Living With Purpose

Collage of four photos of Joe Smart in a dunking booth, and elf costume, a ship's captain costume, and serving pie at his campus.
By Team Trilogy |

Executive Director at St. Mary Healthcare Center – July 2016 to Present 
Executive Director at The Springs at Lafayette – August 2015 to July 2016 
Administrator in Training at Cumberland Pointe – January 2015 to August 2015 
Intern at Trilogy Health Services Home Office – August 2014 to January 2015

“The decision to make a mid-life career change was not an easy one for me…” These words by Joe Smart, our Executive Director at St. Mary Healthcare Center in Lafayette, Indiana, probably ring true for anyone who’s been there. When it comes to switching careers, there are many questions, and many unknowns. It takes courage to step into something new, but, as Joe’s story proves, it’s worth it.

“About four years ago, I decided that I wanted to finally take on the challenge of graduate school to pursue my long-time goal of completing my MBA degree. At the time, I was working in hub operations management for a major delivery company, and I felt that my career could use a boost.

Shortly before I enrolled, my mom passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer. During the time of her treatment and care, I was so grateful for the compassion shown by the many nurses and aides who were at her side. Their care inspired me to pursue a career in healthcare management.

As I neared the end of my degree, I was lucky enough to come into contact with Marnie Davisson and Jennifer Compton, both Trilogy team members. They were both full of great advice, and I was offered an internship with Trilogy’s Employee Services team. During that time, I made a lot of connections with people both at the campus and in the Home Office, and I was given the opportunity to interview for the company’s AIT (Administrator in Training) program. From there, I worked with Gail Baldwin at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus as her AIT. I learned something every single day from every member of the staff. Everyone at Cumberland Pointe was so patient with me – I had a lot of questions! Besides my training alongside Gail, the Trilogy Home Office provided additional trainings and a lot of valuable advice for everyone in the AIT program.

I took my first Executive Director position at The Springs at Lafayette. The team that I worked with was dedicated, compassionate, and determined to provide the best care to every resident. In July of 2016, I joined the team at St. Mary as their Executive Director. Again, I am surrounded by caring and determined people, many of whom have been with the campus for over two decades! I am very proud of my team. Every single day and night, I am privileged to witness the excellent care they provide to our residents.

I feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to join Trilogy.”

Joe followed his heart, took the leap, and hasn’t looked back. As you can see, Joe has a great time interacting with his residents and staff. Pictured above, Joes is dressed as a ship's captain for our recent Love Boat Theme Week, serves pie for Pi Day, is a traveling elf for Christmas and takes a turn in the dunking booth for a Back to School Bash.

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