Lori ‘s journey through health care has spanned more than 30 years, during which she has seen and done it all. But from CNA to LPN to RN to Director of Nursing, Lori has never lost her passion for delivering bedside care. “If I’m in my office, I’m probably not happy. I became a nurse because I wanted to care for people, so I’ll get all the paperwork done, but I’m happiest at someone’s bedside, doing all that I can to keep them healthy, and teaching our newer nurses to be the same”. We couldn’t imagine a better description for the perfect Centers Heath Care nurse. Add in Lori’s experience as an acute care cardiac nurse, her natural abilities as a teacher, her smiling face and her belief that “…you don’t choose nursing, nursing chooses you” and you have the perfect description of a Centers Health Care Director of Nursing.
Rich is a graduate of LeMoyne College of Syracuse and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy right here at Utica College. Born and raised in Utica, he has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Utica College of Physical Therapy, and 2013 he earned the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. We think Rich is way beyond an emerged leader – he is already an accomplished leader who has put together a world class team at Oneida Center, and our results are testimony to his abilities. Rich is a therapist, a researcher, a teacher, a coach and a motivator. In short, he’s everything that a great therapist needs to be.
Rebekah was born and raised in nearby Syracuse and still makes her home there with her husband and two young children. “I started in Long Term Care in the recreation department, but I moved to social work so that I could extend the help I offer not just to residents but to their families and friends as well. On the recreation team, you help people have a good time, but no matter how hard you try, if someone is distracted by problems outside of the room, they won’t have a good time. Social Workers solve those outside problems, and that means I’m contributing to a better time for our residents each day, to more effective therapy, to more fulfilling relationships and to a better time in activities. And that makes me happy.” Rebekah, it makes us and our residents happy to know you feel that way!