Levy Gardens Assisted Living has a new leader. Nicholas Hargate joined the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation as director of Levy Gardens in April. Hargate brings 10 years of healthcare experience to the position. He earned a
degree in long-term care administration from Youngstown State University. His last position was community relations manager for Canfield Place. “We are excited that Nick has joined our Federation family of agencies serving the entire community,” said Andrew Lipkin, Federation CEO. “He brings a valuable skill set to Levy Gardens and will mesh well with our outstanding staff to serve our tenants with the utmost care. I’d like to thank Shane Baldwin, director of operations, and Sue Illencik, nursing coordinator, for sharing the responsibility of overseeing Levy Gardens during the search process.”
Hargate began his career in longterm care in the kitchen of a nursing home, eventually moving into an administrative coordinator position and then a sales and marketing role. “I have a passion for helping seniors,” he said. “I love sitting and talking with seniors, learning about their history and their wealth of knowledge. You always learn something new.” Though a variety of activities are offered to tenants, including games, art classes, and musical guests, Hargate plans to return to visiting restaurants, attending baseball games, and more when COVID protocols are lifted. “It is important to get the tenants back into the community,” he noted. “For some, this is where they grew up,
and being able to be out and about in the community will help their quality of life.”
Born and raised in Canfield, Hargate is currently building a new home in Canfield. He and his wife have three children, ages 5 months and 5 and 7 years. Hargate coached high school footbal—Girard and Springfield—for six years.
“I am a big sports person so if there’s football, basketball, baseball, or hockey on, I’m watching it,” he said. His two boys play in the Youngstown flag football league, and he is their coach. “They keep me busy, always running around, always wanting to do something,” he said. “I love playing outside with my kids.”