Timothy Myers new CEO at Baptist Senior Family – TribLIVE

As a teenager, Timothy Myers worked at a local nursing home, cleaning out grease pits and helping in the dining area. Talking with the residents, many of whom were born in the 1800s, he was fascinated with their stories. He wanted to know more and enjoyed helping them.

It was then that he fell in love with the idea of service.

Myers went on to work in nearly every facet of the long-term care industry throughout his career, running high-end facilities across the country, while also being exposed to less fortunate communities. He even owned a development and management company that worked exclusively with nonprofit long-term care organizations.

In January, he assumed the role as president and CEO of Baptist Senior Family, where he will help lead the organization with its diverse group of services to meet the needs of future generations. That will include a total reimagination of the organization’s Mt. Lebanon campus over the next few years.

“I wanted to go to an organization that was at the cusp of redeveloping itself — and really our Mt. Lebanon campus is in that spot — and take all of the different pieces of the industry that I’ve learned and I’ve had the chance to practice and really apply them for the benefit of a not for profit organization,” Myers said.

“It was the challenges. It was the opportunities. It was the people here,” Myers said of what drew him to Baptist Family Services. “And, quite frankly, we missed the hills.”

Myers grew up in New York and Northern Maine, while his wife hails from Central Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Lycoming College, attended business classes at Rutgers Law School and earned a certificate in ancient history from the University of Wales.

His experience includes working at Marriott Senior Living, serving as CFO of The Kendal Corporation, and most recently as CFO and COO of Ingleside in the Washington, D.C. area.

“It’s just the humanity of our industry that keeps drawing me back,” he said. “No matter where you are in our organization, no matter what you do, if you’re a nurse, if you’re a housekeeper, if you wash dishes, if you do what I do, you have the opportunity to touch someone’s life and change it in a meaningful way. That’s what draws me in.”

Baptist Senior Family is just that, a family, Myers said. In the fourth quarter of last year, the organization underwent a rebranding from its previous name Baptist Senior Services, which better markets its offerings as the family of services that it is, Myers said. The more than 110-year-old South Hills nonprofit organization began in 1910 as a cooperative effort between 90 American Baptist churches throughout Western Pennsylvania and offered services for orphans and the elderly for its first 40 years in operation. It eventually grew its services to focus on healthcare and senior living, meeting the needs of folks of all socio-economic backgrounds.

Baptist Senior Family includes two communities, Providence Point in Scott Township, a higher-end facility, and Baptist Homes in Mt. Lebanon, which includes 100 units of HUD housing.

The organization also has branches that deliver health care and social services to people in their homes, along with a management arm.

The rebranding won’t impact the organization’s 900 seniors and 600 staff members. Instead, the goal is for people to link that there is a family of services offered by the organization that can be utilized by folks at every end of the socio-economic spectrum.

“We haven’t changed our mission, our vision or our values,” Myers said. “It’s really been done to raise awareness to the fact that we can serve the entire area.”

Moving forward, the organization will focus on the ever-changing needs of seniors. Instead of just focusing on their campuses, they plan to focus on the needs of the communities, looking at things like transportation for seniors and delivering more services to folks who don’t want to leave their homes as they age.

The 110-year-old Baptist Homes community in Mt. Lebanon is set to undergo a “substantial operational and physical reimagining” of its campus over the next several years. The specific details on the project are still being worked on.

“We’re going to be turning it into something different,” Myers said. That could include finding different ways to offer services and introducing new services, but ultimately will focus on delivering services to meet people’s needs in the local community.

Myers said leaders are exploring new programs, such as offering adult daycare. Providence Point, which is much newer, will likely remain largely the same for the foreseeable future, although programs could expand there, as well.