Clarksville’s Robert Rowley earns 2016 Outstanding Administrator Award
Texas Health Care Association honors leaders for devotion to seniors
(AUSTIN, Texas) — Clarksville Nursing Center Administrator Robert Rowley is the Texas Health Care Association’s 2016 Outstanding Administrator. THCA’s recent annual conference in San Antonio honored Rowley with the award.
“Robert Rowley is a rural health care advocate who works tirelessly for all the citizens of Red River County — both at home and in Austin,” said Kevin Warren, president, and CEO of the non-profit Texas Health Care Association. “Families trust Rowley because they know he puts their needs first. We are proud to recognize his example with this award.”
Rowley has been at Clarksville since 2006 and is known for his personal interaction with the seniors in his care, and for involving his residents in the community. He started the home’s popular Out to Dine Program, where, once a month, he and his wife drive inhabitants in the facility van to a local restaurant selected by Clarksville’s Family Council. Rowley is also known to grill for the residents under the covered pavilion he helped raise money to install at home.
“(Robert Rowley’s) first concern is meeting our residents’ needs including physical, emotional and spiritual,” said Karla Alley, director of nurses at Clarksville.
Rowley, a former Rotary Club president, keeps his residents involved in the community and hosts the biggest fireworks show in Red River County, drawing thousands to enjoy the show.
He has created a family environment for not only residents but staff as well. Rowley initiated numerous employee incentive programs and strives to motivate his employees to excellence by his actions.
Rowley has also worked closely with community leaders and local physicians to help bring Memorial Hospital to Clarksville, which is scheduled to open in March. Rowley’s commitment improving health care in Red River County extends all the way to Austin. Rowley encourages his staff and residents to contact local lawmakers to speak up for long term care and participates in THCA’s committees and legislative efforts.
“(Rowley) has demonstrated that he is an exceptional and highly dedicated professional who knows how to motivate his staff to strive for excellence,” said Dr. B.C. Muthappa, a member of the Red River County Hospital Board. “He has been able to not only maintain quality services for the residents but has won respect and admiration of his staff, residents, family members and community even in the most difficult times.”
Founded in 1950, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is the largest long-term care association in the state and represents a broad spectrum of long-term care providers and professionals offering long term, rehabilitative and specialized medical services. Member facilities, owned by both for-profit and non-profit entities, include nursing services, specialized rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities.