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Resident at Little Egg Harbor, N.J., Skilled Nursing Facility had 44-Year Nursing Career 

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J., Dec. 22, 2021 — Family and community are one in the same at Seacrest Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, where resident Verna Gilley celebrated her 100th birthday in December alongside Michelle Bakhtiyarov, her great granddaughter who works as a nurse at the Little Egg Harbor skilled nursing facility. The centenarian, herself, had a distinguished 44-year career in nursing.  

“It was such a delight for all of us at Seacrest to celebrate Verna’s milestone birthday along with Michelle and their family,” said Seacrest Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center’s Stacy Ziemba, activities director. “Verna is always an interesting person to talk with as she has amazing recall on her life experiences. We are so glad she is here at Seacrest.”  

Gilley was 21 years old when she began her decades-long career as a nurse at Mountainside Hospital, which later became Morristown Memorial Hospital, working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift. Both her mother and mother-in-law lived nearby and helped in getting the children off to school in the mornings. At age 65, she retired from the hospital, continuing to work as a private nurse for a time.  

Gilley reflects fondly on her career in nursing, offering words of wisdom suitable for all professionals, “you have to have patience and enjoy what you are doing,” she said. The centenarian also notes how far medical technology has come since her early days as a nurse.  

Treasured family memories for Gilley include relaxing together at the Jersey Shore. Point Pleasant was always one of their favorites; family had homes there. 

Located at 1001 Center Street, Seacrest Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center is a 171-bed skilled nursing facility, providing post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The facility carries a five-star designation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for both overall quality and quality of resident care.  


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