Western New York’s largest 5-star Wellness Campus has a new Administrator!
Mindee McDonald has been appointed Administrator at the Brothers of Mercy Sacred Heart Adult Home, part of the Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus.
Ms. McDonald has over 20 years of experience working at Sacred Heart, where she has held the positions of Director of Health Services and Assistant Administrator for the past 13 years. In her new position, Ms. McDonald will oversee Sacred Heart Home as it migrates from its current 57,000-sq.-ft. location into a new, 92,000-sq.ft. location on the Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus. With doors expected to open in the summer of 2020, Sacred Heart’s expansion will include the addition of 26 beds, totaling 96, and service lines will grow to include Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living and Memory Care.
Ms. McDonald has been integral in the strategic planning process of this innovative new community, which will employ an exclusive “Wellness Neighborhood” community design, the only one of its kind in Western New York. This forward-thinking approach to senior care aims to replace the regimented structure, and often clinical feel, of traditional assisted living and memory care facilities with a flexible environment of care; evoking a home-like experience and placing the resident at the center of quality of care.
Ms. McDonald claims that the many years spent “witnessing the Brothers carry on the selfless mission of their founders” are what have inspired her to continue in this work and honor their legacy. She states,
“Many things have changed over the course of my 20 years here at Brothers, but the one thing that has remained the same is the Brothers’ 100+-year mission, to provide personalized holistic care to those in need. Witnessing this firsthand is what has kept me dedicated to continually striving to do something better for our campus each day.”
More about Mindee, in Her Own Words:
“I have been building my career at Sacred Heart Home on the Brothers of Mercy Campus since 1998, when I started working in the kitchen at age 16, alongside some of the Brothers themselves! Throughout the last 20+ years, I have enjoyed holding various job titles, both on the front lines and in administrative positions. I am a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Nursing, and since then have grabbed every opportunity to keep learning, because after all, there is always room for more knowledge!
Upon graduation, I worked full time at a local hospital for a few years as a Charge Nurse, taking care of acutely ill patients, along with patients being detoxed from various types of addictions. Though that job brought me much fulfillment, I always found myself unable to cut ties with the Brothers of Mercy Campus, and held a dual role of RN at Brothers during that time as well. My “better half” and I are the proud parents of 3 young girls aged 10, 9, and 6. We try to live each day to the fullest, never take a moment for granted, and teach our girls the importance of being genuinely kind to others. We very often find ourselves at our “home away from home”, our campground, where we fully enjoy the outdoors and our free spirits!
The legacy and mission of the Brothers of Mercy has always been near and dear to my heart.
It is very much my honor and pleasure to continue being part of such a wonderful, person-centered organization which truly cares about each and every resident in its care. It humbles me to have been offered the position of Administrator of Sacred Heart Home, and I am truly looking forward to being a part of our leadership team. I will strive each day to make a positive impact on the campus and all that we serve!
And how can I forget one of the most exciting developments happening here at BOM? Our beautiful Enhanced Assisted Living & Memory Care Community is on its way! Offering additional services and programming to Sacred Heart Home residents, as well as new residents from the outside community, this is just what our campus needs to fill the gap and continue meeting the growing needs of WNY’s seniors. I am very much looking forward to our new community and its services, but if I am being completely honest, there is a piece of me which will always miss the building where I started all those years ago; the building which truly instilled the Brothers’ mission into the character of who I have become today. I recognize how blessed I am to be given the opportunity to lead Sacred Heart Home, both currently and in the future, and I am very much looking forward to working with each and every one of you!”