Grinnell Regional Medical Center announces Becky Pryor, RN, BS, began serving as the new combined home health and hospice director. GRMC also welcomes Keith Morrison as the new medical center chaplain, which includes serving as the hospice chaplain.
Pryor brings many years of experience working in home health as well as a leadership position in public health. She earned her nursing degree from Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College, in Greenville, Ill.
For the past 15 years, Pryor has worked for the Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia, Ill, primarily in Home Health and Public Health. This was a large county health center serving a predominately rural area.
Pryor will provide leadership for the two well-established departments as they work together to provide high quality patient care and grow the number of patients. She will also provide administrative leadership to meet the requirements for state and federal licensing for home health and hospice programs.
“Both Home Health and Hospice already have well established and experienced staff. We will focus on high quality patient care and services,” Pryor says. “Hospice will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year so we want to gear up to showcase the excellent care we provide our patients.”
“Becky’s strength comes from her background,” says Suzanne Cooner, GRMC Vice-president. “She came in on the ground floor in the business office of a home health department. She worked her way through nursing school and continued with her passion in nursing and administration. She understands the entire process of providing care to individuals in their homes and other care settings. She’ll be an excellent leader with our team as we focus on exceptional patient services.”
Morrison began in mid-January. He graduated from Grinnell High School and earned a bachelor’s in business administration degree from the University of Iowa. After working in manufacturing after college, he decided to become a minister. He served as a full time minister in Iowa and Indiana before returning to Grinnell. He worked at Montezuma Manufacturing for the past seven years while supporting local church programs.
“Meeting the spiritual needs of our patients is important for GRMC. Keith brings experience and personality to assist all patients of GRMC that includes the medical center and hospice program,” Cooner says. “He has served as a minister in the private sector and has experience that fits well with GRMC’s patient base. We revamped the chaplain position and Keith will be excellent in caring for our patients as well as working with the area faith organizations.”
The chaplain provides spiritual care to patients of GRMC. Chaplain care is available at GRMC 24/7, like other care services. Therefore, Morrison will also support and oversee the on-call chaplains who volunteer to serve patients. GRMC appreciates the on-call chaplains and will provide additional support and training to these individuals. Morrison will also be a liaison to the area ministerial association.
For more information on Grinnell Regional Home Health, call 641-236-2385; for Grinnell Regional Hospice, call 641-236-2418; or for the chaplain, call 641-236-2598.