4/3/2013 9:48:00 AM Bay Bluffs executive director saying farewell to community
Jessica Evans News Manager
Over the past 12 years, Diana Bailey has been making a difference in the way members of this area's senior community are looked after and cared for. Bailey, who has served as the executive director of Bay Bluffs Emmet County Medical Care Facility since 2001, will soon be leaving the position to lead a continuing care retirement community located in Naples, Florida.
Bailey has overseen numerous changes in the local healthcare community, including the transition to a new model of a warm, home-like environment at Bay Bluffs with quality care and dedicated staff.
"I have a philosophy that I would never operate a community I wouldn't feel comfortable putting my own parents in," Bailey said. "We strive to provide quality care here and try to make it a fun and enjoyable environment for the residents. We focus on knowing what our residents needs and wishes are and meeting those."
Bay Bluffs has gone through numerous changes structurally during Bailey's time there. In 2001, a milage was passed in order to begin a substantial five-phase renovation and beautification project. The construction expanded the current structure and gave the facility a more home-like feel, with warm wood floors, vaulted ceilings and even included a new library and computer area. The renovation also incorporated "greening up" the facility, Bailey said. A more efficient HVAC unit has saved energy and money and the facility also works to recycle the majority of its trash. Bay Bluffs is currently in the process of building a garage and storage facility located in back of the building which will be completed in June.
Bailey noted that Bay Bluffs is in good condition financially and structurally. Bob Dunn, who has worked as an administrator for 12 years at the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, located in the Upper Peninsula, will serve as interim executive director at Bay Bluffs until a permanent executive director is hired. Bailey noted that she is confident that whoever is hired in her position will work to maintain the high quality of care it currently has.
"I am hopeful that they will find a dynamic thinker who will help to transition the healthcare system in the near future," she said. "There are a lot of big changes and hopefully they will get someone who thinks outside the box who will be able to successfully work with the hospital and local home care agencies to create teams for the area."
Bailey, who earned her bachelors of science degree in health care management from Michigan State University and her masters of business in healthcare management from the University of Phoenix, said her career field has been a rewarding one.
"I love what I do and I am very blessed to have found a career that I never second guess," she said.
Bailey noted it has been rewarding to watch Bay Bluffs grow into the facility it is today.
"We've worked really well to increase the quality of care we give to residents here," she said. "We have a team atmosphere and we all work to make sure everyone gets the proper care as they need it."
The decision to make the move to Florida was not an easy on, but one made as a family, with her husband and three children, Bailey said.
"It's a big transition, but it's exciting as well. We're very family oriented and it will be fun to start on a new adventure together. Our new community in Florida has already been extremely welcoming. Also, I really love the heat," she added with a laugh.
Bailey noted that she will miss the northern Michigan community where she has called home for the past several years.
"This is a beautiful area and I'll miss it. What I'll mostly miss though, are the people here. I almost feel like I'm leaving a family member behind. The community has been wonderful to work with and so has the county. I just want to thank everyone for the fabulous support they've given us over the years."
Bailey will be recognized and honored for her achievements in health care on Wednesday, April 3 from 3-5 p.m. at a reception at Bay Bluffs. The community is invited to attend.