|Coble at 67th Annual Convention & Expo|
Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be found in its entirety here.
Talk to any staff member about their position in a skilled nursing care center or assisted living community and eventually someone will say: “This is my calling.” Some care professionals can easily trace their passion for caregiving to their childhood or personal experiences, saying that they “always knew” that caring for the elderly was their “mission in life.”
For Tom Coble, that calling came as a surprise. After spending 15 years in the oil and gas business, Coble seized an opportunity to purchase a local skilled nursing center with a longtime friend, and he’s never looked back.
Before taking up the helm at Elmbrook Home, a skilled nursing, long term care, and rehabilitation center in Ardmore, Okla., Coble had only been in a care center twice in his life: once when his uncle needed care in the mid 1970s and again in the 1980s, when his father required care.
It wasn’t until 1993 that Coble walked into a care center with a new mission.
“On Feb. 28, 1993, I was wrapping things up in my office I had occupied for years, and then on March 1, there I was in long term care,” says Coble. “I had so much to learn. I realized then that I didn’t truly know what a nursing care center really was.”