Auburn Village has a great staff. When you visit or tour Auburn Village, 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.
At Auburn Village, the administrator is responsible for all of the facility’s multi-layered operations. Summer Barker oversees every aspect of resident care, from medication to entertainment, and all the activities that keep the facility moving forward.
She has worked in skilled nursing almost since the beginning of her career, starting as an office manager and rising from there.
“This was just a blessing,” she said. “I feel like it found me.”
A native of Bluffton and graduate of Norwell High School, Summer studied psychology at Purdue University Ft. Wayne.
“Since I was young, I’ve always loved the workings of the mind,” she said. “It’s amazing how people are so different.”
She described herself as a hands-on administrator, now overseeing a building that went through a massive renovation in 2017.
“And I like the results,” she said.
Director of Admissions
One part of what sets Auburn Village apart is our staff’s first-hand experience with both sides of the health care industry. Our admissions director, Kyle Rebman, spends his days helping our newest residents sort through all the paperwork and financial options; he goes about this with great care, given his personal experience with medical procedures and recovery.
A Fort Wayne native, Kyle was born with kidney problems, and received a transplant in 2014. Years of hospitals, surgery and now restored health make his work for Auburn Village’s residents personal. He prepares records for the nursing staff, speaks with hospital representatives, gives tours of the facility, helps newcomers find their ideal roommate and more.
“My path to health care was a little different,” Kyle understated. “I wanted to give back, and be the one who helps those other people get through their struggles.”
He knows from experience the stress that an unexpected diagnosis or complication drops into a family’s life.
“When they come into my office, they don’t know what to do, they’re lost, they’re maybe sleep-deprived,” he said. “And then you see that family again as their loved one is going back home, and they’re completely different people. That puts things in perspective. I may not be a nurse or a specialist, but when that happens, I know I’ve made a difference.”
(By the way, Kyle picked up more than a new kidney – the young lady who made the donation is now Mrs. Rebman!)