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Thayer's Shady Oaks welcomes new leadership


Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer announces it is is under new leadership, introducing Director of Nursing Lynsey Miller and Administrator Tiffani Allen. 

Miller was raised in Thayer, where she currently lives. She is a 2001 graduate of Thayer High School and graduated from the registered nursing program at Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University, in 2003.

Her experience includes hospice and acute care, but most of her time has been spent in long-term care, say officials, adding Miller has been with Shady Oaks for 10 years.

Allen was raised in Mtn. View, where she currently resides. She is a 2009 graduate of Liberty High School and has a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration. She passed the Nursing Home Administrator's exams in 2018 when she became a licensed nursing home administrator. Since 2019, Tiffani has worked as administrator at a sister facility of Shady Oaks. 

The pair’s goal for Shady Oaks Healthcare is to build on the family atmosphere that comes from living and working in a small town, they say.

“Communicating, being respectful and working together with our staff, residents, families and the community, is of utmost importance,” said Allen in a statement announcing the change. “We want to work hand-in-hand with our communities and be a partner everyone can count on.”

“We are committed to having the best staff to care for all of those who have been entrusted to us,” she continued, adding that education is an important element of that commitment. To that end, she said, Shady Oaks offers classes for those who want to become a certified nurse assistant and will soon be offering classes for those interested in being a certified medication technician.

“These courses are completely free to employees and are provided at the facility in our training center,” said Allen.

In addition, she said, the facility is focusing on giving back to the community, with recent efforts including getting involved with local Chamber of Commerce offices, participating in community events such as the Back-to-School fair at Thayer Elementary earlier this month, and working on bringing back the volunteer program. “The community will be seeing us out and about a lot more,” she noted.