Blake Jackson was recently elected to serve a two-year term as Region 8 Director on the Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA) Board of Directors. Jackson fills a vacancy created by Sal.Lee Sasser-Williams’ election as Secretary of the ANHA Board of Directors.

Jackson is administrator of Wiregrass Rehab Center & Nursing Home in Geneva, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Alabama. He is the third generation of his family to be involved in long-term care, and is continuing his family’s legacy of service by stepping into a leadership role. His grandfather, Rev. George Jackson, served on the board of directors. His father, Eddie Jackson, is a past chairman of the ANHA.

ANHA.org recently talked with Jackson about his election and plans. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation.

Sal.Lee Sasser-Williams and Blake Jackson.

Sal.Lee Sasser-Williams and Blake Jackson.

ANHA: How does it feel to be elected by your peers?

Jackson: I’m honored to have their support. I’m excited to be part of history because my father and grandfather also served on the board. This role will give me an opportunity to grow and help our industry.

ANHA: How will serving on the board help you grow professionally?

Jackson: It’s been a life goal of mine is to be involved in the policy and procedure changes and implementation. This will give me an opportunity to be a part of that. I want to be a part of those changes and help our industry evolve with new ways of taking care of our residents and patients.

ANHA: What are your goals for Region 8?

Jackson: After talking to the facilities in the region, my goal is communication. I believe we are stronger as a group than individually. There are a lot of independent or government owned nursing homes in Region 8 and they need resources quickly. We want to streamline the process so as new information comes out or regulations change, we can send information to our facilities quickly so we can be ahead of the game. I think that will improve our survey processes and quality of care because we’ll know what to expect.

ANHA: How do you see the nursing home industry evolving over the next 10 years?

Jackson: I see it becoming more policy-based and structured. Instead of us having the freedom to operate a nursing home in the way that fits our community, I feel like we’re being structured so we all to operate a certain way. I see more regulations being put in place to try to make everyone operate the same instead of each facility being unique to meeting the needs of the residents and patients.