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Michigan Veteran Homes Announces Carly MacDonald as Administrator of MVHGR

Michigan Veteran Homes Announces Carly MacDonald as Administrator of Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) has hired Carly MacDonald to serve as the new administrator of Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids (MVHGR).

"We are elated for Carly to join our growing team at MVHGR and are confident she will continue to support our culture of providing exceptional care to those that deserve it most - our veterans and their eligible dependents," said Steve Rolston, chief operations officer of the Michigan Veteran Homes.

Carly MacDonald has worked in long-term care for over 20 years. She joined HCR Manorcare, now known as ProMedica Senior Care, in 2001 as human resources director. Shortly thereafter Carly had a desire to expand her professional capabilities and became licensed as a nursing home administrator. This then allowed her to have a greater impact on clinical and administrative affairs, expansion of specialized care and member safety. She most recently has served as the administrator at Ascension Living Borgess Place in Kalamazoo for the past four years. Throughout the pandemic, Carly has been essential in leading her team in understanding and implementing all CDC, CMS and State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 infection control requirements. While serving as administrator of Ascension Living Borgess Place, the home had less than ten cases of COVID-19 and no deaths attributed to the virus. 

"As a granddaughter and daughter of veterans, I learned at an early age the importance of serving others and our country," said Carly MacDonald. "It's an exciting time for our team at Grand Rapids as we transition to our new Home and I look forward to meeting and getting to know our veteran members, volunteers and staff."

Born and raised in Flint, Carly received a bachelor's degree in human resources from Michigan State University and is an avid alumnus who is devoted to watching every season of football and basketball. She is married to Ryan, a Navy veteran, and they currently reside in Kalamazoo. They celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in June and have two children, Jora, 17, and Logan 21. Carly is also a mom to Maybel, a 4-month-old English Bulldog, Cali, a 4-year-old golden retriever and a couple rescue cats.

She is active in a women's golf league and enjoys spending time at the family cottage at Lake George which was passed down to her family from her grandfather. Her grandfather served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps and her father is a Vietnam veteran.

MacDonald will officially join the Home as administrator on September 7. She will be filling the vacancy that was created with the departure of the previous administrator, Tracey Nelson, who successfully led the Home for over three years through a significant transition in anticipation of the new building opening and its COVID-19 response efforts. field]