JUNEAU — Jane Hooper, administrator and executive director at Clearview in Juneau, announced her retirement Wednesday, effective in January.
Hooper began her career at the nursing and rehabilitation center in 1980. She has been in her current role since 2005 and has led the Clearview organization through many changes. Hooper has also served as deputy county administrator.
“I have had the privilege of working with Jane on a number of issues and projects,” County Administrator Jim Mielke said. “She is a tremendous asset to Dodge County.”
Under Hooper’s leadership, Clearview has grown and currently operates with 10 different licensed areas with an annual operating budget of $28 million and employs 350 people. She led the Clearview administrative team through the design and construction of the current 236-bed facility. The $44.5 million project was approved by the County Board in early 2010.
In June 2011, the first residents began calling their new facility home. Final construction was completed in June 2012. Clearview is one of three brain injury rehabilitation centers in Wisconsin. Hooper also was instrumental in the creation of the 13-county Marsh Country Health Alliance, which collaborates in care at the Clearview campus.
During Hooper’s tenure, Clearview went from being historically reliant on the county tax levy to supplement annual operations to having no reliance on county levy dollars to meet annual operational expenses.
Hooper was instrumental in the creation of the Friends of Clearview, which was organized to accept funds on behalf of the county that have been donated by individuals and organizations for the purchase of amenities for the benefit of Clearview residents.
Hooper currently serves on Leading Age Wisconsin board of directors, and has been the past president of Wisconsin Association of County Homes.
“I take great pride in being a Dodge County employee and I have met some lifelong friends while working with some amazing individuals who give it everything they have to make Dodge County a special place to live and work,” Hooper said. “The residents and my staff at Clearview have always been the nearest and dearest to my heart. I will miss them and their families the most as that has been the most rewarding part of my career.”
Clearly, she will be a tough act to follow.
“Dodge County wishes to thank Jane for her dedication and wishes her well in her retirement,” Dodge County Board Chairman Russ Kottke said. “Jane and I worked together for many years. She certainly will be missed.”
Hooper is planning to spend time with her husband and family and perhaps to utilize her experience and knowledge to assist the long-term care profession in a consulting role.
The recruitment of the next Clearview executive director will be coordinated by the Dodge County administrator and human resources director. The process will include input from the Clearview administrative team and the Dodge County Health Facilities Committee.