Trinity Health Care was thrilled to welcomes Craig Hill to its staff as the Executive Director. in June of last year. The position was left open when MSS asked former Director, Jon Stirewalt to take the helm at Traceway. Craig said that he and his family have “moved 15 times in our 20 years of marriage counting our move to Columbus last month and that he had finally moved his family back under one roof.”
Craig worked in a completely different industry prior to his completion of the Administrator in Training certification. He is a graduate of Delta State University with a degree in Aviation Management. After years of working for various airport industries, including parking operations, he realized that he needed to find a position that would allow him to stabilize his family. So in 2006, he completed his AIT under his preceptor, who was also his father, Thomas Hill at Golden Age in Greenwood.
When asked why he decided to change his career path, he tells the story of sitting on the balcony of a resort in Key West right after he’d weathered hurricane Katrina on the island. “I was trying to hire a manager for our location there, and having no luck,” said Hill. “I was tired of spending half the year on the road and missed my family.” Hill recalls a phone call with his mother where he told her he was ready for a change. “She said my dad would be willing to precept me in the AIT program.” He says he knew he wanted to get into healthcare, but was thinking of the RN program. He then began looking at the AIT program and decided it would be a great opportunity. “I have been around healthcare my entire life and knew what it involved,” said Hill. “I also knew how rewarding my dad’s life had been and I wanted that too.”
For Craig, the decision to switch careers was like returning to his roots.. the very same environment he grew up watching his father work in. “The sound of that giant radio my dad use to carry waking me in the middle of the night when there was a problem is not the sort of thing that fades from memory,” he said. Hill said he knows his father loved the long term care industry and now he can see why. “I have met so many wonderful elders that have touched my heart. I only hope that I am able to give back to them as much as they have given me.”
Craig and his wife, Bronwyn are originally from Grenada. He is active in Kiwanis and is enjoying his time with his wife and daughters, Izabella, 13 and Maddie Claire, 5.