The Laurels of Bedford Staff
What differentiates one skilled nursing & rehabilitation center from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At The Laurels of Bedford, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family, and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.
The Laurels of Bedford employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Restorative Care Nurses, a Wound Care Nurse, state tested Certified Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist. Our on-site Rehab, Dietary, Social Work, and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.
Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at The Laurels of Bedford is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.
Don Macleay, Administrator
Don has been an employee of Laurel Health Care Company since 1996. He began his career working as a dietary employee and continued to grow within the company. He received his Dietary Management Degree from Auburn University in 2001 and proceeded to Michigan State University where he added an Administration Degree in 2007. Don accepted the Administrator position at The Laurels of Bedford in September of 2008.
Mandy Shorter, Director of Nursing
Mandy came to the Laurels of Bedford in July of 2010 as the Skilled Unit Manager and became the Director of Nursing in June of 2011. Mandy Shorter became an RN in 1988, and started in long-term care in 1990 and has held the positions of MDS coordinator, staff development, and unit manager for Medicare skilled units. In 2005, Mandy became certified as a Geriatric Nurse Specialist and was selected to participate as a Content Expert Panelist for the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Silver Springs, Maryland. Currently, she is serving a 2nd term and elected as the Vice Chair for the Gerontological Panel.
Teri Hambright, Director of Marketing
Teri came to The Laurels of Bedford in October, 2007 as the Director of Marketing and Admissions. She is a Michigan native and has spent most of her time in the local area. She earned her Business Management Degree from Davenport University.
Rachel Pallett, Rehabilitation Services Director
Rachel is a Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) in the state of Michigan and is currently the Rehabilitation Services Director at The Laurels of Bedford. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in June 1998. A member of The Laurel Health Care Company staff since 2002, Rachel has worked in geriatrics and has been in rehab management at skilled nursing facilities since 2000.