New administrator named at Bishop Noa Home

Jamie LaFave

ESCANABA — The new year has brought a time of change and growth to the Bishop Noa Home with a new administrator. After leading the Bishop Noa Home for the past 11 years, former administrator Elsie Stafford retired this past December.

Stafford said, though she will miss the daily interaction with the staff and residents at the home, she looks back on the past 11 years with pride and satisfaction.

“I am so proud that I’ve been a part of the culture of this wonderful home,” Stafford said. “It’s been an incredible experience. I’m extraordinarily humbled and proud that I’ve been a part of it, and I have had an extraordinary team.”

One of Stafford’s team members — her former administrative assistant, Jamie LaFave — is the new administrator of the Bishop Noa Home. A Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), LaFave brings a great deal of business acumen to her new position. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Lake Superior State University and has worked in various areas of the healthcare industry since 2005. She has worked for the Bishop Noa Home since 2011, supervising all aspects of bookkeeping, including being responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable and managing the business office.

“I am excited to be stepping in as administrator and continuing my journey with the Bishop Noa Home,” LaFave said. “I have learned so much in working with Elsie over the past eight years, and plan to continue serving our residents with the same utmost care and compassion that she has over the years.”

Over the past 11 years, Stafford has had many notable accomplishments, including leading the home in becoming Medicare certified in April 2010.

“This was a challenge for every department,” she noted, “because it required achievement of federal standards – from policies to everyday standards and practices.”

Another noteworthy accomplishment for the Bishop Noa Home occurred in 2014: building a 12-bed private-room unit specifically designed for short-term rehab and skilled care.

“This unit was very much needed to provide the space required for a rehabilitation department that could provide the necessary services for skilled therapy,” Stafford noted. “It has been a wonderful addition, allowing so many residents to return to the community after a successful short-term rehab.

“Over the course of my tenure, many building updates and improvements have been accomplished,” Stafford said.

“Once again, I am most proud of the employees who have provided the care and compassion to make the Bishop Noa Home the special place it is — Best of the Best in Delta County for the past 11 years, and a five-star facility in all categories of Medicare Compare. I have loved my time at the Bishop Noa Home, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of this amazing care community.”

The Bishop Noa Home is still growing, with plans to expand its chapel, activity center and administration area in the coming years to accommodate the growing needs of its residents and their family members.

As for looking toward the future of the home, LaFave said she is looking ahead to even more growth.

“I am looking forward to working with the staff and serving our wonderful residents for many years as administrator of the best nursing home in the area,” LaFave smiled.

For more information on the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Citizens, 2900 3rd Ave. S., Escanaba, call 906-786-5810 or visit www.facebook.com/bishopnoahome.