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Carol McKinley, Ph.D., has been appointed vice president of operations at the United Methodist Homes of New Jersey, which operates 5 full-service and five affordable housing communities: Bristol Glen, Collingswood Manor, Francis Asbury Manor, Pitman Manor, and The Shores at Wesley Manor.
As a clinical and medical social worker and family therapist in her early career, McKinley, and Ocean View resident, conducted psychosocial assessments, family therapy, care plans, referral and discharge planning; consulted with psychiatrists/psychologists; and planned group education.
In a hospice setting, she counseled terminally ill patients and their families, gave input in case conferences and made referrals.
Later, she transitioned to assistant nursing home administrator and assistant executive director of resident care and services at Foxdale Village (State College, PA). As vice president of service excellence at Albright Care Services (Lewisburg, PA), she assumed responsibility for staff competency, establishing benchmarks, corporate-wide quality improvement processes, resident and employee satisfaction surveys, and staff education, training and supervision.
These on-the-job experiences shaped McKinley’s broad understanding of working with seniors.
“I view my work as a ministry, my calling," McKinley said. "The foundation of my vocation is my faith and I live them in my passion about how care and services are provided to seniors, how families are integrated into this care, how staffs understand the impact of the care they provide, and how environments and programs need to adapt to meet the ever-changing philosophies of elder and health care."
In academic circles, McKinley has lectured at York College (York, PA), Millersville University (Millersville, PA), and Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA).
While she has served on many boards throughout the years, she currently participates on the boards of the United Methodist Association, LeadingAge (national and New Jersey Chapter), and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Pastor Parish Committee.