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Heritage Woods of Centralia employs over fifty employees that take care of the residents on our campus. Every department at Heritage Woods plays a crucial role in providing our residents with the very best care. Our nursing department has over 20 certified nursing assistants (C.N.A.s) that work with other departments to ensure the wellbeing of the residents. Our nurses make sure that residents are taken care of, and they truly go above and beyond for our community. We wanted to take the time and highlight one of our employees that have been with us for over five years.

Cassandra has been a certified nursing assistant for twenty-seven years and has spent almost six years working at Heritage Woods of Centralia. Cassandra did not always see herself as working in the healthcare industry. In fact, she says, “I actually wanted to become a police officer, but when I was told that I could never be allowed at five feet tall to be out in the field, I decided to follow my Aunt Carolyn’s lead in becoming a certified nurse assistant after she had done so at the ripe age of 50”. Cassandra knows that she plays an important role in the lives of the residents at Heritage Woods. She says that “this job requires heart and lots of it” and she also mentions the need to “treat each individual with love, respect, and dignity”. Cassandra finds that being a C.N.A. is very rewarding. She says that “being a C.N.A. has been one of the four most rewarding jobs – with the first being a wife, the second being a mother, the third being a grandmother, and the forth being a C.N.A.”. Cassandra has been nominated for various Leading Age awards. She does not do this job for the recognition though. She says that her favorite part of her job is socializing with the residents. She states, “I try each day to make someone’s day a little special by having them smile by telling them something good, telling them a clean joke, or maybe even reminiscing about years past”.

It’s clear to see that the employees of Heritage Woods of Centralia go to work knowing that they are making a significant difference in the lives of the residents on our campus. To them this is not just a job where you clock in and clock out but a place where you can truly have a lasting impact on someone.