New Shelby Nursing admin returns to make a difference
by Haley Ferretti
Oct 25, 2013 | 6581 views | 0 0 comments | 485 485 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Delta native Zakiyo Fields has returned to lead Shelby Nursing and Rehab Center as the facility’s new administrator.

“It was always a plan for me to return to the Delta with Gulf Coast Health Care,” said Fields. “The Delta is home for me. My family is here, and I have always wanted to come back to assist in improving the quality of health care services in the area.”

Fields completed her high school education at Gentry High School in Indianola in 1999. She also graduated from University of Mississippi in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology.

She is a licensed social worker.

“I majored in psychology and social work because I have always wanted to help others make their lives better,” said Fields. “My role in health care allows me to do just that.”

Fields has worked in healthcare for the past 10 years, five of which were spent rising through the ranks of Gulf Coast Health Care as a social worker, admissions director, and nursing home administrator.

She first began working with Shelby Nursing and Rehab Center in 2008 as a social worker before beginning the Administrator in Training program in 2011.

Although Fields is proud of the high quality care that Shelby Nursing and Rehab Center provides, she described that she has a vision of taking that care to new heights.

“My vision is for Shelby to be recognized as the best long term care organization in the Delta,” said Fields. “Shelby Nursing and Rehab has been provided the community with high quality care for years. My vision is for Shelby to take high quality care to a level not seen before in the Delta with nursing facilities.

“I would like to take the facility from a Medicare four star facility to a five star facility,” said Fields. “I would like the facility to become a recipient of the Silver Quality Award through the American Health Care Association. I would also like to continue to implement a more restaurant style dining experience for the residents of the facility.”

Although Fields has high hopes for the future of the center, she knows that as administrator, she will face some difficulties in her career.

“The most difficult part of my job is making clinical and financial decisions that affect all residents,” said Fields.

However, the rewards outweigh many of those difficulties. Fields explained that it’s the everyday interactions with her patients that reassure her that she makes a difference.

“Every day I feel my job makes a difference in the lives of my patients,” explained Fields. “The smiles, the hugs, and the thanks you’s are very humbling and a constant reminder of why I choose to work in long term care.

“I get to make a positive difference in the life of my elderly or disabled residents,” said Fields. “There is no better reward than that.”