GREENVILLE– Miami Valley Long Term Care Association (MVLTCA) Leadership Award was presented to Phil Crawford of Greenville on Dec. 14 Sinclair College.
He said he was informed of the award before the meeting.
The award reads, “for outstanding leadership to the long-term care profession. Phil’s career has exemplified outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence, dedication to the principles of total quality and to the enhancement of the quality of life for the residents he served.”
Wife Roberta attended the presentation with him.
Crawford, who retired five years ago, said he spent 30 years in long-term care. His training to become a licensed nursing home administrator (NHA), he said, was for nine months at Heartland of Piqua, and with passing the federal and state licensing exams, he became licensed in Ohio.
“I began my journey in long-term care with Health Care Facilities (HCF), Lima, Ohio, working at their facilities in Findlay and Celina,” he said “Then, I started working for Elma Moss at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, for 14 years. During my last year with Rest Haven and the sale of the facility to Vancrest of Van Wert, I worked and helped with the transition of ownership with our employees, families and residents.”
He also served as the administrator at the Greenbriar in Eaton, Center of Hope in Union City, and SpringMeade in Tipp City with whom he retired.
“Two months after retirement, AdCare, who managed SpringMeade, asked if I could cover a facility in Toledo as an interim administrator,” he said. “This created a new adventure for me, covering for facilities in western Ohio as an interim administrator/consultant. I worked at facilities from Port Clinton to Ironton. I did this for four years, then I felt it was time to retire from administration.”
He added, “I enjoyed my career very much and I learned so much from the residents. I really considered my career as a mission for those who needed care no matter their age. I have experienced many challenges over the years. To meet them was not a one-man or woman show. It took a team, and developing that team was a main part of being an administrator.”
He and Roberta met on a blind date even though they both graduated from Greenville High School; she in 1964 and he in 1965.
“We have been married for 47 years,” he said. “I had been married before to Judi Holler from Danville, Ill., and she had passed away from a heart defect.”
The Crawfords have four children: Kimberly Stigler of Piqua; Justin Crawford of Greenville; Erin Ayette of Palestine, Ohio, and Margo Wheeler of Fishers, Ind. Our grandchildren are: Janessa Stigler, Shore Crawford, Seryn Crawford Harper, Sienna Crawford, Alia Ayette, Micah Ayette, Lydia Ayette, Zoe Ayette, Drew Wheeler, Nick Wheeler and Kyle Wheeler, and great-grandson, Hezekiah Harper.
Since retirement, Phil had helped Roberta with their antique store, Cratiques Antiques and Collectibles.
“After nearly 18 years, we decided to close the store in October 2020,” he said “I now have a booth at the Urbana Flea Market the first weekend of each month. I have also been very active at the CMA Church as an elder, and we enjoy taking trips to a Hippie Festival once a year.”
Phil said his father, Gerald Crawford, owned and operated Crawford’s Produce, and he worked at the processing plant in his early teens.
“I decided this was not my thing,” admitted Phil. “After college I worked in marketing at Hobart Brothers in Troy then United States Chemical in Greenville where I learned more about hospitals and nursing homes. That is when I started my mission to work in long-term care.”
In addition to being a graduate of Greenville High School he attended LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas, from 1965-67, and Wright State University, Fairborn, Ohio, 1967-69, graduating with a management/marketing degree.