Member Spotlight: Ethan Walton of Kennybrook Village

November 11, 2019

In honor of Veterans Day, this week’s Member Spotlight highlights First Lieutenant Ethan Walton, currently serving as the 109th Multifunctional Medical Battalion S6 (Health Services Systems Management Officer) in Iowa City and as the executive director of Kennybrook Village in Grimes.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
It must run through my blood, as I come from a long line of long-term care professionals. Currently my brother and father work in the industry, and previously my mother, grandmother and grandfather all did as well. After testing out a few other majors at the University of Northern Iowa, I decided to follow my bloodline and go this route.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I am frequently reminded of why I do the work I do when I can sit down with a resident or tenant and hear their story, particularly our veterans. I almost always learn a lesson that I’m able to use in either my professional or personal life.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
Although this career can be very taxing at times, I would challenge anyone to find a more rewarding industry that allows you to serve such a wide range of people.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
Cherish the time you have, especially those special moments, with your family.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I used to enjoy playing rugby and working out during my free time. However, with a baby at home and twins coming soon, I have re-prioritized my free time for my family. I’m also a sports fanatic, so frequently our family time revolves around sporting events.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

I enjoy this quote because it helps remind me to pay close attention to how I view every circumstance in life. Try your hardest to think in a positive manner, no matter how difficult that may be.

Ethan, thank you for your service to our country and Iowa’s aging population. IHCA thanks all of our country’s veterans for their service and sacrifice.

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