Avamere Court at Keizer Nurse Heroes

May 18, 2020

Heroes work at Avamere Court at Keizer! Get to know some of the amazing nurses serving others during COVID-19.

April Welfinger

April started her nursing career after graduating from Pioneer Pacific in 2008. She’s been with Avamere for nearly 12 years.

April shared: “It’s my home away from home. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else, everyone is family. I became a nurse because I enjoy taking care of the elderly and listening to their wisdom. I am a mom raising three teenage girls with my loving and supportive husband. I enjoy spending time on the lake with my family in the summer.”

What co-workers say about April:

April is one of a kind.

She is a leader and has a heart of gold. She is an amazing nurse.

She shows bravery kindness and compassion every day.

Gail Estes

Gail graduated from nursing school at Chemeketa Community College in 2015 and has been with Avamere for over four years.

Gail shared: “I was inspired to be a nurse because I enjoy teaching and felt a calling to make an impact on people’s lives. I live in Albany with five cats, one dog, and a pet rat. I enjoy the outdoors kayaking, camping, and gardening especially.”

What co-workers say about Gail:

Gail is a Rockstar. She thrives every day.

She is motivating and encouraging.

She is hard-working and has a lot of patience.

Cara Lipps

Cara earned her education from the Institute of Technology and has worked at Avamere for five years.

Cara shared: “I started in healthcare as a caregiver when I was 21. I found that I loved helping people in ways that they needed. I expanded my knowledge slowly to becoming a nurse and found a job that I love. I live in Silverton with my daughter and husband and our dog named Sammie.”

What co-workers say about Cara:

Cara is an inspiring nurse.

She is calm under pressure, loyal, kindhearted, and a great listener.

Rachel Lucas

Rachel graduated from Chemeketa Community College and has been with Avamere for five years.

Rachel shared: “My mother is a nurse, and I have other family members with medical background. I enjoy helping others. I love to be outdoors soaking up the sun.”

What co-workers say about Rachel:

Rachel is extremely inspiring, a great listener.

She is a team player, compassionate, and caring.

Thank you to our nurses at Avamere Court at Keizer and around the world! You are truly heroes.

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