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By Marlana Smith
Ron Mackey who serves as Vice President Community Engagement for Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries, currently holds the Administrator position at Salt River Community Care, a nursing home facility in Shelbina. Mackey will hold the position until the facility hires a new administrator.
Mackey brings a lifetime of experience in long-term care with his family’s ownership of nursing homes in Oklahoma. He serves on the Board of Baptist Villages of Oklahoma and has 22 years of experience with Baptist Homes and Healthcare Ministries.
Mackey’s immediate responsibilities are to help reduce and eliminate the temporary nursing agency so the facility can get financially stable.
“It is a threat,” said Mackey, “The temporary agency is too expensive.”
The nursing home is aggressively addressing salary and wages structures as well as taking a different approach to the recruitment and retention of staff.
Another immediate concern is finding an administrator which is being pursued now.
No major physical changes or updates will be needed at Salt River.
“This campus is in great shape. That speaks very well of the staff and Board of Trustees. They managed this campus very well,” said Mackey.
“With their support, we have secured a one million dollar grant to replace the sewer system in the building.”
The grant is from the Department of Natural Resources. The process took approximately six to nine months, and it will be another six to nine months before the work is completed. Salt River has received some local bids for the project.
“We are waiting on the direction of the Department of Natural Resources. They will appoint a project manager,” Mackey said.
There are several staff members from Baptist Homes who will be supplementing what Salt River does. The Vice President for Healthcare has been at Salt River, along with Corporate Maintenance, Assistant VP of Operations and Campus Pastors.
The management consultant agreement is yearlong.
“We will be serving the first part of that period helping manage the property, building, staff and residents,” Mackey explained. “The second half is when we will begin the conversion to Baptist Homes. That’s when we rebrand, we convert all the employee and resident policies to the Baptist Homes model.”
Mackey discussed what Baptist Homes brings to the community.
“A genuine Christlike approach to healthcare. The most notable feature of that will be the campus pastor,” Mackey stated.
The pastor will be full time and serves the residents, their families and a chaplain to serve the staff members. Spiritual activities will take place on the campus daily. SRCC already has a pretty strong presence of volunteer churches on the weekends doing Bible studies and some bring communion.
“We are proud to be here and have been well received,” said Mackey.