(LIVINGSTON, NY)- When Christopher Roberts, administrator for Livingston Hills Nursing and Rshriners_logoehabilitation Center, was approached by the Shriners Hospitals for Children to join their Board of Directors, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Effective 2016, he will now be able to help children and their families at the Shiners hospital in Springfield, Mass. in addition to the Livingston Hills residents and those in our local community.

A former patient of the Shriners through one of their out-patient clinics, Roberts and his family received free treatment to cover medical care and leg braces to help straighten out his knees which were turned inward when he was a child. With 22 locations across the country, these hospitals are able to provide free medical care for children ranging from orthopedics, burn care, cleft lip and palate care, and spinal cord injury.

“This appointment gives me the ability to give back,” said Roberts. “To the Shriners for the care I received and a chance to give back to the local community, especially the children who would be helped by this world class care at no cost to them or their families.”

As a member of the Human Resources, Credentialing, and Donor Development committees on the Board of Directors, Roberts will be using his healthcare experience and expertise to oversee staffing and credentialing of the caregivers at the Springfield location. His goal for these committees is to modernize the process and make donating easier for those who want to contribute.

Outside of his professional experience, he also has over 15 years of nonprofit experience that will be used to help establish working relationships with other nonprofit charities. At 20, he helped raise over $800 for the Shriners hospitals while he was volunteering with the youth organization DeMolay International as the youth-elected leader of the NY jurisdiction. He later went on to become a Mason and joined his local Shrine in Utica where he grew up to continue supporting the hospitals and similar organizations.

With this newly established relationship between Livingston, NY and Springfield, Mass., Livingston Hills can expand the services available to the local community. In addition to providing short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing care, along with family programs like the annual Community Day festival in the fall and the Family Egg Hunt coming up March 12, the facility is hoping to work with local doctors to help direct qualified candidates to the Shriners children’s hospital for free medical care.

This appointment to the Board of Directors fulfills a life-long dream for Roberts. “I am thankful to the Board for the honor of this appointment and the Livingston Hills staff and management team for giving me the ability to serve the community in this way.”