June 22, 2010
Friendship Retirement Community has announced the selection of Russell Barksdale Jr. 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," said 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."
A self-described team player, Barksdale says he's looking forward to getting to know the Roanoke Valley, Friendship employees and residents and playing an active role in community life. "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 says. "I also like working with a well-informed board committed to quality and continuing to grow Friendship and the healthcare and senior care services we offer. I'd like us to be the kind of community everyone else aspires to."
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. Among his career highlights, he has served as:
-CEO of a management company responsible for four facilities.
-Vice president of revenue enhancement and business development at Catholic Health Services, a five-hospital, three-nursing home, fully integrated healthcare provider with almost 20,000 employees.
-Vice president of business development at Community Health Systems, part of a multi-state hospital system with more than 70 hospitals.
-Managing member of a company that owns three assisted living and independent living facilities in New Jersey.
Barksdale has a bachelor's degree in pre-medicine from Penn State University and a master's degree specializing in healthcare administration from Rutgers University.
He and his wife, Diane, have three sons. He's a native of Long Island, N.Y., with family ties in Bristol, Tenn., and Duffield, Va. When he has time, he enjoys golf and fishing.