We Love Our Nurses!

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date May 11, 2023
Happy National Nurses Week! We couldn’t imagine our community without the dedicated care our nurses provide to residents in healthcare levels each and every day. And one of the many benefits of retirement living at Kirkwood is receiving care from a Wellness Nurse in Independent Living, even if the injury is as surface as a scrape.
We have been celebrating our amazing staff all week long. Beverly Parnell, Director of Skilled Nursing, and Cevannah Price, Director of Assisted Living, express immense gratitude to their staffs across our community at Kirkwood. 

“The definition of teamwork can be seen through Janet Lambert, Lindsey Cullom, and Julia Gravelle,” Cevannah says. “Janet and Lindsey, who have been with Kirkwood Assisted Living and Memory Care for almost 5 years each, are my right and left hand. I could not do this job without them. They not only are strong individually, but together they are a force to be reckoned with.”

She explains, “Since moving into our brand-new Hillside building, we have had twenty-six move ins. The paperwork, organization, and care needed to accommodate these transitions, while continuing to care for our already established residents, cannot be managed by just one individual. Janet and Lindsey communicate with families, residents, and staff to ensure all needs are met behind the scenes, and they are also part of our frontline, hands-on team. They warmly welcome residents into a new environment and provide a sense of security and comfort to all involved. Our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents are also in the very capable hands of Teresa Spencer, Teresa Bowens, Holly McCay, Stephanie Knight, Sandria Lipscomb, Janetha Terry, Bethany Swiney, Natalie Jacks, Denise Leverett, Ramona Lazare, and Kim Dobbs. I always say, ‘You can teach people a lot, but you can’t teach people how to care.’ And with this group of nurses and resident care assistants, you don’t have to.”

Cevannah continues, “Julia was our missing puzzle piece for Independent Living. Although she new is new to the team, she jumped right in, made this position her own, and may be the most organized individual I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She not only works perfectly well independently, but she is a team player and steps in when needed without question. We are grateful to know that our Independent Living residents are being cared for by someone who loves them as much as we do.”

In honor of Nurse’s Week, we want to thank all of our nurses for pouring their hearts into their work every day. Nurses are the backbone to our nation’s healthcare system, and we are so grateful for the loving staff we have in our Kirkwood family. Kirkwood would not be the special place it is without them.


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents