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. He is extremely proud to be selected as a member of the Board of Directors for the Capital of Texas Alzheimer’s Association. Beginning in 2012, he represents the Austin-area by serving as the Delegate to the National Alzheimer’s Association. He also has been a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk committee since 2011. 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.
Marcela Patrick – Assistant Director
Marcela has been an exciting addition to our management team. She brings a professionalism and compassion born of working as a Disability Coordinator and Executive Director for a Family Violence and Rape Crisis center. Her experiences provide much needed insight to the sensitivities and complexities that each family member and caregiver is experiencing as a result of this disease. As a result of her exemplary work, Marcela has been invited to sit on the Consumer Direction Workgroup under the direction of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
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).
Nancy Luongo, RN – Director of Nursing
Nancy brings her over 30 years of nursing experience to Georgetown Living. Her nursing experience ranges from neurological/neurosurgery unit in Brackenridge Hospital to Neuro/Ortho rehabilitation. Nancy has also devoted her life to her own long-term care endeavor – Our House of Central Texas, a personal care home devoted to heartfelt care. Nancy’s tremendous amount of expertise with dementia is invaluable when it comes to stabilizing particularly difficult cases of dementia.
Jan Huffcut – Activity Director
Our family has known Jan for a decade and a half; you could not ask for a kinder person. Jan uses her supreme creativity to enrich all of our resident’s lives through a variety of activities. She develops unique and personalized activities, often times from the Montessori-based method for dementia. Jan has the kindness and patience to ensure that all residents participate in her activities to the fullest. She is a new-ish grandmother, who is not afraid to bring her grandchildren up for some great inter-generational activities.
Bee Bartell, Pharm.D, RPh – Staff Pharmacist
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.