Crane House director’s experience brings unique perspective to job

Jill Risner’s life changed forever at age 21.

A major car accident left Jill with almost every bone in her body broken.  Ironically, the experience brings a unique perspective to her job as director of the Crane House Health Center, which offers assisted living, nursing care services and memory support programs to members at South Franklin Circle.

“I know what it’s like to be wheelchair bound and have people dress and feed you,” says Jill.

It was a long road to recovery. “I had a lot of time to do some real soul-searching,” admits Jill.  “I was only a few months away from earning my nursing degree, but I couldn’t go back to school.  Even though the doctor said I would never walk again, I was determined to pull myself up, and whatever I would do, I’d make a difference in people’s lives.”

Although it was too late for Jill to earn her nursing degree, she used that knowledge and her natural ability for sales to land a position as the marketing director for an assisted living community in her hometown of Findlay, Ohio.  She was eventually promoted to executive director at age 25.  “It was a great learning experience,” she says.

She came to Cleveland when Woodside Village in Bedford recruited her to be its executive director.  After 11 years in that position, she toyed with the idea of retiring.  “It tore my heart out to leave,” says Jill.  But she quickly changed her mind when she discovered that the director position at the Crane House was available.

“It was an opportunity to good to pass up,” she says.  “I had always wanted to work for Judson – it has such a great reputation in the industry.”

Jill began her tenure as director of the Crane House Health Center in late October.  She recently lead the staff through its third annual state survey-its third-in-a-row deficiency free.

“The staff here is amazing,” says Jill.  “They really care about making a difference in the members’ lives.”

For more information about the Crane House Health Center at South Franklin Circle, please call (440) 247-1300 or click here.

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