Harlan Martin – Leader, Pioneer, Innovator

The Long Term Care community lost a true innovator, patient champion and dear friend this past week. Harlan Martin.

Harlan Martin of Manalapan, N.J., a pharmacist and long-term healthcare pioneer in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, passed away on Oct. 25, 2016,after valiantly fighting cancer. He was 72. Mr. Martin was the founder and CEO of Pharma-Care, Inc., a consulting practice serving over 45,000 patients a year and nearly 500 facilities. He graduated from the Rutgers School of Pharmacy. Mr. Martin was a founder of the N.J. Long-Term Care Leaders Coalition; the Joint Board For Certification of Consultant Pharmacists; and the N.J. Academy of Consultant Pharmacists, where he also served as president. He was chairman of the N.J.Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board; a regional director, fellow, and two-time board member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists; and a board member and former vice president of Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. for eight years.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Susan Kessler Martin, with whom he lived in Westfield for 34 years before moving to Manalapan. He was the loving father of Ross (and Jordana) Martin of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Rachel (and Scott) Blumberg of Manalapan; the devoted “Poppy” of Dashiell and Theodore Martin, Jacob and Dara Blumberg; and the brother of Marlene Tuch of North Caldwell, N.J.

His counsel, advice and a calming and addictive smile will be greatly missed.