Meadowbrook Health Center welcomes new directors of nursing for residential skilled care, short-term skilled care
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Clark-Lindsey has announced that Kim Ratliff, RN, is the new Director of Residential Care/ Palliative Care. Ratliff is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating activities of residential skilled care nursing in Meadowbrook Health Center. She works closely with the new Director of Residential Skilled Care and the Green House Homes Guide to coordinate resident care activities relating to overall resident and family satisfaction.
Before coming to Clark-Lindsey, Ratliff served at the Danville Care Center in Danville as a Director of Nursing (DON), Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) and Registered Nurse (RN). Prior to her nursing career, Ratliff worked in leadership roles in retail and currently owns and runs Back Alley Creations on Vermillion Street in downtown Danville.
Ratliff earned her nursing degree eight years ago from Danville Area Community College. She served as a third-shift emergency room nurse with a specialty in psych at Presence Health. At the time, Ratliff viewed ER as her passion, but after working several years in the ER, she went to a long-term care facility as a psych nurse and soon became the ADON and DON.
“Kim has found that long-term care and aging is her true passion,” Director of Marketing Karen Blatzer said. “She has enjoyed her time working with elders and learning about the history and wisdom the residents have to share.”
Clark-Lindsey has announced Alexa Stephens, RN, is the new director of Renewal Therapy Center. Stephens is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating activities of the Medicare-certified skilled nursing units, collectively referred to as Renewal Therapy Center.
Before coming to Clark-Lindsey, Stephens was the Director of Nursing (DON) at Shelbyville Rehab and Healthcare Center in Shelbyville. Stephens has also worked as a Home Care Nurse Case Manager at St. Anthony’s in Effingham, as a Nurse Mentor at Tutera Healthcare in Mattoon and at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Stephens started her healthcare career as a CNA and has continued her education, becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN), then a registered nurse (RN) and is currently working on her Masters of Science Nursing (MSN) Nurse Educator degree. Stephens also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University with a concentration in leadership and development.
“Alexa has a determined and dedicated concern for patient safety, service excellence, staff satisfactions and team collaboration,” Blatzer said.
She has eight years’ experience in the nursing practice within a multi-disciplinary environment including long-term, clinical, hospital and home care. In her educational experiences Stephens received the Marilyn Fuqua Thompson Excellence in Nursing Award at Lake Land College and graduated from the Lumpkin School of Business and Technology at Eastern Illinois University.
Ratliff and Stephens will work closely with one another and the Green House Homes Guide to coordinate resident care activities relating to overall resident and family satisfaction.