Monroe steps into top administrative slot at Pioneer Place in Vale

Chris Monroe is the new facility administrator at Pioneer Place in Vale. (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan).

VALE – The first time Chris Monroe stepped into a nursing home more than 40 years ago he wanted to leave.

“I swore I’d never go back to a nursing home again,” he said.

Monroe said that first day in a nursing home in 1977 as a nurse’s aide helped define his future. Rather than staying away, Monroe has worked in skilled nursing since and the native of Orange, California, said he doesn’t regret it.

The week of Aug. 2, Monroe became administrator at Pioneer Place. He replaces longtime administrator Tom Hathaway, who retired. Monroe will oversee about 45 residents at the local facility.

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