OMNI is about people. And that’s the way Raheem Hirji likes it

The organization’s new president and CEO says he’s looking forward to working with the OMNI team and building upon the ‘great work’ already accomplished

As he starts the next chapter in an already rich career in the long-term care and retirement living sectors, Raheem Hirji, OMNI Health Care’s new president and CEO, says what’s exciting him most is the opportunity he will have to get to know and work with the people who comprise the organization.

Long-term care is a people-based business, and people are OMNI’s greatest asset. This is a sentiment Raheem, who previously held executive positions at Sienna Senior Living (formerly Leisureworld) and, most recently, at Seasons Retirement Communities, where he served as chief financial officer, cannot underscore enough.

“I’m really excited about meeting the people,” Raheem, who starts his position today, tells The OMNIway.

“I’ve been in the industry now for a number of years, and (I know that) OMNI has had a phenomenal reputation and culture centred around quality and care, and that’s really a testament to the people who contribute to that, day in and day out.

“As I gear up and get ready to start, I’m most excited about meeting people because this is a people business at the end of the day, and that’s what makes this business move forward.”

By working with people from across the organization, Raheem says he sees many opportunities on the horizon to build upon the “great work” OMNI’s leadership team has accomplished over the years and take OMNI’s reputation, both as a long-term care provider of choice and employer of choice, to the next level.

Topping the list of exciting times ahead Raheem sees is the completion of redevelopment projects at several OMNI homes – including the rebuilding of four homes – that will enhance the living experience for residents and the working experience for staff.

Patrick McCarthy, OMNI’s previous president and CEO, has stepped down from the position as he prepares for retirement, but he is continuing with OMNI in an advisory role for a period of time not yet determined. Raheem commends Patrick and the rest of the leadership team for laying the groundwork that’s making future opportunities possible.

“I think we’re at an exciting time in the company’s evolution, so that’s what really stands out,” Raheem says. “There’s a ton of opportunity to build on the great work that Pat and the leadership team have already done so much of, and obviously the organization is well in hand, so I’m just excited about building upon that.”

– This is Part 1 of a two-part story

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