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VERO BEACH, Fla. – Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA), a regional senior living operator and development company based in here, has announced that Kim Lewis has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company after serving 5 years as its Vice President of Operations.

In her new role, Lewis will oversee HRA Operations, leadership talent acquisition, operational strategies and innovation. She will also partner with the development team in assuring new development communities effectively support operations while retaining a hospitality focus, according to Harbor Retirement Associates President and CEO, Sarabeth Hanson.

“In seeking an individual with the proper skills and traits to fill the COO position, we considered a commitment to servant leadership, operational savvy and exceptional communication skills to be paramount, along with a passion for making a profound and positive difference in the lives of our residents,” said Hanson.  “I am particularly pleased that we found our ideal candidate here inside our own company. It’s noteworthy that Kim’s strong record of operational success in her previous position has fueled our ongoing expansion.”

Lewis, who has been with HRA for over 5 years, has more than 20 years of experience in senior living operations management. Prior to joining HRA, she worked at The Care Bridge Corporation/SLC for eight years.  Prior to that, she spent 12 years at Brookdale Senior Living.

During her career in senior living, Lewis has continuously held positions of increasing responsibility, including Home Health Administrator, Assisted Living Administrator, Executive Director, District Director, Regional Director and Vice President. She is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator, Certified Dementia Instructor, former Florida Department of Elder Affairs Core Training speaker, and a member of Florida Argentum.

HRA recently celebrated its 15th anniversary as a company and currently operates 29 communities in 7 states, with more communities under development. The company’s HarborChase communities focus on serving seniors by providing choice and award-winning hospitality. Accredited Chefs prepare seasonal, farm-to-table Chef’s Fare selections daily.  “Best Days” are created by our passionate life enrichment teams, and our highly trained professional care partners deliver resident-focused care.

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