Long-Term Care Administrator Week: Leadership in Compassionate Care 

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Long-Term Care Administrator Week is an annual celebration that honors the dedication, hard work, and leadership of professionals who oversee the long-term care community, including Mission Health. This week provides an opportunity to recognize their invaluable contributions to ensuring quality care for elderly and disabled individuals.  

Long-term care administrators are responsible for managing and coordinating the daily operations of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care settings. They oversee a wide range of tasks, including staffing, budgeting, regulatory compliance, resident care, and community maintenance. Their role is multifaceted, requiring strong leadership, organizational skills, and a deep commitment to improving the lives of residents. 

One of the key responsibilities of long-term care administrators is ensuring that residents receive high-quality care in a safe and comfortable environment. They work closely with healthcare professionals, staff members, and families to develop care plans tailored to each resident’s unique needs. This involves overseeing medical treatments, monitoring residents’ health status, and addressing any concerns or issues that may arise. 

Long-term care administrators also play a crucial role in maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations. They must stay updated on ever-evolving laws and guidelines, implement necessary policies and procedures, and ensure their facilities meet all licensing requirements. By upholding these standards, they contribute to the overall safety and well-being of residents. 

Now that you have a better understanding of what administrators are responsible for, why would someone want to step up to the plate and manage an entire nursing home community?  

I asked Mission Health administrators about their favorite part of their role, and they unanimously said that it is rewarding to be in the building every day, knowing they are making a difference in the lives of their residents. Long-Term Care Administrator Week serves as a platform to raise awareness about the challenges and rewards of working in the long-term care sector. It highlights the need for ongoing support, resources, and professional development opportunities for administrators and their teams. 

Senior Vice President of Operations and former administrator, Tina Thomas says “This is a crazy rewarding, crazy on a daily basis, crazy amazing profession. I can’t imagine doing anything else. The lives we positively impact, all the things that we touch, really make us all better and do better each and every day. And doing this with our Mission CARES Vales and driving the Mission Experience is what sets us apart from others. It’s exactly why I love what I do!” 

While most already know they want to be an administrator before starting their career, the admin role found Jada McLeod at Dickson Health and Rehab. “I always knew I wanted to be in healthcare to care for others and make a difference! Not only for my residents but the people I work with as well.” McLeod says her Mission team and residents are her family as they laugh and enjoy their time together. 

Smith Center Health and Rehab’s James Struckhoff became an administrator to give back to his residents. Working in skilled nursing has allowed Struckhoff to positively impact the lives of the elderly community because they “gave so much so we could have the lives we have today.” He also says the best part of the day is talking with his residents and listening to their stories, even if they have been told more than once. “The history they can pass on to us is truly remarkable.” 

John Van Hook has been an administrator at Colby Health and Rehab for more than 35 years. He not only enjoys the company of the residents, but he also wants to make a difference in the lives of the employees he works with within his community. His goal is to improve the work and living environment to enhance the Mission Experience for all that walk through the front door.  

This is a special time to celebrate the leadership and compassion exemplified by these dedicated professionals. It’s an opportunity to express gratitude for their tireless efforts in providing exceptional care and support to some of our most vulnerable community members. 

Administrators have unwavering commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents deserve recognition and appreciation not just during this week but throughout the year. Let’s celebrate their achievements, acknowledge their contributions, and continue to support their vital work in delivering compassionate care to those in need. 

Thank you to all long-term care administrations at Mission Health and across the United States.  

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