Lisa Haglund, President and CEO of Heritage Ministries, recently welcomed new administrative staff at Rolling Fields Elder Care in Conneautville, PA, appointing Sara King as Rolling Fields Administrator and Joseph Weeks as Rolling Fields Assistant Administrator.
Haglund shared, “We are honored to welcome Sara and Joseph to Rolling Fields. They both have a long history and tradition with our organization and we know that they will lead our care partners with grace, love, and appreciation as they continue to provide our Elders with the same compassionate care Rolling Fields has always been known for.”
Sara King, Administrator, shared that Rolling Fields has been a part of her family history and personal career path for many years. “I started my journey in long-term care in 2009 at Rolling Fields in social services. Both of my grandfathers and my grandmother were all Elders who called Rolling Fields home.” During her time at Rolling Fields, King advanced from social services to the Admissions Coordinator, then to Assistant Administrator and ultimately, Administrator in 2015. She was a member of the Eden Leadership Team that implemented numerous culture change initiatives, and has presented on implementing culture change at the Eden International Conference, Pennsylvania Culture Change Coalition, and numerous other events.
Prior to her return to Rolling Fields Elder Care, King joined Meadville Medical Center (MMC) to be the Director of Hospice of Crawford County with oversight of the hospice program and the Marquette Hospice House. She worked to facilitate the implementation of MMC’s hospital-based palliative care program and Hospice of Crawford County’s community-based palliative care program to serve patients in the community and residents residing at local long-term care settings. There, she utilized an interdisciplinary team approach to chronic disease and symptom management and advanced care planning before becoming the Administrator for Meadville Medical Center’s Transitional Care Unit (TCU), a 32-bed, subacute, skilled nursing unit. Under King’s leadership, TCU earned recognition in the 2018-19 ratings of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes rankings, by being rated High Performing in both the Short-Stay Rehabilitation and overall categories.
In 2018, King was confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate to serve as a board member on the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. She is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as a Personal Care Home Administrator. Active in her community, King serves on the Professional Advisory Committees for the Conneaut Valley Health Center, VNAA Alliance, and Crawford County Career and Technical School Practical Nurse Program.
King shared she is honored to be returning to Rolling Fields under the new leadership of Heritage with President and CEO, Lisa Haglund, “creating a life worth living for both the Elders and the care partners is something I am very passionate about.”
King is joined by another new face in her leadership, Assistant Administrator, Joseph Weeks, as they work to both embrace the storied history of Rolling Fields, and work to redefine a culture that places their Elders and care partners at the heart of each and every decision.
“Creating a life worth living for both the Elders and the Care Partners is at the heart of culture change and something I am very passionate about,” she shared.
Joseph Weeks, Assistant Administrator, has been an employee with Heritage Ministries since 2012, when he began as a Dietary Aide. Prior to his appointment at Rolling Fields, Weeks advanced throughout his career working in multiple departments with Heritage, including their Connections memory care program, and most recently as Housekeeping Supervisor at The Park in Jamestown, NY. He is a 2015 graduate of Jamestown Community College, with an associate degree in Human Services, 2019 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and also earned his Long Term Care Administration in 2019 from St. Joseph’s College.
Weeks also expressed his excitement about coming to Rolling Fields. “I am honored to continue to serve Heritage at Rolling Fields, and be a part of the Conneautville community. I look forward to working with our Elders and care partners each day to promote Hope, Dignity, and Purposeful Living to all those entrusted to our care.”
Heritage Ministries was founded in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations across the United States. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, memory care, independent retirement housing, and assisted living. In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs. For more information on Heritage Ministries, please visit www.heritage1886.org.