Recover-Care and its two principal operators were brought together by a similar operational style, and an understanding that in the healthcare field the change begins from the ground up. Having both started careers in the Finance/Accounting field, their respective journeys to healthcare was quite unusual.
Nathan Freund, LNHA has spent the last Five (5) years working as an Administrator of Record in the NYC area, and the 5+ years prior climbing the ladder in the Long Term Care field. Starting off in the business office, he worked his way through the Maintenance Department, back into general administration, and finally landing an Administrator position. Working his way through troubled facilities both financially and clinically led Nathan to be a highly recommended and sought after executive in Long Term Care. It is out of his desire to continue to make a difference in the lives of everyone he comes across on a daily basis that has led him to form an Operating company on his own called “Recover-Care”.
Zish Margulies, R.N. entered nursing school at a period when commercial financing (his previous career) was at an all-time low. Graduating at the top of his class, Zish started his nursing career in a Skilled Nursing Facility, and eventually worked his way up from floor nurse, to unit manager, to MDS coordinator, and ultimately to a member of the Regional Clinical Reimbursement team at a large 25 facility LTC operating company. In January 2015, Zish eventually left to form his own Clinical Reimbursement consulting company in order to help distressed facilities achieve accurate reimbursement, while maintaining compliance. He has successfully accomplished this at 15 facilities comprised of approx. 1,600 beds.
Both principals share a common drive and passion in healthcare:
“Making a difference, one day at a time, one patient at a time”.
Anthony (Tony) Johnson has been in the long term care profession for 18 years. Tony started in long term care as a certified nursing assistant while pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Immediately following graduation, Tony became a licensed nursing home administrator was responsible for his first facility.
Tony had extensive experience and success managing long term care facilities with various services with a prominent national provider. As an administrator, Tony has also mentored and developed several students who have become successful Licensed Nursing Home Administrators. Tony was a student of the Malcolm Baldridge Quality program and implemented this approach to his facilities to achieve national quality awards.
For the last 10 years, Tony has been in the multi-facility leadership role. Tony has gained experience improving the care and service of several facilities with various services, locations, and markets. Tony has also served on the Nebraska Health Care Association Board of Directors and currently serves on the board of Directors for the Kansas Health care Association Board of Directors. In these roles, Tony has had a significant impact on shaping policy for the long term care through advocacy and PAC fundraising.
Tony’ philosophy to approaching the profession is demonstrating strong leadership and high integrity. He firmly believes that the key to providing high quality care and services is achieved by having the right people in the right place and developing their strengths to bring out the best in the leaders. In addition to leadership, Tony believes and demonstrates a commitment to listening to the customer and developing systems to drive strong quality outcomes and customer satisfaction. Looking forward, Tony believes innovation and the integration of technology will be instrumental to exceeding customer expectations and achieving high quality outcomes.
When not caring for the frail and elderly, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and four boys. Helikes to spend his free time coaching his kids’ sports teams, helping with cub scouts, gardening, fishing, golf, and hunting. When time permits, Tony enjoys attending sporting events or watching movies.
Jen was born and raised in Grantville, Kan., a small town outside Topeka. She earned her bachelors of science in nursing from Washburn University in 1997 and has worked in the nursing field ever since.
Jen specializes in long-term care. She started her career as an RN in a skilled nursing facility in Topeka, progressing to management as Director of Nursing. Eventually, she decided to utilize her talents and knowledge on a wider scale, overseeing centers throughout the region as a clinical reimbursement consultant. In this capacity, she provides education and training to support staff as they develop assessments for patients under their care.
Jen earned her RAC-CT through AANAC, the most highly-recognized certification in the field. Her goal is to empower staff at each facility with which she works to create the best plan of care for each resident, through accurate and timely assessments. For the facilities, this results in improved compliance with state and federal standards, as well as timely reimbursement for services provides. For the residents, it means outstanding care and the best-possible quality of life.
Jen and her husband, Tom, live in a rural area of Jackson Co., Kan. They have two grown sons, Cody and Dylan, and three dogs, Scout, Max and Hosmer. While not working she enjoys spending time outdoors, attending sporting events, traveling, and collecting antiques.
Laura feels humbled and blessed to have spent the past twenty years in the healthcare field serving as an advocate for the residents in her care and for the staff that she has had the privilege to know. Laura started her journey as a CNA and then spent 10 years as an LPN prior to going back to school to earn her RN degree. Her entire nursing career has been spent in skilled nursing and long term care as she has a passion and a deep commitment to serving the greatest generation.
Laura has worked as a Charge nurse, a Staff Development Coordinator, an MDS nurse, Assistant Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing, and as a Regional Consultant. In 2011, Laura was named Director of Nursing of the Year by Kansas Healthcare Association (KHCA).
Laura is known for her sense of humor, her leadership skills, and for her ability to inspire and teach others. She would never ask someone to do something that she would not do herself. Laura believes that through good leadership, focus on employees, and consistency, each center can be a home and not just a place to work.
As a Regional Consultant, Laura is able to spend time in centers doing education, data analysis, and systems review to ensure that federal regulations are being followed and that best practices are being used in the centers she supports.
Laura and her husband, Wil, have lived in Topeka, Kansas for the past 16 years. They have two grown daughters, Melissa and Kellie who are also Registered Nurses. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, attending baseball games (Go Royals), and traveling.
Julie Huddleston currently serves as the one of the Clinical Nurse Consultants with Recover-Care in the Mid-West facilities.
Julie is a highly-skilled Clinical Nurse Leader with over 30 years of experience. She began her career as a nursing assistant in a local Long Term Care center in her home town. The knowledge that she gained by her mentoring leaders, just made her want to excel in her position. Over the years she has been a charge nurse, an MDS nurse, an Assistant Director of Nursing and a Director of Nursing.
Most recently Julie has been working in a regional position to provide resource and over sight. Julie excels in providing strong and effective support to clinical operation teams regionally as well as individually at the center level. She understands the complexity of healthcare delivery systems and is dedicated to their improvement.
Julie brings with her multiple areas of expertise including
- Clinical Leadership and Management
- Survey Readiness and Management – Achieving Deficiency Free Surveys
- On-Boarding and Mentoring Directors of Nursing
- Clinical Turn-Around and CMS Special Focus Facility Designation Removal
Julie’s philosophy of healing is not just medicine and knowledge but a smile and kind word merged with a gentle touch.
Andrea Hays, Regional Director of Business Development
“Promoting Positive Growth in Healthcare and our Centers by Working Closely with Area Hospitals and our Communities.”
If you are a healthcare professional in the skilled and long term care industry in the Kansas City Area, you’ve likely heard of Andrea Hays. She has been a Kansas girl her entire life. She brings twenty years of healthcare experience to the table and knows the Kansas metro area market like the back of her hand.
Andrea graduated from Missouri Western State University with her Bachelors of Science degree and her passion for healthcare and working with older adults became an instant obsession; however, it didn’t start there. Two years before she graduated, she worked as a rehab tech in an Alzheimer’s center while attending two years at the community college.On her first day, she knew she had a special connection with seniors.
Andrea worked fourteen years for Providence Health Systems directly after graduating from college as the Recreational Therapy Director, Marketing Coordinator and Director of Volunteer Services. She then went on to work in the home healthcare arena as an Area Manager and Account Executive where she quickly earned a preceptor title and successfully drove business while training new hires. After four years in home health, she decided to come back to the skilled and long term care industry where she continues to work as a Regional Director of Business Development.
When Andrea decides to slow down just a tiny bit on occasion, you will find her at the lake with her family or taking long jogs with her dog. She loves sports, watching her children’s sports activities and is highly competitive. She has been married for twenty years and has three children which she considers her biggest accomplishments.
Andrea’s favorite quote is, “There is no I in the word Team”She loves team building and working side by side with her staff.
She is actively involved in her community and the American Red Cross in which she is Co- Founder of the “Train it Forward Foundation” a program that helps spread the importance ofCPR and how it saves lives.
Andrea’s zest for life is contagious and her goal is to make a difference big or small in healthcare and in people’s lives.
James Corpening began his career at the Menningers Hospital in Topeka KS where he worked in security and maintenance for 18 years. He became the Director of Maintenance in Rossville Healthcare and Rehab ,a long term care facility located in Rossville KS, where he spent the next 8 years providing a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment for the residents. More importantly, he excelled in personal customer service, his favorite part of the job. The last 8 years he has served as the Regional Director of Plant and Maintenance, overseeing the environmental and fire safety compliance of up to 36 homes located throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. His responsibilities also included remodel, construction, and capital expenditures.