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DAYVILLE — Anna Gutjahr is July’s Employee of the Month at Westview Health Care Center.  Currently living in Eastford, she is a registered nurse at the Dayville facility where she has worked since 2017.  
She was born in Ohio, lived in Maine briefly, spent a decade in Rhode Island, and is now in her fifth year as a Connecticut resident.  
When she is not exercising the strength of her nursing skills Anna enjoys reading, playing with her cat Cal, shopping, and riding and showing horses with John Bennett Stables of Putnam.  She proudly works with a horse named Jester, and both are looking forward to showing off at the upcoming Woodstock Fair.  
She initially joined Westview’s staff as a Certified Nursing Assistant while she was earning her degree as a Registered Nurse from the Community College of Rhode Island.  After completing this education she quickly moved into the very important role of “charge nurse,” giving her a large quantity of patient cases to oversee in a given section of the facility.  Cultivating strength in this form of superintendence was important training for Anna, as it prepared her for the role she currently holds as the MDS coding nurse.  The “Minimum Data Set” (abbreviated as MDS) is the federal system of analyzing patient needs and abilities in a Medicare or Medicaid setting.
Amid her evolution between roles as a CNA, a Charge Nurse, and now MDS Nurse at Westview, she always holds onto key pieces learned along the way.
 “Anna demonstrates a work ethic and ambition that is such a natural fit here at Westview,” said David T. Panteleakos, administrator. “Alongside our amazing team of health care professionals, Anna is always willing to learn and lead by example.”


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