Bluestem Communities welcomes new health care leaders

May, 17, 2024

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. – Bluestem Communities has welcomed new talent to its team of health care leaders. Jenna Synder, RN, BSN, has assumed the role of Director of Nursing at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, and Jaime Lamb, RN, has begun in the role of Senior Living Advisor for health care and assisted living and Transition Support Nurse across all of Bluestem Communities.

Snyder has served in multiple nursing roles for more than 20 years, most recently as the RN Case Manager for Good Shepherd Hospice for 10 years. As Schowalter Villa’s Director of Nursing, Snyder will over see the nursing department, resident care and federal, state and local regulations and standards for long term care organizations.

“Jenna brings a dynamic leadership and years of nursing experience to the team,” said Jeff Ritcha, Schowalter Villa Executive Director. “Her previous role in hospice has already given her a familiarity with Schowalter Villa. Her focus on detail and desire to continue to build strong teams will bring a high quality of care that is central to Bluestem Communities.”

Snyder earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wichita (Kan.) State University.

Lamb has also served in a variety of nursing roles for more than 20 years, most recently as a registered nurse and Patient Care Coordinator at NMC Health Family Medicine in Valley Center. As a member of the Senior Living Advisor Team, she will collaborate with individuals to help determine the ideal living setting at Bluestem Communities. She will also serve as the Transition Support Nurse, proving support to Bluestem Communities residents as they transition back to their homes following a hospital or rehabilitation stay.

“Jaime’s years in the surrounding medical community will allow for a seamless transition to Bluestem Communities’ Senior Living Advisor Team,” said Jennifer Traglia, Kidron Bethel Village Executive Director. “Jaime brings excellent community connections in the area, and her experience in working with families and providers alike will ensure that Bluestem Communities residents and prospects will receive the most appropriate care and services. Likewise, her skill set will sustain the synergy the team has enjoyed.”

Lamb earned a nursing degree from Hesston (Kan.) College.

Bluestem Communities is a non-profit organization that serves seniors through various living options, care settings and care-centered services. Its campuses include the life plan communities of Schowalter Villa in Hesston and Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, which offer independent living, assisted living and health care settings. It also offers Bluestem PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in McPherson and Hutchinson, which provides comprehensive care from one source for older adults who want to remain living in their own homes.


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