Woodlands Administrator Fired for ‘Unprofessional Conduct’

  • Timothy Martin

Valley News Staff Writer
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lebanon — The administrator of The Woodlands, an independent living community that shares a campus with Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, has been fired.

A letter distributed to residents on Thursday cited “a pattern of unprofessional conduct” as the reason for the termination of Timothy Martin, a Quechee resident who had managed the 63-unit independent living facility in Lebanon since August 2014.

In an email on Friday, APD spokesman Peter Glenshaw confirmed that Martin’s time with the organization ended on Thursday, but he declined to explain why.

“Per our policy, we will not comment any further about a personnel matter,” Glenshaw said.

A phone message left for Martin at a Quechee number was not returned by deadline on Friday.

Martin came to APD after serving as CEO of the 400-resident Taylor Community in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, according to a news release sent out at the time of his hiring at The Woodlands. He previously served as executive director for the Milton Residences for the Elderly in Milton, Mass.

Two residents, who declined to be named, said in interviews on Friday that they had made complaints to administrators about Martin.

Several other residents, however, said they were not aware of Martin acting in an unprofessional manner and they were surprised to learn of his termination.

Resident Jack Barrett, 83, said that he had no sense that Martin might have engaged in unprofessional conduct.

“I cannot fathom what went on,” Barrett said.

But, he said, Martin “could have a very offhand way at times.”

On occasion, Martin could seem “too familiar,” Barrett said, adding that evaluating someone’s conduct can be a “highly subjective line to assess.”

 Others also were surprised about the leadership change.

“We don’t know why it might have happened,” said Rogers Elliott, an 86-year-old resident who has lived at The Woodlands since it opened in 2010. “I thought he was a very good manager.”

Elliott credited Martin with successfully marketing the facility.

“In the first years we were here, the place never filled up, after he came — among other things — it did,” Elliott said.

Resident Joanne Scobie said she was “shocked” to learn of Martin’s dismissal.

“It came out of the blue to residents,” Scobie said. “I have only thought highly of Tim.”

Scobie also said she disliked the way the news of Martin’s termination was shared with residents.

“I think as a group, as a community, we feel disrespected because it was launched at us very quickly,” she said. “We wonder what that means for the future of the retirement communities here ... If this is the way things are handled.”

Scobie otherwise has been very happy with The Woodlands. She said she likes the other residents, the food and the staff.

But, she said she worries that this form of decision-making may now be the norm.

“We’ve joined with (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) now,” she said. “We don’t know if this is part of the relationship. We just don’t know.”

Thursday’s letter, from APD CEO Sue Mooney, also informed residents that the APD Health Systems and Lifecare boards appointed Joseph Xanthopoulos to serve as interim executive director of APD Lifecare, which in addition to The Woodlands also includes the 76-unit Harvest Hill assisted living community. Xanthopoulos will oversee day-to-day operations at The Woodlands.

Amy Thornton became administrator of Harvest Hill last year.

For APD to have had someone else ready to step in so quickly made it seem to Barrett that the change had been in the works for some time.

It “seems like the ball was rolling,” Barrett said.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.


A letter to residents of The Woodlands on Thursday said Timothy Martin, the administrator, had been terminated "because of a pattern of unprofessional conduct." A story and headline in an earlier version of this story misquoted the letter from Alice Peck Day Health Systems President and CEO Sue Mooney.