Top administrators named at Sanders, Heron Cove

Bill Nachman - Posted on Aug 14, 2013 - 01:07 PM

Mary Martha Stewart recently was named executive director of Sanders Retirement Village in Gloucester.

Meanwhile, Stewart said that Anette Allen-Santos is the new administrator for Heron Cove, a senior living facility that features two 20-resident houses. Stacey Knox is the new director of nursing at Heron Cove.

Stewart is in charge of the entire complex: Sanders Assisted Living (32 residents), Independent Cottages (14 residents), Heron Cove and the administrative office. The building that housed the original Sanders Nursing Home now houses administration, she said, and is being renovated so that 20 rooms for short-stay rehabilitation patients will open this fall.

Heron Cove’s home-like setting is a new concept in health care, Stewart said, and is the first complex of its kind in this region.

Allen-Santos said the residents seem very happy with Heron Cove, with each house including a large open kitchen and dining area where residents can help plan and prepare meals along with cross-trained staff that handle dietary and housekeeping duties.

Sanders Retirement Village has a total of 107 full- and part-time employees, Stewart said.

Stewart previously worked with Sanders in her role as Riverside Health System’s Director of Culture Change and ClearPath for its Lifelong Health & Aging Related Services Division. Earlier in her career, she was associate director of Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia.

Stewart received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) and a master’s degree from Marymount University. She resides in Hampton with her husband, Brandon, a facilities manager for the U.S. Navy.