“Because we are a small town and a small facility, it feels like we are a big family.”
West Point, Va. – Riverside Health System is pleased to announce it has named Crystal Calvert, LPTA, BSHA, LNHA, administrator for Riverside Convalescent Center – West Point. With close proximity to Williamsburg, Richmond and Gloucester, the convalescent center offers a combination of short and long-term-care services for older adults provided by a dedicated team of professionals in a homelike environment unequaled in the area.
Calvert, who was raised in nearby James City County, is no stranger to Riverside Convalescent Center – West Point or the community. She first joined the 60-resident continuing care facility in 2008 as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and has numerous relatives across New Kent, West Point and Williamsburg.
“Having a close connection to the community is important,” said Calvert. “Because we are a small town and a small facility, everyone gets to know each other. It feels like we are a big family.”
Calvert always knew that she wanted to work in the health care field. “Growing up, I was the one who was grabbing the peroxide or bandages if someone got hurt,” she said. “I had younger brothers and was always the one to come to their aid.” Her desire to care for others would serve Calvert well working as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), EMT and pharmacy medical technician among other roles, early in her career.
Later, in her first stint at Riverside Convalescent Center – West Point, Calvert advanced from PTA to Rehabilitation Director. She would go on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and return to Riverside as both a Licensed PTA and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Calvert is excited about being back at Riverside Convalescent Center – West Point, and especially her promotion. “As an administrator, I feel like I can help everybody,” she said.
Looking ahead, Calvert said that she wants to continue to further strengthen the center’s relationship with the West Point community. “We look forward to building up the volunteer corps,” said Calvert. “And we try to recruit as locally as possible. It makes a real difference when you have someone caring for you or your loved one who is from the area.”
Part of her job is also helping the community understand the strength of the team, breadth of services and quality of care available at Riverside Convalescent Center – West Point. “There’s a real Riverside pride here in West Point,” said Calvert. “I have worked for competitors, but Riverside has offered so many opportunities. I tell everybody I bleed Riverside green.”
Riverside will host an Open Interview and Leadership Meet and Greet event on Thursday, June 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Convalescent Center at 2960 Chelsea Road in West Point. Registration will be in the lobby and open interviews will be conducted for CNAs, LPNs and RNs. The event will also offer light refreshments and raffle prizes (must attend and apply online to be eligible to win). To RSVP, attendees should contact Vickie Izzo at 757-534-5877.
Riverside Convalescent Center – West Point offers respite, intermediate, skilled and hospice care, as well as a variety of rehabilitation services including physical, speech, occupational, and recreational.
For more information on Riverside Convalescent Center – West Point, visit riversideonline.com/continuing_care/rcc-west-point.cfm.
Published: May 21, 2019