A Distinguished Addition to the Seabury Staff

Seabury, a premier active life care community in Bloomfield, Connecticut, is pleased to announce that Joyce Harmon, APRN, has joined the Seabury staff as a Community Nurse Practitioner. The new position is unique to Seabury and to the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) industry and was developed at the request of residents and with the guiding vision of Seabury’s Senior VP of Nursing and Chief Operating Officer, Margie Sullivan.

“For people who do not have a physician, for instance new Seabury residents who may be leaving their primary care provider because of distance, they can choose a local physician, Dr. Patrick Coll, or me, to be their primary provider,” Ms. Harmon says of her role as a practitioner. “I can do, legally, about 85-90 percent of what a physician can do, but I am not a physician. I can be their primary care provider.”

Ms. Harmon will accept patients as a Primary Care Practitioner and will work with Dr. Herbert Keating as her collaborating physician. The innovative and award winning House Call Program, developed in association with Dr. Keating, will now fall under Seabury’s medical programs.

“This is a wonderful new initiative that is pretty amazing for Seabury and for the House Call Program. In the patient centered home model, the primary care provider is the manager who works with the patient to coordinate all this care, and is in charge of what medication the patients have. It’s new for CCRCs, such as Seabury. When Dr. Keating and I set out to develop the House Call Program, it was to meet the needs of our patients who were being cared for by fax or phone, which isn’t a good way to take care of the elderly.” Indeed, the House Call Program was studied by UConn Medical students who labeled it a pre-palliative program and deemed that there was not a program like it anywhere in the country.

A Registered Nurse herself, Sullivan welcomes the opportunity to bring Harmon on as a full time Seabury Staff member, noting, “She has a long record of clinical excellence in nurse practice, and has worked closely with Seabury staff in all of our clinical campuses, including our skilled and assisted living units.”

The addition of Ms. Harmon to the Seabury Wellness staff and this initiative will broaden the scope of Seabury’s reputation as an innovator in developing programs aimed at maximizing the health of seniors and will represent a growth opportunity for Seabury Health Care.

We are committed to meeting the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the people we serve by providing services, accommodations, and resources that will assure the highest quality of life for residents, clients and employees through a philosophy of "Wellness, Compassion and Assistance." We are committed to enabling people to lead their lives fully with dignity and joy by the use of resources available to us according to the highest level of good stewardship. We shall make every effort to furnish financial assistance when needed to assure use of our facilities and services. We are committed to carrying out our purpose, by fully accepting God's love and all that means both for us and all whom we serve.