On March 12, 2019, Green Valley Care Center in New Albany, Indiana, honored Carol McLean, MDS coordinator at the facility, with a retirement party.
McLean served at the facility for 44 years. Beecher Hunter, president of Life Care Centers of America, presented her with a beautiful painting and a framed letter for all of her devotion to the facility and residents. The mayor of New Albany, Jeff Gahan, granted a proclamation that states March 12 will be known as Carol McLean Day. McLean also received carnations from the associates and residents in attendance, equaling 44 flowers to represent each year that she has served at the facility.
“Carol is a true inspiration for us to follow,” said April Davidson, activity director. “Her dedication, care and compassionate personality have made a great impact on everyone who has had the pleasure of working beside her.”
McLean attended Prosser Career Education in New Albany, where she obtained her certified nursing assistant license. She began working at Green Valley Care Center on Jan. 28, 1975. She worked every weekend at the facility for three years so she could attend Indiana University Southeast to obtain her degree as a registered nurse.
As an RN, McLean worked as a floor nurse, eventually being promoted to charge nurse and then nursing supervisor. In 1989, when the Minimum Data Set process began, McLean took over the role of MDS coordinator, a position she has held since that time.
“Carol has demonstrated that you can achieve great things with hard work, motivation and drive,” said Mayor Gahan.
McLean feels that her most precious gifts from working at the facility are all of the friendships she made throughout the years, the time she spent with the residents and associates and the outstanding individuals she encountered.