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Area woman takes reins at local nursing center

Friday, January 11, 2013

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Daily Dunlin Democrat

A woman from the local area, Toni Weber, has officially taken over the position at Heritage Nursing Center.

Weber, who originally grew up in the Piggott, Ark., area, is the daughter of Barbara Crawford, who served as a Cheerleading Coach at Piggott, and the late Fred Crawford, who served as a Piggott's Football Coach.

Weber is a mother to two; a daughter, Casey Hollis, who is 18 and is in her Sophomore year of college, and a son Jake Hollis, who is 22 and is a Marine. She is married to Rockie Weber, who works for the Greene County Sheriff's Department, out of Paragould, Ark.

Weber has worked in nursing since 1989 and worked in nursing until the past three years, when she earned her Administrator's Licence with Americare, through St. Francis Park. Nursing is a passion for Weber.

"The reason why I'm in this field, is the ability to make a difference in someone and to ensure that they are taken care of," Weber said.

After graduating from high school, Webber attended the Vocational School in Kennett, and prior to the new administration position, she has served as an LPN, the Assistant Director of Nursing at Recor Nursing and Rehab, as well as Director of Nursing at St. Francis Park.

The new responsibilities that Weber has acquired with the new position include having a larger staff.

"I think that will be a challenge," said Weber, adding, "learning is apart of my new job, I'm learning something every second, so it's very challenging and I'm enjoying it a lot.

"My expectations for myself is for Heritage Nursing to continue to be an excellent community and to continue to serve the people of Dunklin County and surrounding areas according to America's Home Town Hospitality promise."

vWeber also spoke of keeping the staff a family.

"We have some wonderful department heads, very long term employees, and I just want to continue this family, because it has always been a family," she said. "Lisa Johnson (the prior administrator) did a wonderful job."



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