New director of nursing chosen for Jewish Nursing Home

22News file image showing the entrance to the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow.
22News file image showing the entrance to the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow.

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A nurse who has been an administrator for several long-term care centers in Worcester County has been chosen as director of nursing for one of the most prominent facilities in western Massachusetts.

Donna McElroy-Routhier of North Brookfield will be the new director of nursing for the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow. According to a news release sent to 22News by Alta Stark of Jewish Geriatric Services, Routhier will oversee more than 200 staff members.

Jewish Geriatric Services President and CEO Martin Baicker says that bringing Routhier in will help them as they look at a new approach to elder care.

“Donna’s many years of management and clinical accomplishments will not only help us further a long tradition of quality care in the nursing home, but also will help us transform the care we deliver as we adopt the small house model of care, which is a more home-like approach to elder care,” Beicker said.

Routhier says that she is looking forward to being a part of this effort.

“I really believe in the small house model of care because I think it’s the way we should all be cared for as we age,” Routhier said.

Routhier had recently served as director of nursing for Merrimac Health in Webster, and had previously worked as director of nursing for Parson’s Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation in Worcester, and as the RN supervisor for the Fallon Clinic in Worcester.

 

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