Discover the Forest Ridge difference.

Our Passion

We pride ourselves on providing residents with clinical excellence and “compassionate care with heart” in their journey to recovery. Our newly built facility sits safely on the hospital campus of Woodland Park, CO. With gorgeous mountain views, everyone is sure to find Forest Ridge Senior Living a relaxing and enjoyable environment. Our friendly and highly trained nursing staff provides an encouraging and comfortable stay for all. For both short-term guests and long-term residents, we offer an exceptional setting ensuring a positive experience for you and your family. Whether you need rehabilitation, long-term skilled care, memory care, or in-patient hospice stay, Forest Ridge is sure to make you feel right at home. We look forward to answering any of your questions, and welcome you to Forest Ridge.

FOREST RIDGE EARNS TOP RANKING BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Forest Ridge Senior Living has been recognized by US News and World Report as one of “America’s Best Nursing Homes” for 2018-2019.

US News & World Report evaluated over 15,000 nursing homes nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. Across the nation approximately 2,000 nursing facilities earned a High-Performing rating in Short-Stay Rehabilitation and a total of 2,975 nursing homes earned the designation of a U.S. News’s Best Nursing Home.

“Several million Americans will spend at least some time in a nursing home this year, whether undergoing rehab after a hospital stay or as long-term residents,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “The Best Nursing Home Ratings are designed to help potential residents and their families navigate this important decision.”

“It is an honor to receive this level of recognition for our nursing care and rehabilitation delivery team,” said Jamie Hutchins, Director of Nursing, “This is a standard that we will continue to strive to uphold. We take pride in our work place and the care that we provide to our residents.”

UCHealth Southern Colorado Skilled Nursing Facility Rankings

Forest Ridge Senior Living is a UCHealth preferred provider. As of December 2019 we are very proud to be the only UCHealth preferred provider in the southern Colorado region to receive 5 stars in all categories. We received 5 stars in Quality, Staffing, Health Inspection, and Overall rating.  

Our Team

Diane Herndon

Administrator

Diane Herndon grew up in Celina, Ohio. Several years after she graduated High School, she moved to Colorado where she began her career as a Certified Nurse Aide in Long Term Care. She quickly realized she had a passion for working with the geriatric population. Before obtaining her degree in 2004, she also worked as an Activity Assistant and a Social Service Assistant. After earning her bachelor’s degree of Social Work from Colorado State University-Pueblo, she began working as a Social Service Director. She later took a position as a Certified Activity Director. It was during this time that she realized she wanted to pursue a career as a Nursing Home Administrator with her goal to make a positive difference in the lives of the residents, as well as the employees who care for them. Altogether, she has over twenty-five year of experience in Long Term Care. She is currently a certified Nursing Home Administrator, Social Worker, Activity Director, and Nurses Aide. When not working, Diane enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She loves walking with her dogs in the Colorado sunshine, and playing with her grandkids. She has strong relationship with God and believes the Lord has given her the tools and integrity to provide high quality care for the elderly. She is honored to be the Administrator at Forest Ridge and believes the mission statement says it best, “Compassionate Care with Heart”.

Jamie Hutchins

Director of Nursing

Jamie Hutchins, Director of Nursing at Forest Ridge Senior Living, began pursuing an education in nursing after being a homemaker and home educating her 4 children. With the support of her family, Jamie graduated from nursing school with honors in the top 10% of her class. Jamie began working in Colorado Springs at a skilled nursing facility as a charge nurse and then became a primary care nurse for a hospice organization. When Forest Ridge Senior Living opened, Jamie was among the first group of nurses hired. Jamie came on full time as MDS Coordinator in June of 2016 and accepted the position of Director of Nursing in May of 2017. Through her work at Forest Ridge Senior Living, Jamie desires to honor the Lord by serving others — the residents, their families, and the Forest Ridge staff. This desire is summed up in a statement often heard among the management at Forest Ridge Senior Living — “Compassionate Care with Heart.” When Jamie is not working, you will find her exploring the beauty of Colorado with her husband or spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Christi Conner

Business Office Manager

Christi brings to Forest Ridge a well-rounded knowledge of the long-term care industry.  She has worked in long term care for 31 years! She started as a nurse assistant, attended pre-requisite nursing classes, and obtained a certification in gerontology at UCCS. Additionally, she obtained an Assisted Living Administrator certification before settling into the Business Office where she found her niche. Afterwards, she moved into a Regional position where she could mentor and train new Business Office managers.  She is currently managing the Business Office at Forest Ridge and brings great knowledge and passion to the residents and family members of our Forest Ridge family.

Shane Kenne

Director of Rehabilitation

Shane grew up outside of Omaha, Nebraska where he went to college at Clarkson College. It was during one of his clinicals where he fell in love with skilled nursing facilities. He loved building relationships with the residents, and helping them to improve their daily living through therapy to help them return home, or to maintain their highest level of function within the nursing facility. After graduating from Clarkson College in 2012, Shane moved to Grand Junction, Colorado with his wife where he worked at a skilled nursing facility. After 3 years they moved to Woodland Park where they fell in love with the people and the community. Shane has been with Forest Ridge since its opening but accepted the Director of Rehab position in March of 2017. When not working, Shane loves to spend time with his family, and loves going camping, hiking and anything outdoors.

Megan Niederkorn

Transitional Care Manager

Megan grew up in the small farm town of Kersey, Colorado. She began her healthcare career as a CNA in a long-term care facility, while she attended Regis University in Denver. She graduated top of her class with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has worked as a charge nurse at Sandalwood Rehabilitation Center, as well as a Medical-Surgical nurse in the hospital at Lutheran Medical Center and Northern Colorado Medical Center. Megan found early on that her true calling was geriatrics. She is passionate about providing the best quality of life for the elderly patients she takes care of. She worked as night nurse at Forest Ridge before stepping into her role as Transitional Care manager. She is extremely excited about continuing to provide compassionate care with heart through her new role! Megan now lives in Florissant, CO and in her free time she loves to hike, camp, and snowboard with her fiance, two Alaskan Malamutes, and Siberian Husky.

Shana Coley-Miller

Director of Social Services

Shana Coley-Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guidance & Counseling in 2006 while she was in Jamaica. She attended The MICO University, where she continued her education by studying for a Master of Science Degree in Counseling & Social Work. She is currently enrolled with Arizona State University for a Master of Social Work degree. Shana has over 20 years experience working as an educator and counselor at the secondary level. She moved to Colorado in 2013 and pursued a C.N.A .certification. With her education and combined experience, Shana has worked in the Long Term Care setting as a C.N.A., a Social Services Assistant Director, and now as the Director of Social Services here at Forest Ridge. She continues to model a high level of professionalism through communication, teamwork, confidentiality, and personal development. She is truly motivated by “Compassionate Care with Heart” to meet the needs of residents, family members, and colleagues.

Harrison Blauch

Director of Dietary Services

Harrison was born and raised in Woodland Park, Colorado. He has an extensive history of restaurant management and is passionate about serving his community and neighbors in Forest Ridge. He continuously aims to improve and grow along with the ideas and choices of our residents, demonstrating “Compassionate Care with Heart”. When he is not working, he is outside enjoying his beautiful home state with his wife and two daughters, or spending time in his blacksmith workshop.

Kathleen Dixon

Activities Director

Kathy is a graduate of The University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, in 1990. After graduation Kathy worked as a middle school physical education teacher in New Smyrna Beach, Florida for seven years. Robert, Kathy’s husband, accepted a position with the Air Force and they moved to Woodland park and started their family. Fortunate to be a stay at home mom, Kathy substituted in the local schools to be near her children. Once the girls were grown she became a CNA: Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked as a CNA for a year and a half before becoming Activities Director at Forest Ridge Senior Living. Kathy enjoys this new and challenging position and is determined to add quality to all residents’ lives at Forest Ridge. On Kathy’s days off she can be found on the slopes of many ski resorts, and when the ski season is finished, hiking or biking the trails of Colorado.