Our Job is to Know Our Residents
Director of Nursing - Sara Avila, RN - Our Sara is focused on elder care. “The reason I went to nursing school was to work with the elderly - Cedar Ridge Inn is a good fit for my career goals,” says Sara. Born in Michigan, Sara was raised in California but has been in the Farmington, New Mexico community since 2000. A Registered Nurse graduate of San Juan College School of Nursing in 2010, Sara had a great experience on the staff of San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. She worked Intensive Care and Step-down Units along with helping to plan for patients return to home on the Case Management Staff. We are proud of Sara’s work experience as an assistant general manager of a hotel, as well. Hospitality is an important part of the health care we provide. Since September 2015, Sara has been a vital part of our team. Sara and her husband have two dogs as their family. Sara is happy that many of her extended family members are now located in the northern New Mexico area. “I am proud and impressed with how the nursing staff care for our residents.” We are proud to have Sara’s leadership and passion for the elders we serve.
Social Services Director – Jackie Gray, C.N.A. - Jackie has been a part of the C & G Health Care Management family since 1999 when she joined the staff of our “sister” facility, The Valley Inn. She learned the dietary needs of residents as a Dietary Aide. As our Dietary Director, Jackie attacked the issue of undesired or unplanned weight loss for our residents with homemade cinnamon rolls! The aroma therapy sparks not only appetites but also fond memories for our residents. Jackie has been an exceptional team member serving our residents as Medical Records Manager, Activity Director, Dietary Aide, Dietary Assistant Supervisor, Dietary Director since 2006 and now, the gateway for new residents and their families as Social Services Director. As an important part of our philosophy, Jackie completed the Certified Nursing Assistant training to better care for the daily needs of our residents. Jackie is proud of our Restaurant Style Dining Program that she initiated in 2009. Residents make their own meal choices from a full menu, including a “special of the day”. Every employee of the facility is assigned times throughout each day to act as hostess and server. This affords interaction with residents on a more personal level, helping staff build meaningful relationships with our precious people. Residents love the autonomy to choose when they eat and all concur this program has been a big success! Jackie’s mission is always focused on resident choice and ultimately, their happiness. She has proven to make the quality of our residents' lives most important. Jackie is devoted to our residents - she makes the perfect 'gateway' for families seeking the best care in Farmington, New Mexico.
Administrative Assistant - Wendy Gill - Wendy is truly at home. She appreciates, enjoys and looks forward to seeing the residents each day. A good listener, Wendy cherishes hearing the stories shared about family, tales of their youth and fascinating life experiences of our residents. Having lived and worked in the Farmington, New Mexico community for over 20 years, Wendy completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies from Arkansas Tech University in 2012. Born in California, Wendy recalls a childhood in many locations as her father worked for US Forest Service. She attended high school in nearby Cuba, New Mexico. Her work experience includes ten years for the State of New Mexico in the Department of Environment. The mother of five children, Wendy feels so blessed to spend time with her six grandchildren. She loves to play in the dirt (garden) and crochet in her spare time. We are so glad Wendy has belonged to us since March 2014 - she is a ‘keeper’! Thank you, Wendy, for sharing your spirit and instilling confidence in the residents and their families that Cedar Ridge Inn is Where Quality in Life is Most Important.
Photos Courtesy of Jonas Grushkin of Photogenesis Photography, Durango, CO