Volunteers of America and Horizons Care Center are pleased to announce the new additions of Lora Weber, PT as director of rehabilitation and Karen Crump as director of admissions and marketing.
Prior to accepting the position at Horizons, Weber was working as a traveling physical therapist for approximately a year and a half. Before traveling, she was with a central Illinois therapist-owned company, working in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, home health and long term care communities.
"I had the opportunity to work at Horizons Care Center last year while doing travel therapy and really enjoyed it, the timing was not right then to move out here," Weber said. "But I had another opportunity this year to return to Horizons, and everything just fell into place to allow the transition to a permanent position."
Weber attended Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and graduated in 2002 with a master's in physical therapy. Her last traveling assignment prior to moving to western Colorado was in northern Wisconsin.
Horizons' executive director John Norris said, "We are very excited to have Lora join our team. She comes to Horizons with a diverse background of physical therapy experience, and I feel it is a blessing that we were able to attract such talent. I have seen her interact with long term care residents as well as short-term rehabilitation patients, and she is truly an exceptional therapist. Lora is very genuine and at the same time such a positive force."
Weber said her goals for the rehabilitation department are to raise awareness of all of the services offered at Horizons -- long term care, outpatient, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and some of the specialty therapy programs (like LSVT BIG and LOUD) used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
"I believe we have some very talented therapists and great staff members here at Horizons. I want to get to know my therapist's strengths and interests better and develop those and market them as well, so that the community will know where to go to receive the best therapy," she said.
When asked why she chose to work in senior health care, Weber said, "I really enjoy working in a skilled nursing home because of the team aspect to patient care -- it really is the best environment where nursing, therapy and social services can work closely together for the benefit of the patient. I enjoy working with older adults because the work is rewarding -- being able to improve quality of life and help a patient to return to their home is a great feeling."
Crump graduated magna cum laude from Regis University with a bachelor of science, marketing in 2006. She also has an associate degree in design and visual communication from Pikes Peak Community College. Crump grew up in Texas, mainly in San Antonio and spent weekends on the Gulf Coast.
Her previous position was at Cedarwood Care Center in Colorado Springs as admissions and customer service director. Prior to that, she spent five years at Pikes Peak Care Center in social services, concierge, and customer service for both internal and external marketing.
Crump said she was intrigued by the Volunteers of America organization's background.
"I applied for the position not knowing it was on the Western Slope. But, after much research and coming out to visit, I was intrigued and loved the company and their vision. I was at a point in my life where I could make a change and really loved the idea of living in a smaller community again," she said. "I am passionate about helping others receive the care they need to live a happier and more fulfilled life."
"Karen comes to us with such great experience in the admissions, fundraising and marketing role. Not to mention she made an instant connection with our team.," John Norris, executive director said. "Karen is going to be great in developing and maintaining key relationships here on the Western Slope. We are so happy for that she has joined the Horizons team."
Crump's goal for the admissions and marketing department is to increase awareness of Horizons Care Center's services and what Volunteers of America as a whole has to offer to the local community.
The public is invited to join the Horizons staff for an open house and mixer to meet the two new directors and the physical therapy staff. Refreshments will be served and tours of the rehabilitation department will be available on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Horizons Care Center, 11411 Hwy. 65, Eckert.