Shannon Ryan, director of nursing

Shannon Ryan, director of nursing at Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, was named Life Care Centers of America’s Company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year on April 20, 2015.


The award is given to the director of nursing who demonstrates outstanding qualities in several areas, including customer service ratings, staff development and successful state surveys.


Ryan received the award during Life Care’s Directors of Nursing Annual Meeting held in Cleveland, Tennessee. She was selected from all the directors of nursing in Life Care’s more than 220 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities throughout the country.


“By her work and love, Shannon sets and lives the standard of what a great director of nursing should be,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “Her nursing skills, her teaching capabilities and her compassion bring healing, hope and inspiration to residents, their families and the staff she directs.”


Ryan was praised for her mentorship of her staff, as well as her involvement on local boards in working to make transitions of care smoother – for example, from the hospital to a nursing center, or from a nursing center home.


Under Ryan’s clinical leadership, Cottesmore of Life Care has also achieved a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


“I’m a caretaker – I like to take care of people,” said Ryan. “Life Care means a lot to me. It’s changed my life, and with that I’ve been able to change the lives of the residents.”


Life Care also honored eight division winners and a customer service award winner.

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