What differentiates one skilled nursing & rehabilitation center from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At The Laurels of Bedford, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family, and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.
The Laurels of Bedford employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Restorative Care Nurses, a Wound Care Nurse, state tested Certified Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist. Our on-site Rehab, Dietary, Social Work, and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.
Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at The Laurels of Bedford is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.
Don has been an employee of Laurel Health Care Company since 1996. He began his career working as a dietary employee and continued to grow within the company. He received his Dietary Management Degree from Auburn University in 2001 and proceeded to Michigan State University where he added an Administration Degree in 2007. Don accepted the Administrator position at The Laurels of Bedford in September of 2008.
Director of Nursing
Annette Teunessen is the Director of Nursing and joined the Laurels of Bedford in January 2008. She has over 20 years of experience and leadership as a Director of Nursing. Annette is a graduate of Bronson School of Nursing as an RN-BC; she also is Board Certified in Gerontological Nursing.
Rehabilitation Services Director
Rachel is a Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) in the state of Michigan and is currently the Rehabilitation Services Director at The Laurels of Bedford. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in June 1998. A member of The Laurel Health Care Company staff since 2002, Rachel has worked in geriatrics and has been in rehab management at skilled nursing facilities since 2000.
Director of Marketing
Keli joined the Laurel Health Care Team in 2016. Keli graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Service. She has a passion for advocating on behalf of patients and their families and a desire to help them explore their healthcare options.
Helen Puhalj, PA-C received her associates degree in the physician assistant program at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio; Bachelor’s degree at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. She also has certification in Gerontology and End of Life Care. Helen states "My job is to really know the patient and their family – that’s why patient and family centered care is so important to me. I make sure to explain the medical problems and take time to have everyone involved in all decisions."