Foxwood Springs hires new director

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Foxwood Springs now has a former Navy officer at the helm of its operations.
Brian Petersen is the new executive director of Foxwood Springs in Raymore, after serving 23 years in the Navy and six years at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit.
Petersen is a well-traveled Kansas City native. As a University of Kansas grad, he went on to Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, before he was commissioned in the Navy. After that, Petersen was stationed in San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Fort Leavenworth, KS; and Omaha, NE. He also worked as Commanding Officer of two naval warships and as Nuclear Strike Advisor in Omaha, and he was involved in the Iran/Iraq war, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Haiti evacuation operations.
Petersen and his wife, Vicki, are both originally from the Kansas City area, and they have recently returned to their roots. The Petersens have had a home in the area for eight years now.
“We always thought that we’d get back here one day with our kids,” said Petersen.
His transition to working in senior living was rather unexpected. After over two decades in the Navy, he spotted a job advertisement in a newspaper for a position at John Knox Village, a continuing care retirement community in Lee’s Summit. The advertisement soon turned into his first interview after leaving the Navy, and he got the job.
“It’s not what I would have thought of, when I first got out of the military,” Petersen remarked. However, the job opened the way to a new experience for him.
In his position at John Knox Village, he oversaw maintenance, housekeeping, and landscaping. The work came naturally to him, because his time in the Navy had helped to develop leadership skills of organization and responsibility.
That first job after his time in the military created a desire to learn more about senior living services.
“I just wanted to be able to do more, and I wanted to see more of it,” he said.
Now Petersen works daily to inform the surrounding communities about Foxwood Springs, as well as to ensure that residents are receiving the value Foxwood offers and feeling like they are a part of the organization. His job also has a “brick and mortar” administrative aspect, making sure that items are run on time and appropriate repairs are made.
“It’s been wonderful. I learn every day. I see the dedication of the people that work here, and it just amazes me,” Petersen said.
His first day at Foxwood Springs was April 3 of this year.
“At Foxwood, the people are unique. They genuinely care about each other,” Petersen said, describing the atmosphere as a “real family feel.”
“I’m learning so much in the health care industry, and every day is an opportunity to do something right by someone, whether they’re in our independent living or assisted living, whether they’re in our Clare Bridge Memory Care.”
Petersen has a vision to continually provide “the best possible care for people who have really entrusted their lives with us.” He hopes to offer a different insight and a different set of eyes, to create a “positive, can-do atmosphere.”
He desires to go beyond providing care and to also offer an atmosphere of community, help, love, and partnership.
“I really am excited to come here every day,” Petersen said.

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