Amy Thornton, RN, has joined Gifford’s Menig Nursing Home as director of Nursing, bringing 24 years of experience in health care positions.
Most recently she was administrative director of Patient Care Services & Behavioral Health at Franklin Hospital, and director of the Senior Services & Senior Psychiatric Unit at LRG Healthcare in Laconia NH. Previously she was director of Nursing at Benchmark Assisted Living in Concord, NH, and assistant director of Nursing at Hackett Hill in Manchester, NH, and at Harborside/Sunbridge Crestwood in Milford, NH.
Born and raised in Peterborough NH, Thornton came to hospital work early—she volunteered at a local nursing home while still in High School, was a candy striper, an LNA, and then continued her education in nursing. Her passion has always been in geriatrics.
After her years of working in acute care, Thornton is excited to be back in long-term care. She says that since many elderly people are plagued by loneliness and boredom she is especially interested in Menig’s Eden Program, which works to return decision making to residents and encourages meaningful relationships between staff and residents.
“Long term care has changed a lot through the years,” she said. “I’m excited to be part of what is happening here with the senior living community at Morgan Orchards. I think it so admirable that this community took on such an opportunity.”
Thornton lives in Grantham NH, with her two teenage sons. She enjoys hiking, but more often than not is watching one of her boys play in a football, baseball, or basketball game.
To learn more about Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community visit giffordhealthcare.org/location/morgan-orchards-senior-living-community