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FutureCare Cherrywood’s Leister honored by Md. Health Facilities Association

Donna Leister

Donna Leister

Donna Leister, administrator at FutureCare Cherrywood in Reisterstown, recently was named Administrator of the Year by the Health Facilities Association of Maryland.

For more than 20 years, Leister has provided care to older Marylanders and individuals with disabilities. She was featured in an HBO television series, “The Alzheimer’s Project,” concerning the work her nursing staff does every day, including short-term therapy and long-term care with residents at FutureCare Cherrywood.

Leister recently completed her doctorate, for which she researched “The Vanishing Nursing Home Administrator: Stress and Intent to Leave,” finding that the “number of hours worked per week” predicted active intent to leave their positions.

Donna Leister

Education: R.N., Maryland General Hospital; B.S. and M.S., University of Maryland School of Nursing; Ph.D, organization and management, Capella University.
Resides in: Reisterstown
Daily commute: Through beautiful Worthington Valley, where I can enjoy the horses and serene country setting.
Hobbies: Playing piano for my residents, friends and family; crossword and Sudoku puzzles.
Most recent vacation: Island hopping through the Caribbean.
Most recently read: A snooze to most, I imagine: academic research and management journals.
Favorite food: Steamed Maryland hard shell crabs – highly seasoned and warm out of the steam pot! With corn on the cob … the best meal ever!
Favorite quotation: “To lead the people, walk behind them.” — Lao Tzu