What keeps an employee coming to work at Resthaven for more than 30 years? “It’s Resthaven long-standing commitment to resident-centered care,” says Shellie Scholten, Assistant Director of Nursing.
Shellie’s history with Resthaven actually goes back 34 years. Right out of high school, she was a nurse’s aide at Meadowbrook, which became Resthaven Care Center in 1989. She left Meadowbrook to pursue her LPN degree at Grand Rapids Junior College, worked as a charge nurse, and then completed her RN degree in 1985. She returned in 1988 and became the Director of Nursing along with many other responsibilities. “I even had to play Santa Claus for the resident Christmas party when the maintenance director quit one day before the party and I had to fill in,” says Shellie with a smile.
Shellie has seen many changes in her years at Resthaven, but her love of the seniors we serve has never waned. “Resthaven residents are people who have planted churches, practiced medicine, built businesses, taught school or served in the military. All their lives they’ve been giving; now it’s my opportunity to give back to them.”
Shellie points out that the culture at Resthaven is another factor in her job fulfillment. Resthaven continues to live out its mission, day after day. While our business is senior healthcare, we never loose focus on what is most important – the resident.”