Laurie Care Center, a building within the Good Shepherd Nursing Home District which also includes Laurie Knolls, welcomed Ben Bryant as the new facility administrator March 25.
"I look forward to getting to know the community," he says.
District Administrator Lance Smith had been acting as interim head of the building since last year. Jeff Robbins was the last facility administrator for LCC.
Bryant brings 14 years of experience in the long-term care industry as well as a background in finance with a degree from Missouri State University in Springfield.
Originally from Sikeston, Mo., Bryant moved to the lake area about eight years ago. Prior to coming to LCC, he was an administrator at a facility in California, Mo.
Bryant entered the long term care industry upon graduating from college in 1999 after being hired by a long term care management group.
The keys to a successful facility, according to Bryant, are making sure residents have the best care possible, providing a safe and fulfilling work environment for employees and making sure the community feels welcome at the care center whether it's as a volunteer or participating in activities there.
For a nursing home, good care includes offering good food and activities that are of interest to the residents as well as meeting state and federal guidelines, he says.
Meeting the financial goals of the district are also an important aspect for LCC, Bryant says.
LCC is a facility with experienced department heads and a clean, sound structure.
"It's easy to walk into this environment with the staff that's already here," he says. "As a whole, LCC is a well-functioning building."
There may be a few changes ahead, says Bryant, to bring certain areas up to industry standards.
He is looking to add a few more activities at LCC and increase the use of technology in patient care such as digital medical records and charting.
"Like in all businesses, the biggest challenge is change — changing with the times," Bryant says.
His goal is to help LCC keep up to date with the way care is done and forming new, positive habits as standards change.
Bryant is the father of an 11-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing, coaching his son in sports and playing piano with his daughter. He teaches Sunday School at Chapel Assembly of God in Rocky Mount, and has started a Bible study at LCC at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays which the community is welcome to attend.