Generations at Elmwood Park has a great staff. When you visit or tour Generations at Elmwood Park, you will have the opportunity to meet members of our leadership and management team. Please make a point to stop in or introduce yourself while you are visiting our community. Our staff loves to meet the families and friends of our residents and guests.
The administrator of Generations at Elmwood Park oversees every aspect of living in this community, from the clinical care to the personalized services for individual residents. Entertainment, landscaping, food service – everything comes back to John J. Hurley.
Our administrator has been keeping his eye on multiple works in progress, plus the clock, since he was 16. That’s when he got his first job in health care – in the kitchen of a 200-bed nursing home.
“I did not realize what a skill I was learning by learning how to cook,” John said. “I could zip around the kitchen, and people stood in awe of what I was able to handle. That was my ‘Ah-ha’ moment.”
A native of Wheaton, John has managed skilling nursing facilities in Philadelphia, Indianapolis and elsewhere. His years in this industry have taken him through rural and urban buildings, new construction and older infrastructure. In Elmwood Park, John leads a clinically progressive staff with dialysis and ventilator units, plus other features once reserved for hospitals.
“We’re doing it, and we’re doing it for the right reasons,” John said. “Efficiency. I see lots and lots of people who are living quality lives.”
As he had to in his cooking days, John rises and shows up at work early. He is responsible for more than just food now, but even from his teen years, he has been caring for a whole community.
“When I get out of bed in the morning, it’s for the residents.”
Director of Nursing
At Elmwood Park, the director of nursing oversees the front-line care of each resident, as well as the staff who administer it. For Kristina Rodriguez, that ranges from budgeting and ordering through assessing programs to look for improvements, then walking daily rounds herself.
And she knows nursing from both sides. Kristina has a history of cancer throughout her family, so she has seen the impact that a caring staff makes on people she loves. And she is a registered nurse, educated at Triton College with years of working the floors, so she understands everything she asks of her staff.
“I was always around nurses growing up,” so she said getting into health care felt like a way of honoring those in her family who needed skilled care. “It was hard, but the nurses were so caring, so it made things a little bit easier.”
But maybe most importantly, Kristina was born and raised in Elmwood Park. She graduated from Elmwood Park High School and got her first job in health care in this building, at age 18.
“It’s a big deal to me, to be taking care of people in the neighborhood I’m from,” she said.
She started in the Generations at Elmwood Park building, learning the paperwork end of the business while studying at Triton. Since then, she has moved up through floor nurse, wound care specialist and wound care coordinator. Now, she is focused on being a positive addition to the community that raised her.
Director of Admissions
For Corie, delivering quality care is a personal ambition, because she has seen the effect it has on families…including her own. Doctors diagnosed her father with cancer, and Corie experienced how medical care affected both him and those around him.
“It was comforting, and I see a lot of families going through the same thing,” she said.
But there is one other thing, and as Corie put it, “This is very, very important.” She is an avid, staunch, ardent and generally big fan of the Chicago Cubs. Her grandfather played baseball, so she grew up around the game, and Wrigley Field in particular.