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alk to anyone who has been with The
Villages for any length of time and
they likely will all have one particular
THE EARLY DAYS
If starting a healthcare system for a community
sentiment they share about The Villages -
the amount of hard work that went in (and
continues to go in) to getting The Villages to
where it is today.
Without the dedication and long hours of
hundreds of individuals who went above and
beyond to get the job done, The Villages would
look nothing like it does now.
Chairman of The Villages Health Dr. Elliot
Sussman knows a thing or two about that hard
work and dedication. As one of the founders of
The Villages Health along with the Morse family,
Sussman helped build The Villages Health from
the (in many cases literal) ground up, growing it
into the world-class, internationally recognized
healthcare system it is today.
Here's the story of The Villages Health, told
by Sussman and other members of The Villages
Health leadership team.
of thousands of residents from scratch sounds like a
daunting task, well, that's because it was.
Sussman says the idea grew out of a realization
by the Morse family that there was a need for a
world-class
healthcare
system
to match
other
premium outlets The Villages already had come to
be known for, including golf, recreation centers and
entertainment.
" (The Morse Family was) always very concerned
about healthcare because from the get-go they
hoped to make a place where people could have their
dreams come true, " Sussman said. " It's hard enough
to do anyway, but it's impossible to do if you don't
have good health. They developed everything else,
I think, at a world-class level, whether it was golf
courses, recreation centers or town squares. But they
never quite got their hands around healthcare, and
they were acutely aware of that. "
That's where Sussman came in.
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