Please introduce yourself
My name is Loretta Baxter and for the past seven years I have been the administrator at St. Monica’s Senior Living. St. Monica’s has successfully served the Racine community for 48 years and we look forward to continuing this faith-filled tradition. Our goal is to ensure that each senior at St. Monica’s is engaged right up until their last day of life. We reach this goal by getting to know the individual, offering activities they enjoyed throughout their life and by hiring only the best, caring staff.
Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from a small town in Iowa. New Albin is located on the Minnesota and Wisconsin border, just south of La Crosse. I grew up on a 500-acre dairy and beef farm and was my dad’s right hand. I learned hard work and business at an early age. When I was not working on the farm, I loved nature and was constantly outdoors ice skating, cross-country skiing, biking or hiking.
How did your life’s journey bring you to Racine?
Aurora recruited me for a clinic supervisor position. They had pegged me for one of two positions-one in Oshkosh or Racine. I thoroughly enjoy Racine and I’m glad this is where I landed. While working for Aurora as a clinic administrator responsible for eight clinics, one of the board of directors at St. Monica’s asked me to help start St. Monica’s Senior Expo, which is going on its eighth year. From there I became a board member and then the administrator.
What do you like best about Racine?
I like the size of the city, not too big and not too small, just the right size to get involved and make a difference. Racine has so many service and professional groups that are welcoming of new members and work to make Racine a better place. I have met many wonderful people in Rotary (a service club) and TEMPO (a Racine professional women’s group). My favorite project in Rotary is working on Vegas Night where the proceeds benefit children going to summer camp at Camp Anokijig.
Please give some examples of how your work has made a positive impact on the community.
Ninety-seven percent of the individuals who live at St. Monica’s spent their life serving their country and the Racine community, as teachers, nurses, factory workers and business leaders. At St. Monica’s we take pride in lovingly caring for each person with the respect they deserve. Our logo is very apt, “you are the heart of our home.” It is our duty to care for those who have served us so faithfully all their lives.
What is the least understood aspect about what you do?
Wisconsin healthcare is one of the most regulated in the country. St. Monica’s as an Assisted Living Community Based Residential Facility falls under numerous state regulations. I frequently travel to Madison to meet with government officials to ensure we are up to date on the newest regulations and standards.
What would you like to accomplish during the next 6 months? 12 months?
St. Monica’s is located on 42 beautiful acres next to the Root River. We want to grow and expand services in a way that allows our seniors the ability to enjoy nature and our beautiful surroundings.
What’s the best way to contact you?
You can reach me at 262-321-7131 or by email at email@example.com