As a teenager, Timothy Myers worked at a local nursing home, cleaning out grease pits and helping out in the dining room. Talking to the locals, many of whom were born in the 1800s, he was fascinated by their stories. He wanted to know more and liked to help 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, managing high-end facilities across the country, while also having exposure 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 of 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. This will include a total reimagining of the organization’s Mount Lebanon campus over the next few years.
“I wanted to go to an organization that was on the verge of revamping – and really our Mount Lebanon campus is there – and take all the different elements of the industry that I learned and I got the chance to practice and really apply them for the benefit of a nonprofit,” Myers said.
“Those were the challenges. It was the opportunities. It’s 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 is from central Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Lycoming College, took business courses at Rutgers Law School and earned a certificate in ancient history from the University of Wales.
His experience includes working at Marriott Senior Living, as CFO of The Kendal Corporation, and most recently as CFO and COO of Ingleside in the Washington, DC area.
“It’s just the humanity of our industry that sets me back,” he said. “No matter where you are in our organization, no matter what you do, whether you’re a nurse, whether you’re a housekeeper, whether you’re washing dishes, whether you’re doing what I do, you have the opportunity to touch someone’s life and changing them in a meaningful way. That’s what draws me to it.”
Baptist Senior Family is just that, a family, Myers said. In the fourth quarter of last year, the organization underwent a rebrand from its former name Baptist Senior Services, which better markets its offerings as a family of services than it is, Myers said. The more than 110-year-old South Hills nonprofit organization began in 1910 as a cooperative effort among 90 American Baptist churches in western Pennsylvania and provided services to orphans and elderly during its first 40 years of operation. It eventually expanded its services to focus on senior health care and life, meeting the needs of people from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Baptist Senior Family comprises two communities, Providence Point in Scott Township, an upscale facility, and Baptist Homes in Mt. Lebanon, which includes 100 HUD housing units.
The organization also has branches that provide health care and social services to people at home, as well as a management branch.
The rebranding will not impact the organization’s 900 seniors and 600 staff. Instead, the goal is for people to know that there is a family of services offered by the organization that can be used by people at either end of the socioeconomic spectrum.
“We haven’t changed our mission, our vision or our values,” Myers said. “It’s really done to raise awareness that we can serve the entire territory.
Going forward, the organization will focus on the ever-changing needs of older people. Instead of just focusing on their campuses, they plan to focus on community needs, looking at things like transportation for seniors and providing more services for people who don’t want to leave their homes as they age.
The 110-year-old Baptist Homes community in Mount Lebanon is set to undergo a “substantial operational and physical reinvention” of its campus over the next few years. The specific details of the project are still being worked out.
“We’re going to turn it into something different,” Myers said. This could include finding different ways to deliver services and introducing new services, but will ultimately focus on delivering services to meet the needs of people in the local community.
Myers said leaders are exploring new programs, such as providing adult daycare. Providence Point, which is much newer, will likely remain largely the same for the foreseeable future, although programs may expand there as well.