Meet Mindy Rueschhoff, RN, director of nursing at Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation.
Tell us a little about your business. – Sumner Place (sumnerplacecare.com) is a skilled nursing facility that provides long-term care, rehabilitation services, and memory support. We pride ourselves on providing resident-focused care, independence, and a home-like atmosphere. Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals deliver superior clinical care with cutting-edge programs. All operating decisions are made locally to assure that Sumner Place remains responsive to the needs of our residents and the community.
How did you get started in the business? – I was introduced to the nursing world when my late husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. We met so many wonderful people who helped us navigate through a very difficult time. It inspired me to become a nursing assistant and enroll in school to become a registered nurse. I fell in love with the geriatric population and long-term care. I feel honored to be able to serve our residents. Sumner Place has become a second home to me, and it has been a very rewarding 11 years with them!
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Being in nursing during a pandemic. We are still climbing our way out of it. I feel blessed and fortunate to work for such an exceptional company that has been so supportive through these difficult years.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Becoming board certified in Gerontological Nursing. It’s been a great asset in my role at Sumner Place.
Tell us a little about your family. – My husband Matt and I have eight children and four grandkids. My family is the light of my life. We take a family trip yearly to Lake of the Ozarks, and it’s something we all look forward to!
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I enjoy watching our kids play volleyball and basketball. It’s my greatest joy, and we have created a lot of great memories from our travel tournaments. I am also a HUGE Husker volleyball fan!
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I lived in Nashville, TN for about four years in my early 20s. I had a few odd jobs there including washing and organizing clothing for famous country music stars!
Who inspires you? – My children and husband. They are my heartbeat and have kept me going, and they motivate me every single day.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – It’s not about the destination, its all about the journey. Enjoy the little things, create memories, and dance like no one is watching!
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Kind.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – Healing.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
What is your favorite TV show? – The Handmaid’s Tale.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – I love a good ol’ warm Runza with Frings or some Valentino’s pizza!