Why Community Care Matters

The Nathaniel Witherell: Exceptional Care, Close to Home Since 1903

If you’re a Greenwich native, chances are you spent time at The Nathaniel Witherell, either to rehab, visit someone or to volunteer. Over the years, about 80% of our residents have had roots in Greenwich. We’re also the only municipally operated skilled nursing facility in the State—a point of pride for many Greenwich residents and a distinction that greatly enhances our home-like environment and the care we provide.

Our pristine 20-acre campus is architecturally significant and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2010. Beyond our campus, the Witherell is also known for our extremely low staff turnover rate (7 percent vs. the CT nursing home average of 43%). Many of our nursing staffers have been at the Witherell for 10-30 years, which creates stability and consistency for our elderly residents. Additionally, more than 300 local volunteers supported our staff last year by providing residents with more than 10,000 hours of loving care.  All combine to make Nathaniel Witherell a community treasure.

When The Witherell was founded in its early days with funds donated by Rebecca Witherell on land donated by Robert M. Bruce and Sarah E. Bruce, the goal was the same as it is today—to care for our neighbors right in our own community. Read more about our history here.

Today, the Witherell is a 202-bed skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility that recently received U.S. News & World Report’s coveted “Top Performing” ranking. We prioritize Greenwich residents and their families for admissions.

Recently, we said goodbye to a beloved Witherell resident, Earl Stone. Earl’s daughter, Janet Stone McGuigan, sent a lovely letter to The Greenwich Time highlighting her father’s history and his distinguished career as a veteran. She also notes that it was comforting to her family that her father could receive the care he needed right here in the community. Being here to support our neighbors is our work and our honor.

As Ms. Stone McGuigan notes, “It is hard to contemplate a loved one ill, so don’t. Enjoy time with your family today. And support the Nathaniel Witherell, so that it is there when you need it.”

We’re grateful for her kind words, and we’re grateful for a community that believes caring for our elderly citizens is our history and our future.




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