In just a few short years, Stephanie Goetz has advanced from rehabilitation nurse to one of the greatest positions of responsibility and leadership at Salina Presbyterian Manor.
Stephanie was recently promoted from director of assisted living to health services director. She’s busy learning the guidelines and quality measures that apply to health care residents, managing a larger staff, and continuing to focus on person-centered care.
“There are many challenges, but the rewards are abundant,” Stephanie said.
It’s been five years since Stephanie joined our staff as a health services RN. At the time she was a brand-new graduate of Brown-Mackie College; she also has an associate’s degree from Missouri State University. In July 2015, Stephanie was named assisted living director.
While she was in school, Stephanie said she didn’t necessarily expect to pursue a career in long-term care. But she did enjoy working with older adults and serving their needs. She appreciates that the long-term care model has shifted toward the individual’s needs and desires rather than addressing primarily their medical requirements.
“I really like just getting to know them and who they are and providing individualized care. We look at what’s going to work for each resident and living the way they want to live,” she said. “That’s what I like about working in a continuing care community — you can get to know them as independent residents first.”
Presbyterian Manors has been a supportive place to work, Stephanie said, especially for employees who want to further their education. She plans to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) for herself in the future.
“I really enjoy working in this community and for PMMA. I think they’ve allowed me to learn and grow, and that’s my aspiration for the future,” she said. “Presbyterian Manor is good about really walking beside you and helping to guide you in the direction you want to go.”
Away from work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and she volunteers a lot of her time with Girl Scouts and youth sports. We wish her the best in her new role!