Wayne County Care Center hires new administration

Veteran health care executive Judy Beichler has joined the Wayne County Care Center (WCCC) as an administrator, according to an announcement from Wayne County Commissioners.

She has 35 years of experience in the health care field and has been a licensed administrator for 28 years.

“I started my career as a nursing assistant, and I never forgot that position, because it is the base and the foundation of what I do,” she said.

Beichler realized his calling in life at a young age.

“Years ago when I was growing up, my grandfather was diagnosed with what is now called Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “There was only a very small care facility, and that was for people who were about to die. So he ended up in a public hospital where he was drugged and strapped in with four-point restraints for the last years of his life.

This experience resonated with Beichler and she decided to dedicate her life to helping others.

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“My grandfather died when I was 18,” Beichler said. “The experience took a toll on me and I thought there had to be a better way to treat the people we love and who have given us so much.”

After attending Muskingum College and working as a nursing aide, she returned to the healthcare industry as a discharge planner for a care facility before passing state and national requirements to become a licensed administrator.

problem-solving strength

Beichler attributes much of his professional success to his ability to find solutions to difficult problems.

“There are situations that aren’t covered in a book,” she says. “You need to analyze the situation and figure out what the best end result should be.”

Beichler also determines the strength of its staff and works on ways to constantly improve.

“I learned that you can’t come into a new position and start making changes right away,” she says. “You have to see how the staff interact with each other; it is important to get to know them and build relationships.

Beichler’s experience and management style will benefit the residents of the Wayne County Care Center, as well as the employees.

“We are pleased to welcome Judy to the Care Center team. His experience, expertise and approach to working with employees, residents and their families will stand us in good stead,” said Ron Amstutz, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

WCCC has served the region for over 160 years providing skilled nursing, rehabilitation services, intermediate medical care and assisted care. In 1852, the commissioners purchased 286 acres and built the county house to house sick, aged, and destitute families unable to care for themselves. During the 1930s, a hospital was added.

The center operated a large working farm maintained by the residents in the 1970s. Many residents grew and tended gardens and canned their harvest. In 1983, the name was changed to Wayne County Care Center with the opening of a 50-bed, Medicaid-certified nursing home.

Learn more about WCCC at www.waynecountycarecenter.com.