Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation raised a toast to nurses as the facility observed National Skilled Nursing Care week with “Martinis with the Mayor” last week.
The facility and Issaquah Mayor Mary Lou Pauly paid tribute to the dedicated staff who help their residents heal, grow and thrive during a time when they are vulnerable, and recognized and honored the residents who inspire staff to become better caregivers.
Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation hosted different events each day of the week to commemorate the spirit in the Issaquah community. Pauly joined in the celebration and served hors d’oeuvres and special (non-alcoholic) beverages to the residents. The mayor took questions from the staff and residents on several subjects of interest.
One of the questions staff asked her was what has surprised her the most about being mayor. Pauly noted the appreciation and awareness of city staff as a council member versus as mayor has surprised her. As council member, Pauly interacted with city staff quite a bit, but as mayor she is now very aware of each of the 260 city employees across several departments, plus 75 seasonal employees.
The mayor also talked about growth in general, apartment density in select areas of the valley floor and local and sub-regional “drive-through” traffic.
In addition to Martinis with the Mayor, the week of recognition was also marked with other events, including My Life Story Day, School Days, Career Day, Vacation Day and Senior Prom. For more information, visit www.issaquahnursing.com/blog.