Goetz celebrates 40 years at River Garden


Martin A. Goetz is celebrating 40 years of employment and service at River Garden Senior Services. 

Now the organization’s CEO, Goetz began his career at River Garden in 1978 as associate administrator. He became CEO in 2004. He is a past member of the board and executive committee of the Florida Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (FAHSA), serving as its treasurer.

In 2001, Goetz received FAHSA’s Public Policy Award for advocacy on nursing home litigation reform, and in 2003, he was the recipient of FAHSA’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the association. In 2007, Goetz was presented with the Chairman’s Award by FAHSA in recognition of his years of service to the board and its members. In 2008, Goetz was elected by FAHSA membership to a three-year term in the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now LeadingAge) House of Delegates.

In 1994, Goetz was the recipient of the Dr. Herb Shore Young Administrator of the Year Award by the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) in Washington, DC. In 2005, Goetz was elected to the AJAS Board of Directors and served as its board chair from 2011-2013. In 2016, he was presented with the Dr. Herbert Shore Award of Honor.

Goetz also served (2002 – 2006) as a member of the Community Advisory Board for Av-Med Health Systems, a statewide managed healthcare organization with a central office in Gainesville. In addition, he has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of North Florida College of Health.

River Garden Senior Services is a nonprofit, mission-driven community agency offering an array of elder care programs and services on a 40-acre campus in the Mandarin area. Sponsored by the organized Jewish community, River Garden serves clients from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining an environment supportive of Jewish identity and informed by Jewish values.

The River Garden campus includes: River Garden Hebrew Home, a 180-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility; The Coves at River Garden, an 80-unit independent living community; River Garden Home Health Care, a Florida-licensed and Medicare-certified home health agency; River Garden Rehab, providing short-stay rehabilitation and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies; River Garden Adult Day Care; The Albert Z. Fleet Geriatric Training Center, providing continuing education, training and professional advancement for staff; and River Garden Foundation, providing financial support to the River Garden system of senior services.