We are pleased to announce the addition of Transitional Care Nurse Debbie Dawes to the Westmoreland Care and Rehab team.
Debbie is originally from Ohio, but moved to Tennessee when she was 17-years-old. Debbie had always dreamed of becoming a nurse. However, she got married and focused her time on raising her three children for a while. She is now a proud grandmother to seven grandchildren. After her children were grown and raised, her husband encouraged her to follow her dream. In February of 2014, Debbie became a registered nurse (RN) . Prior to becoming a nurse, Debbie spent 13 years working for Shoney’s working in their distribution center. After Shoney’s, she worked for the Catholic Bishop in Gallatin where she was responsible for all aspects of running that office.
Debbie comes to us with two years of experience on the progressive care unit at Summit Hospital. As the transitional care nurse, Debbie will follow our elders from admission to discharge to 30 days post-discharge while at home. Debbie will also help the patient and their family better understand various diseases, medications, and at-home phone calls to ensure the patient continues to improve while at home. This is a relatively new type of care model called Care Coordination. We believe this is the future of healthcare, and having this transitional capability will help us continue to revolutionize healthcare forever!