Rick Borofski, the new chief executive officer of Mary, Queen of Angels Assisted Living Facility and Villa Maria Manor, the Diocese of Nashville’s senior living corporations, has taken the reins of the diocese’s senior care ministry.
Borofski expressed his appreciation to Bishop J. Mark Spalding, Brian Cooper, the diocese’s Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, and the boards of directors for Mary, Queen of Angels and Villa Maria Manor, “for placing the future of this health care ministry in my hands and in my team’s hands.”
Borofski started his new position on Jan. 4 and during his first month on the job has seen the high quality of care at Mary, Queen of Angels and Villa Maria Manor.
“I’ve seen people who care about the mission, people who live the mission, and in many instances people who have devoted their entire careers to the mission,” Borofski said of the staff at the two facilities.
The mission of both corporations is to provide affordable housing for seniors in the Nashville area, for which there is a great need, Borofski said.
“One of the reasons I’m here is to continue to assess and evaluate the strategy, as well as the opportunity, to move that forward,” Borofski said.
Providing affordable senior housing is aligned with the Catholic principles of taking care of the needy and the most vulnerable, Borofski said.
Villa Maria Manor, located on White Bridge Road in Nashville, provides affordable housing for seniors capable of independent living. The rents are subsidized through the federal government.
Villa Maria Manor is meeting an important need in the community, Borofski said. There are 214 apartments at Villa Maria Manor with “a very long waiting list,” he added.
Next door to Villa Maria Manor on White Bridge Road is Mary, Queen of Angels, which as an assisted living facility provides a higher level of care and support for its residents, Borofski explained. Embedded in Mary, Queen of Angels is a memory care unit, which provides an even higher level of care, he added.
Mary, Queen of Angels can accommodate 98 residents, who pay on a sliding fee scale based on their income.
Borofski already has had a long career in health care management, including serving as chief operating officer of Raydian Properties of Ramsey, New Jersey. In that role he was accountable for the strategic oversight and day-to-day operations of 21 senior living communities in four states.
His last position before coming to Nashville was as the Vice President, New Business Operations with Trinity Health of Livonia, Michigan.
In that position, he led a consulting and management division that worked with religious orders and dioceses, helping them to manage their health care facilities.
Several factors drew him to the Diocese of Nashville, including the outstanding operations of its two senior housing facilities and their mission, Borofski said. “And it was an opportunity to continue my work within the Catholic Church.”
Borofski is looking forward to the opportunity to make a difference, he said, “and to be a small architect in the way we deliver services to seniors and our most vulnerable population.”