SearStone Adds Medical Director, Director of Nursing
Wells Edmundson, M.D., and Crystal Hays, R.N., Join Retirement Community Staff
CARY, N.C. – SearStone,a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Cary, has announced the hiring of Dr. Wells Edmundson as medical director and Crystal Hays, R.N., as director of nursing. Edmundson and Hays will be coordinating care for residents across a wide spectrum of services as needed, from physical therapy, occupational therapy and home care services to long-term care such as assisted living and skilled nursing. Care will be provided in residents’ homes, as well as Brittany Place, SearStone’s onsite health care center.
Dr. Edmundson has practiced medicine in the Raleigh area since 1983, and has been part of Raleigh Medical Group since 2001. Raleigh Medical Group also partners with sister primary care office Cary Medical Group to provide services. Dr. Edmundson graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1980, and completed his residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1983. He served as chief of staff of Rex Hospital in 2007, and served as chair of the Medical Executive Committee at Rex Hospital from 2008 to 2009.
Hays has been in nursing for more than 30 years and most recently served as clinical care nurse/case manager – geriatrics at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Prior to that, she served as clinical manager of the Medical Center’s Wound Care Program, where a majority of her patients were elderly. She has also worked in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and skilled living facilities across Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Harrisburg Community College.
“I can’t think of two more qualified medical professionals for these supervisory positions than Dr. Edmundson and Crystal Hays,” said Christopher Romick, executive director. “Both have decades of experience in geriatrics and truly have a passion for caring for the elderly.”
SearStone is nearing 90 percent in pre-sales, with fewer than 19 homes remaining. A variety of home sites and styles are still available but are moving fast.