Debbie DeZee has been named the new nurse manager for the Lutheran Social Services sub-acute rehabilitation program.
"Debbie has the experience to round out our team of experts here at LSS as we continue our focus on excellence and providing a high quality rehab program," said Daniel O'Neill, vice president of health care services. "The team members combined have over 100 years of experience. In addition, they have received extensive training in the geriatric field."
Pam Nordin is a certified wound care practitioner. Tracy Swyers, physical therapist, is board-certified in geriatrics and is a diplomat of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Mary Burns is a registered nurse with expertise in the field of orthopedics and rehabilitation while Shirley Lepsesty has been a strong advocate for the elderly for more than 35 years.
From left are Mary Borowski-Burns, director of admissions; Tracy Swyers, director of rehabilitation; Shirley Lepsesty, director of social work; Debbie DeZee and Pam Nordin, assistant administrator for clinical services and director of nursing.
Ms. DeZee received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Youngstown State University. She has extensive experience in cardiac care and working in a medical intensive care unit, including Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
"I have always enjoyed using the skills that come with critical care nursing," she said. "The residents on the sub acute unit often have complex health issues, which will continue to positively challenge me and that's exciting."
As a traveling nurse, she has worked in the ICU at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.; the Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center in Ft Myers, Fla.; and ECMC in Buffalo.
"As the baby boomers age, there will be a greater need for this level of care and our goal is to be among the best programs in the field," O'Neill said.
For more information about the LSS Rehabilitation Program call Mary Borowski-Burns at 450-1788 or visit www.lutheran-jamestown.org.