Blue Valley Senior Living

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At Blue Valley,
We’re Family

"The Blue Valley Senior Living has a warm friendly home like environment that is felt when you enter the facility. Knowing I can make a difference in people’s lives is what I like about my job."

Julie Fox
Assistant Administrator and Admissions Coordinator

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Arlene Wessel

Executive Director/Administrator

"My job at Blue Valley Health Care brings me in touch with people on a personal level. When you are involved in caring for people, you have the privilege of being allowed into their lives. My work here has given me a deep connection with so many people that I never would have met otherwise."

Arlene is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator as well as a Registered Nurse. She has over 30 years’ experience in the long term care field--- over 25 of these being a nursing home administrator. The balance of her long term care experience has been as a charge nurse, nurse aide instructor, Director of Nursing, and Consultant --- flavoring her leadership style with equal doses of compassion, science, and common sense. Arlene has been the Administrator of both Cambridge Place and Blue Valley Senior Living since 2004.

She received her nursing degree from Washburn University in 1983. She and her husband Larry were married in 1984 and have one daughter. Arlene has fond memories of growing up on a farm with her three brothers and three sisters. She enjoys spending her free time simply -- by visiting with her family, friends, and neighbors.

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Julie Fox

Assistant Administrator/Admissions Coordinator

"My position at Blue Valley Senior Living allows me to assist family members in making decisions to enhance the quality of life for their loved one."

Julie, a Registered Nurse, began her career as a certified nurse aide over 20 years ago. After becoming an RN she has had long term care experience as a charge nurse, MDS Coordinator, and Director of Nursing. She has been the Assistant Administrator at Blue Valley Senior Living since 2006.

Her main focus is to make life meaningful for the residents, no matter what their disability is. “Resident’s judge their experience by the way they are treated as a person not by the way they are treated for their disease.”

Julie received her nursing degree from Manhattan Area Technical College in 2000. She and her husband Leon were married in 1998 and have two children. Leon owns and operates F&A Construction and they also raise livestock and farm. Julie enjoys spending her free time attending her children's school events, caring for her livestock, and camping and canoeing with family and friends.

Departmental Staff

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Jeannie Zidek

SSD/Social Services Director

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Kristen Bigham

Activity Director

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Allison Caffrey

MDS Coordinator

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Sara Dowd

Medical Records

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Jim Oatney

Director of Maintenance/Grounds

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Blue Valley Senior Living
710 Western Ave.
Blue Rapids, KS 66411


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