A part-time job during college led to a full-time career for Hiebert. He worked in the kitchen of Life Care Center of Wichita while earning his degree in business administration from Wichita State University.
“I just fell in love with the residents,” Hiebert, 24, said. “Some of their stories are just absolutely amazing. I was just hooked.”
After college, Hiebert spent six months training at a Life Care facility for Alzheimer's patients in Kansas City. The Tennessee-based company operates facilities in 28 states.
The Andover center offers skilled nursing, long-term care and rehabilitation services. It has 150 employees and room for 139 residents.
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Hiebert said senior care centers require a different kind of customer service than many businesses he studied in college.
“Not only are the residents our customers, we’re taking care of them. We’re providing the services they’re unable to provide anymore. We’re really kind of these people’s arms, legs and all that.”
Hiebert and his fiancee, Tori Schaffer, plan to get married next month in Mexico.