Barclay Friends Leader Carol Hanson Announces Plans to Retire in June

Jan. 9, 2017—Carol Hanson, Executive Director at Barclay Friends, has notified the Board of Directors that she will retire June 30, 2017, after leading the organization for more than 25 years. Barclay Friends is a not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community affiliated with Kendal.

Carol Hanson

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our residents while working with the Barclay Friends Board and staff, as well as the Kendal Corporation staff. They set the standard for quality and integrity,” Carol said. “I welcomed the opportunity to work with such an outstanding organization with a shared value of excellence. While I plan to remain active in the community, I will miss the day-to-day collaboration with dedicated staff.”

Barclay Friends Board of Directors has established a special Search Committee to assist the Board in identifying Carol’s successor. “The search committee has begun the search process and set several milestones for itself,” Board Chair Richard E. Schramm said. “I am confident that in the coming weeks and months, working together we will find an exceptional person to succeed Carol at Barclay Friends’ and ensure its continued vitality.”

“Carol’s leadership has been critical to the outstanding care provided at Barclay Friends,” Richard Schramm said. “Her commitment to the quality of life of those living at Barclay Friends has inspired residents, their families, staff and the outside community.”

Major milestones that Carol’s leadership at Barclay Friends has influenced include:

  • Affiliation with the Kendal Corporation.
  • Construction of a state-of-the-art community in the borough of West Chester.
  • Medicare and Medicaid certifications.
  • Joint Commission accreditation, which exemplifies the highest standards for quality and safety.

“In large part because of Carol’s leadership, Barclay Friends enjoys an outstanding reputation in Chester County,” Kendal President & CEO Sean Kelly said. “Barclay Friends is well-known, not only for quality resident care and service, but also for having developed unique horticultural therapy and art programs that beautifully expand the boundaries of traditional care and enhance the quality of residents’ lives.”

Carol received an MBA in health and medical services from Widener University, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern College and a nursing degree from the Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing.

Posted by Larry Elveru