Seabrook welcomes new executive director

Philip Jean takes the helm

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January 21st, 2020
When he’s not ensuring things run smoothly at Seabrook, where he serves as executive director, Philip Jean enjoys spending time with his wife Hilary and his daughter Katie, who are all seen here posing by a pier.

When he’s not ensuring things run smoothly at Seabrook, where he serves as executive director, Philip Jean enjoys spending time with his wife Hilary and his daughter Katie.

What does someone with more than 20 years of experience in health care administration find more rewarding about working in the senior living industry? 

“It’s the opportunity to work in a retirement community that allows people to remain connected to family, community, and the things they value most,” says Phillip Jean, the new executive director at Seabrook in Tinton Falls, N.J. “This includes the ability to offer programs and experiences that promote purpose-filled interactions, diversity, and an environment, which is meaningful and allows for quality of life.” 

Experience counts

Jean joined Erickson Living in 2016 as associate executive director at Linden Ponds, Seabrook’s sister community in Hingham, Mass. Prior to joining Linden Ponds, he served as an operations consultant, led several eldercare and independent living operations, and served as a licensed nursing home administrator with a few health care systems.  

Jean is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators and currently serves on its board of directors. “I truly enjoy the opportunity to give back to the industry and help shape the future of senior care,” he says of serving in the industry. 

“We are very excited to have Phil lead the team at Seabrook,” says Erickson Living Vice President of Regional Operations Chris Emmett. “His proven leadership and expertise in senior housing and health care services will ensure Seabrook continues to be one of Jersey Shore’s best senior living communities to live and work.”

That’s exactly what Jean plans to accomplish. 

Though he says there are many opportunities at Seabrook, his top three priorities include collaborating and empowering leadership to focus on culture and ways to support and advance the Erickson Living values and brand, meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives, and improve or enhance overall employee engagement and resident satisfaction.

“In addition to providing an unparalleled lifestyle to seniors, we are excited about current and future development activity that will allow the community to expand on existing programs and services,” Jean says. 

New year, new look

This year, community members, staff, and visitors can expect to see some of those developments around the 98-acre campus. 

Renovations to Town Square Clubhouse have begun as part of Seabrook’s lifecycle improvements. Every Erickson Living-managed community receives a facelift every seven to ten years in order to remain modern and fresh in all common areas. 

Seabrook will also see its on-site continuing care neighborhood repositioned to include memory care. As a continuing care retirement community, Seabrook provides assisted living, long-term care, inpatient rehabilitation, and soon memory care on site—in addition to its independent living apartment homes—so residents don’t have to move again should their health needs change. 

“Our goal is to not only meet the changing needs of current residents but attract new residents, provide choice and program flexibility, and maintain affordability and marketability,” Jean says.

A special place

And that, he adds, is what makes Seabrook so special. 

“Seabrook is a diverse and vibrant community fueled by the Erickson Living values and mission. We encourage and promote a community that is resident-driven, allowing for positive engagement and a rich culture,” he says. 

Plus, he adds, “Our location by the Jersey Shore and close to New York City make us attractive to many.”

Location was a bonus for him and his family as well. When they relocated to the Jersey Shore from New England, which had been their only home, having family and friends near Seabrook made for a smooth transition. 

“We plan to remain a part of Seabrook for many years to come and look forward to forging new friendships and experiencing new opportunities, both personally and professionally,” Jean says.