Michael is a veteran administrator and someone who is very familiar with the area surrounding the new Martine Center, having spent many years in the White Plains market. His broad experience includes skilled nursing facilities, rehab centers, assisted living and adult day care, and he was the unanimous choice to take the reins of the new Martine Center. Michael is hands-on and was involved in every aspect of life at every facility he has ever managed. In fact, Michael was instrumental in helping Centers select Martine as the new name, insisting that “The new name of the facility needs to reflect our commitment to the community we serve.” That’s just like Michael – residents and community always come first.
Kathrin brings an awful lot to the Martine community. She has over 20 years of experience, with more than 15 years devoted to geriatric care as well as a background in intensive care PLUS international training as a nurse! Saying she knows about nursing is an understatement; the vast knowledge she's accumulated over the years has become an extension of her.
But what everyone notices about her is that she knows caregiving. Kathrin is a nurse, first, last and always. She considers herself an administrator “on the side,” yet somehow every scrap of paperwork is done correctly, and on time, and her department runs like a Swiss watch. Maybe it’s her German heritage, or maybe we just found the best darn nurse in Westchester. Even at home she’s always looking after someone. These days, it’s usually an extra dog or two. Kathrin is a volunteer dog rescuer and provides a foster home to dogs in need. But what really sums up who she is, is her favorite quote, from Maya Angelou: “They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” We couldn’t agree more.
Larry came to Martine Center after successfully leading our facility in Nanuet to an outstanding record of successful rehabilitation and building a word class team there. Now he’s bringing his talent, enthusiasm and leadership to Martine, along with his personal philosophy of “working the whole patient .“ And that approach will guide the team here to equally impressive success stories. “Most rehab teams will treat the injury and the nursing team will treat the recovery site. But if the patient has other issues that go unchecked they’ll never get back to full independence. I make sure we think about balance, muscle tone, and flexibility, and that we develop a care plan in concert with the nursing team.
When we send a patient home, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that they’re ready for the challenges of the daily living”. Backed by a great team that shares his philosophy, Larry and his group are out to make Martine Center one of the most successful rehabilitation centers in the region.
Lori really knows how to put the Centers Health Care spirit of “Heart. Health. Home.” into everything she does. You might say she been developing that spirit all her life. You see, Lori’s grandfather was a nursing home resident when she was born, and she grew up visiting him from the time she was an infant. Now THAT’S a lot of experience. Her mother told her stories of how the residents “all got to hold the baby” and what a difference it made in their lives. Lori is still making a difference in residents’ lives today, although now she's using her degree in social work from Fordham University and nearly 20 years of working in nursing homes. “It takes more than being a cute baby to help people” she likes to say “but visits from babies definitely help! I always tell people, ‘I was born in a nursing home.' I know very well that no one plans to become a nursing home resident, so it’s up to us to make sure they have a wonderful experience. I have a great team to work with here at Martine Center, and that makes it easy to ensure that everyone here enjoys themselves. And if I can resolve a few issues that might be getting in the way of a resident enjoying himself, then I’m thrilled to do so.”
With leaders like Lori on the team, it’s no wonder our residents love living here.