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Opportunities abound at Riverview

Reception/Activities Staff: Kim Geldien (22 Years of Service), Lisa Barrett, ADC (39 Years of Service), Kelly Schwan, STNA (12 Years of Service) and Brenda Lochotzki (16 Years of Service)

By KENDRA GERMAN
Riverview Healthcare Campus

The Gerontological Society of America recently hosted Careers in Aging Week to raise awareness about the diverse careers available in the field of aging.

According to GSA, “people are living longer and populations are aging worldwide. The demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. The goal of CIAW is to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in the field of aging.”

Often people don’t realize the different jobs offered at Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus in Oak Harbor. Our care services require Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and State Tested Nursing Assistants (STNA). To expand our quality of care, Riverview has also recently hired our own Family Nurse Practitioner (Our campus offers diversified levels of care for our residents in these areas:  Short Term Rehab, Memory & Dementia Care as well as Traditional Long Term Care Services.)

Environmental Services Staff: Cathy Smarkel (23 Years of Service), Deb Wozniak (11 Years of Service), Amanda Spencer (8 Years of Service) and Tina McVicker (14 Years of Service)

There are numerous Nursing Administrative Positions such as our Day and Night RN Supervisors, our Director of Nursing (DON), Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment coordinator and assistant, an infection preventionist and case manager to assist with new admissions and working with resident/patient insurances. To manage with the work schedules of these employees and daily staffing needs, we also employ a nursing administrative assistant.  Our Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) oversees the organization and safe keeping of both our paper and electronic medical records.

Riverview is able to focus on the entire person’s needs by utilizing the skills of a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) to assist with the mental health of our residents as well as arranging for the various community services needed when a resident successfully discharges back to home. The director of activities and activity assistants not only plan and carry out activities for our residents but also assess the residents’ interests, hobbies and social needs.

Food & Nutrition Department Row 1: Margie Zunk (18 Years of Service), Lisa Woods (23 Years of Service) and Sarah Wagner (20 Years of Service) 2nd Row: Jane Wolf, DTR (15 Years of Service) and Megan Knecht (19 Years of Service)

Riverview has an award-winning Food and Nutrition Department overseen by a director who is also a Registered Diet Technician (DTR). The Dietary Manager oversees the cooks and food service workers who prepare and serve the meals to our Riverview residents as well as the preparation of the meals for Ottawa County Senior Resources. For more complex patients who have additional nutritional needs, Riverview contracts with a Registered Dietician (RD).

To assist our employees, the #ViewCrew, Riverview has two positions in our Human Resources Department, which consist of a Coordinator and Assistant. These two employees oversee staff retention, staff recruitment/hiring, payroll and assistance with our benefits package.

Nursing Department: Lisa Dobbelare, RN (25 Years of Service), Dawn Gladieux, STNA (26 Years of Service) Melanie Reinhart, RN (25 Years of Service)

Our Director of Environmental Services oversees all employees in the Maintenance, Laundry and Housekeeping Department tasked with the cleanliness and upkeep of our facility.  As the Department Head that manages the physical building, he is also responsible for building projects, purchasing and the Safety and Preparedness planning for emergency situations.

Our operations are overseen by a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA). Our Business Office includes a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and a Staff Accountant, who monitors the budget and finances of the facility, as well as bill insurances and individuals and keeps resident fund accounts. A Customer Service Representative assists our new admissions and their families with admission paperwork and oversees the front desk staffed by our receptionists.

Many of our staff members have grown professionally in our organization, if you would like more information about careers at Riverview or open positions please contact Human Resources Coordinator, Robin Pfeiffer at 419-898-2851, ext. 4027, rpfeiffer@co.ottawa.oh.us, or visit riverviewhealthcare.com.

Riverview currently has openings for:

  • Full time RN or LPN on our Traditional Long Term Care Unit – 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • Full Time RN or LPN on our Memory Care Unit – 6 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • Part Time RN or LPN – 2 to 10:30 p.m. float
  • Full Time or Part Time STNAs – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Full Time or Part Time STNAs for Activities. Aides – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Full Time of Part Time Activity Assistants – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (STNA not required)
  • Full Time STNA trainees-we PAY you to get your certification
  • Full Time Cooks – 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Full Time Food Service Workers – 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Full Time Housekeeping/Laundry – 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kendra M. German, administrator, Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 W. Ohio 163, Oak Harbor. Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus has been county owned and operated for 151 years. Riverview is a Medicare 5 Star facility that offers Traditional Long Term Care, Memory Care, Short Term Rehab, Inpatient and Outpatient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies. The facility is also contracted through the Federal Government’s Veterans Affairs.