The Morrison Welcomes New Social Services Director

Mary Bates, MS, CT, has joined the Morrison nursing home and assisted living facility in Whitefield as its new Social Services Director.

Mary Bates2Bates has spent her career working with patients and their families, most recently as Patient Care Coordinator, Bereavement Counselor and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, which brought her to see patients at The Morrison with some frequency.

Bates holds an Associate’s degree in Health Care Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Science in Community Counseling/Psychology and Organizational Leadership. She is certified in thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and is considered a specialist in death, dying and bereavement.

“This is my first experience in long-term care, and I’m excited to bring my skills to this new challenge,” says Bates. “My goal is to support residents and their families, as well as The Morrison staff. My passion for end of life care will also complement my role here.”

Along with supervising admissions and discharges, in her new position Bates will be working to educate the public on the services that The Morrison provides, including short-term and skilled nursing, assisted living care, rehabilitative care, dementia care and hospice.

“One of my goals is to help people see The Morrison as an option for health care, rather than a nursing home as a last resort,” says Bates. “I also want to educate people about the Power of Attorney for Healthcare. This includes streamlining the process and educating and training the staff and community members on all of the advantages of an advanced directive.” Long-term goals also include holding community meetings at The Morrison in an effort to spotlight the facility as a health care resource for the community.

“We are very pleased that Mary has decided to join The Morrison family,” says Roxie Severance, Executive Director of The Morrison. “Mary’s strong background in patient care, and her excellent skills in end of life issues and community organization and education are a perfect fit with The Morrison’s mission of providing excellent care for our residents and finding creative solutions to challenges.”