BANGOR, Maine — Debbie Lancaster, LPN, director of Engel Place, a division of Ross Manor, in Bangor, is the sole recipient of the Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association. This award was established to recognize excellence in individuals who have been inspirational role models by providing outstanding care to older adults.
Lancaster has been director at Engel Place, Ross Manor’s memory impaired assisted living neighborhood, since 2007. Prior to that position, Lancaster served as a primary care nurse in Ross Manor’s long-term care unit. She is best known not only for her clinical expertise, but her compassionate care that has helped to create an environment in which Ross Manor residents thrive.
“I first met Debbie when I was a nursing student,” commented Amy Cotton, nurse practitioner and EMHS director of Operations and Senior Service Quality. “My earliest recollection of her is her compassionate manner with older adults entrusted to her, her friendly smile, willingness to help her coworkers, and her advocacy for quality clinical care delivery for nursing home residents. Her passion for gerontological nursing influenced my decision to consider a career specialty in gerontology.”
Lancaster’s desire to help the senior population also extends out to the wider community. She has not only served on multiple committees within Ross Manor, but also within Eastern Maine HomeCare, and the Alzheimer’s Association. “She does what needs to be done for our residents and greater Bangor area to get the care seniors need,” says Garth Berenyi, executive director, Ross Manor. “Debbie’s dedication to our community is evident through the personal touch she provides in her care each and every day, as well as in every relationship she develops not only with the residents, but their family members as well. She is a positive influence for our staff and a primary reason why we are so fortunate to have a strong, stable community at Ross Manor.”
Lancaster will accept her award during Geronotological Nurses Week at the Gerontological Nursing Convention, October 3-5, in Clearwater Florida.