She began in the mailroom, while he started as a trainee, but before their retirement, Tom and Marie Belcher both held high-ranking positions for the Aetna insurance company. After decades in the industry and 15 years of friendship, Tom and Marie were married in 1990. What finally brought these two together?

View their April Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

The years of 2012 to the present represent a time of extreme growth and forward vision for Plymouth Harbor. Not only did Plymouth Harbor implement programs and practices that would best serve its current residents, both now and into the future, but the community also looked at the needs and services desired by future residents. Thinking of both today and tomorrow, Plymouth Harbor began drafting plans for a new building that would feature additional assisted and independent living units as well as a memory care center (now known as the Northwest Garden Building). In addition, in 2012, the Plymouth Harbor Foundation was established to further ensure the stewardship of funds contributed to Plymouth Harbor.

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What do medicine, Chicago, and Africa have in common? Paul and Macky Groen.

Paul Groen, M.D. is a graduate of Wheaton College near Chicago, where he was born. He went on to attend Baylor University College of Medicine and took his residency in Detroit. Macky (short for Maxine) graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received her R.N. from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago. She also went on to earn a Master’s degree at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

It wasn’t until 1964, however, that the two met — in Africa. That year, Dr. Groen arrived at Mkar Christian Hospital in northern Nigeria, and by chance, Macky was the director of the nursing school. By 1965, the two were married. Eventually, the couple moved back to the states with their two sons, where Dr. Groen not only went on to study orthopedic surgery, establish a private practice in Wheaton, and teach at Loyola Medical School, but he also founded Doctors on Call for Services (DOCS). DOCS arranges for specialists to travel, on their own dime, and teach African doctors in their fields of expertise.

How did these two end up in Africa in the first place?

View their March Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

The years of 2007—2011 represent a smaller period of growth for Plymouth Harbor, as we geared up for major developments to take place in 2012 and beyond. In 2007, the Smith Care Center secured approval to open our beds to the community at large. This same year, Plymouth Harbor embarked upon a 36-month Capital Improvement Project that helped provide improvements to the infrastructure of the campus. Plymouth Harbor also expanded in areas of community outreach, dining services, and resident wellness activities.

 

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From traveling around the world to winning a gold medal in the Arthur Murray dance competition, Kansas City, Missouri, natives Phil and Barry Starr have lived an exiting life together.

In addition to his passion for videography and recording our monthly Insights presentations, Phil held a long and successful career in the insurance business. He graduated from Princeton, earned his MBA at Wharton, and became a certified life underwriter. He joined the Army and retired with a captain’s rank. From there, he went on to R. B. Jones Insurance Brokers in Kansas City, and took the company public before retiring after 36 years.

Barry graduated from Smith College, and having studied in Paris for a year, she tutored in French. She also served in many community positions — as a library board member, an art gallery docent, a church volunteer, and a Junior League officer.

How did these two meet? And what brought them to Sarasota?

View their February Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

Picture6In 2004, Harry E. Hobson was recruited and hired as the President/CEO of Plymouth Harbor, succeeding Stan Clouse. During this decade, Plymouth Harbor conducted a general “sprucing up” of the campus, and each year brought a new project. The buildings received a fresh coat of paint, Mote Marine installed an aquarium on the main floor, the fitness room received a facelift and new equipment, the North Garden atrium project was completed, and the Mezzanine was expanded and renovated for resident gatherings and informal get-togethers. In 2006, our 40th anniversary year, a new strategic plan was approved that focused on six key initiatives, including insuring Plymouth Harbor’s long-term success and providing modern and updated accommodations.

 

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Terry and Maureen Aldrich have been married for 16 years. They met in 1999 when she walked into his antique shop, and it was love at first sight.

Throughout his years, Terry has held two very different careers. First, he spent 20 years as a psychotherapist on active duty in the Air Force and as a program director for civilian mental health clinics. Second, he spent another 20 years as a business owner focused on the import and export of Western European antiques and furniture in Sarasota, Atlanta, and Italy. Maureen on the other hand began as a ballerina with the New Orleans Opera. She also studied world dances, ranging from SW Native Americans, Haiti, Brazil, Ghana, Hawaii, and 17th century France. In her career she choreographed ballets, became an associate professor of dance therapy at the University of Illinois, a professor in the history of dance at Vanderbilt, and has published three books on the subject.

What made Terry decide to make the move from a career in psychotherapy to running an antique shop? And how did Maureen turn her passion for dance into a career?

View their January Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to resident Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

In 1999, Mildred (1897-1996) and Bernard (1898-1997) Doyle established the Doyle Charitable Trust Scholarship. Since then, more than 25 scholarships have been awarded to Plymouth Harbor employees and their children.

A result of the deep admiration the Doyles developed for Plymouth Harbor employees during their residency, the trust was established as a means to provide ongoing educational assistance to “a worthy and needy child of an employee of Plymouth Harbor” or “a worthy and needy employee seeking to increase their skills or to obtain a higher education.” Each year, a scholarship committee at Northern Trust Bank, including former Plymouth Harbor executive director Jack Smith, selects two recipients for the $5,000 scholarships.

 

 

 

AAPicture3Following the expansion plan of the 1980s, Plymouth Harbor continued to make updates throughout the campus in the years to come.

Beginning with the installation of solar heating for the outdoor pool in 1992, updates to existing amenities and technology became a main focus. In 1993, Pilgrim Hall received a home theater system and an updated PA system. In 1994, the Plymouth Harbor Dining Room was completely redone with a $1.2 million renovation. Additionally, Channel 58 (now known to residents as Channel 195) was installed as an in-house TV station to keep residents updated on events and activities occurring at Plymouth Harbor.

 

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Picture3354Plymouth Harbor embarked on an ambitious expansion plan in the mid-1980s, prompted by the financial necessity of adding more apartments to ensure our financial viability. The North Garden complex, designed by architect Stuart Barger, was built to complement the Tower with its open-air atrium. When it opened in 1988, a big selling point was the long waiting list for Tower apartments—which the North Garden did not have.

“I didn’t have any sales tools! What I did have was a long waiting list for Tower units. I used that to talk to people about the North Garden,” says Margaret Wierts-Parrinello, a staff member at the time. The Board wanted the new apartments filled as soon as possible so that the future residents could pick their paint colors, carpeting, tiling, etc., and help the architect complete the building.

 

 

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