How Two NeuroRestorative Employees Are Helping Others One Data Point at a Time
Jackie Zdenek, MSQ, QI Director
Years of Service: 17
Jackie Zdenek, MSW, has worked at NeuroRestorative for almost 17 years and has experience working with individuals with brain injury for the last 30 years. Jackie got her master’s degree in social work at Michigan State University. Jackie started working for NeuroRestorative as a clinical evaluator in Michigan. She then moved to Florida, and because NeuroRestorative has programs across the country, was able to join the team in Tampa. Today, Jackie holds the position as QI Director for NeuroRestorative’s Southeast region.
Jackie’s role involves working with our many programs to ensure they are maintaining quality standards including policy performance, regularity and accreditation. Jackie ensures the programs are complying with our company policies and that we are providing a safe environment for the individuals we serve, their families and our employees. “The work I do is important because it allows me to look at the ‘big picture’ when providing services for individuals, their families and our employees,” said Jackie. “Although I am not directly working with our program individuals, I still feel that connection in my role. It is important to me that families feel their loved ones are safe in our care.”
As part of The MENTOR Network, NeuroRestorative’s core values include integrity, respect, inclusion and growth. When asked how she and her team live our core values Jackie responded, “We follow our core values in everything we do. Quality works hand-in-hand with operations to ensure we are serving individuals the best way possible. I am excited to see where it takes us in the future.”
La’Darius Blecher, Data Systems Manager
Years of Service: 20
La’Darius Belcher has been part of the team for over 20 years. Through hard work and dedication in his various roles at NeuroRestorative, La’Darius’s knowledge and experience has made him the exceptional colleague and leader he is today.
In 2000, La’Darius moved to Clearwater Florida and started working for a local rehabilitation program, which specialized in the treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities. During this time, he got his associate’s degree in business administration from St. Petersburg College in Business Administration. La’Darius began working as the house manager of a group home for six individuals and shortly after was promoted to staff training coordinator. It was then when La’Darius saw the opportunities he had to grow within a field where he could help people.
In 2007 La’Darius earned his assisted living facility administrator certification. Later, he was promoted to senior administrator of residential services and was responsible for oversight of residential services including, licensing, staffing and accreditations. When the provider joined the NeuroRestorative family in 2011, La’Darius embraced the opportunity to continue serving individuals as part of a leading, national provider. In 2017, La’Darius joined the outcomes team as quality improvement specialist.
In his current role as Data Systems Manager, La’Darius oversees data collection, maintenance, distribution of outcomes and provides support for accreditation within the programs. His day-to-day responsibilities involve working with programs to ensur e accuracy of collected data and create outcome reports, which provide demographic information of persons served and the outcomes of program individuals discharged from our programs. “My experience and education have provided me with an insight to share with others how outcomes can be transformed into viable business solutions,” said La’Darius.
When asked why he enjoys working at NeuroRestorative, La’Darius responded, “The people we serve drive me to ensure they receive quality of care. Although I am not in direct care, I know my efforts help change lives. I have also gained some lasting relationships with many of my coworkers. Our team is very collaborative and I see the difference our efforts make when combined.”
La’Darius is passionate about his career path and plans to continue to enrich himself so he can help others. He plans to receive his Capstone and graduate from St. Petersburg College in management and organizational leadership the summer of 2021. He does not stop there. La’Darius plans to continue his education with a master’s in Health Care Administration. “My goal since the beginning has always remained the same; help as many people as possible. I want to continue to grow with NeuroRestorative and use all of the things I have learned from work experience and education to continue to move our programs forward,” said La’Darius.
For more information on our outcomes, please visit us at neurorestorative.com/treatment-approach/focused-on-outcomes.