Profiles in Success
B.S./MPA in Health Care Administration, Class of 2013
Move-In Coordinator, Amsterdam at Harborside in Port Washington. N.Y.
“I lived with my grandmother growing up and I always wanted to work with senior citizens. As a health care administration major at LIU Post, I had the opportunity to intern at North Shore-LIJ Hospital and Atria Tanglewood Senior Living Group. Now I'm helping people make the transition from home to the retirement community at The Amsterdam at Harborside.”
Tabetha Martinez always knew she wanted a career helping senior citizens. As a student in LIU Post’s health care administration program, she had the opportunity to participate in internships at North Shore-LIJ Hospital in Manhasset and at Atria Tanglewood Senior Living Group in Lynbrook. Now, as a recent graduate of LIU Post, she is the new move-in coordinator at The Amsterdam at Harborside, an independent continuing care retirement community in Port Washington, New York.
“I lived with my grandmother growing up and always wanted to work with seniors,” says Martinez, who earned a B.S. and MPA in Health Care Administration from LIU Post in December. “So I took some courses in gerontology, and during one of my internships I had a chance to interact with people in a senior living facility. I fell in love with the job -- introducing seniors to community services and helping them transition to a new way of life.”
The internships, she says, were amazing. For three months at North Shore-LIJ, she worked with policies and procedures and assisted in administration at the Emergency Medicine Service Department. Then at Atria Tanglewood Senior Living Group, Lynbrook, she organized seasonal events, daily activities and other programs for seniors. She also worked as a staffing coordinator for Horizon Healthcare Staffing, placing all types of medical personnel, from nurses to doctors, in hospitals, nursing homes and private homes.
Martinez’s internship experiences were more than a great experience – they led to a full-time job before she even graduated. At The Amsterdam, she helps seniors make the transition from home to a continuing care community easy by introducing new residents to services at the facility as well as other residents. “It’s an emotional moment, a big change, and I love being there for them,” she says.