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March 31, 2014 bchc-news

BCHC welcomes new LTC Director, Angel Decker

The Buchanan County Health Center is pleased to welcome Angel Decker of Independence, the new Long Term Care Director.

“We are excited to add Angel to our leadership team,” said Steve Slessor, CEO. “In her interview, it was clear that Angel was a positive, down to earth and results oriented person.  Based upon the feedback that I have received about Angel thus far, it is evident that this impression was correct.  I think our residents and their families will enjoy working with her.”

Decker, a native of Castalia, first came to Independence when she was completing her nursing clinical at the Mental Health Institute. While she was here she met her now husband Ryan, and settled in this community. Most recently she worked at Harmony House in Waterloo where she served as nurse manager of a care team providing skilled nursing services focusing on traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.”

“At 16, I earned my CNA license and worked many years with this ‘older’ population,” Decker explained. “I think that what draws me back to care for this generation is the stories. When I think about everything they went through, everything they overcame, that we will never even experience, I become even more passionate about providing great care. I want to put them first because they spent their lifetimes putting everyone else first.”

Decker will graduate From Allen College of Nursing in December with a BSN degree. She plans to continue her education pursing a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. She and Ryan make their home in Independence with their three children Michael, 7, Nathan, 3, and Addison, 9 months.

“Our community should be proud of the patient-centered care provided at the Buchanan County Health Center and Long Term Care Unit,” Decker observed. “I have been impressed that everyone, from housekeepers and therapists to nurses and administration, has a focus on what is best for each patient. I am excited to be a part of this team.”

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