From Rim Country Health and Retirement Community’s maintenance director to head honcho, Russell Goddard proved that with hard work and dedication, it is possible to rise from the bottom to the top.
On May 1, Goddard officially took over Harvey Pelovsky’s position of administrator.
Goddard now manages RCHRC’s 109 beds and its large group of nurses and staff.
Pelovsky, who owns RCHRC with two other partners, will now function as a managing partner at the Payson location as well as a new facility opening in Pinetop-Lakeside in July called Sierra Blanca Rehabilitation.
When Goddard started working at RCHRC in May 2005, he was the director of maintenance.
Over time, Goddard was promoted to director of admissions and marketing and in the fall of 2009, Goddard was promoted to assistant administrator.
During his tenure, Goddard obtained a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and became a licensed nursing home administrator in September 2009.
As assistant administrator, Pelovsky said Goddard was tasked with solving daily problems, which tested his ability to handle the position of administrator.
Goddard handled each issue promptly and effectively, showing Pelovsky Goddard was ready to take over the position.
“We are happy that even though he has many credentials, his greatest asset is the heart of compassion he has for the elderly, his integrity and his willingness to go the extra mile to make the stay of our residents the best it possibly can be,” Pelovsky said.
Goddard said he is grateful for the opportunity to serve as administrator, especially in this economy, when promotions are not readily handed out.
“This is the culmination of seven years of work,” he said. “It is a great sense of accomplishment.”
Pelovsky said Goddard’s story proves that with hard work and perseverance, you can advance, even in poor economic times.
In June, Pelovsky and his business partners plan to open another retirement community in Casa Grande called the Oasis Pavilion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Pelovsky anticipates the 114-bed nursing facility in Pinetop will carry an annual payroll of $4.5 million by its second year of operation and create 115 new jobs for the area.