MARION, Ohio – A longtime registered nurse and respiratory therapist has accepted the position of director of clinical services for United Church Homes communities.
On June 22, 2020, Lorelei Heineman joined the team. She’ll lead clinical efforts for UCH senior living and housing communities.
Most recently, Heineman was an RN in the surgical intensive care unit at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville. Prior to that, she served as vice president of patient care services at Morrow County Hospital, Mount Gilead, and chief clinical officer at Mansfield’s Kindred Hospital. Heineman is also a registered respiratory therapist. She holds a master’s degree in allied medicine management.
In her previous roles, Heineman helped hospitals meet or exceed national quality benchmarks and assisted in the planning and implementation of infectious disease prevention policies. She has worked in healthcare her entire adult life, beginning her career in registration at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center at age 18.
Nearly six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, United Church Homes, and other senior living organizations in the U.S. have increased their focus on clinical care. United Church Homes has maintained its strict infection control policies and procedures to protect residents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased government scrutiny of nursing homes, especially in their infection control protocols. Heineman will ensure UCH communities are following, and exceeding, recommended guidance. But they’re also maintaining a focus on person-directed care that meets individual needs.
“Our teams have worked incredibly hard throughout this crisis to keep residents – and one another – safe,” Heineman said. “They’re doing everything in their power to care for the residents they love.”
Heineman lives on a small horse farm near Cardington with her long-term partner, Dean Castanien. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, endurance horseback riding, gardening, and singing with various groups, including First United Church of Christ in Marion. The couple has two dogs, Mya and Holly, and four Arabian horses, Chet, Ember, Kahdir, and Dreamer.
About United Church Homes: United Church Homes is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living and affordable housing for older adults, with over 75 communities in 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is a faith-inspired organization in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.