Presidential Oaks, a continuing care care center for seniors, has announced that CEO Anne Purington will retire this summer. She joined NH Odd Fellows Home, dba Presidential Oaks, in 1997 as director of finance and has served as CEO for the nonprofit since 2002.
Purington guided the facility from “cost basis” reimbursement to “acuity based” reimbursement; saw the organization through several financial struggles; ensured tax-free bond compliance; and managed a multitude of renovations – most notably, “The Million Dollar Renovation” of Retirement Living in 2008. Purington has also launched many events including Theme Dinners, New Year’s Noon, Sweetheart Dinner, Friends and Family Dinners, and Summer Concerts on the Green.
Purington says that the most challenging year, by far, was 2020, which put resident and staff lives in danger. Purington manned the front desk, worked seven days a week, and wrote (and rewrote) procedures to keep up with ever-changing reopening guidance. Despite the fact that more than 90 facilities in NH had outbreaks – 13 with multiple outbreaks – Presidential Oaks was able to keep every resident from contracting COVID-19 under Purington’s leadership and the efforts of her team, according to a statement.
Purington is not much for fanfare, so a retirement party is not anticipated. However, the memories of her staff, residents, and families throughout the years are very dear to her. Anyone with fond (or funny) memories of Purington are asked to submit them to Krista Marrs at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 7. The stories will be compiled into a commemorative book.
Purington also asked that, in lieu of gifts, donations be made to Presidential Oaks in her honor by June 30.
For more information, call 603-724-6100 or visit www.presidentialoaks.org.