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Farewell and Thank You to CEO Michael O’Brien

As you may know, our beloved President and CEO, Michael A. O’Brien, will retire in July after 14 years of service. “Mike has been more than Duncaster’s President and CEO. He has been the face of Duncaster locally and nationally for over a decade,” says Daniel C. Tracy, Chairman of Duncaster’s Board. “We are grateful for his leadership and his dedication to our residents. His mentorship of those who work here has developed Duncaster’s caring and compassionate culture as well as strengthened our commitment to service excellence. His steady hand successfully guided Duncaster through the challenging times brought on by the pandemic. He leaves the community in good hands with a committed, talented team in place.”

Under Mike’s leadership, Duncaster became one of the state’s premier life plan communities. The Duncaster campus was transformed, adding new independent living apartments, a dedicated skilled nursing memory care neighborhood, and providing expanded assisted living memory care services at Caleb Hitchcock Health Center at Duncaster.

During his tenure, Duncaster also added contemporary dining and hospitality amenities for residents. It became one of the first patient-centered medical homes in the country when a senior primary care medical practice opened at Duncaster in collaboration with Hartford HealthCare. Mike also led Duncaster to join the prestigious risk-retention group Caring Communities and Novare, a consortium of 19 high-quality life plan communities.

With Mike at the helm, Duncaster became the first life plan community in the state to have 100% emergency generation capability. His commitment to ongoing quality helped to ensure that Caleb Hitchcock Health Center at Duncaster consistently retained the 5-Star rating that it has earned annually since the rating system was implemented in 2008.

Mike served on numerous community and industry boards including LeadingAge Connecticut and the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. He was honored with the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Service Award and locally he received recognition as the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Year.

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