April 20, 1981, marked the last aired episode of the TV show “Soap.” More propitiously, it also marked the first day of Nancy Ritchie’s career as Administrator at Shore Haven (now MediLodge at the Shore.) And, really, who needs to watch fictional, televised soap operas when they lead and shepherd a building full of ever-changing residents and staff?
We celebrate Nancy’s longevity with us! Her career length is matched only by its breadth—adeptly changing practices to correspond with new regulations; adjusting to new owners, companies, and business models; overseeing additions and remodeling projects that are always longer and more complicated than they first appear; and passing out hundreds of pounds of candy in 40 years of Jingle Bell parades.
We’re proud to work with someone who’s received numerous honors from local and state organizations for her leadership. Some of those awards and citations are displayed in her office. But more prominently visible are pictures of her family, of staff and residents. When Nancy herself is in the photo, people are sometimes wearing goofy costumes, almost always laughing and in the midst of what is clearly a joyful moment. Those are the things that really matter to Nancy. So while we honor her for the recognitions she’s received from various agencies, we love her most for the fact that she knows which resident to loves to be asked about their grandkids, which resident enjoys debating the Detroit Tigers’ prospects for the season, who always wants extra coffee with their meals, and which residents used to come here to visit their parents who lived here with us years ago.
Thanks for 40 years of professionalism and personal attention, Nancy! We are grateful to have you leading our community and congratulate you on your accomplishments