After 23 years of service, Anita Schacher, CEO and nursing home administrator, will be retiring from Clatsop Care Center Health District. A retirement celebration will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the McTavish Room in the Liberty Theater.

This event will also serve as a kickoff fundraiser for the district’s newly established Clatsop Cares Foundation. The public is welcome.

Schacher will remain with the district in the role of executive consultant through Sept. 30 as she trains the new CEO Nicole Williams, and the new nursing home administrator, Amanda Brenchley. She will also be the district’s liaison in the development of a 32-unit residential care facility designed to serve memory care.

In 1983, she was hired as the social services director and activities consultant for Clatsop Care Center. She resigned in 1985, but her position was never filled, and she returned in 1986. In 1991, Schacher completed a yearlong administrative program and accepted the nursing home administrator position at Clatsop Care Center. Eight years later, she was promoted to the CEO position.

Included among the health district’s accomplishments during Schacher’s tenure are: a $1.5 million 10,000-square-foot addition to Clatsop Care Center; the passage of a $250,000 annual tax base for the health district; obtaining a 4-acre site that now houses Clatsop Retirement Village; and securing 501 (c)(3) status and establishing the Clatsop Cares Foundation in 2012.

In addition to the her instrumental involvement in the growth and expansion of the health district, Schacher established the Compassionate Companions Program, dedicated to support the death, dying and grief process; Silver Threads, a program that brings school children into the facility on a regular basis; a Staff Training, Appreciation, Recognition and Support (STARS) program that seeks to improve the work environment for staff; Nightingales, a program that takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to resident care; and the Volunteer Auxiliary.

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