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Primrose of Mishawaka Hires New Director of Nursing

MISHAWAKA, IN – Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka has hired Lori Lutin as their new Director of Nursing.  In this role, she will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Leah Bennett, manage the nursing staff.  Lutin, who began work at Primrose in July, will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Lori Lutin

Lori Lutin

Lutin has a nursing degree from Ancilla College in Donaldson, IN.  She brings 11 years of experience in cardiac and post anesthesia settings with her to Primrose.  “When I came in for a tour of this community, I fell in love with it immediately,” said Lutin.  “Our residents and staff are wonderful, and I feel as if I have found a new second home at Primrose,” she added.

“We are excited to have Lori on the team,” said Executive Director Leah Bennett.  “Her experience in the industry is very much appreciated and we are excited about what the future holds,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka is located at 820 Fulmer Road.  The community consists of 36 independent living apartment homes, 40 assisted living apartment homes, and eight townhome villas.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Council Bluffs Hires New Director of Nursing

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA– Primrose Retirement Community of Council Bluffs has hired Jessica Wunderlich to be their new Director of Nursing.  In this role, Wunderlich will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Paul Larsen, manage the nursing staff.  She will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Jessica Wunderlich

Jessica Wunderlich

Wunderlich has a nursing degree from Nebraska Wesleyan.  She has been in the healthcare field since 2000, working in acute care, case management, and nurse education, and was the Director of Nursing at Primrose in 2015 before transferring to another retirement community.

“I returned to Primrose in July of 2018 after attending the funeral of a longtime resident I helped take care of when I was there,” Wunderlich said.  “I was so proud to see the staff being honored for their care and compassion during the service.  It made me want to come back,” she added.

“We are thrilled to have Jessica back on our team,” said Paul Larsen, Executive Director at Primrose of Council Bluffs.  “Her love for the senior population is evident, and we are looking forward to a great future with her at the nursing helm,” he added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Council Bluffs, located at 1801 East Kanesville Boulevard, consists of 36 independent living apartment homes, and 32 assisted-living apartment homes.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Gillette Hires New Executive Director

GILLETTE, WY – Primrose Retirement Community of Gillette has hired Kelli Hill to be their new Executive Director.  She began her duties in June, and in this capacity, Hill will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community.

Kelli (Chipper) Hill

Kelli (Chipper) Hill

Hill studied accounting at Black Hills State University and brings experience in management, sales, and accounting with her to Primrose.  She also owned a land development company in Campbell County for six years and a coffee shop in Gillette for three years.

“Primrose offers such a positive and fun atmosphere, and I love to spend time with our amazing residents and their families,” Hill said.  “I look forward to providing positive leadership for our great staff and a fresh outlook on the future of our community,” she added.

“We are thrilled to have Kelli on our team,” said Carol Armendariz, Regional Operations Manager with Primrose.  “Her love for the senior population is evident, and we are looking forward to a great future here in Gillette,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Gillette, located at 921 Mountain Meadow Lane, consists of 39 Independent Living apartments and 40 Assisted Living apartments.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Todd DeLeon Hired as New Executive Director at Sweetwater Retirement in Billings

BILLINGS, MT – Sweetwater Retirement Community of Billings has hired Todd DeLeon to be their new Executive Director.  He began his duties in June, and in this capacity, DeLeon will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community.

Todd DeLeon

Todd DeLeon

DeLeon has a business degree from Cal State Fullerton and has management experience in the medical field as well as in hospitality and retail sales.  “I came to Primrose because I enjoy serving people,” said Deleon.  “I will provide a servant leadership style of management. Not only to serve as a support system but to ensure that I am providing others the opportunity to learn and grow both professionally and personally,” he added.

“We are thrilled to have Todd on our team,” said Carol Armendariz, Regional Operations Manager with Sweetwater.  “His love for the senior population is evident, and we are looking forward to a great future here in Billings,” she added.

Sweetwater Retirement Community, located at 3140 Sweet Water Drive, consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 8 Townhome Villas.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Council Bluffs Hires New Executive Director

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA. – Primrose Retirement Community of Council Bluffs has hired Tiffany Eggett to be their new Executive Director.  She began her duties in July, and in this capacity, Eggett will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community.

Tiffany Eggett

Tiffany Eggett

Eggett, a Council Bluffs native, has degrees in accounting and business administration from Nebraska Business College.  “I could instantly feel love when I walked into Primrose on my first day,” said Eggett.  “I was blessed to have grandparents who showered me with unconditional love when I was growing up, and now it is my turn to pay that forward to our residents,” she added.

“We are thrilled to have Tiffany on our team,” said Tom Brown, Regional Operations Manager with Primrose.  “Her love for the senior population is evident, and we are looking forward to a great future here in Council Bluffs,” he added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Council Bluffs, located at 1801 East Kanesville Boulevard, consists of 36 independent living apartment homes, and 32 assisted-living apartment homes.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Midland Hires New Executive Director

MIDLAND, MI – Primrose Retirement Community of Midland has hired Crystalee Cook to be their new Executive Director.  She began her duties in June, and in this capacity, Cook will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community.

Crystalee Cook

Crystalee Cook

Cook grew up in Chesaning, MI and graduated from Delta College.  She became a licensed practical nurse in 2004 and has worked in acute care, home health, and skilled nursing.  “I am excited to get out and talk to the people of Midland about Primrose,” Cook said.  “This is the kind of place seniors deserve to live in during their retirement, and I am excited to be a part of helping to make that happen,” she added.

“We are thrilled to have Crystalee on our team,” said Hervey Lawrence, Regional Operations Manager with Primrose.  “Her love for the senior population is evident, and we are looking forward to a great future here in Midland,” he added.

The community is expected to open in the Spring of 2019.  It will be built by Wolgast Corporation and is being financed by CorTrust Bank. When open, the retirement community expects to employ approximately 50 people.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Casper Hires New Director of Nursing

CASPER, WY – Primrose Retirement Community of Casper has hired Georgia Kennah to be their new Director of Nursing.  She began her duties in June, and in this role Kennah will guide and oversee the care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Eileen Ford, manage the nursing staff.  She will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Georgia Kennah

Georgia Kennah

Kennah attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming and has degrees in radiologic technology, nursing, and administration of justice.  She worked for 18 years as a nurse in an emergency room setting in Colorado and for three years as a unit manager and interim nursing director at Life Care Center of Stonegate in Parker, CO.

“It is my calling to work with seniors,” Kennah said.  “I researched Primrose and talked to people in Casper about it, and I was really drawn here.  I love their philosophy and how they care for our seniors,” she added.

“We are thrilled to have Georgia on our team,” said Eileen Ford, Executive Director at Primrose of Casper.  “Her love for the senior population is evident, and we are looking forward to a great future with her here,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Casper, located at 1865 South Beverly Street, consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 20 Townhome Villas.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Shawnee Hires New Executive Director

SHAWNEE, OK – Primrose Retirement Community of Shawnee has hired Catina Elliott to become their new Executive Director.  In this capacity, Elliott will oversee all daily operations, as well as manage and lead the staff.

Catina Elliot

Catina Elliot

Elliott has an associate degree in criminal justice and is an RCAL licensed administrator in Oklahoma.  She has worked in the healthcare field since 1996, starting as a CNA before becoming an activities and social services director.

“I believe I was led to Primrose,” said Elliott.  “It is such a warm and welcoming place for all who walk through the front door,” she added.

“We are thrilled to have Catina on our team,” said Bobbie Lerew, Regional Operations Manager with Primrose.  “Her love for the senior population is evident, and we are looking forward to a great future here in Shawnee,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Shawnee, located at 1905 N. Bryan Avenue, consists of 36 independent living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments, and four townhome villas. The community opened in 2013.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Zanesville Ranked Among Top 20 Assisted Living Communities in Ohio

ZANESVILLE, OH – The office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, a division of the Ohio Department of Aging, recently released the results of its 2017 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey.  This survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with residents of nursing homes and assisted living communities across the state, and focused on areas related to care and everyday life.

Primrose of Zanesville

Primrose of Zanesville

Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville earned a score of 95.1 in assisted living resident satisfaction, which positions them as the 19th rated assisted living community of the 687 Ohio communities that were interviewed.  The average assisted living satisfaction score statewide was 85.2.

“We are proud and honored to be ranked among the best assisted living communities in Ohio,” said Shala Steinman, Executive Director at Primrose of Zanesville.  “What makes it truly special is that the reviews came from those who live here.  We are all family here at Primrose, and it definitely shows when you come to visit,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville, located at 4212 North Pointe Drive, consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 8 Townhome Villas.

Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care.  Founded in 1989, the mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create a happy and healthy living environment for seniors.  From the opening of the first Primrose community in 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include over 36 locations in 17 states.

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Dan Smilloff

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Primrose of Duluth Hires New Sales Director

DULUTH, MN – Primrose Retirement Community of Duluth has hired Rachel Rodlund to be their new Sales Director.  She began her duties in May, and in this capacity, Rodlund will oversee all marketing and sales efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach, for the independent and assisted living community.

Rachel Rodlund

Rachel Rodlund

Rodlund graduated from the University of Minnesota in Duluth in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in health care management.  She has been involved in healthcare since the age of 16 when she was a Certified Nursing Assistant for a long-term care nursing facility.  She was also an account representative and a care coordinator in a primary care clinic before joining Primrose.

“The first moment I stepped in the door at Primrose I felt welcome,” Rodlund said.  “Staff and residents were so kind and spoke so highly of Primrose, and I knew it was where I wanted to be,” she added.

“We are thrilled to have Rachel on our team,” said Nancy Saari, Executive Director at Primrose of Duluth.  “Her love for the senior population is evident, and we are looking forward to a great future here in Duluth,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Duluth, located at 724 Maple Grove Road, consists of 44 Independent Living Apartments and 32 Assisted Living Apartments.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.