In their words: VHS residents share life stories for Skilled Nursing Care Week
It’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 14-20)! We are spotlighting some of our VHS Residents at Virginia Health Services’ seven nursing and rehabilitation centers.
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Karl oversees the Team providing exceptional care to the residents of James River Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He began his career with Virginia Health Services as Administrator-in-Training at James River Convalescent in 1988 and opened Northampton Convalescent in 1989 as Administrator. Karl went on to hold various leadership positions with Sentara Life Care and Five Star Senior Living. He rejoined VHS in 2022 as Administrator at James River. Karl is a past member of the service organizations Rotary International and Lions Club International, and recently served on the Board of the Virginia Assisted Living Association. His wife, Wendi, teaches sixth-grade Language Arts in the Hampton City School System.
Tiara oversees the nursing team at James River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her path to Virginia Health Services included becoming a registered medical assistant, completing an accelerated LPN program and practicing as a travel nurse, then completing an ADN degree. She worked at Sentara in the Aheart program and obtained her BSN this year from ECPI. She most recently was an ADON, unit manager and infection control nurse at a long-term care facility. She has a passion for teaching and training. “I like taking care of seniors,” she says.
She and her husband have been married for more than 15 years and have three children. They recently moved to the Hilton Village area of Newport News – “this is the closest to work I have ever lived,” she says. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York, where she met her husband, who was active duty in the Army for 10 years before switching to the Reserve unit so Tiara could finish nursing school. She is passionate about mental health and loves to dance.
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