The Greens adds a wellness specialist for multi-faceted role

The Greens at Cannondale recently added a new staff member in Nicole Levetown, an advance nurse practitioner, who will serve in the newly created position of wellness coordinator. Ms. Levetown's role is "to provide a level of individual care quite unprecedented in an assisted-living community," according to a press release. "She will be available daily to understand each resident's needs and coordinate services so that their physical, mental, and emotional health is assured."

Ms. Levetown previously worked at Westchester Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center; the New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia, in the neurosurgical intensive care unit and the neuro-interventional and radiology department; and at Northern Westchester Hospital, where she was program administrator in the orthopedic/spine surgery unit.

"What I love about being at The Greens is that I'll be able to get to know each resident really well. In a hospital setting, I saw patients for only a few days," Ms. Levetown said. "Here, I'll be able to observe subtle changes, and follow a resident's progress. I'll coordinate with the rest of the staff to give each resident maximum attention. As I develop a relationship with each person, I'll be better able to communicate their status to family members."

She has been making rounds with Dr. Alan Radin and attending residents' classes and programs to familiarize herself with The Greens. She is also coordinating care at Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, on the same campus.

"Attending programs and activities, I can encourage more residents to participate. Advancing good behavior influences better outcomes. My plan is to wrap my arms around the population of 150, starting with Dr. Radin's patients, revisit those people a number of times, and over the next few months develop relationships with everyone. I can assess how residents are walking, their memory and general disposition and also listen to their lungs and hearts. And I can introduce myself to their families."