“We’re open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so there can be a crisis at any moment,” he said. “There can be a resident’s death, upset family member or angry employee. The ability to handle crisis as well as the daily grind of the work day with confidence is what has made me successful in the management field.”
The University of Mississippi graduate must be doing something right in a field where a lot can go wrong often. Aside from is responsibility to 145 residents and their families, Blackard also oversees 215 full and part-time employees.
That’s a ton of responsibility on one administrator, but the Jackson native’s list of awards for service excellence are numerous, including honors from parent company Covenant Dove for quality, safety and financials.
In 2010, Blackard received the coveted President’s Award, given annually by the company for the overall performance of a given facility.
“I was the youngest recipient ever of the award and it’s considered to be the highest honor offered by Covenant,” he said. “The winner is selected by the president of the company and I am honored that Trinity Mission was recognized in this way.”
Be it management of a nursing home or some other career endeavor, Blackard says finding one’s talent or niche is a must.
“Management is my specialty and being an administrator helps me utilize my skills while helping others simultaneously,” he said.
Whether providing Christmas gifts for needy employees or taking a lonely resident to lunch, Blackard says his own workplace “has so many opportunities to make a difference.”
Trip Francis, CEO for Covenant Dove’s Ark Hospice, says his colleague is a passionate leader in the healthcare field.
“Chad puts others first in a time when most are doing just the opposite,” Francis said. “I have seen him first-hand with our seniors of Mississippi and anyone would be proud to have Chad looking out for our state’s most vulnerable citizens.”
Blackard also has a heart-felt compassion for a much younger generation. He volunteers twice a month at Sunnybrook Children’s Home.
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