Most recently a site manager for the Cherry Health- Wyoming Community
Health Center, Jones brings deep experience in health care
administration to this new role that provides leadership and oversight
of all student health services, from immunization recommendations to
preparedness to supervision of the Campus Health Center, and serves as
advisor to senior leadership on student and public health issues.
Moving to higher education, Jones said, provides him an opportunity
to give back while making a systematic impact on college-age
individuals. He has trained in several continual improvement processes
and said those systems allow for holistic approaches to health care.
"Socioeconomic issues have such a big impact on student health.
I did not have a great experience entering college, so I did my
education while I was serving in the military," Jones said.
"This opportunity allows me to give back to college-going
populations. My No. 1 focus is student safety, and that's not safety
only during a pandemic. I want them to feel safe here."
Prior to working at Cherry Health, Jones was an administrator for
Illuminate HC and led a 93-bed long-term care facility in Muskegon
with 115 employees. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked as a
mental health clinic manager and outpatient supervisor. His first role
in the Navy was as a combat medic.
Jones earned a master of business administration degree from Western
Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in health care
administration from Charter Oaks State College. He is also the
membership co-chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of
Health Hub is a new website that details Grand Valley's health
centers on the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses, and shares
health and well-being resources for the Grand Valley community.
Jones has coordinated a Community Health Advisory Team of university
employees and a representative from Trinity Health, which operates the
Campus Health Center on the Allendale Campus. CHAT members will serve
as advisors to Jones. In a public health emergency, like COVID-19,
their roles will become more functional, he said.