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"I have had the great good fortune to join the team here at Sunrise at River Road this year. I have been a resident of Tucson, Arizona since 1983, an Assisted Living Manager for 13 years, and an Administrator in the Skilled Rehab & Nursing field for 29 years. I served in a dual capacity in communities in town which had both health care components.
From my very first visit to this community, I have been impressed by the wonderful spirit of engagement that infuses the environment here, in both the team members and the residents. This spirit creates a peaceful space which draws you in and makes you smile. It is tangible proof that the Sunrise Foundational belief in the sacred value of human life is absolutely alive and well here in Sunrise at River Road.
Every morning that I have the honor of walking through the front doors of this community, and am greeted by this family of residents and team members, it renews my faith in the importance of the service that we have the opportunity to offer each day. Having been raised with my three brothers by three strong and loving women (our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother), I realize the great value of working together in order to provide a caring home. Everyone pitches in to do whatever is necessary, regardless of “position”.
I would be remiss in this introduction if I did not acknowledge the blessings that round out my life. I’ve been happily married to my hard working (Librarian) spouse, Pam, for 37 years and have three talented sons: Ben, Andy and William. I have a long-standing meditation practice, enjoy reading history and mysteries, watching movies and PBS documentaries – and walking our boxer, Buck, early each morning."
"The most amazing aspect about being a Healthcare Coordinator with Sunrise is getting to know each resident as an individual and becoming a part of their family. Unfortunately, I was unable to grow up under the watchful eyes of grandma and grandpa never knowing my grandparents from either side of my family.
When I stepped through the doors to Sunrise, I truly felt at home and consider myself one of the luckiest gals in the world to now have so many grandmas and grandpas!
It gives me immeasurable pleasure to care for our residents and to be a part of a team that truly believes in the mission to “Champion the Quality of Life for All Seniors.” I have found my true niche in this world and I can’t imagine being anywhere else!"
"I love working at Sunrise because I am surrounded by grandparents which I no longer personally have. I know what families are going through as I went through it with my beloved grandma, and this is my way of giving back."
Abel is a born leader! He has a way of communicating with his team members that not only gets the work done, but also earns their respect. He has guided his team to success with his strong work ethic and cheerful disposition. Abel's compassion and patience as a lead care manager is to be admired and we are lucky to have him as a member of the Sunrise family!
A note from her supervisor, our Reminiscence Coordinator: “Katrina, is one of the hardest working individuals I know. She is the first person to say ‘I’ll do that’ or ‘I will stay.’ Her passion for what she does is evident in the care she provides our residents and her team. Katrina truly ‘champions quality of life for all seniors.’ It is an honor to serve alongside her."
Amadou has been a part of our Sunrise family since 2008. Amadou started as a care manager, then became a lead care manager, and due to his exemplary leadership skills and his amazing ability to pay attention to the detail, was promoted to a medication care manager. As amazing as Amadou is on the medication care manager side, the most compelling attribute Amadou has is what a few of us refer to as “magic.”
With his caring heart, compassionate demeanor, and brilliant smile he is able to get through to even the most challenging residents. The “Amadou magic” ensures every resident accepts their medication, blood pressure checks, temperature checks, weight checks, blood sugar checks, insulin injections, and much more. Our beautiful little community here at River Road would not be the same without him.
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