Friendship Retirement Community has announced the selection of Russell Barksdale Jr. (right) as its new president and chief executive officer, an experienced senior healthcare executive to lead the region’s largest retirement community.
Barksdale has led all aspects of senior care and healthcare services and operations at numerous locations in New York and New Jersey, most recently as president and CEO of Hempstead Healthcare, a management company that operates four facilities in suburban New York City.
“In Russ, our board of directors found an accomplished, tested and results-oriented administrator whose varied experiences are ideal to lead us into a new era,” says Ted Feinour, chairman of Friendship’s board of directors. “Our national search found someone with the experience and insight we were looking for to expand and refine our outstanding care and services and meet the needs of the market today and into the future.”
Barksdale says, “I was drawn to Friendship because it has one of the best business foundations anywhere to develop upon, and it has consistently adapted to the community’s changing healthcare needs by offering complementary and integrated services beyond a traditional retirement community.”
Barksdale has broad experience in senior-related, for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare services, including long-term care, assisted living, home health, hospice and a variety of medical and hospital-based services.