Stauffer promoted to chief of Oak Hammock at UF

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 10:08 p.m.
Five and a half years after he came on board as vice president of sales for Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, Dave Stauffer has been named chief executive officer.
Oak Hammock made the announcement in a Monday news release.
Stauffer, 59, had been interim CEO since June 2004 and has held previous executive positions in the health care industry. He said this is his first experience with a continuing care retirement facility.
Oak Hammock provides residential options, ranging from independent living in attached or detached homes to facilities at the health pavilion, which include assisted living apartments and skilled nursing care beds. Its unique Life Care agreement allows members to prepay for guaranteed access to unlimited private care.
There are 200 employees. Although Oak Hammock is not formally a part of UF, it is affiliated with the university and Shands at UF through a series of agreements. Partnering colleges include nursing, pharmacy, health and human performance, dentistry, veterinary medicine, journalism and communications and art.
Oak Hammock community members have campus privileges similar to those of UF faculty - with access to sports, performing arts events, libraries, research facilities, museums and most classes taught at the university.
Stauffer said there are 270 residents in apartments and homes, and 46 in the health pavilion. Oak Hammock is 85 percent reserved, he said, and it is expected to be 95 percent occupied by the end of this year. The focus for the rest of this year will be on getting residents moved in and settled, he added.
This week the big event will be Friday's official opening of the "Smart House," which was built through a partnership with the colleges of engineering, public health and health professions. This "high tech house offers seniors a chance to stay living in their own homes longer," Stauffer explained.
The home features all sorts of computer-enhanced devices, including those to help people cook their meals and remind them to take their medications, and monitors to alert someone if the occupant falls. A driving simulator in the garage is designed to help residents keep their driving skills sharp during a transition, such as while recovering from a stroke. Oak Hammock members will live in the home, helping the colleges conduct their research.
Another recent change is a new storage area for the increasing number of recreational vehicles and boats, so they are not parked in the car lots, Stauffer said.
Last fall's hurricanes took out about 250 trees at Oak Hammock, which is in a heavily wooded area south of Williston Road near SW 25th Street, and Stauffer said a tree fell on one club home.
Stauffer lives in Gainesville. His wife, Gail Sasnett-Stauffer, is associate dean at the UF College of Law. They have five children, with the youngest in the Ph.D. program at UF's medical school.
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