Just about anyone you speak to would admit that life is different than it was just a few short months ago. Change can be hard for creatures of habit, but it can also be necessary and bring about new opportunities. This is also true for organizations like Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, as we’ve welcomed some wonderful new people into our fold, and other familiar faces have had roles change and evolve to fit the ever-changing needs of the organization.
Sonia Irvin, LNHA, joined the MHCO team in early March as the Director of Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services. In April, she also stepped into the role of Administrator of the Mennonite Memorial Home. This was a challenging time to accept a new position, but she did with an enthusiasm and calmness that provided support and confidence to the team. This is not her “first rodeo” – she has held positions ranging from Charge Nurse to Director of Nursing to Regional Director of Clinical Operations at long-term care communities. This eventually led to administrative roles in Assisted Living communities and skilled nursing centers. You can read her full introduction at https://mhcoliving.org/meet-sonia-irvin-director-of-home-health-and-senior-services/).
More recently, Deb Neal, RN, was hired as Director of Nursing at the Mennonite Memorial Home with her first day being Monday, June 8th. Sonia Irvin, Administrator stated, “We look forward to Deb’s leadership and the infectious positive attitude she will bring to MMH.” Neal has been an RN for 14 years, with most of her experience in long term care – where her passion of working with and caring for elders is best fulfilled. She has been a Director of Nursing for 3 years and served as Assistant Director of Nursing and a Unit Manager prior to that experience. Deb has very high standards when it comes to caring for elders and she will help educate and train staff to meet those standards. Quality resident care will be her priority, but she also loves to have fun with staff and residents.
We express our thanks to Sabrina Longworth, RN, who has stepped in as Interim Director of Nursing during the past several weeks. Sabrina is one of many dedicated MHCO staff members that have stepped up and made personal sacrifices to help the residents and children we care for – all of you are appreciated!
Kim Pina, Administrator of Hilty Home since July of last year, has also taken on the role of Administrator of Willow Ridge. This was comfortable transition for Kim, as she has worked in the Greenhouse Model in the past and has an understanding and appreciation of this unique and person-centered philosophy of care.
Rachel Zuercher has accepted a promotion to the position of Director of Staff Development. Tricia Herrmann previously retired from the position after 35 years of employment with MHCO. Rachel has been employed as an LPN at MMH since 2016, and she lives in Pandora with her husband Andrew and 3 children.