We would like to welcome Tracy, our new Director of Nursing and Clinical Services, into her role. She was previously our Nurse Manager. She will officially transition on August 23, 2021. We are so excited to have her in this position. Here is a little bit about her:
“My name is Tracy Reitz. I grew up in Downsville, WI. I am married to my best friend and biggest supporter, Denis Reitz. We have three children together: Megan, Logan and Jaycob. We also have one grandson, Lawrence, who is the light of our life. We live on a small hobby farm west of Elmwood, where we enjoy a quiet life with a small-town atmosphere.
I was a graduate of Red Wing South East Tech and started my nursing career at Spring Valley Health and Rehab as an LPN in 2001. I returned to school at Red Wing seeking an RN degree and obtained my degree in 2010. I ended my employment with Spring Valley Heath & Rehab in 2013 to work with a hospice company for the next 5 years. Then I returned to Spring Valley Health & Rehab Center in 2018.
The experience I obtained during my time at Spring Valley was unmeasurable. I made long lasting friendships with the staff. As a new nurse, they took me under their wing and helped me build a good foundation. I also was fortunate to be able to assist with the CNA Training Program, where I fell in love with being an educator. I was able to share my passion for health care and nursing.
The staff were also very supportive when I left to work in hospice. I traveled and worked in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin as a case manager. Soon I was promoted to clinical supervisor, where I gained experience in management, team building and leadership.
I am grateful for this opportunity as Director of Nursing and Clinical Services here at Spring Valley Health and Rehab. I come to work each day with a positive attitude, facing challenges, and solving each one as a team with positive outcomes, that will aid in strengthening communication and nursing skills. I am excited to share my passion for nursing. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with the staff to help each of them reach their full potential using the nursing process and evidence-based practices. I will be providing services and continued education so we can all provide exceptional care to each resident we serve. I would like to help our staff realize their love and passion for being caregivers and provide resources and education so we can all be confident in caring for a mixed population of vulnerable adults. I would also like to offer more support to each family member as they experience loss and grievances. We will focus on rehabilitation, offering support and celebrating their recovery, as well.
I will be focusing on celebrating our health care heroes and the role of each employee here. We must all be thankful for their services in this very challenging profession. We look forward to giving back to the community we work and live in.”