SIKESTON - WestRidge Place, formerly LaBonne Maison, Assisted Living by Americare, recently announced the promotion of Gail Heisserer to the administrator position. Ms.Heisserer has served as a management intern with the facility for the past nine months and replaces Shamela Limbaugh who is relocating to the company's new Cape Girardeau assisted living facility. In addition to her internship, Ms. Heisserer has been the operations assistant for Americare's assisted living division for the past five years.
"I am very pleased about this new opportunity," said Ms. Heisserer. "Since I've been working with the residents, their families and our staff, I think the transition to administrator will be a smooth one. Having worked on the corporate side of our business for so long -- I am really looking forward to having that daily resident and family contact. We have so much to be proud of here. I hope to build on those strengths to keep our center the facility of choice in Sikeston," she adds.
As the facility's management intern, Ms. Heisserer designed and implemented a program to educate local nurses about the assisted living option.
In her role as the assisted living division's operation assistant, Ms. Heisserer was instrumental in executing many important company initiatives. She served on the division's employee retention workgroup, and worked with others in the division to establish an administrator guidebook and nursing best practice manual. Ms. Heisserer plans to pursue her state administrators license before the end of the year.
According to Martha Layne, the facility's operations director, "Americare Systems, WestRidge Place's parent company, encourages promotion from within. It is part of our philosophy to provide opportunities for advancement for our employees. Gail is a great example of our philosophy coming to life. We're very pleased to have retained her talents in our company," she adds.
A native of the area, Gail and her husband, Duane, live in Oran with their daughters Ashley 16, Brittney 16 and Crysten 12.
WestRidge Place is located at 539 West Street in Sikeston. It is licensed as a 21-room residential care facility by the State of Missouri.