The mission of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), “to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults,” is fulfilled when the actions of our employees demonstrate our stated values. In doing so, they “make their mark” upon those we serve. In our continuing series, “Make your Mark,” we introduce you to PHS employees who are living out these values.
We introduce you to Frederick Nyabera, Clinical Administrator at Orchard Path in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Fred has been recognized by several people for the way he demonstrates Stewardship by fostering a strong team that focuses on providing the best care for residents.
Fred has been working for PHS since 2002, starting as Resident Assistant at Lake Minnetonka Shores. He worked at several PHS communities while studying to be an LPN and RN. He came to Orchard Path as Housing Clinical Administrator when it opened in 2017. Altogether, Fred has served at 7 PHS communities and has built many good relationships along the way.
Mary Springer, who serves on the PHS education team traveling around to various communities, has known Fred for over a decade, starting at Beacon Hill. She said, “Fred has natural gifts of patience and understanding that bring out the best in people.” Mary knew that Fred would reach new heights within the organization, “To this day when I teach the “Living our Values” classes to new RA's, I will use Fred’s rise through PHS from RA to Nurse to Clinical Administrator as an example of how our organization prefers to promote internally.”
When asked about his approach to leadership, Fred said, “I like building a good relationship with my team, being patient with staff, residents and families and remaining calm when dealing with crisis.” He has worked diligently to cultivate the Orchard Path team’s respect for each other and their focus on serving residents.
Siri Kuenster, Clinical Coordinator at Orchard Path tells how she has benefitted from Fred’s good leadership. “I am very grateful to have Fred as a mentor. He challenges me in new ways every day to not only be a better and more informed employee, but also to be a more patient and understanding person as well. He is kind, thoughtful, knowledgeable and patient with every person he encounters.”
As expressed by these words, Fred clearly lives out the PHS value of Stewardship. His service with us demonstrates a commitment to grow, innovate and improve, not only for himself, but to encourage others to do so as well. Thank you to Fred and all the PHS employees who serve as good stewards and fulfill the PHS mission every day.
Do you know someone looking for more purpose in their day? Share the good news and the many opportunities to make a mark at www.preshomes.org/careers.