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Summer Solstice 2023

November 29, 2021

Our Team, Our Passions...Debra Cummins, RN

For Debra Cummins, RN, Hopewell’s nurse manager, nursing is all about helping people heal, both mentally and physically. During her career, she has worked with individuals who have developmental disabilities, rehabilitation needs, chronic medical conditions requiring home care, substance use disorders, and mental illness.

“Six years ago, I heard about Hopewell through a friend. Colleen Welder was interviewing nurses and though I wasn’t looking for another management position, I came to Hopewell to interview anyway,” Deb said. “After one visit, I fell in love with Hopewell’s uniqueness.”

She continued, “I love the home-like atmosphere – it’s so informal, like a family. Everyone is very down to earth. Hopewell is so different from my previous experience where patients stayed for a few days or a week and the population was constantly fluctuating. At Hopewell, residents are with us for several months or longer and we get to know them well. We are a true healing community.”

When asked about her passions, Deb was quick to respond. “I love to garden and create a colorful yard with perennials, annuals, and shrubs. Gardening is my summer vacation! My husband and I don’t vacation until fall when our garden is done for the year.” Deb also enjoys making decorations and useful items for her home using her crafting skills. Overall, what Deb is most passionate about is spending time with her seven grandchildren, ages 11 months to 6 years old. Clearly nurturing, growth, and healing are central to her life.

On a “best day” at Hopewell, Deb says, “I see someone who was struggling is finally doing well. That’s what we’re here for.”

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