Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Dec. 6, 1999

New administrator starts at Good Samaritan Center

By Andrea Vargo

Not too many high school students aspire to be an administrator for a care center that serves the elderly, but Becky Rockwell did.

Two weeks ago, her dream came true, when Rockwell was chosen as the new administrator for the Good Samaritan Center in Howard Lake.

Rockwell volunteered in many areas from the time she was in elementry school. Much of her time was spent in nursing homes and working with the elderly.

In high school, as a student council member for four years, she made many visits to nursing homes, also.

One of her writing assignments was an interview with a nursing home resident. At this point, she knew this was where she wanted to be, she said.

Rockwell wanted to work at something that would be interactive with people and the community.

With her experience with the elderly as a focal point, she put it all together and decided an administrative job was what she wanted to do.

"I also believe strongly in the mission of Good Samaritan," she said.

Before she came to Howard Lake, Rockwell attended St. Cloud State University. She has a degree in public health care administration and a minor in gerontology.

After graduation, Rockwell spent six months in St. Croix Falls, Wisc. as an administrator-in-training with a mentor.

Here in Howard Lake, Rockwell hopes to eventually start an advisory board for Good Samaritan.

An advisory board brings suggestions and comments to the administrator in support of the nursing home, said Rockwell.

It gives valuable feedback to the administrator, she said.

Rockwell attends Howard Lake Business Association meetings in order to meet people and understand the community, as well as make contacts that will help her form the advisory board.

She also wants to strengthen the auxilary.

She said there is a need to address the problem of recruitment and retention of staff, both paid and volunteer.

This is a problem with any business during times of high employment, said Rockwell.

These are challenges Rockwell is eager to address. At 24, Rockwell is well on her way to fulfilling a dream.

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