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Deb Andrew named Rural Health Development Director of Nursing of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

Deb Andrew, center, stands with Ron Ross, owner of Rural Health Development, and Lisa Kisinger, Administrator of Sunrise Heights of Wauneta at the RHD Spring Banquet in Kearney last Thursday, March 13 after receiving the RHD Director of Nursing of the Year award. (Courtesy Photo | RHD)

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


Quality patient care is often spoken of by those in the nursing home business. However, Deb Andrew has made it her calling. In recognition of her long-time efforts Andrew was named the Rural Health Development Director of Nursing of the Year at the RHD Spring Banquet held last Thursday, March 13 at the Holiday Inn in Kearney.

“Deb is one of those nurses that exemplifies patient care,” said Ron Ross, owner of RHD, the company that manages Sunrise Heights of Wauneta. “She’s one of those people that makes the facility special. She cares about the residents and the employees.”

RHD manages 25 nursing home facilities in Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas and Iowa. Ross stated representatives from RHD managed facilities meet as a group three times per year. Department heads who stand above the rest are honored at the spring and fall meetings. He was pleased Andrew won the Director of Nursing of the Year award this year because her level of care rose above the rest when they considered candidates.

Andrew has worked at the Wauneta nursing home for 40 years and during her tenure there she has worked in just about every department. She is part of a five generation family legacy of women working at the Wauneta nursing home. The legacy began with Andrew’s grandmother, Mable Stephenson, and continued with her mother, Lorean Anderson. Andrew, her daughter Stacy Troutman and granddaughter Cecily Troutman currently work at the facility.

Andrew started working at the nursing home in October 1973 when the facility was still Kinder Care. She stayed with the nursing home through its many transitions–from Kinder Care to Friendship Villa, back to Kinder Care then to Heritage of Wauneta and finally to Sunrise Heights of Wauneta.

She has served as Director of Nursing for the past 15 years. In that stead she manages a nursing staff of 28 including eight nurses and 20 nurses aids.

Sunrise Heights of Wauneta Administrator Lisa Kisinger nominated Andrew for the award. Kisinger explains, “What stands out most is her dedication to the facility and to each one of the residents. She takes their health very personally and wants to ensure they are safe, comfortable and happy.”

Kisinger added there are many things that set Andrew apart as a Director of Nursing, “Her willingness to go WAY above and beyond. She picks up medications on Sundays if need be, answers calls from her charge nurses and other nursing staff at all hours of the day and night. She is just dedicated, and that is all there is to it!”

Andrew said she was surprised and excited when she heard she would receive the award, “I didn’t even know they were doing anything like that.”

When reflecting on her position at Sunrise Heights Andrew was quick to recognize her favorite part of her job, the residents. “I enjoy the residents, getting to know them, helping them with their needs and helping to make their day.”