New Interim Administrator and Director of Nursing join WRC

The Wyoming Retirement Center has added two new administrators. Bruce Allison will serve as interim chief administrator and Kris Schmidt as the Director of Nursing.

Allison is the superintendent of all three Wyoming Department of Health Aging Division facilities: the Veterans Home of Wyoming in Buffalo, the Pioneer Home in Thermopolis and the Wyoming Retirement Center. Allison is living in Worland while he continues duties to all three agencies. He is at WRC three days a week. The WDH continues to look for a permanent administrator for the 90-bed skilled nursing facility. 

Wyoming Retirement Center welcomes two new administrators. Interim Administrator Bruce Allison and Director of Nursing Kris Schmidt pose for a picture at the center.

Allison has been on the job for three weeks and says this of the facility, “I’m excited with the way the facility is going.” He previously served as interim at the WRC and is familiar with its programs. Allison replaces William Harlow, the previous administrator.

Kris Schmidt comes from North Dakota. She has both a degree in nursing and a bachelor’s in biological sciences. Schmidt has been a registered nurse for 26 years and has experience in administration, community and hospital nursing services.

Schmidt identifies one of her goals here is to assist in the training of staff to care for patients with varying forms of dementia. WRC has a secure unit for patients with dementia.

Schmidt moved to the area by herself with an interest in trying something new; she said this a good match. 

She is also a master gardener and is looking forward to raising flowers soon. She began her duties in March, replacing Roxile Barrett, the previous assistant director of nursing. 

By Laurie D. Morstad