Ormsby Steps Down at Nathaniel Witherell; Larry Simon Steps Up

Photo: David G. Ormsby.

Photo: David G. Ormsby.

The Nathaniel Witherell, Greenwich’s short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility, reported on Tuesday that David Ormsby, a member of its Board of Directors since 2004 and its Chairman for the last 10 years, announced his resignation from the Board.

At a regular meeting of the Board on Monday evening, Mr. Ormsby said “Change is vital to the growth of every institution. Nathaniel Witherell is no exception. With the completion of Project Renew, the time seems right for new leadership. The physical plant is in excellent operational condition. I believe our staff, headed by Allen Brown, our Executive Director, and Lynn Bausch, our Director of Nursing, leads the finest long-term care facility in the State. Nathaniel Witherell has enjoyed a coveted Medicare five-star rating for every year that rating system has existed. I have been blessed with a fully engaged Board of Directors, which deserves equal credit for our accomplishments at Nathaniel Witherell during the last 10 years. I have also enjoyed the full support of First Selectman Peter Tesei, as well as the Town’s Board of Estimate & Taxation and its Representative Town Meeting. For me personally, it has been a challenging but immensely satisfying experience. I leave the Nathaniel Witherell and its Board in excellent hands.”

The Board of Directors accepted Mr. Ormsby’s resignation with regret and expressed their thanks for his years of tireless commitment to Nathaniel Witherell.

The Board of Directors elected Larry Simon, a member of the Board, to succeed Mr. Ormsby as its Chairman.

Following the completion of his service in December as a member of the Town’s Retirement System Board, the Representative Town Meeting had named Mr. Simon to a second term on Nathaniel Witherell’s Board.

From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Simon served on the Board of Estimate & Taxation of the Town and has previously served on the Boards of Greenwich Land Trust, United Way of Greenwich, the Bruce Museum, and the League of Women Voters.

Mr. Simon was a co-founder and officer of Health Management Systems, a major coordinator of benefits for Medicare and Medicaid programs in more than 40 states, from 1974 until his retirement in 1997.

About Nathaniel Witherell

Nathaniel Witherell is a short-term rehab and skilled nursing center located on 20 beautiful acres just two miles from downtown Greenwich. Its 202 licensed beds are comprised of 42 beds dedicated to short-term rehab for orthopedic, cardiac and other serious medical conditions and 160 beds committed to long-term skilled nursing care including a 40 bed Camelot Unit dedicated to the care of residents affected by severe dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  The Witherell is committed to person-centered care provided by a compassionate and experienced staff. Rehab is available seven days a week. The nonprofit is owned and operated by the Town of Greenwich and has been serving the community for over 113 years.

Witherell reflects the community’s collective commitment to provide for the town’s elderly when home care is no longer an option. The vast majority of residents have lived their entire lives in Greenwich and supported the community in which we live. Nathaniel Witherell was recently recognized as “one of the best nursing homes in Connecticut” by U.S. News & World Report. For each year since the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted its rating system in 2008, Witherell has enjoyed the Center’s coveted 5-star rating, a distinction granted to only 19% of the nursing homes in the United States.

To learn more about Nathaniel Witherell, the public may call Allen Brown, Executive Director, at (203) 618-4323, Scott Neff, Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Development Director, at (203) 618-4227, or visit us online at www.nathanielwitherell.org.


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