Bobby Meadows has joined Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab as executive director. Meadows, a licensed nursing home administrator, has 13 years of nursing home experience, including 11 as an executive director. Most recently, he served for six years at Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis.
Experience: In 1999, I started in a 246-bed facility, one of the largest facilities in the state of Alabama, as a certified nursing assistant and later was state-precepted and became licensed. I became the assistant administrator in 2001.
Later that same year, Beverly Healthcare came to me to run a two-building, 188-bed home in Fairfield, Ala. After much success, I was asked to become senior executive director of several homes while operating a 132-bed facility.
In late 2006, I was asked to take a closed facility in Memphis that was unable to clear survey. I re-opened the facility deficiency-free and maintained 98 percent occupancy; developed resident and family councils; and had 95 percent and over patient, family, clinical, and rehabilitation satisfaction.
Family: My wife, Melissa, and I have been married for nearly 12 years. Together we have three girls: Emma Grace, 10; Hannah Mae, 8; and Reese Pressley, 4.
Favorite quote: I actually have two that I love: “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” (Samuel Ullman); and “When you can’t score from the 1, you don’t deserve to win.” (Paul Bryant)
Favorite movie: “A Field of Dreams”
The sports team(s) you root for: University of Alabama, the Chicago Bears and Memphis Grizzlies
What’s playing on your stereo right now? The Avett Brothers
Activities you enjoy outside of work: U. of Alabama athletics, running, riding a motorcycle and visiting my family in Alabama and Arkansas.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play any musical instrument.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My grandfather, Bobby Meadows Sr., married over 50 years, worked in the West Virginia coal mines his whole life. He was a man of integrity, character, adventure, wisdom and wit.
What attracted you to Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab? I was impressed by its long, rich tradition, history and devotion to its residents, staff, and to the city of Memphis.
What are your goals in your new position? My biggest goal will be to carry on MJHR’s tradition of high quality care within a Jewish environment.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I am grateful to be allowed the opportunity to care for others. This not only comes from being a father of three girls, but also from the residents that I help care for.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I love working with the elderly – they’re full of wisdom and honesty. They tell it like it is. They never dance around the truth.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Find something you love to do. In order to do this, you may have to try new things and new fields you never thought you’d like.
Adam Humphries has been named a vice president commercial relationship manager at FirstBank. Humphries will focus on business development and treasury management in the Memphis commercial lending group. He previously served as senior vice president of treasury management sales at First Tennessee Bank.
Michael Leonard has been appointed vice president of private banking at Paragon National Bank. Leonard will be responsible for providing custom-banking solutions to business owners, executives, doctors and professionals in Memphis.
The West Clinic has been selected by the National Committee for Quality Assurance to participate in the new Patient-Centered Specialty Practice program, which will offer recognition to specialty practices that demonstrate a commitment to improving access to and coordination of patient care.
Nancy Guy of Crye-Leike Realtors has earned the company’s certified premier property specialist designation. Guy, a vice president of Crye-Leike, is based out of the company’s Forest Hill-Irene branch and assists buyers and sellers in and around Fayette, Desoto and Shelby counties.
Landers Ford has received Ford Motor Co.’s President Award for the 12th consecutive year. The award is given to Ford dealerships based on customer survey responses related to sales, service, satisfaction and overall dealership experience.
Sarah Bacot, a senior at Rhodes College, has been named a Watson fellow, which includes a stipend to study abroad for 2013-2014. Bacot plans to travel to Argentina, India, South Africa and Poland while completing her project, “Out of the Closets, Into the Streets: Exploring Queer Identity Through Community Organizations and Pride Parades.”