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Local InterestBY KELI CARTERIn today’s day and age, classic hard work and per- severance seems to be a thing of the past. We are living in an era where the click of a buttoncan produce immediate results. That’s not the case for Don Macleay!On October 30, 1996 Don had no way of knowing that his new part time job working in the kitchen at the Laurels of Galesburg would turn into a success- ful career. Both his mother and sister worked at the Laurels of Galesburg, so this enabled him to have transportation to and from work. During his time work- ing in the kitchen, Don excelled with a positive work ethic and grew to love the hard work required for skilled nursing care. After many years of commitment to the Laurels of Galesburg, Don’sHard Work Leads to SuccessAdministrator saw great potential in him and suggested that he consider the role of Dietary Manager. This was a great opportunity and Don successfully com- pleted his Certified Dietary Managertraining with Auburn University in 2001. For the next six years, Don man- aged the kitchen and all the challeng- es and responsibilities that came along with it. Managing his kitchen staff was just one of the ways his role was pre- paring him for bigger opportunities. After many years of successfully man- aging the kitchen, Don’s Administrator recommended that he pursue his Ad- ministrator license. Don did just that and received The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management from Michigan State University in 2007. In June 2007 Don began as Interim Administrator for the Laurels of Galesburg and in October 2008 he was offered the position of Ad- ministrator of the Laurels of Bedford. For the past 10 years, Don has contin- ued to grow in his professional role as the leader of the Laurels of Bedford. Don’s easy-going and confident de- meanor makes him an ideal leader who consistently strives to better himself and his team.There are many resources available that claim to have the “secret” to suc- cess, but there is only one truth that works, and that is called hard work! Success doesn’t happen on accident and there are very few actual stories of overnight success. Most all success stories include many trials and failures along the way. The key is to set a goal and come up with a plan to reach those goals. Step by step and day by day you will reach those goals when you refuse to give up and push forward with perse- verance. 2019 is just beginning and it is a perfect time to set yourself up for suc- cess! Do you have a goal or a dream? What are you waiting for? Put in that hard work and go the extra mile, you won’t be sorry!DON MACLEAY Administrator of The Laurels of BedfordA MEDICARE RATED FIVE STAR FACILITY!★★★★★FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VIST www.laurelsobedford.comWe Provide Top Quality Nursing Care & Therapy!SERVICES WE PROVIDE• Skilled Nursing Care • Respite Care• Palliative Care• Wound Care• Short-Term Rehab• Outpatient Rehab• Stroke Rehab• Joint Replacement Rehab18 SCENE 4401 I MEN IN BUSINESS(269) 968-2296 • www.laurelsofbedford.com270 NORTH BEDFORD ROAD • BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037

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