Our staff is the cornerstone of the Georgetown Living Experience. We have highly trained professionals who have devoted their life to gerontology and are aligned with our theory of resident care. You will be hard-pressed to find another facility with staff that have more education, experience and community involvement.
Char Hu, PhD – Director
Char completed his Doctoral thesis at Baylor College of Medicine where he performed basic research into the underlying mechanisms for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. He utilized high-performance computing in order to shed light on the biophysical motivation behind protein folding. He is responsible for seven peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, including one book chapter. He has been invited to give scientific lectures at the President’s Meeting of the International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology in Cetraro, Italy, College of Pharmacy at the University of Baltimore, and the Sealy Center for Structural Biology. Recently, Dr. Hu has begun speaking about Georgetown Living’s unique method of dementia care at long-term care workshops around the state.
Dr. Hu is highly active as a leader in several community organizations in the region. Recently, he was awarded the 2018 SXSW Community Service award for using technology to help solve age-related issues. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick recently appointed Dr. Hu to the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.
He is extremely proud to be selected as a member of the Board of Directors for Texas Alzheimer’s. Dr. Hu has the great honor of being selected as a member on the first ever Mayor of Austin Task Force on Aging – a small group of community leaders tasked with tackling the growing needs of the aging population. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Family Eldercare of Austin, an amazing non-profit that serves Austin-area seniors.
Eric Corum – Home Health Chief Executive
Eric has been a part of Georgetown Living since its inception. He has helped lay the foundation for our unique and highly effective approach to dementia care. He is currently the Chief Executive for our in-home care division: Georgetown Living Home Health and Companions. Our agency specializes in providing skilled nursing and therapy to home-bound dementia patients.
Along with his experience with healthcare in the services domain, Eric has a strong technical background and was the Director of Product Management for a high-tech company that created a FDA-approved eHealth solution. The solution allows seniors with chronic conditions to seamlessly integrate medical device interactions and health related communications into their normal lifestyle. Eric brings his technology knowledge into the day to day operations of the facility by identifying new health technology solutions on the market and evaluating their application to resident care.
Eric is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has extensive experience in defining and improving business processes to ensure high quality products and services. As part of the management team of Georgetown Living, Eric is able to bring in best practices from differing industries into our resident care operations.
He is also the founder of Georgetown Golden Girls, a home for independent senior ladies.
Jane Lowrance – Senior Assistant Director
Since first opening, Jane has been a vital member of Georgetown Living. She brings a wide array of Alzheimer’s care expertise to our community. She is a very compassionate person who is entirely dedicated to dementia care. She was the personal caregiver for a family member with dementia for 10 years and learned first hand many of the struggles that family caregivers go through. This experience, along with skills obtained from being the proprietor of a successful family business, lead her into the dementia care industry. Jane understands Alzheimer’s care from both the family member side as well as from the service oriented business side. This gives her keen insights for assisting families facing tough decisions related to dementia care. Jane is a duel citizen of the U.S. and France, loves cooking and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
McKenzie Riggins – Assistant Director
McKenzie joins the Georgetown Living team with her Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University with focused attention in HR and Employment Law. An education further supported through her undergraduate attendance at Texas State University where she studied Healthcare Administration and Business Management. Previously, McKenzie ran operations for Texas Mobile Radiology, which gave her firsthand exposure to the acute needs of individuals in the long-term care setting. McKenzie brings with her the fresh eyes and a variety of perspectives required for ongoing adaptation to Georgetown’s ever changing landscape. From a family equally impacted by dementia, she is driven and detailed, yet kindhearted toward all in her care. Dedicated to our care mission, she is driven to maintain a consistency of improvement to our resident and staff environments. McKenzie’s eagerness to meet the challenges of leadership are apparent as she hones her skills toward personnel and resident management. Outside of work, McKenzie enjoys tournament bass fishing and trail bike riding with her husband.
Erin Barrett, RN – Community Education and Outreach
An RN for 20 years and a MSN for 18, Erin has worked in a diverse range of roles such as breast cancer education in underserved populations, diabetes education, medical-surgical nursing, and hospital case management. Currently transitioning from her position as Case Manager at both Round Rock Medical Center and Georgetown Hospital, Erin is looking forward to returning to her roots in community outreach and education with Georgetown Living.
In addition to professional nursing, Erin has stayed active in of senior care and assistance. She started as a housekeeper and nursing assistant in two upscale British nursing homes while a still in high school. She spent a year as a live-in caregiver during her undergraduate years. While working part-time in nursing, Erin and her kids delivered for and managed several Meals on Wheels delivery routes. The flexibility of nursing allowed her to care for four senior family members in the Austin and Georgetown. Erin is excited to bring together her personal and professional experience with her interest in community service to create a unique role at Georgetown Living.
Bee Bartell, Pharm.D, RPh – Staff Pharmacist & Hospice Executive
Dr. Bartell received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. She then decided to expand her pharmaceutical knowledge to encompass more direct patient care and therefore focused on the more clinical aspects of pharmacy. In aspiring to achieve this, she completed her General Practice Residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, and continued to enhance her clinical knowledge by specializing in Critical Care during completion of her second residency at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Houston, Texas Medical Center. She currently remains at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital as the Clinical Coordinator for Critical Care/Nutrition Support for the Department of Pharmacy. Having a strong understanding of the impact nutrition has on the wellbeing of the human body, she is very passionate about managing and educating others on the appropriate nutrition goals and requirements each individual person has. She works closely with clinical Dietitians to determine individualized nutrient requirements and takes the necessary measures to ensure these requirements are provided and tolerated by each patient. Dr. Bartell not only understands the complexity of providing nutrition but also understands the importance and large influence it has on maintaining the health of patients with Alzheimer’s. She is an active member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She is the family executive in charge of the newly Medicare-accredited hospice agency – Tranquility Hospice.
DeeDee Hu, Pharm. D – Staff Pharmacist
Dr. Hu is an active staff member at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Houston, Texas. Her specialty includes that of critical care medicine, cardiology and infectious disease services. She is an associate clinical faculty member at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and is an active preceptor of pharmacy student interns and Memorial Hermann residents. Dr. Hu’s current research portfolio includes the perioperative management of cardiovascular surgery patients, Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) therapy in underdeveloped countries, and the usage of vitamin supplementation in conjuction with anti-parasitic therapy for children in third world countries. Dr. Hu serves on the board of directors at the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).