New administrator joins Augustana Care in Eagle
EAGLE COUNTY — Augustana Care welcomes new campus administrator Dan Shields, who joined Castle Peak in March. Shields will oversee the day-to-day aspects of life at Castle Peak. He will also provide vision and leadership to the community while preparing to welcome the first residents.
Shields brings 26 years of experience to his new position. He earned his certification in nursing home administration and is a fellow at the American College of Health Care Administrators, which is the highest status voting members can attain. Fellowship status is distinguished by professional achievements and service standards well above the ordinary demands of one’s position, according to association guidelines.
In addition to being a licensed, certified nursing home administrator, Shields is also an assisted living administrator. He is also a former member of the Steamboat Rotary Club and past officer of the American College of Health Care Administrators.
“I am proud to be part of an exciting new chapter in Eagle history by providing the first senior living community in the area. I am also blessed to be part of the team at Augustana Care, a mission-driven organization committed to providing outstanding quality services,” Shields said.
Starting in for-profit skilled nursing facilities, Shields said he gravitated to nonprofit organizations because he feels passionate about serving older adults, whose wisdom and talents he greatly admires.
“I always enjoy being around older people, listening to their stories and spending time with them,” Shields said. He also wants to be part of an organization centered around a mission to make life better for others. “That fulfills me in a way nothing else could.”
Shields and his wife, Lyric, love the outdoors and both believe Colorado offers the perfect environment in which to live, work and play. They enjoy hiking, four-wheeling and all-terrain-vehicle riding. Shields also loves dirt-biking and skiing. The couple has two grown sons, two dogs and a cat. They look forward to moving to the Eagle area and joining the Augustana Care family at Castle Peak.
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