From Student to Business Owner – Health Care Management Degree Paves Career Path

By Kim Martin, Student Accounts Representative

health care management degreeJoshua Rose, a health care management student at Globe University, is working toward starting his own CBRF (Community Based Residential Facility) and plans to break ground in Marshall, Wis., within the next month.

The Marilyn Rose Senior Care Center, named for his grandmother, will be a 22-bed facility with 20 regular suites, and two suites used for respite care or modeling. The halls of the building will be eight feet wide to accommodate wheelchairs, while still leaving enough room to allow foot-traffic. There will also be a fireplace, comfortable sitting area, and bookshelves in the common area.

Joshua, who is expected to graduate with his health care management Bachelor of Science degree in 2013, has 14 years of experience working in the health care field. He began by volunteering in rehab units for head trauma patients, and then went into skilled nursing for a couple of years. After that he worked for CBRF and assisted living facilities, where his true passion began to grow.

When asked why he wanted to start his own CBRF, Joshua admitted that he did not have the drive or desire to start his own facility until he came to Globe University. 

“Globe University has been such a godsend to me,” Joshua said. “I came here with a chip on my shoulder, but over the years the students, staff, and faculty have all helped give me the direction and focus I need to follow through and succeed in what I want out of life.”

Joshua began his business plan about a year ago, wanting to build a facility where his elderly residents would be treated like the independent, valued adults that they are. His plans include carefully selected care providers who will get to know the residents, their histories, and their needs; a chef that will understand the generation he or she is cooking for, the types of foods they eat, and the ingredients used in these foods; and activities that will be offered to all residents regardless of their mobility – accommodations will be made for those residents needing assistance.

Joshua said, “I want to create a facility where my residents feel they are safe, with the comforts of home, while still maintaining their privacy – a place where I would be proud to have my parents living at.”

Congratulations, Joshua, and Globe University wishes you and your future residents at The Marilyn Rose Senior Care Center the very best!