June 17

Shining a Spotlight on Nursing

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

With 2020 designated as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Assembly, we are going to be featuring a series of Blogs during the remainder of the year that salute the registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants in the assisted living and memory care communities Gardant manages.

In light of the impact that the coronavirus is having on our health care system today, it seems especially fitting that the impetus for designating 2020 as the Year of the Nurse is that this year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Florence is considered the founder of modern nursing.

As superintendent of a hospital in England in the early 1850s, she grappled with a cholera outbreak. The unsanitary conditions at the hospital were conducive to the rapid spread of the disease. She took steps to improve hygiene practices, which significantly lowered the death rate at the hospital.

A little later in the 1850s, during the Crimean War, she organized a group of nurses to tend to sick and injured soldiers. More soldiers were dying of infectious diseases such as cholera and typhoid than from the injuries suffered in battle.

Her approach to hand-washing, hygiene, sanitation and patient care helped revolutionize medicine and the role of nursing.

Her tireless dedication to those in need is well-documented. For instance, historians note that she would walk through the hospital at night carrying a lamp so she could check on the soldiers and tend to their needs. The soldiers were so moved by her compassion that they took to calling her “The Lady of the Lamp” and the “Angel of Crimea.”

Gardant is so proud of the nurses who serve in the nearly 60 assisted living and memory care communities we manage. We appreciate all of their tireless hours and their care and concern for residents. We especially appreciate their bravery and continued dedication to the mission of caregiving during this scary time in our world and to their leadership and compassionate support of their co-workers.

We begin our salute to nurses by shining a spotlight on the more than 200 Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who work full-time or part-time as Nursing Supervisors and Staff Nurses at the assisted living and memory care communities Gardant manages. The number varies from community to community based on such factors as the number of residents a community serves; the level of care needed by residents; and state regulations.

Belvedere Senior Housing 

Gardant salutes the nursing staff in our communities.

Elizabeth, Sharon and Sophia


Bowman Estates of Danville

Jeanell and Theresa


Cambridge House of Maryville

Cheryl and Rita


Cambridge House of O’Fallon

Angel and Christy


Cambridge House of Swansea



Cedar Grove

Anita, Ashley, Brittany, Deborah, Jane, Jessica, Jodi, Kimberly, Storm and Traci


Churchview Supportive Living

Danielle and Genesis


Deer Path of Huntley

Jeanette, Kathryn and Kimberly


Eagle Ridge of Decatur

Ronita, Roxanne and Shannon


Evergreen Village of Bloomington

Brecken, Dana, Elizabeth, Emily, Faylon, Kimberly, Leslie, McKenna, Nichole, Nora Shannon, Skylar, Tami and Taylor


Evergreen Village of Ft. Wayne (Scheduled to open in July)



GateWay at River City

Amy and Crystal


Glasswater Creek of Lafayette

Avril, Colena, Dianna, Jill, Linda, Lori, Melynda and Nancy


Glasswater Creek of Plainfield

Amanda, Heather, Neely and Sarah


Grand Prairie of Macomb

Lanissa and Rita


Gull Creek

Beth, Cassandra, Kristina and Leslie


Hellenic Senior Living of Elkhart

Andrea, Erica, Jacqueline, Jennifer, Jennifer, Jill and Jocelyn


Hellenic Senior Living of Indianapolis

Cynthia, Deborah, Karen, Lillian and Tammie


Hellenic Senior Living of New Albany

Andrea, Angela, Arlene, Michael and Samuel


Heritage Woods of Batavia

Christina, Daniela and Terra


Heritage Woods of Belvidere

Barbara, Hailey and Kimberly


Heritage Woods of Benton

Karen and Teri


Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook

Jocelyn, Marsha and Vanessa


Heritage Woods of Centralia



Heritage Woods of Charleston

Alicia and Jo


Heritage Woods of Chicago

Aderonke and Jikol


Heritage Woods of DeKalb

Jennifer and Kimberly


Heritage Woods of Dwight



Heritage Woods of Flora



Heritage Woods of Freeport

Amanda, Jennifer and Susan


Heritage Woods of Gurnee

Gabriela and Tammy


Heritage Woods of Huntley

Amanda, Christy, James, Janet and Monica


Heritage Woods of Manteno

Joy and Raylene


Heritage Woods of McHenry

Dawn, Michelle and Paul


Heritage Woods of Minooka

Angela and Angelica


Heritage Woods of Moline

Regina and Ruth


Heritage Woods of Mt. Vernon

Loretta and Marilyn


Heritage Woods of Noblesville

Angela, Charletta, Jennifer and Scott


Heritage Woods of Ottawa

Jamie and Stephanie


Heritage Woods of Plainfield

Nancy, Sukhjit and Tanya


Heritage Woods of Rockford

Amy, Carley and Tami


Heritage Woods of South Elgin

Christina, Elizabeth, Heidi, Kathryn, Lorraine and Nakia


Heritage Woods of Sterling

Mariann and Paula


Heritage Woods of Watseka



Heritage Woods of Yorkville

Julie and Miriam


John Evans Supportive Living

Lisa and Tammy


Lacey Creek of Downers Grove

Ann, Denise, Gina and Joyce


Oasis at 30th

Classy, Kimberly, Myra, Patricia and Wandy


Oasis at 56th

Alisea, Cynequa, Kelly, Loren and Sheila


Prairie Living at Chautauqua

Amy and Tracey


Prairie Winds of Urbana

Linda and Lori


St. Anthony of Lansing

Lissette and Vonda


The Lodge at Summers Pointe

Catherine, Darlene, Dawn, James, Robin


The Montclare of Lawndale

Komlan and Miratta


White Oaks at Huntley

Ailda, Ana, Jennifer, Jordan and Rhonda


White Oaks at Heritage Woods of South Elgin

Carmen, Crystal, Elizabeth, Heidi and Mychelle


White Oaks of McHenry

Anten, Ayodele, Breanne, Estefania and Suzanne


White Oaks at Spring Street

Amina, Byambarjargal, Cristal, Debra, Karina and Samantha


White Oaks of Williamsburg

Jessica and Latricia


  • Miriam at Heritage Woods in Yorkville is fantastic. She really cares about her patients she sees and cares for. Thank you for all the work you do above and beyond what is expected.

    • Megan Altmyer says:

      We’ll be sure to pass that along to her. We are proud of our staff! Thanks for sharing.

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