Employee Spotlight – Rockabilly Blues by Night


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/

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