Deanna Wilson

Deanna Wilson

JUNEAU -- It's been five months and she's loving it.

Clearview's new director Deanna Wilson filled the open position after longtime administrator and executive director Jane Hooper announced her retirement to pursue other options.

Since Jan. 2, Wilson's been at the helm of the skilled nursing facility. Wilson holds a wealth of health care experience beginning with 34 years as a registered nurse.

She said a neighbor encouraged her to pursue nursing school and off she went. Wilson pursued nursing following high school and has worked in such settings as medical surgery, medical telemetry, home and hospice care.

"It wasn't long after I returned to get my nursing home administrator's license," she said.

Wilson holds a bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Viterbo College in La Crosse, a master's degree in nursing from Winona State University in Minnesota, and licenses in nursing home administration in both Wisconsin (2000) and Michigan (2009).

Her vast nursing, teaching and supervising experience stems from stints in La Crosse, Fennimore, Sparta, Dodgeville and Wausau. Wilson recently served as a regional nursing home director for Aspirus, while living in Rhinelander. As a regional nursing home director, she oversaw several nursing homes. That came after a position she held in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as vice president of patient care services and nursing home administrator in Ontonogon, where she oversaw a hospital, two clinics and a nursing home.

"When I saw the position open up here, I had to pursue it," Wilson said. "My family lives in southwest and southern Wisconsin. I grew up in Richland Center and still have relatives there, in Madison and in and near La Crosse. I was way up in the U.P. I wanted to find something closer to my family in Wisconsin."

She interviewed for positions in Madison and in Juneau, but received the best vibe from Clearview.

"Sometimes, you know just when it feels right," she said. "I had that feeling when I interviewed here. It seemed like a really good fit for me."

Her vast nursing, teaching and supervising experience stems from stints in La Crosse, Fennimore, Sparta, Dodgeville and Wausau. Wilson recently served as a regional nursing home director for Aspirus, while living in Rhinelander. As a regional nursing home director, she oversaw several nursing homes. That came after a position she held in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as vice president of patient care services and nursing home administrator in Ontonogon, where she oversaw a hospital, two clinics and a nursing home.

Wilson said as Clearview's new director she wants to be challenged and rewarded through her work.

"While here, I want to develop the culture where we are the provider of choice for families," she said. "I also want us -- here at Clearview -- to become the employer of choice for people seeking employment in the health field."

Wilson witnessed how dedicated the Clearview employees were when they were recognized for the number of years they recorded.

"Having the right culture and the right mix of employees who are positive about working here," Wilson said. "We can make a difference in people's lives."

She said Clearview provides various services with assisted living facilities, two adult family homes and a skilled nursing facility. The Clearview campus has 10 different licenses; and has between 330-350 employees.

"We probably provide a greater variety of services than most counties provide," Wilson said.

She also spoke highly of the Clearview Brain Injury Unit (CBIC). The Clearview Brain Injury Center (CBIC), in operation since 1991 is a 30 bed, state certified, post-acute neuro-rehabilitation program. CBIC was the first post-acute traumatic brain injury program in the state.

Clearview also has a 46 bed program for individuals with intellectual disabilities which can provide short term rehabilitation, long term residential placement or respite care. They are state and federally licensed as a facility serving individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Wilson said Clearview is currently operating at an average of 85 percent of capacity with 200 patients, but the facility is licensed for 236.

"I just want to help build on the successes Clearview already has," she said. "A facility is only as great as its employees and Clearview has some of the best."

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