Greenwich is not only known for its beautiful homes and accomplished residents, it is celebrated for its quality of life for all generations. The Nathaniel Witherell, which is a Greenwich Town-owned and -operated skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation center, has been part of the cultural fabric here for generations. As such, it has been fortunate to attract accomplished Greenwich residents to its boards.
Two such individuals – Larry Simon, who was Chair of the Board of Directors of The Nathaniel Witherell from 2016 to April 2023, and David Ormsby, Chair of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell since 2006 – were among them.
Both men stepped down this year to make way for new leadership and were honored on September 20th at a special luncheon at the Witherell.
As he reminisced about his 20+ years of volunteer service in Greenwich, Simon commented, “When I tell people who are looking to make Greenwich their home, I point out that Greenwich is multi-generational, and I ask them to consider the entire picture – the schools, cultural life, shopping, and also the fine care we provide to our elderly at The Witherell… You can take the measure of our community by how well we care for our most vulnerable.”
David Ormsby concurred and thanked everyone for their support.
“Appointing Larry and organizing Project Renew were two of the best things I ever did,” Ormsby said, referring to the two-year campaign beginning in 2013 that raised over $9 million to refurbish and modernize The Nathaniel Witherell.
Brad Markowitz presented both men with commemorative plaques, and John Mastronardi, Executive Director of the Nathaniel Witherell gave the closing remarks, which summed up the spirit of the day:
“While David and Larry have decidedly different leadership styles, they share some very
important values. They dedicated their time, energy, intellect, heart, and lives in the service of others and achieved one of the noblest distinctions anyone can aspire to, to become a Servant Leader. The people they’ve served have often been the least recognized and most forgotten, which makes their service to Greenwich that much more honorable.”
The Nathaniel Witherell Nathaniel Witherell is a short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing center of care, located on 24 acres just two miles from downtown Greenwich, Connecticut.
The Witherell is committed to person-centered care provided by a compassionate and experienced staff. Short-term rehabilitation and sub-acute post-hospitalization are offered daily. The nonprofit is owned and operated by the Town of Greenwich and has been serving the community for over 118 years, reflecting the community’s collective commitment to provide for the Town’s seniors when home care is no longer an option.
To learn more about The Witherell, visit us online at www.nathanielwitherell.org or call 203-618-4200.