Administrator brings wealth of healthcare knowledge

SIDNEY — A new custodian of the Fair Haven Shelby County Home has taken the lead since June 27, 2022, when he was hired by the Shelby County Commissioners. While new to the position, he is not new to the area, the Administrator’s job, or even the Fair Haven facility.

Curtis O’Neal graduated from Fairlawn High School and received an associate’s degree in applied science in nursing from Edison State Community College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and organizational management from Wright State University. After the birth of his daughter, he decided to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

“I became interested in healthcare after my daughter was born and admitted to Children’s Hospital. Her mom and I stayed at the Ronald McDonald house for about three months before we could bring her home,” O’Neal said. “This personal and humbling experience has inspired a greater appreciation for our healthcare organizations, providers and patients. I knew then that I wanted to be a member of the healthcare industry and serve the community as a public servant.”

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O’Neal graduated from Fair Haven’s Administrator-in-Training (AIT) program in 2010 and continued to work as a Registered Nurse in the Adult Day Service Program at the facility. He has also worked as a surgical and occupational health nurse at Wilson Health and has been an interim administrator for several facilities, giving him a diverse background in hospital, home health, health clinic and nursing home administration.

As Administrator, O’Neal is responsible for the overall operations of Fair Haven, including strategic planning and staffing for all activities and departments, financial performance and the operating budget, and knowledge of the policies, rules and regulations of various boards and agencies. He said his favorite part of the job is interacting with his staff and the residents.

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“My favorite part of Fair Haven is the residents and staff. Our residents have a tremendous amount of life experiences to share, and I enjoy interacting with them,” O’Neal said. “My colleagues are great. I am surrounded by a committed, well-established team that makes everyday work a pleasure.”

The commissioners began searching for a new administrator after the former administrator left the position to work outside of the health sector. All three commissioners were involved in the decision, and Commissioner Julie Ehe shared why they chose O’Neal for the job.

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“Curtis was selected because of his experience in the nursing home industry. He knows the finances and challenges of district-owned nursing homes very well,” says Husband. “We are confident that his approach to building the Fairhaven team will be good for the facility, the staff, and most importantly, the residents of Fair Haven.”

“I am excited about this role and look forward to developing a strong, productive relationship with the commissioners. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work and live in a community that continues to provide life-enriching experiences,” said O’Neal.

To contact O’Neal, email him at [email protected] or call 937-492-6900.


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