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New Leaders Announced For Westminster’s Healthcare Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2021
CONTACT: Debbie Callahan, VP Marketing

LYNCHBURG – Two long-term employees of Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg have been promoted to leadership positions in recent months.

Lori R. Sweeney, of Concord, and Ashley N. Jordan, BSN, of Appomattox, are experienced healthcare professionals now leading Westminster’s Health Services Department as Vice President and Director of Nursing respectively.

Their advancement follows the retirement of Liz Kail, former vice president, and the transition of Nurse Practitioner Olena Z. Mahne who joined a physician practice at the end of January.

“We are very pleased to have Lori and Ashley leading our health services team,” said Sean Huyett, Westminster’s President and CEO. “Both are experienced; have strong leadership skills; and have been with our organization for many years. Their promotions into these new roles provide our residents, their families and our team members with reassurance that the continuity of our healthcare services will be maintained.”

Lori Sweeney is a Radford University graduate who has made the aging services field her career choice. She joined Westminster Canterbury in 2013 as admissions coordinator/social worker. In this role, she developed an effective census management program to support efficient access to services and to provide supportive services for older adults transitioning to home after completing short-term rehabilitation care.

Sweeney successfully completed an internship and examination process to obtain her Nursing Home Administrators License in 2017. She then assumed management responsibilities for assisted living services at Westminster and supported administrative work for quality measurements and state and federal survey preparation. She was elected vice president of health services in mid-2020 and has now fully transitioned into this position.

Ashley Jordan began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) after graduating from the Lynchburg General School of Nursing in 2008. Further study resulted in her acquiring her RN degree in 2012, followed by graduation from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2020.

During her 11 years employed by Westminster Canterbury-Lynchburg she has continued to learn, achieving certifications in a number of specialty areas, including wound care and infection prevention. She has led education and training for health services team members and contributes to survey preparedness for all healthcare areas on campus.

In March 2020, Jordan was tasked with leading Westminster’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This assignment involved developing and implementing the appropriate policies and procedures for infection control across the campus.

Jordan, as the infection preventionist, oversees preparation for infection control surveys, conducts regular testing and monitors all residents and staff members. She most recently worked with Walgreens/PharMerica for the successful vaccination clinics conducted over the past two months.

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Photo (left to right respectively): Ashley Jordan, Lori Sweeney


Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg, Inc. is a non-profit retirement community, affiliated with the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches, which opened in 1980. What began as two apartment buildings with a health services center has grown to an organization that follows a person-centered care philosophy to provide healthcare, wellness and recreational services for more than 400 older adults on its residential campus at 501 VES Road, Lynchburg, VA.  Home health and hospice services are provided through Westminster’s Senior Independence agency.

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