The Cedars is excited to welcome Laura Sharp as the new vice president of resident services.

Sharp, a McPherson resident originally from Canton, has worked in long-term care her entire career. She recently completed her bachelor’s degree in gerontology and general studies from Fort Hays State University in May.

Sharp began her position as vice president on May 30, though she was a former employee and is a long-time friend of The Cedars.

After being the director of nursing in two other facilities, Sharp was excited to be working back in McPherson and says being back at The Cedars feels like a homecoming for her.

The challenges and opportunities that come with this new position excite her. She is eager to continue learning more about residential services, as long-term care regulations and issues are ever-changing.

“Having new challenges keeps me going,” Sharp says. “In this role, there’s something new to learn every day.”

Carma Wall, CEO of The Cedars, joins the staff in welcoming Sharp back to The Cedars.

“I am pleased to be able to work with Laura in this capacity because she relates well to residents and their families, as well as staff,” Wall says. “Laura knows The Cedars from years ago when she worked here as a Nurse Manager.  She is able understand the situation presented to her and move forward quickly with a solution.”

Sharp believes building close relationships with staff and residents is essential to being successful in her position. She feels grateful to have support from those around her.

“I’ve had tremendous support from my family and mentors along the way,” Sharp says. “I’ve learned having a good mentor is important, so being a good mentor is equally important.”

In her new managerial position, Sharp will strive to provide the best service she can for The Cedars’ residents.

“Hard work and dedication, as well as commitment to resident care, are the most important things about working in long-term care,” Sharp said.