Columbia Basin Care is happy to welcome Aubree Olmstead as executive director of Columbia Basin Care, the only community-owned, not-for-profit skilled nursing facility in the Columbia River Gorge.
An Oregon native, Olmstead is a graduate of Oregon State University where she earned a degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy, and a minor in Business.
“I have a passion for geriatrics,” she says. “Long-term care is a critical part of the health system. How we treat our elderly is a direct reflection of who we are, and what we value.”
Born and raised in Hood River, Aubree is happy to return to the Gorge, where she will lead a facility of over 60 residents and more than 80 employees.
“My roots are here,” says Olmstead. “I wanted to return home to make a difference in the community I love.”
Olmstead spent nearly a year immersed in the operations of Columbia Basin Care, gaining first-hand knowledge and critical experience in every aspect of the facility, from food service to billing, nursing to activities, housekeeping to transportation and more.
Olmstead is especially drawn to Columbia Basin’s personal approach. “I get to spend one-on-one time in building relationships with residents, their families, and our staff,” she says. “We get to know each other, and create meaningful connections and experiences.”
Situated on nearly five acres, Columbia Basin is located in the sunny climate of The Dalles, just over an hour east of Portland. Founded in 1964, the facility has been in service to the community for over 50 years.
Columbia Basin Care offers the area’s only on-site geriatric nurse practitioner; Valerie Hiveley-Blatz is an in-house primary care provider, specializing in geriatrics. In addition, a team of on-site, licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitation and restorative services and are equipped with top therapy technology such as the Omni VR (virtual reality), as well as electric, ultrasound and thermal therapy.