Michigan Veteran Homes hires Grand Rapids administrator

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Carly MacDonald Courtesy Michigan Veteran Home

Michigan Veteran Homes hired an administrator for its Grand Rapids campus.

Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) said Tuesday that it hired Carly MacDonald to serve as the new administrator of Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids (MVHGR) location, effective Sept. 7.

The new MVHGR campus opened at 2950 Monroe Ave. NE in Grand Rapids earlier this summer.

“We are elated for Carly to join our growing team at MVHGR and are confident she will continue to support our culture of providing exceptional care to those that deserve it most — our veterans and their eligible dependents,” said Steve Rolston, COO of MVH.

MacDonald has worked in long-term care for over 20 years. She joined HCR Manorcare, now known as ProMedica Senior Care, in 2001 as human resources director. Shortly thereafter, she became licensed as a nursing home administrator, which allowed her to have a greater impact on clinical and administrative affairs and expand specialized care and member safety.

She served as the administrator at Ascension Living Borgess Place in Kalamazoo for the past four years. Throughout the pandemic, MacDonald was essential in leading her team to understand and implement all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health department COVID-19 health and safety practices. While she was serving as administrator of Ascension Living Borgess Place, the home had less than 10 cases of COVID-19 and no deaths attributed to the virus.

“As a granddaughter and daughter of veterans, I learned at an early age the importance of serving others and our country,” MacDonald said. “It’s an exciting time for our team at Grand Rapids as we transition to our new home, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know our veteran members, volunteers and staff.”

Born and raised in Flint, MacDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Michigan State University and currently lives in Kalamazoo with her family. Her grandfather served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and her father is a Vietnam veteran.

MacDonald succeeds Tracey Nelson, who led the home for over three years.

Michigan Veteran Homes

MVH is the entity that provides day-to-day operational oversight of the state’s veteran homes on behalf of the Michigan Veterans Facility Authority, and it is a branch of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. MVH strives to ensure quality long-term care is provided to the veterans and their eligible family members that live within the homes. The MVH operates the MVHGR, the Michigan Veteran Homes D.J. Jacobetti in Marquette and the new Michigan Veteran Homes in Chesterfield Township.

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