Laurie Miraglia, RN CCM
Owner Laurie Miraglia’s passion has always been to help people. She has worked in health care for over 20 years with degrees in nursing and radiologic technology. Laurie became interested in Geriatric Care Management when she and her family had a life-changing experience. Her mother Angela, her best friend, was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer at 64 years old.
The The oncologist gave her a life expectancy of 4-6 months. Through the heart-wrenching months, Laurie and her family were faced with many decisions and had many questions. They felt overwhelmed and frustrated. Laurie’s family relied on her medical expertise to consult with physicians, manage her care, coordinate her home care needs and oversee the medical issues at hand.
Laurie was thankful that she was a nurse and had experience in many facets of health care. This was an eye-opening experience. She often wondered how individuals would get through such a crisis without the knowledge needed to care for their loved one. Where would people turn when their loved one was faced with the challenges of aging? Who would advocate for them? How would they know where to begin? How would they know what would be the best for their loved one? The list goes on and on.
Laurie knew that she could make a difference in people’s lives as she assists families and their loved ones when faced with the challenges that come along with aging. Thus, the birth of Senior’s Choice Care Management. Since then Laurie has been dedicated to make a difference in the lives of her patients, paving the way so they don’t feel so alone and overwhelmed.
Angela Whitmire, RN BSN
Angela Whitmire earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing and has acquired over 20 years experience as both a nurse and an educator. Her background is in the fields of cardiac, surgical, and geriatric nursing. Angela is certified in advanced life support and has been successful in assisting families with relocating their loved ones across the country so they could be nearby. She is enthusiastic about helping people and is invested in meeting their needs no matter how varied. This makes the challenging field of care management a great fit for her.
Chris Stefanucci, RN BSN
Chris has been a Registered Nurse for well over 20 years. She began her career at the old Park Ridge Hospital (Unity) on the Respiratory Unit. Chris had a calling to work with the Geriatric population and therefore began working in the community as a home care nurse. Chris’ extensive training and experience in geriatric care, led her to a management position in a memory care assisted living community. Through the years she trained specifically in Alzheimer’s/Dementia care through the Alzheimer’s Association and other workshops and courses. Geriatrics is Chris’ passion and she loves touching the lives of her patients and their families, providing the best care and quality of life possible.
Kari Tuchrello, RN
Kari is a Registered Nurse who has worked at Rochester General Hospital as well as Highland Hospital specializing in inpatient Oncology, Medical Surgical, and Gastroenterology. Her true passion has always been working with older adults and people with special needs. She is an advocate for her patients in the hospital and assists families with in home care to keep their loved ones safe and healthy in their own home. During her hospital career Kari observed the struggle that families go through trying to navigate the healthcare system without the necessary resources. When she learned how the Senior’s Choice Care Management team helps families in the community who are facing this very issue, she knew she had to join the team!
Jeanne Mulley, LPN
Jeanne Mulley has been an active nurse in the Rochester community for over 35 years serving the needs of the geriatric community in many capacities. Jeanne is a graduate of the Isabella Graham Hart LPN program; she has completed the Gerontology certificate program at St. John Fisher College as well as many courses at the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jeanne’s experience is rich in geriatric nursing. With a hospital background in both medical and surgical nursing, Jeanne became a nurse coordinator with Norrell Health Care. Jeanne continued her work with geriatrics as a staff nurse at Hill Haven and St. Ann’s. Next, Jeanne became a staff nurse at Valley Manor Independent Living. Following that, she accepted a position as the nurse manager of their adult day program and respite. In 2000, Jeanne became the nurse manager in the assisted living unit at Baywinde. This broadened her experience and in 2005, she returned to St Ann’s Community becoming the nurse manager of their dementia unit at Cherry Ridge where she has worked for the past 13 years.
Jeanne is proud of her commitment to the geriatric population and has enjoyed supporting their needs over the years. Her focus and passion remain caring for the geriatric community. Through all these experiences, Jeanne is well equipped to support the changing needs of the elderly population in our community.
Ellyn LaPietra, Social Worker
Ellyn has been working as a Social Worker for over 30 years. She has worked with adults with special needs and the senior population, specializing in Dementia care. Her love of the geriatric population led her to join the Nursing Home setting over 20 years ago. There, she has had the pleasure of helping families and their loved ones through their transitions in life. Her familiarity with Medicare/Medicaid/HMO/LTC Insurance/Private Pay guidelines, as well as her knowledge of resources throughout Monroe and its outlying counties, offers those in need the tools and assistance required to navigate any challenges. Ellyn considers it a pleasure and honor to work with our seniors.