Barb Whitstone finds purpose in managing facilities for overarching mission

09/13/17 01:51:pm

Barbara WhitstoneAs vice president of facilities, Barbara Whitstone’s role is to make sure that Rogers Behavioral Health facilities are safe, clean, comfortable, compliant, and well-maintained for our staff, patients and visitors. 

“Luckily we have great Environmental Services teams in place to keep everything looking and running great!” she shares.  

Barb is new to Rogers in the last year after working 25 years for the same company. She explains, “I wanted a career where I could feel that I made a difference instead of just a profit.  I love the culture here and feel the work we are doing is incredibly important.  The Rogers staff working directly with our patients amaze and humble me every day.”

Since Barb arrived, she’s implemented a recycling program, a food donation program, and speed bumps on the Oconomowoc campus.

“I love how beautiful our grounds are and appreciate it when employees make us aware of safety concerns,” Barb says.

She asks that if you see something that worries you from a patient or staff safety perspective, let the Facilities team know so it can be corrected. “A number of people had mentioned how dangerous the traffic was on the Oconomowoc campus, and I am glad to see that the speed bumps have made a huge difference. I don’t like driving over them either but feel it is much safer now!” she admits.

 

 

Getting to know Barb

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In her spare time, Barb rides and competes her thoroughbred in the equestrian sport of three day eventing.  “It consists of two jumping phases, one in an arena and one in a field, and a dressage phase,” she explains.

You might also be surprised to learn that Barb has had her motorcycle license for 25 years and rides a BMW K75 bike.