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 has 30 years of experience in long-term care, with the last 21 spent as a licensed Health Facility Administrator. 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.
Social Services Director
Greg Morris is the Social Services Director 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 Designee
Julie Simmons provides Social Services for Cedar Wing. She has worked exclusively in long-term care since receiving her Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University in 1994. She has been a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) since 1999 and is nationally certified in Activities through NAAPCC as an AP-BC. Julie is also certified in Dementia Care training and End-of-Life Dementia Care by the Alzheimer's Association. Prior to rejoining the Courtyard team in 2017, she spent eight years traveling as a consultant for Social Service and Activities in seven states. She is currently completing her Master's Degree in Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University. Julie has two grown children and is a member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church.
Social Services Designee
Donna Mitschelen is Social Services Designee for Birch Wing. She has been a member of the Courtyard family since October 2011. Prior to this position, she worked in a similar capacity in the Goshen area and served as an activity director at a South Bend facility.
Therapy Program Manager
Terri Lutes has been the Therapy Program Manager at Courtyard since April 2013. She has nine years experience as a Certified Occupational Therapist, seven of which were spent as program manager. She is a graduate of Lake Michigan College with an associate’s degree in Applied Science and has a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University. Terri is also involved with the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana and the Brandywine Cal Ripken Baseball League.
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.