UCH Welcomes New Administrator to Fairhaven Community

UPPER SANDUSKY [Feb. 26, 2020] – United Church Homes recently selected a new administrator to lead Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky.

Fairhaven Community Administrator Jean Smith (left) and resident Jody Hook

Jean A. Smith, a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA), joined the Fairhaven team Jan. 28. She brings years of expertise in skilled nursing administration, including her most recent position as administrator and regional executive director at Elmwood Communities in Fremont. Smith has also served as foundation executive director, marketing director and LNHA at St. Francis Health Care Center, Green Springs, and as administrator of marketing at Institutional Care Pharmacy, Tiffin.

Faith-Inspired Mission

Smith said United Church Homes’ faith-inspired, mission-driven setting appealed to her, along with the depth of support available to leaders through UCH’s network of 15 owned and managed senior living communities in Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.

“As soon as I walked into Fairhaven, I could tell that staff members truly care for the residents, whether they’ve been with us for two weeks or over 40 years. It feels like a family from the moment you enter the doors,” Smith said. “Fairhaven has a strong reputation as a provider of quality, person-directed senior living. We look forward to continuing that tradition.”

A Century of Service

Fairhaven opened its doors in 1920 to care for Wyandot County’s older adults. Today, the community provides assisted living, memory care, short-term rehab and long-term skilled nursing care to about 180 residents.

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, said Smith is a talented leader with a proven track record.

“We are excited to welcome Jean to the United Church Homes family,” Daniel said. “She shares our mission, vision and values and our commitment to improving the quality of life and care for older adults. She brings the right combination of leadership and expertise that will continue the success of Fairhaven and our organization.”

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and psychology from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, and has specialized training through The Ohio State University Fisher Business College’s the Core of Knowledge for Nursing Home Administrators program.

For more information about Fairhaven Community, visit fairhavencommunity.org.


About Fairhaven Community: Fairhaven Community offers independent and assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and holistic, person-directed memory care services on its beautiful campus.
About United Church Homes: United Church Homes is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living and affordable housing for older adults, with over 75 communities in 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is a faith-inspired organization in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.
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