What differentiates one skilled nursing & rehabilitation center from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At The Laurels of Summit Ridge, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.
The Laurels of Summit Ridge employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Restorative Care Nurses, a Wound Care Nurse, state tested Certified Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist. Our on-site Rehab, Dietary, Social Work, and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.
Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at The Laurels of Summit Ridge is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.
George rejoined Laurel Health Care Company as administrator at The Laurels of Summit Ridge in 2020 after previously serving as administrator at The Laurels of Hendersonville from 2012-2016. A licensed nursing home administrator since 2009, George loves working with the elderly population and collaborating with other professionals who are service-focused. Prior to returning to The Laurels, he served as director of continuing care for a large continuting care community.
A native of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., George resides in Asheville with his wife. They enjoy live music and outdoor activities with their dog, Rosie.
Director of Nursing
Deana Blackwelder, Director of Nursing, is a native to Western North Carolina. She has been an RN for 19 years, with 18 years experience in nursing management and 13 years experience in long-term care where she held roles in SDC, MDS, RN Supervisor, ADON, DON. Deana joined The Laurels of Summit Ridge in January 2018. Deana enjoys reading and spending time with her family (husband, Chad Blackwelder and 5 children; Jared, Alyson, Trenton, Kirstyn and Grayson).
Rehabilitation Services Director
Charles Simonetti has a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy. Charles spent 15 years as a Physical Therapist Assistant and has 8 years of management experience in Skilled Nursing Facilities. He is also wound care and ventilator Certified. Charles joined The Laurels of Summit Ridge in 2012.
Director of Marketing
Kathey began her career in healthcare in 2000 after obtaining her certification at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College for Certified Nursing Assistant. She joined The Laurels of Summit Ridge in 2011 and worked in many different positions from Certified Nursing Assistant , Medical Records, Scheduling to most recently she was the Director of Social Services. In 2018 she accepted the role as Director of Marketing. Kathey enjoys camping, crafting and her four children and one grandbaby.