When she started at Centers Health Care, Lisa said she became a nurse because she wanted to make a difference. And what a difference she has made!
She joined Essex Center after re-defining the role of Assistant Director of Nursing at our Washington Center, where her presence was felt by every resident and every nurse, every day. She is often described as a “nurses nurse”, and rarely seems at be at her desk, although her “desk work” is always done. Instead, she can be found at the bedside of a resident, or in the training room updating the staff on the very latest techniques and procedures, or in the day room getting a first-hand feel for how her residents are doing. Sounds like quite a nurse, doesn’t she? When she joined us here, Lisa described the job as a dream come true.
After two and a half years as an integral part of the rehab team at Essex center, Sophia made the jump to team leader. And what a spectacular leap it was!
We knew about her abilities of course; her years of experience, her background as a teacher helping young therapists reach their goals, her work as a home care therapist and more. But becoming our Director of Therapy not only brought out the best in Sophia, it did the same for our whole team. “In our roles as therapists, we play a critical part in improving our patient's quality of life. The entire team here consistently provides compassionate care to our patients, assuring that they all walk out – literally - with joy in their hearts. Their success is our success.” Between caring for the elderly at Essex Center to caring for the very young – like her precious baby girl – Sophia runs the gamut of health care. “My life is a crazy and fun adventure”. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Rachel went a long way from home – all the way from Jay, NY to New York City to Plattsburgh to Ireland, back to the Adirondacks and finally here - to find her dream job. “I worked at a long-term care facility in Lake Placid and found my true passion – working with long -term care residents and their families. Then I found Essex Center, and I really feel like I’m home.”
And her favorite part of the day? “When a family member, a resident, or someone spending a few weeks in rehab needs someone to talk with. I just love being there for them.” With an approach like that, it’s easy to see why Rachel is on everyone’s “favorites” list.