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Homecoming Week at ACR Homes – Making Special Happen

By admin-acr | April 30, 2018

For the second year in a row, ACR Homes hosted Homecoming Week for the residents of ACR. The now-annual Homecoming Week gives our residents an opportunity to experience something they otherwise may not have the chance to experience. This is all made possible by our hardworking staff, who also get to enjoy the week with…

ACR LPN: Day in the Life – Feeling Valued

By admin-acr | April 24, 2018

Miriam Bawden is an LPN nurse who is enthusiastic about working for ACR Homes. We asked her to share some insights into what it is that she likes so much at ACR and how it compares to her prior work experience as a nurse. Miriam’s quick response was, “Thanks for asking me about my experience…

Introducing Kat, ACR’s Newest Blogger

By Kat Neumann | March 16, 2018

ACR Homes: More Than a Healthcare Career It’s an incredible feeling to be able to do what I love in my healthcare career at ACR Homes working with vulnerable adults. It’s an even better feeling to get to write about it! Being ACR’s newest blogger is fulfilling a longtime goal of mine to be a…

Above and Beyond Patient Care

By admin-acr | March 2, 2018

A resident of ACR Homes lay in a hospital bed. Her mother was nearby, anxiously keeping watch. The resident’s prognosis was veiled in uncertainty; she was on the thin edge of either pushing through or succumbing to illness. Heavy snow was falling outside the window, lending a deeper chill to an uncertain situation. It had…

Finding Job Satisfaction in New and Interesting Ways

By admin-acr | February 7, 2018

There was a fierceness to the satisfaction he felt after today, a depth of assurance that he was doing something good, that he was a part of something great. He had gotten off work 20 minutes late that evening and despite the weariness pulling at his shoulders, the fierce satisfaction kept his head high. He…

Healthcare Career Goals: Play the Odds, Win

By admin-acr | February 2, 2018

Anyone aspiring to be in the healthcare field knows what a difficult task it can be to obtain all the requirements just to go to a PA school, much less beat the competition. If you had an opportunity to raise your odds of getting a one in five chance, would you jump for it? If…

Great Internship Opportunities at ACR

By Kristin Pitchford | January 30, 2018

A great internship is often an undergrad’s first step into the professional world—a chance to test out potential career choices and build your resume for grad school and, ultimately, to get a job. But finding that great internship opportunity can be daunting! That’s where I can help as ACR’s Director of Staff Development. I’m a…

Pre-Med Experience at ACR

By Kristin Pitchford | January 12, 2018

Working direct care at ACR is a great way to round out your med school application, according to Madison Duffy. It offers the perfect opportunity to gain pre-med experience in patient care as well as some unique additional opportunities for growth, says Madison, who will be graduating this Spring with a biology degree from the…

A NICE Healthcare Review

By Kristin Pitchford | January 10, 2018

Employees who are enrolled in ACR’s traditional health plan can access a new online primary care option called NICE Healthcare for for free. To give an idea of how it works, here’s a NICE Healthcare review from ACR’s Assistant Director of Nursing Renae Sloth, who was among the first to give it a try. A…

ACR SAFE jar in J Arthur's

Matching Gift Challenge for the ACR SAFE

By Kristin Pitchford | December 22, 2017

The ACR SAFE—the Staff Agenda Fund for Emergencies— was set up as ACR’s version of an employee assistance program to help fellow coworkers who are experiencing urgent and overwhelming needs. $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge for the ACR SAFE In the past year the SAFE has had 23 requests for assistance. As a result, SAFE funds…

NICE Healthcare: Like Bluestone for Employees

By Kristin Pitchford | December 1, 2017

You know how kids sometimes do crazy things and wind up in Urgent Care? ACR’s COO Gene Leistico had this story: “My 9-year-old daughter was jumping around last summer and hurt her ankle. We weren’t sure if it was broken or sprained, and it was on a weekend. I would have loved to have NICE…

Finding Work-Life Balance with Toddlers

By admin-acr | November 24, 2017

It’s no secret that work-life balance with toddlers is a challenge. Many ACR employees strike that balance between working and parenting by becoming live-in supervisors. A live-in supervisor and their family can live in an ACR home rent-free, typically in a 2- or 3-bedroom walkout either above or below the main floor where the residents…