Brad Johnson, Chairperson of the Board for the Department of Health and Human Services in Barry County, remarked on Monday, January 31, 2022, that it was with great regret the board has accepted Don Haney’s notice of retiring. “He has given us a long runway to find the next Administrator of Thornapple Manor. We have enjoyed the strong leadership that Haney has brought to Thornapple Manor and he will be hard to replace – there are big shoes we will have to fill.”
Haney started at Thornapple Manor as the Controller in 2006. He accepted the role of Administrator when Jim DeYoung retired in 2012. Recently Haney stated that he would be retiring to something, not from work (Hastings Banner 1/27/22). Don announced this week his plan to retire some time toward the end of the year. “I want the board to have plenty of time to find the next Administrator and feel I will be leaving that person with a remarkable leadership team.”
As he now looks at retirement he said “I am excited to see what that future will look like, but I know a lot of it will be based around my family. I also plan to continue to stay active in our industry.”
When asked about Haney retiring sometime this year, Director of Nursing Liz Bishop replied “Thornapple Manor has been blessed to be represented by Don Haney over the past decade. He has not only advocated for our residents and staff, but has also been a trusted voice for the long term care community as a whole. It has been my pleasure to call him my fearless leader, trusted advisor, and friend.”
Recently Haney received the Barry County Chamber’s 2021 ROTH award. He is a true champion of his community as evident by the boards he serves on, the involvement he has at state and national level on behalf of the residents in long-term care, and, his belief in creating an open and inviting business environment. He shows this in his life, career, and commitment every day.