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Senior living community names executive director

July 27, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Betsy Standish
Betsy Standish. Courtesy Friendship Village

A woman with more than 20 years of senior living management experience is the new executive director of a senior living community in the region.

Friendship Village in Kalamazoo said last week that it has named Betsy Standish to the role.

Standish will oversee the community's operations, including resident, family and employee satisfaction, staff development, compliance and sales and marketing.

One of her top priorities will be managing improvements to the community, including a proposed aquatic center and additional garden homes.

“Betsy has the management experience needed to advance Friendship Village as an engaged, desirable and thriving community,” said Rick Pruett, VP and director of operations management for Life Care Services, the parent company of Friendship Village.

Standish said Friendship Village has been “near and dear to me,” since she served as an administrator at the facility from 2003 to 2008.

“I look forward to being part of the future of Friendship Village,” Standish said.

Standish’s background

Most recently, Standish served as executive director at The Fountains at Bronson Place in Kalamazoo.

Previously, she was executive director at Vista Grande Villa in Jackson and an administrator at Friendship Village.

She began her career as an administrator at The Springs at Bronson Place in Kalamazoo.

Standish is a member of the Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce, American College of Health Care Administrators and board member of Leading Age Michigan's Business Alliance. She also represents the Kalamazoo region for the Michigan Health Alert Network.

She holds an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and is a certified dietary manager through the University of Florida and certified and licensed by the Nursing Home Administration Program at Michigan State University and Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Friendship Village

Established in 1975, Friendship Village sits on 72 acres and includes 203 independent living apartments, 83 assisted living and memory care suites, 41 skilled and long-term care suites and 16 short-term rehabilitation suites. 

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