Betsy Standish Named Executive Director at Friendship Village Senior Living Community in Kalamazoo

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Senior Living Executive Brings Nearly Two Decades of Experience to New Position

Friendship Village, a Life Care Services senior living community in Kalamazoo, appointed Betsy Standish as executive director.

Betsy's impressive track record leading operations focused on person-centered care to ensure a five-star level of resident satisfaction and employee retention makes her an asset to Friendship Village.

Friendship Village, a Life Care Services senior living community in Kalamazoo, today announced the appointment of Betsy Standish as executive director.

Standish will oversee operations for Friendship Village to provide exceptional engaged resident services, including resident, family and employee satisfaction, staff development, compliance, and sales and marketing to ensure optimal operational efficiency and strong financial results. Also a top priority, Standish will manage improvements to Friendship Village buildings and grounds, including a proposed aquatic center with a therapy pool and additional garden homes, which are in high demand.

With nearly 20-years experience, Standish brings diverse senior living management experience to Friendship Village. Most recently, she served as executive director at The Fountains at Bronson Place in Kalamazoo. Previously, she held leadership positions in two Life Care Services communities, including the executive director of Vista Grande Villa in Jackson, Mich, and the licensed nursing home administrator at Friendship Village. Standish started her career as an administrator at The Springs at Bronson Place in Kalamazoo.

“Betsy has the management experience needed to advance Friendship Village as an engaged, desirable and thriving community,” said Rick Pruett, vice president/director of operations management for Life Care Services LLC. “Her impressive track record leading operations focused on person-centered care to ensure a five-star level of resident satisfaction and employee retention makes her an asset to Friendship Village.”

Standish holds an Associate of Arts from Grand Rapids Junior College. She also holds certification and licensure as a Certified Dietary Manager from the University of Florida, as well as certification and licensure from the Nursing Home Administration Program at Michigan State University and Michigan’s Bureau of Health Services - Licensing & Regulatory Affairs division (LARA).

Standish is an active member of the Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce and the American College of Health Care Administrators, as well as the Region 5 Kalamazoo Long-Term Care Representative for the Michigan Health Alert Network and a Business Alliance Board Member for Leading Age Michigan.

Friendship Village recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and also achieved one of the highest designations of quality care and services to its residents – a deficiency-free rating in 2015 by the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Health Services - Licensing & Regulatory Affairs division (LARA).

The LARA survey process is a complex and rigorous yearly inspection of nursing facilities to ensure all are operating under federal and state regulations to maintain quality patient care. It is one of the top indications of excellence for nursing facilities. This survey is an excellent tool for prospective residents in Kalamazoo and surrounding areas to make an informed decision about their senior living and health care options.

“Friendship Village has been near and dear to me since I served as administrator for more than five years from 2003 to 2008,” Standish said. “I look forward to being part of the future of Friendship Village to help ensure its 40-year tradition of excellence continues.”

Located on 72 acres, Friendship Village is situated at 1400 North Drake Road. The community features 203 independent living apartments and garden homes, 83 assisted living and memory care one- and two-bedroom suites, 41 skilled and long-term care suites, and 16 short-term rehabilitation private suites.

About Friendship Village:
Established in 1975, Friendship Village is the only genuine life-care* community in Kalamazoo that offers a substantial savings for life. Friendship Village offers residents the care and amenities that comes from 40 years of senior living experience and leadership. Residents enjoy a warm atmosphere, convenient amenities, family-friendly staff and the peace of mind that comes from living in a financially secure community. Now completing an extensive expansion and redevelopment within its established community, Friendship Village is an attractive, fun, growing community for seniors. Website: http://www.friendshipvillagemi.com/

About Life Care Services LLC, management company for Friendship Village:
Life Care Services, an LCS Company, established in 1971 and based in Des Moines, Iowa, is the nation’s leading manager of full-service senior living communities. Life Care Services currently provides operations, marketing and sales management services for not-for-profit and for-profit continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) serving nearly 29,000 residents in 31 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit http://www.LCSnet.com and http://www.lifecareserviceslcs.com

*References to the term life-care are fully explained in the Residency Agreement.

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