Cheryl Gustason talks about how life has come full circle bringing her back to the Hayfield care center. Photo by Tara lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
The timing was finally right for Cheryl Gustason, to come back to the care center where she did her practicum training as an administrator. On July 16, Gustason was back at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.
"It's like coming full circle," Gustason explained. "I've always wanted to come back here, but the timing wasn't right." She spent the previous year working at the Adams Care Center and before that was in Spring Grove, and at Good Samaritan Bethany in Rochester. "When I was working in Rochester we did the management contract for here during the time the Villa Apartments were opening so when I started here again I was familiar with some aspects of the care center."
Gustason lives in Stewartville with her husband Gene who works as the Stewartville Nursing Home Administrator.
Since July, the care center has begun to undergo some improvement projects that have kept Gustason busy. "I like to be out and about and visiting with the residents and staff," she said. "I've gotten to do some of that but not as much as I like."
A new nurse call system has been installed along with a new bathtub in the shower room and new oven in the kitchen. They will soon start putting in new flooring in the dining room and hallways and also in the Rose and Tropical rooms.
"Soon we'll have the new internet system set up that will give all the residents on campus access to WiFi internet." The campus includes the care center, the Villa apartments and the assisted living units.
The other project that has kept Gustason busy is the hiring of the new medical staff. Beginning in September, a new medical director, a rounding doctor and a nurse practitioner will start.
The medical director will be Dr. Matthew E. Bernard, who is a family physician that currently practices at the Northwest Mayo Clinic. He previously worked at Kasson Mayo Clinic for 18 years and did rounds at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center for ten years. He is also Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo.
Dr. David Agerter, an associate dean at Mayo Health School of Sciences and chief executive officer of the Southeast Minnesota Region, will begin doing rounds at the care center.
Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Star Herald.