Reginald Hislop wants to make it clear that he didn't need to uproot himself and his family from their native Wisconsin. The former college professor turned senior health care executive wanted to come to Wichita to become Larksfield Place's president and CEO.
"At this stage in my career I'm not doing this for my resume," Hislop, 51, said in an interview this week.
Hislop started his new job at Larksfield earlier this month. He succeeds Valerie McGhee, who left the job last year.
He is Larksfield's third CEO in its more than 22-year history.
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Hislop said he has come to an organization that is "literally in the top 5 percent of the industry."
"This is a wonderful place in terms of its reputation and history," he said. "The services it provides are top-notch."
It's a situation where the feeling for him "is kind of like a kid in a candy store," Hislop said.
Most recently he was managing partner at Grubb & Ellis/Apex Healthcare in Milwaukee, where he specialized in consulting on the financing of health care projects and mergers and acquisitions.
But prior to that he spent two decades running a senior care operation that is much larger than Larksfield.
"We had three Larksfields" at The Village at Manor Park in Milwaukee, Hislop said.
He means that literally. The Village at Manor Park is the corporate name for a collection of independent, assisted-living and nursing homes. It also offers hospice and home health care services and operates medical clinics that are used by seniors who are not residents of its centers.
"We cared for 30,000 folks a year," Hislop said, and had "a shade under $100 million in net revenue a year."
"The only thing we did not do was hospital."
But as CEO of such a large organization, it might be years before he got to meet a new employee or be on the ground level of projects or initiatives. That won't be the case at Larksfield, which between its independent living facility and its health care center has 300 residents and 250 employees.
"This is kind of fun having it a little more tangible and hands-on," Hislop said.
Larksfield has a lot of opportunities, he said, because of its reputation and regard.
But it has its challenges, too, with the most immediate one being filling its 88,000-square-foot assisted living center, which will have 40 assisted living units and 32 memory care units for residents with dementia. That project is expected to be complete in late fall.
"We will have to look at doing things differently in terms of pricing and services," he said.
And with more competition around than when Larksfield opened in 1988, "we've got to do a better job in making (Larksfield) more relevant to the next group of seniors," Hislop said.