Rim Country Health and Retirement Community has a new director of nursing.
Ellen Aldrich, RN, BSN will direct the overall operation of the nursing services department and make sure that all residents receive the highest quality of care. She is responsible for a 109 patients when the facility is at capacity. She guides a nursing staff of 15 to make certain they are properly trained and certified.
"I love the interaction with the patients," Aldrich said. "I think that's what keeps most nurses in the profession. I haven't had enough of that."
It is one of the things that appealed to her about working for RCH&RC.
"I was in a management position that kept me a great distance from the bedside. In the past I was the director and administrator of three home health agencies, but long-term care is new to me," she said.
"As a director, I get to continue my management skills, plus it allows me to be closer to my staff and close to the residents as well."
Aldrich was working as the clinical director of the medical/surgical telemetry unit at the John C. Lincoln North hospital in Phoenix when, after 16 years in management, she decided she wanted to go a slightly different direction with her career.
Aldrich and her husband, Larry, have had a weekend home in Pine for about four years. "Our plan was to eventually retire up here," she said.
"The timing was right," she said.