For over forty years I have been involved in the nursing
home / retirement service sector. I didn’t intend on this being my career path.
However, from the moment I first went to work in a nursing facility, to be able
to go to college, I knew I had found my life’s calling.
My career has included individual and multi-site management
consisting of all aspects of providing services to seniors. During the course
of my career, I have developed a personal mission of, “Giving to those who gave
us life.” In our culture nursing homes are often seen as a social “taboo.” I
wanted to be involved in helping to change the industry.
The desire to help change the perception of skilled nursing facilities
is what guides and motivates the team at Forest Ridge. For our team, our
residents come first!
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
Twenty-nine years ago I walked into a Skilled Nursing Facility
for the first time to apply for a job as a nurse assistant. This simple step opened my world to my life’s
career and passion.
Throughout the years I have moved from direct nursing care
to the financial aspect. I am an active
member of Colorado Health Care Association (CHCA) and serve on a Medicaid
Provider Committee. I have overseen 26
Colorado facilities as their Medicaid manager while working with residents,
families and the counties to understand the Medicaid application process. I have overseen the Business Office functions
for multiple facilities and been the helping hand to those looking for
answers. And now, I am happy to provide
all this knowledge and support to my own local community as I walk the
residents, families and others through the insurance maze.
Promoting Positive Community Care
and Business Development at Forest Ridge.
Laurie McIlveene moved to Woodland Park, CO from
Dallas, Texas in 1985. She studied
Business Administration and Marketing from Michigan State University and is a
forever Spartan fan. Landing a job
quickly in the fast- fueled field of computers, Laurie soon learned her
interest and passion was helping and nurturing people. Changing into the healthcare industry was the
best life choice she ever made. After 25
years of occupying various positions in pharmaceuticals, hospice and home
health she has taken her positive, long standing relationships with hospitals,
doctors and healthcare organizations in El Paso, Teller and Park counties and
joined Forest Ridge. Bridging the
community and residents to the peaceful, compassionate care with heart that
Forest Ridge has to offer is what Laurie is all about.