Generations at Columbus Park has a great staff. When you visit or tour Generations at Columbus Park, you will have the opportunity to meet members of our leadership and management team. Please make a point to stop in or introduce yourself while you are visiting our community. Our staff loves to meet the families and friends of our residents and guests.
The son of two parents who spent their careers serving their community, Prentice Dixon spent his youth looking for his own means of doing the same. His mother was a teacher and his father a highway patrol officer, but Prentice found his calling in health care; since 2014, he has served as the administrator for Generations at Columbus Park.
“I was always raised helping people,” the Jefferson City, Missouri native said. “And this is the most unique building that I have ever worked in.”
Through his staff, the administrator oversees every function of living in and around the facility; housekeeping, therapy, meals and more eventually come back to this office. Columbus Park offers both skilled nursing and psychiatric services.
Prentice spends as much time as he can outside his office, though — he walks the hallways and activity rooms of the first floor, shaking hands and sharing laughs with residents.
“In my position, the viewpoint is so much different than when I was coming up through the ranks,” the nursing school product said.
In his office, Prentice has a mountain of paperwork to move. He pushes it out of the way, though, when residents’ family members or friends visit.
“These are their aunts, grandpas coming here,” he said. “I think it’s great for them to see me.
“Ultimately, our job is to help people,” the son of a highway patrolman and a teacher said. “So that’s what we’re going to do.”
Director of Nursing
As the leader of the nursing staff for Generations at Columbus Park, Tiwanna Bass is intent on training future leaders.
Tiwanna is the director of nursing, tasked since 2017 with overseeing all the medical care for each of Columbus Park’s residents. She walks rounds on each floor daily, but spends most of her time augmenting her staff’s experience with the training she received while becoming a registered nurse at the Ambria College of Nursing in Hoffman Estates.
Her interest in medicine began as a girl, when she watched medical dramas on television. Today, she makes sure her people know: Nursing is rewarding, but it is nothing like what they saw on TV.
A native of Chicago’s West Side now living in the south suburbs, Tiwanna said she loves serving the residents of the neighborhoods that have been her home all her life.
“I love what I do, I love the elderly, and it’s a great feeling to work in an area you’re familiar with,” she said. “The people feel like home.”
Tiwanna said she teaches her staff with the expectation that someday she may become a resident of Columbus Park or another Generations community. If that happens, she hopes to be watched by nurses who trained the same way she did.
“This will be us one day,” she said. “I would hope that I’ll come across someone who has my beliefs.”
But that day will hopefully be far from now, and Tiwanna said she expects to be directing Columbus Park’s nurses for years to come.
Director of Admissions
Because she grew up watching a senior citizen work with the energy of a much younger man, Alex Johnson has always known that growing old does not automatically equal growing weak.
Alex is Columbus Park’s director of admissions, guarding the intersection of residents’ needs and the paperwork that must be filled out to meet those needs. It is she who facilitates all admissions, verifies payer sources, works out roommate arrangements, speaks with social workers and more. A native of Crest Hill, Alex holds a Master’s degree in social gerontology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
“Getting into social gerontology was my way of giving back to the community that helped raise me,” she said.
The community included her grandfather, who performed many of the day-to-day tasks around her home while her parents worked full-time. As a girl, Alex studied the vibrancy of a man who should have been slowing down; what she saw inspired her to help other seniors push back against decline.
“There’s a lot of research coming out about what is the best way to age,” she said. “We’re really promoting independence as much as possible. We want to see them successful once they return back to the community.”
Thus, Alex connects our staff with others throughout the health care industry, to benefit each person who gains admission.
“We can change the whole concept of how aging works,” Alex said. “But that’s something that has to be done as a community.”