voluntarily integrate schools during the 1960s in White Plains, a city school district in Westchester County, New York. He also created the superintendent search methodology that has been adopted all over the country.

Near the end of her post as Superintendent and the beginning of her time as a Search Consultant, Sue and Carroll visited a friend who had recently relocated from Martha’s Vineyard to Sarasota — and it was on that first visit that they fell in love with Sarasota. On a whim, they found a colorful townhouse on Longboat Key and put in a bid that was accepted that very same weekend. Sue and her husband owned that home for almost 20 years before visiting their dear friends, the Cooks, for brunch at Plymouth Harbor. After that, Carroll was sold, and following a short stint on the wait list, they moved into their North Garden apartment in 2010. A few years later, Carroll passed away at the age of 99.

Today, Sue is involved in an abundance of activities, and refers to herself as a “life-long learner.” Back in 1996, she developed an interest in mediation due to her work with teachers unions, so she became certified in family mediation in Sarasota’s 12th Judicial Circuit Court. A short time before that, she became a docent at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where she still serves today.

To further satisfy her never-ending thirst for knowledge, Sue chairs the Plymouth Harbor Art Committee, is a member of the Library Committee and the Program Committee, and has given several book reports and art history presentations to fellow Plymouth Harbor residents. Sue previously served as a mentor to local principals, and now enrolls herself in at least three educational courses per year. Presently, she’s taking a course on Russian Literature at USF Sarasota’s Lifelong Learning Academy.

On any given day, after a friendly tennis match on Longboat Key or a brisk walk across the John Ringling Bridge, you can find Sue reading her iPad or plugged into her iPhone listening to a book. And it doesn’t stop there — Sue is currently learning bridge, and has plans to visit Oxford in the fall for a two-week course on British literature.

With a refreshing enthusiasm for life and a unique commitment to learning, Sue ends our conversation with a smile. “Living here at Plymouth Harbor has been an opportunity for me to meet the most interesting people with such varied backgrounds and experiences that enhance my quality of life and add to my joy of living,” she adds. “Life gives you great stories.” Indeed it does.

Leon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but lived in Allston, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Air Force during World War II, training as a pilot until the war was over. He attended Northeastern University through the G.I. Bill, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He joined a family jewelry business for several years and then decided to start his own company, Opus, Inc.

It started in a garage at his home, where he made products for lawn and garden wholesalers. Bird feeders became the main product. All manufacturing and shipping was outsourced. He built a factory in Bellingham, Massachusetts, and employed several hundred people. Leon has some patents for squirrel proof feeders. After many years, Opus sold bird feeders around the world. He feels that much of his success was due to serendipity, which gave rise to many wonderful stories.

Leon has two sons, one daughter and six grandchildren. He has done sculptures in soapstone and some work in wood carving. His favorite animal is the giraffe which he made using clay.

Both Leon and Pat lost their first spouses within a week. They met through a mutual friend and were married.

Pat was born in and grew up in Chicago, Illinois with her twin sister. She attended the University of Illinois and Gregg business school. She worked as a secretary for several years before marrying her first husband. She raised three sons and has seven grandchildren. In 1972, she moved to the Detroit area and in 1978, she moved to Paris, France, where she lived for three years. Upon returning to Birmingham, Michigan, she became a fashion coordinator for B. Siegal and a small boutique in Birmingham.

Her hobbies were lapidary, jewelry making, sewing and cooking. In 1987, she moved to the Meadows where she lived until 2005, when she married Leon and moved to University Park. Leon and Pat remained there until April 1, 2015, when they moved into Plymouth Harbor, a place which she adores and loves the people.

William R. Kennedy, M.D., Board of Trustees

In my years of serving on the Plymouth Harbor Board I have never been among a finer group of individuals. I am always amazed at the accomplishments of our Board members and their dedication to their Board responsibilities. I think this dedication in itself speaks for the institution and its residents. Plymouth Harbor is simply the best, and I am honored to be a board member.

William R. Kennedy, M.D. is co-owner of Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center and specializes in Adult Reconstructive Joint Surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Kennedy graduated from Tulane Medical School and did his orthopedic residency at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia. While there, he served as the Senior Annie C. Kane Fellow in Orthopaedic Surgery and held a teaching appointment as a clinical instructor at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Kennedy has designed numerous total hip systems that were manufactured by several companies from 1972 until1995. He also designed several knee systems and is currently the co-designer of the Zimmer CR Flex Total Knee System. Dr. Kennedy is a member of the Florida Orthopaedic Society, American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He is also a member of the Florida Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors, and has served as President and Vice-President of the Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery. Dr. Kennedy enjoys spending time with his family and woodworking, especially if it involves boats. He is an avid sailor, and in 1980, he qualified for the Olympic final trials in the Star Class.