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October 11, 2019

For those with adventure in their heart, the beautiful town of Medford, Oregon is calling their name.

From hiking Upper or Lower Table Rock to visiting Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the world, to kayaking down Applegate Lake, this city is for those who crave the outdoors.

Nestled within this city is Avamere’s Medford campus, including Avamere at Three Fountains, a 117-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation community, Avamere at Waterford, a 68-unit assisted living community, and Avamere Health and Fitness Club (with a gym and pool open to the public and employees).

A career path adventure

Avamere at Three Fountains staff support their nursing assistants (NA) from their beginnings as an NA up to becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA), certified medication aide (CMA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or wherever their nursing path takes them.

They have their own RA program where CNAs can work alongside physical therapy staff with rehabilitation. Employees in this program learn directly from their Director of Rehab, Suzanne Cruce, in the physical therapy gym.

In addition, the staff support their CNAs in their career by reimbursing classes to help them gain new skills, advance their knowledge, or earn certifications.

Connections for a thriving career

With a large campus and Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley just down the street, team members have the freedom to pick up more hours at their neighboring Avamere communities or transfer if the opportunity arises.

In fact, many caregivers working at Avamere at Waterford earn their certifications as a CNA or CMA, then transfer to Avamere at Three Fountains. The Medford team truly values education and provides many opportunities for their staff to advance their career.

Forming lasting bonds

It’s more than just a career! The staff form bonds with each other and their patients.

Megan Prather, Recruiting Coordinator for Avamere’s Medford locations, occasionally sits and eats breakfast with the patients and residents, listening to their stories and getting to know them.

She says all the staff get involved in activities from bringing in puppies for a visit to planning trips and excursions.

“From management to floor staff, everyone is invested in our residents,” Megan said.

They’re like a family, and that’s exactly what she looks for in CNAs joining the team.

“It starts at the beginning when I interview,” Megan said. “I’m looking for someone who has that mentality of treating patients like family.”

Support from day one

What really stands out at the Medford campus is their orientation process. They’re paired with a mentor on both sides of their building: skilled nursing at Avamere at Three Fountains and assisted living at Avamere at Waterford.

CNAs on this campus have access to an on-site recruiter, who helps ensure they’re being set up for success from orientation to growth opportunities.

Megan and the director of nursing services check in with the new team member throughout training and once it’s complete to see how they’re doing and how they can continually support them. It’s their goal to provide quality training so their CNAs feel confident in their role.

“We really want them to know they’re an important part of our team and without them our community wouldn’t be able to run,” Megan said. “We want to offer that support from every level.”

Award-winning care

The Avamere Medford campus is committed to quality care – both the skilled nursing and assisted living buildings earned the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the National Health Care Association.

Join the nursing team

Become part of their award-winning team! Nursing assistants receive a $500 signing bonus and CNAs receive a $3,500 signing bonus for a limited time! Restrictions apply.

Apply as a nursing assistant or CNA today.


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