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New Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Administrator hired

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LANSING, Mich. – Tracey Nelson has been hired to serve as the administrator of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV), Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) Director James Robert Redford announced today. Her first day will be Dec. 4.
Tracey NelsonNelson comes to GRHV from MediLodge of Capital Area, where she has served as the facility’s administrator since March 2012. The Lansing-based facility provides skilled nursing care, short- and long-term care, physical and occupational therapy, respite care, memory care, palliative care and other services to 120 residents.
“We are excited to have Tracey join the team as administrator of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans,” said MVAA Director James Robert Redford. “Tracey has more than a decade of experience working in skilled nursing environments, including the past five as an administrator. She comes to GRHV at an exciting time as we look to the future of providing the best possible care for our state’s veterans. All of us at MVAA and the Michigan Veterans Health System look forward to Tracey’s arrival.”
As GRHV administrator, Nelson will manage the home’s staff, day-to-day operations and activities of its more than 300 members. She will also work closely with MVHS interim Chief Executive Officer Brad Slagle and D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Administrator Ryan Engle.
“It is such an honor to be placed in a position to serve our veterans, and I look forward to having the opportunity to work with the veteran community on a daily basis,” Nelson said. “It is an exciting and rapidly progressive time in the health care system. I am impressed by the vision and direction the Michigan Veteran Heath System is headed.” 
Prior to MediLodge, Nelson worked for Lutheran Homes of Michigan, Nexcare HealthSystems and Shoreline Health Care. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Eastern Michigan University and an associate’s degree from Macomb Community College.
Nelson takes over for Steve Rolston, who had been serving as interim administrator after the home’s former administrator, Scott Blakeney, resigned in September. Rolston will return full time to his position as chief operating officer of MVHS.