Hometown gal is new Director of Nurses

Posted January 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

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Akron Care Center Director of Nurses Tori Dye (r) visits with resident Ben Naylor.

Since she was five years old, she’s been calling Akron home, and since Tori Dye began working at the Akron Care Center, it’s been “home,” too.

In December, Dye was promoted to the Akron Care Center Director of Nurses’ position.

“I just love my job here,” said Dye, who began working at the Care Center as a Registered Nurse in 2008.

“Our residents are great,” she said. “They are just the best.”

Dye, an Akron-Westfield Class of 1998 alum, worked as a Certified Nurses’ Aide at Plymouth Manor in Le Mars from 1998 to 2006. Then she began studying nursing through St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and in 2008, she graduated as a Registered Nurse.

She began her Registered Nursing career at The Mickelson Center in Yankton, S.D. She’d just been there a few months when she was offered a Registered Nurse’s position at the Akron Care Center.

“Geriatrics is always where I wanted to work,” said Dye. “I knew it was my passion.”

“From my first day at the Akron Care Center, I knew I was home,” she said. “I knew I’d be here a long time.”

“I’m really excited to be a part of this team and getting to see the new building come into place,” she said. “It’s great I get to see this first hand.”

Dye is the daughter of Ronald and Sandra Wych of Akron, and she is engaged to Jason Pangburn of Akron and they are planning a July wedding.

She has one daughter, Hope Hasenbank, who is an Akron-Westfield fourth grader, and a soon-to-be stepdaughter, Jade Pangburn, who graduated from Akron-Westfield with the Class of 2012 and now works as a Certified Nurses’ Aide A at the Care Center.

When Dye’s not working, she can be often found with a fishing pole in her hand as she loves to fish. And, if she’s not fishing, she’s probably reading.

As Director of Nurses, Dye oversees the entire nursing staff, making sure the residents’ care is completed according to state regulations, doctors’ orders and the high quality of care standards the local nursing home is known for. In addition, she is in charge of the nursing staff’s work schedule and answering concerns from residents and/or their families.

Dye had been sharing the interim Director of Nurses’ responsibilities with Care Center MDS Coordinator Lacy Groon since June 2012 when the previous Director of Nurses resigned.

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