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Loretto Promotes Auburn Natives to Leadership Roles


After serving in their respective positions in an interim capacity since January 2023, two Auburn natives have been promoted to leadership positions at an Auburn nursing home.

Jolene Crehan, RN, BSN, LHNA, has been promoted to Administer at Loretto’s Commons on St. Anthony. Chrehan supervises a staff of 361 people in nine departments. In her role, the Auburn native oversees oversees day-to-day, operations, census, and financial operations at the Commons.

“It’s an honor to continue to serve the residents of The Commons, and to have built a career in the community where I’ve always called home,” Crehan said. “The Commons is truly a second home to me, and our team is wonderful. I am so proud of all that we’ve accomplished to help our community over the years. From boosting census to successfully opening a Memory Special Care Unit just this year, we’re always looking for ways to make sure individuals and their families are getting the care they deserve.”

Crehan has been with Loretto for almost 20 years, joining Loretto in 2005 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. In 2018, she became the director of nursing.

Becky Staring has been promoted to Director of Nursing. She oversees more than 150 direct care staff including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nurse aids. She also is responsible for policy updates, quality assurance, and process management.

“I am excited about my new role as the Director of Nursing and I look forward to helping make The Commons the best place it can be for our residents and staff,” Staring said.

Staring, also from Auburn, has 25 years of nursing experience at Loretto and the Commons. Beginning as a certified nurse aide in 1999, she became a registered nurse in 2003 and received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing earlier this year.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have these inspirational women at the helm at The Commons,” said Loretto President and CEO Dr. Kimberly Townsend. “They have consistently demonstrated their commitment and dedication to the quality of patient care, our community, and the mission of Loretto in providing extraordinary care to try to make sure every day is exceptional for our residents and the families we serve.”

Both women were instrumental in opening the new Memory Special Care Unit in February, a first-of-its-kind 40-bed residence for those with dementia in Auburn.

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