Payson Care Center celebrated two decades of service in 2005.
The skilled nursing facility, operated by Life Centers of America, experienced several changes in facility directors during the year, but keeping continuity for patients, their families and staff topped the priority list.
When Director James Glen was promoted, LCA asked Sharon Pebley to come out of retirement and be the interim director. Sheila Wiggins became the executive director of Payson Care on July 11, 2005.
When Wiggins arrived on the job, she said her first impressions were about what a superb staff the center has.
Payson Care Center continues to provide occupational, speech, anodyne and traditional physical therapies to both in-house and out-patients.
"In therapy, the biggest thing is our anodyne," said Director of Nursing Lucinda Campbell. "It's an infrared light therapy that stimulates healing, helps with pain management, wound therapy and joints."
The facility specializes in those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
With close to 150 full- and part-time staff members, Payson Care is one of the larger employers in the Rim Country.
Registered Nurse Peg Schuler, in charge of teaching the CNAs, and Valarie Beckham, the facility's new marketing director, both joined the staff in 2005.
When Life Care recognized outstanding associates from across the Mesquite Region, which includes Arizona, Payson Care Center's Jeanie Bland, Barbara Olson and Debbie McCurdy were nominated for the certified nursing assistant of the year award and Activities Director Carol Moody was nominated for Team Spirit.
Life Care honored Dr. Michael Lowe as the Southwest Division's Medical Director of the Year. He is the physician for more than 90 percent of the residents at Payson Care.
"We feel so privileged to have considerate, caring and compassionate individuals working for our residents," said Wiggins. "They truly exemplify the ‘Whatever it takes and then some' attitude with their actions every day."