Murfreesboro, Tenn. –National HealthCare Corporation (NYSE American: NHC) has appointed Shawna Nymeyer, EdD, as vice president of behavioral health. The senior care leader is expanding its behavioral health service line with the opening of two new psychiatric hospitals in 2022. Nymeyer will lead NHC’s behavioral health service line as the company expands to meet the needs of its communities.
Nymeyer brings with her 30 years of experience with previous roles in administration and has served in a clinical capacity as a clinical psychologist. She was most recently the executive director of psychiatry and behavioral health at Horizon-Health Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota.
“Shawna’s extensive background in administration and as a behavioral health provider make her a great fit as we expand our behavioral health service line,” said Steve Flatt, chief executive officer of NHC. “Shawna’s leadership ability and her commitment to providing compassionate behavioral healthcare will provide a solid foundation as we expand our behavioral health services to new communities.”
NHC will open two psychiatric hospitals in Maryland Heights, Missouri and Knoxville, Tennessee in 2022. The Maryland Heights Center for Behavioral Health, a 16-bed geriatric hospital, will provide psychiatric care to geriatric patients. The Knoxville Center for Behavioral Medicine will provide psychiatric care to adults and geriatric patients in the new 64-bed hospital. NHC currently offers psychiatric care at The Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders in Missouri.
Nymeyer holds a doctorate degree in behavioral health administration from Nova Southeastern University, a post-graduate degree in long term care administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from University of Wisconsin-Superior, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Wisconsin-Superior.
About National HealthCare Corporation
NHC affiliates operate for themselves and third parties 75 skilled nursing facilities with 9,473 beds. NHC affiliates also operate 24 assisted living communities, five independent living communities, one behavioral health hospital, 34 homecare agencies, and 28 hospice agencies. NHC’s other services include Alzheimer’s and memory care units, pharmacy services, a rehabilitation services company, and providing management and accounting services to third party post-acute operators. For more information, visit www.nhccare.com
NHC is proud to announce a new collaborative agreement with Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg, Tennessee. This agreement will add an additional nursing instructor and approximately ten more nursing student slots for the LPN to RN program at Motlow.
“There is a national shortage of qualified nurses. This affects all healthcare settings, including NHC,’ said Melodie McCarver, recruiting director for NHC.
Dr. Amy Holder, dean of Nursing and Allied Health for Motlow, added, “The agreement helps provide additional opportunities for LPNs to bridge to an RN.”
With the increased demand for registered nurses, Motlow and NHC determined a need to provide a pathway for educating LPNs to become RNs within three to five years.
“Through the Tennessee Foundation for Geriatric Education, NHC can assist with that funding,” explained McCarver. “It allows us to be part of the solution to the existing nursing shortage. In addition, adding an instructor will allow Motlow to increase the number of students admitted to the program and therefore, increase the number of nurses in the workforce available for hire by NHC and other health care providers.”
“It allows us to train more RNs to fill open nursing positions,” explained Holder.
The Nursing program offers a three-semester transition program for LPNs seeking to become Registered Nurses. Clinical activities are provided in campus classrooms, area hospitals, extended care facilities, and other health and community agencies. The majority of the clinical experiences are located within the College’s 11-county service area.
Motlow’s nursing employment rate is 98 percent. In addition, the College offers a variety of scholarships for nursing students. These can be applied for within a single scholarship application system that allows students to apply for all nursing scholarships at one time. For more information, check out the nursing program on Motlow’s website.
Prospective college students and undecided college majors are encouraged to explore professional careers that are in high demand. Geriatric nursing is a high-demand field. Motlow advisors can help prospective students develop a college plan for entering this or any other high-demand field.
NHC is proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since 1971, NHC has developed a comprehensive continuum of care to continue to meet the healthcare needs of seniors in communities across ten states.
Dr. Carl Adams founded NHC in 1971 with a vision to create high quality healthcare specifically for seniors starting with 14 skilled nursing centers. Dr. Adams dreamed to create a campus concept that offered in-house services for seniors as they age with different needs much like the continuing care retirement communities today. Now with nearly 14,000 NHC partners (employees) across ten states, NHC provides care to thousands of seniors each day.
“Our key to success over the past 50 years is bringing talents from all different disciplines together to deliver the best quality care for our patients, residents, and their families,” said Steve Flatt, chief executive officer of NHC. “As a leader in senior care, NHC has developed the most comprehensive continuum of care. We provide skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long-term care, home care, assisted living, memory care, hospice, and inpatient geriatric psychiatric services. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide care in a better way for the past 50 years.”
Please take a moment to view this short message from Steve Flatt reflecting on NHC’s 50 years of caring.