Avamere Health Services Adds New Leadership Talent Due to Growth
Gwynn Rucker, the current chair of the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) and a highly regarded leader and advocate of long-term care in the state of Washington, has joined Avamere Health Services as a Regional Director of Operations for the Washington and Colorado areas. Rucker brings an extensive background to this position having worked in leadership capacities for some of the largest healthcare providers in Washington. During her time as WHCA Vice Chair and as the standing Chair, Rucker has traveled to Capitol Hill on several occasions to speak with representatives – including Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – about the impact reductions in Medicare has on seniors throughout Washington.
“Our seniors are immediately affected by legislative changes, but the reach is deeper than that,” says Rucker. “Families, employees of long-term care facilities, and surrounding communities all feel the change when reimbursements are cut. Adult children become caregivers for their parents, employees risk losing their job, and extra burden is placed on the community to support these individuals.”
Cheryl Anderson, previously an Administrator for Avamere Court at Keizer – a premier Continuing Care Community located north of Salem, OR – recently accepted the role of Regional Director of Operations for the Central and Northern Oregon regions. Anderson’s nearly 30-years of long-term health care experience and distinctive ability to attract and foster high-level talent are key aspects to her continued success with Avamere Health Services.
Anderson’s passion for quality patient outcomes has been her driving motivation over the course of her career. “What is so incredibly exciting about helping the North and Central Oregon areas,” says Anderson “is that we have primarily Skilled Nursing buildings with a huge emphasis on returning people to their previous living situations. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
Also moving into the position of Regional Director of Operations for Northern Oregon and Idaho is Lisa Sienkiewicz, the previous administrator for The Pearl at Kruse Way – a Skilled Nursing and Memory Care campus in Lake Oswego, OR. Sienkiewicz began her career in long-term care in 1995. Her background in social work has solidified her attitude of “putting the patient first.” “Avamere is recognized as a company that emphasis communication, transparency, and really putting the extra effort into making sure the needs of the patient are met,” says Sienkiewicz.
When speaking about the clinical teams she has managed, Sienkiewicz emphasizes that everyone has a strength that they can contribute. “I promote peer development throughout our departments. This means we’re all receiving constant feedback that strengthens how we function within our buildings, which ultimately leads to better financial outcomes and more efficient patient care.
Both Sienkiewicz and Anderson are recipients of the Oregon Health Care Association Administrator of the Year award.
The addition of these three highly regarded individuals expands Avamere Health Services current team of Regional Directors of Operations: Becky Griffin for Southern Oregon and Nicolette Merino who oversees Community-based Care facilities.
Avamere Family of Companies helps seniors in more than 30 communities throughout Oregon and Washington. Avamere offers home care independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, rehabilitation therapy, and hospice services.