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New Administrator for FVC Village Care Center Named

New Administrator for FVC Village Care Center Named


For immediate release Friday, Dec. 9, 2016--A diehard St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and a young but seasoned administrator will head the Village Care Center at Friendship Village Chesterfield (FVC).

Lydia Seibert, chairman of the local oversight board that administers the Friendship Village retirement communities, today promoted Ryan McHugh to administrator of the FVC assisted living and skilled nursing units.

McHugh comes to FVC from Friendship Village Sunset Hills Fountain View where he managed the assistant living and memory care community from 2015 until this promotion.

He presents a substantive history of senior care. Prior to coming home to St. Louis—born in Belleville, IL, he considers himself a St. Louis native—he set up a new community for Bethesda Senior Living Communities in Colorado after four and a half years at their Ellisville community.

“In Colorado, I gained much experience setting up one of Bethesda’s largest communities and exceeded the expected numbers, but I missed holidays here and I missed my family, my friends, my godson and the Cardinals,” McHugh said as he sat backed by Cardinals red paint on his office wall.

A graduate of Rockhurst University, Kansas City, with a bachelor of science degree and double major in finance and economics, McHugh will oversee the Village Care Center’s 99 licensed skilled nursing beds and 22 assisted living beds as well as planned expansion under the community’s master plan.

He purports to love what he does. “Originally, I started as a business manager at a retirement community, but senior care just felt right. I found that I love to interact with seniors and put a smile on their face.”                                                                  

He said anything that puts smiles on residents’ faces for a moment in time he will do, even dressing in costume.

McHugh’s vision for the Village Care Center centers on healthy, happy residents, a satisfied staff and attention to fiscally sound budget principles. On the latter issue, he said he has already begun to explore the capital budget and to prioritize the budget allocations for the next fiscal year which begins July 1.

His management style, he said, may require some staff adjustments. “I will do my job best when I know what is going on, so I plan to be out and about with the residents and staff for most of my day.”