Manila Nursing Center celebrates Administrator's Week
Manila Nursing Center honored their administrator, Shari Doty, in celebration of Long-Term Care Administrator's Week on Friday, March 16.
Department heads, staff and residents gathered to honor Doty with a special party. Melinda Gryner, social and activities director, recognized Doty and presented her with a card and cake. Entertainment was provided by Vickie Hobeck, housekeeping and maintainence director, with a rendition of the popular song Harper Valley PTA to fit the occasion.
Mrs. Doty lives in Jonesboro with her husband, daughter, and special pet, "Hoops." She considers Manila her second home, as she is constantly involved with the people and the community.
When she first came to MNC, in September 2003, it was supposed to be for four to six weeks, as a transitional period. That was eight and a half years ago. She says the experiences at MNC have been rewarding, because of the smiles and hugs from the residents.
"Whenever I am having a difficult day, our residents always lift my spirits. That reminds me that it is worth it all just because of them," Doty said.
She has nine department heads working with her, and the average staff number is 75, with an average resident census of 53. One of the sources of pride for Doty is that the staff turn-over is low, with an average length of six years, but many have twenty years plus with the facility.
She feels one of the most memorable events during her tenure as administrator was when the nursing center, working in conjunction with Manila High School, assisted one of the residents in graduating and receiving his high school diploma. He has been a resident since the late 70s.
One of the biggest accomplishments for Doty is MNC recently landing on the top ten list of the Best Nursing Homes in Arkansas. This was determined and published by U.S. News this March.
Doty is well-liked and respected by her staff as evidenced by their many comments about her. "She goes above and beyond in her duties for the residents and staff," Gryner said. "She's about family - the residents are family, and so are the staff," said Regina Vandergriff, CNA. Nurse Stephanie Counts, LPN, said, "I've been through three administrators here, and she is the best one. She is very caring, and she pays attention to the residents, their families and staff. She has an open door policy; she's easy to talk to." Penny White, business office manager, said, "She is very compassionate and gives from her heart. She is not only knowledgable about her job, she is a people-person, humorous and an excellent person to work for."