Life Care associates, along with city councilors and Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman (far right), hold the proclamation. Photo by Ruth Heidi, Alamosa Valley Courier editor. Reprinted with permission.

On May 2, 2018, the city of Alamosa, Colorado, proclaimed it to be National Nurses Week during its regular City Council meeting.


Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman and the city councilors made the proclamation, and several associates from Evergreen Nursing Home and San Luis Care Center, both in Alamosa, attended. They included Erica Huls, executive director at San Luis Care Center; Kara Finger, executive director at Evergreen Nursing Home; Ramona Dutton, director of nursing at Evergreen; Ruth Kintz, unit manager at Evergreen; Maggie Roybal, MDS coordinator at Evergreen; and Jennifer Carr, health information manager at Evergreen.   


During the meeting, Ericha Loosbrock, director of marketing and admissions for both buildings, had the opportunity to give a presentation about the facilities. Together, they employ more than 150 associates and are the highest-rated skilled nursing and rehab centers in the area by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They also boast re-hospitalization rates significantly lower than the national average.


Of course, the day emphasized the care of the nurses at the buildings.


“Nurses are the first supervisors to direct care being provided to our residents,” said Huls. “This is a huge role to fill in any building, and I feel that we have the best nurses who bring compassion, respect and leadership to the care of the residents.”


National Nurses Week is an invitation to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible people who provide around-the-clock care to our residents,” added Finger. “We appreciate all our nursing team does every day, and this week is an extra opportunity to express that appreciation.”


“The Alamosa mayor and city councilors were appreciative of the quality care and happy residents they see when they visit our buildings,” said Loosbrock. “Mayor Coleman mentioned that one of the first volunteer positions he had in Alamosa was to call bingo at Evergreen Nursing Home for the residents.”