For Nick Lageman, coming home to Saline County was an opportunity he couldn’t refuse. Lageman is the new Administrator for The Living Center, replacing Theresia Metz who returned home to St. Louis to manage the Missouri Veteran’s Home.
“My family originally lived in Waverly and my grandparents farmed. Then I moved to the Sweet Springs area and went to school in Alma,” said Lageman. “My grandmother went to a long-term care facility in the area and after spending time there, it looked like something that I would be fulfilled in doing, so I began the process of earning my license so that I could work with that population.”
Lageman earned his Master of Arts in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. He received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri in 2011. Prior to joining The Living Center, Lageman was the Administrator for Parkside Manor in Columbia; a 120-bed skilled nursing facility. In addition to various positions at other long-term care facilities, Lageman worked for five years at Elm Place, LLC in Sweet Springs where he worked with individuals with developmental disabilities.
“We are very pleased that Nick has joined us to lead our team at The Living Center. He grew up in the area and for him to be able to come back home and utilize his knowledge, experience, energy level and ideas, it will be really nice for our residents, their families, and our staff. Nick is just a super nice guy, in addition to his professional qualities, and he really looks forward to making The Living Center a wonderful care facility in all facets”, said Dr. Darin Haug, President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital.
When asked about his choice to be the administrator of a long-term care facility, Lageman said it is really a good fit for him.
“I have a psychology degree, but I also wanted to do something that was business related. I struggle with sitting at a desk because I like to interact with residents and staff, so this job as the Administrator of The Living Center is really the best of both worlds,” said Lageman.
“I really like that I have met everybody in senior management and everyone is really supportive. It is great to see that support and I am really excited to be working with the fantastic staff at The Living Center who really want to be there and provide great care for our residents,” said Lageman.