When it comes to caring for a loved one, Courtyard Healthcare Center knows that a personal touch works better than any medicine. Whether it involves tucking in a blanket on a cold, winter night or giving a hug after physical therapy, our experienced team members make sure extra care and attention is given to each resident.
The National Association of Health Care Assistants awarded Courtyard Healthcare Center as the 2016 “Center of the Year” at the annual Key to Quality Awards Conference. The award criteria consisted of: the creation of innovative programs, continual education, professional development opportunities, teamwork and person-centered care.
Brian Cook has been the Executive Director at Courtyard since 2010. He started working in long-term in 1986 and has been a licensed Health Facility Administrator since 1995. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration. Prior to being called to serve as Courtyard’s Executive Director, he served in similar capacities in Elkhart, South Bend, Milford, Kokomo, and Beloit (WI).
Director of Nursing
Tamara Kay Coney has been the Director of Nursing at Courtyard since 2015. She has been serving as a director for 12 years. In 2003 she graduated from Purdue University, Fort Wayne, with an ASN and in 2017 completed her BSN at Goshen College. In 2016 she completed her certificate of training from ISDH/APIC in infection control and also serves as Courtyard’s Infection Preventionist. She delights in this role and is passionate about Antibiotic Stewardship and the overall health and wellness of the residents she serves. Career highlights include deficiency free annual health care surveys and in 2014 she represented the Timbers of Cass County and was awarded the Bronze Quality Award from the American Health Care Association for the development of a fall prevention program and overall fall reduction of high risk residents. Tamara resides in Albion, Indiana with her husband of 27 years. They have three grown sons and three beautiful grandchildren. She is an active member of the Church of Christ in Columbia City and feels blessed to have the opportunity to serve God through the career of nursing.
Administrator in Training
Darren Spitzley joined the Courtyard family in 2014. With a strong background in sales and management, he started his Healthcare career as the scheduler. Described as a, Jack of all Trades, over the past five years Darren has held other positions at Courtyard. These include; Maintenance technician, Maintenance Director, Interim HR, training as a Patient Care Attendant, and assisting all other departments when called upon. Starting in March 2019, he became Assistant to the Administrator and is currently enrolled in an Administrator in Training program with plans of having a full Healthcare Facility Administrator license in 2021.
Assistant Director of Nursing
Director of Community Relations
Greg Morris is the Director of Community Relations at Courtyard Healthcare Center, Goshen, IN. He received his degree from Vennard College and eventually earned his spot as Senior Pastor at Red Oak Church of the Nazarene in Red Oak, Iowa. Following his brief stay in Red Oak, he answered the call from Bethel Missionary Church where he pastored for seven years. Since leaving Bethel Missionary Church he has continued his ministry at various nursing facilities in the Michiana area as a Social Worker. In addition to preaching and teaching, Rev. Morris is a regular contributor to several boards and agencies focused on advancing the needs of seniors. He currently resides in Osceola, IN with his wife Kathy, daughter Sam, their cats Oliver, Lilly, Grace and Stanley. He is blessed with two grandchildren from older daughter Andee and son-in-law Matt, Maddux and Addison.
Social Services Director
Julie Simmons is Courtyard's Social Service Director and the social worker for Cedar wing. She has worked exclusively in long-term care since receiving her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1994. Julie has a Master's degree in Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a Licensed Social Worker through Indiana's Behavioral Health Board. She has been a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) since 1999 and is nationally certified through NAAPCC as a Board-Certified Advanced Activity Professional (AAP-BC). Prior to rejoining the Courtyard team in 2017, she spent eight years traveling as a consultant for both Social Services and Activities in seven states. Julie has two grown children, one grandson, loves music, is passionate about resident advocacy, and is a member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church.
Business Office Manager
Marla has been the Activity Director here at Courtyard Healthcare Center since 2001. She has been an activity Director for 16 years. Originally from the Dayton Ohio area, she received a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Wright State University. She was a stay-at-home mom for 13 years and has four grown children. She loves working at the Courtyard and is excited about great things happening here every day.
Staff Development Coordinator
Brent began his career in healthcare as a CNA in 1989 and became a QMA in 2003. He joined Courtyard in 2013 as a CNA/QMA, in 2015 he won the National Leadership award from the National Association of Healthcare Assistants. He is a strong believer in education and training for staff to give them more of an investment in their career, initiating the preceptor program for onboarding and leadership. In 2019 he moved into the staff development position and in 2020 became the HR Coordinator.
Director of MDS
Jody Braun is the Director of MDS, she has been a part of the courtyard family since 2018. Jody graduated from Ivy Tech in Valparaiso and has been a nurse for 24 years, she has worked in every facet of nursing from acute hospital care, corrections, disabilities nursing, community health care, and long term care. Jody is a Certified Dementia instructor, Wound Care Certified, A Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse, Advanced Care Planner. Jody is completing her RAC-CT certification with AANAC. Jody is currently in school to complete her ASN, with goals to complete her BSN following. Jody resides in Dunlap Indiana with her wife and 6 kids, and spends her free time watching her kids compete at the sports they love!