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August 23, 2017
New administrator at Good Samaritan Westbrook
Emily Henderson’s first assignment as nursing home administrator
|Tom Merchant photo|
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Westbrook — If you have visited the Westbrook Good Samaritan nursing home in recent weeks you might have noticed a new face behind the administrator’s desk. That new face would be that of Emily Henderson.
Henderson grew up in Oakdale where she graduated from Saint Paul North High School. She then attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where she earned a degree in Health Care Management and a minor in Biology.
While in college she did an internship in a nursing home in Duluth. After she graduated from college she took a job as a receptionist at a small medical clinic. She says “I really didn’t care for that type of management, so I decided to continue my education by taking on line courses in Long Term Care Management.” She feels that it is much more rewarding to work with long term care. There is much more ways to build long term relationships with nursing home residents. She feels her internship working in a nursing home, then working in a medical clinic, was a blessing in disguise that lead her to the long term care path career. The administrator at Duluth had nothing but good things to say about it — being faith based and non profit is what attracted her to joining the Good Samaritan Society.
Originally she had a completely different path as she wished to become a dentist. But then she discovered how many science courses and additional years of dental school it involved, she decided it was not for her.
She says coming from a metropolitan area provided a bit of a culture shock when she arrived in Westbrook. She said her graduating class in high school was just slightly less than the population of Westbrook. Having to travel 20 miles or more for certain things is a bit of an inconvenience, but she says the community offers some very nice amenities — including a nice hospital, clinic, grocery store, swimming pool, golf course, and much more.
“I am looking for ways to become involved in the community and meeting people from the community and area. At the nursing home we always welcome visitors, we offer opportunities for employment, with the number of residents we have. At this time we will have a number of summer staff employees going back to school,” Henderson said.
She mentioned the nursing home is planning a community barbecue on August 30, at the community center They will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and beverages. A free will donation is requested.
Henderson, when she is not working, enjoys reading, traveling, visiting her family and parents at their cabin in northern Minnesota, and spending time with family and friends.
She is looking forward to meeting people in the community. She is excited to be here, it has been a good experience so far. Henderson enjoys working with the staff — “we have a great staff and the residents and their families are wonderful,” she says.
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