In a community like Panorama, with 1,200 residents and 400 employees, individuals of outstanding caliber seem to continuously emerge as inspirational examples to others around them.
Roy Reinertsen is a registered nurse at the Panorama Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center but beyond his passion for providing care to residents is a knack for making music and a down-to-Earth approach that inspires.
In addition to his day job as an RN, Roy is the front man of local rockabilly blues band, Roy and The Oarsmen. The band came together as a happy consequence of taking the job at Panorama. Shortly after joining the community, Roy was introduced to Patrick Mehan, a drummer and fellow Panorama employee. The two were joined by bass guitarist, Nate Ranken, and the band was born. Their songs, written by Roy, are built from the roots of rock, blues, and some country western.
Roy started playing guitar in high school but was taught mostly by musicians in his church group. He began writing songs about six years ago, challenging himself to continuously learn something different. He has a natural talent for music and enjoys making people dance. If that weren’t enough, he’s also a skilled wood carver. The drive and determination it takes to develop these strong skills on top of a demanding job like nursing sets Roy apart as in inspiration for others to take advantage of our time on this Earth and nurture our own talents and interests.
When asked what drew him to Panorama, Roy cites his earlier experience as a nursing assistant in other facilities. “I really fell in love with the geriatric population. They are straight shooters who have had interesting lives. And not everyone is sick. You can get to know people better and it becomes a big family. I work with great staff and we love the residents. You turn around and there’s always something you can do to help someone.”
With a caring attitude like that, Panorama is lucky to have him!
To hear a sample track from Roy and The Oarsmen visit http://www.royandtheoarsmen.com/
Last Friday was a day of pomp and circumstance for Panorama residents. In celebration of Panorama’s 50 years, the Chambers House Restaurant was dressed to the nines and open exclusively to residents who were wined and dined in the finest of fashions. The meal kicked off with antipasto skewers, pretzel rolls, and brie with fruit and crackers. Soon came the main course of bourbon chicken, ravioli, ribs, shrimp, and succotash. This delectable array was topped off with caramel sauce drizzled over cheesecake and bon bons.
The celebratory mood was accented by shimmering gold decorations, a majestic ice sculpture, and the delightful sounds of a musical trio in the background. To end the festivities, champagne was poured and glasses raised for a toast to what makes Panorama exceptional, the people who live here. For it is they who transform this community into a vibrant lifestyle. And here’s to the next 50 years!
The comments below are just a sample of what Panorama residents have been saying about the celebration.
“The luncheon was a beautiful affair. The staff outdid themselves and you all made the residents feel very special! Thank you for all you do in such a gracious manner!”
“Thank you and all the staff at Panorama for the extremely awesome celebration of the 50th anniversary for Panorama. It was exciting and beautifully done. We are very happy we picked Panorama to live in Washington State.” – Mert and Wanda D.
“What a wonderful event planned for Panorama’s 50th year celebration. The food, ice carving, flowers, and decorations were so lovely and added so much to the festivities. Such an upbeat event! Please tell everyone involved that all efforts were executed perfectly – making the 50th truly a golden memory. We are the lucky ones living at this home called Panorama. Such a remarkable organization with tremendous leaders and staff!!! Thank you!” – Alice F.
“I want to extend my very special thanks to you and all the staff for making our 50th anniversary party so very special. Things were so elegant and well planned. It was a very great honor to be part of this special event. Thank you again. It was a party I will never forget!!” – Laura D.