On Feb. 25, 2016, Parkview Care Center in Evansville, Indiana, hosted a retirement party for longtime executive director Connie Kirwer.
The reception gave associates and residents the chance to express their thanks and gratitude for Kirwer’s 22 years of leadership at the facility, and many years of friendship.
“She is definitely a one-of-a-kind person,” said Tammy Belcher, admissions director. “She has this great way of knowing exactly the right communication needed for every situation. She always has the best advice and is always uplifting. It was obvious in everything she did that she led this building prayerfully. She just let God’s love pour out of her.”
Kirwer’s compassionate leadership and mentorship helped Parkview Care Center excel in customer service and in operations. Under her tenure, the building has earned several deficiency-free state surveys and became the first licensed Eden Alternative facility in Indiana.
“She puts family first, and if you walked through the front doors of Parkview, you’d become part of her family,” said Angie Henderson, social services director.
“Connie is truly one of the best women I have ever known,” added Kim Birdwell, certified nursing assistant. “I can’t even tell you how many times she has blessed me with her smile and encouraging words.”
Kirwer credited her successful career at Parkview Care Center to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“He runs the facility,” she said. “I don’t.”
Kirwer added that she has appreciated the company culture of faith at Life Care and the servant leadership modeled by Forrest Preston, chairman and founder; Beecher Hunter, president; and Bart Walker, senior vice president of operations.
“I have been so blessed to work for Life Care and these gentlemen at Parkview,” Kirwer said. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve. It has been a pleasure and an honor.”