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Social services designee is an advocate for residents

Samantha Lovetere is the social services designee at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation.

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Samantha Lovetere is the social services designee at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation.

— Although Samantha Lovetere said she now loves her Idaho job, it wasn’t the reason she and her family moved to Idaho County.

“We discovered Summit Academy, and that’s why we decided to move here, on faith,” she smiled.

Lovetere and her husband, Josh, have three children, ages 10, 8 and 6. They moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Cottonwood in December 2017.

“We did a lot of research – we wanted a classical Catholic education for our children. We had homeschooled previously and had specific ideas on what we wanted,” she explained. “We found everything we wanted at Summit.”

Lovetere then applied at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation, where she gets the chance to work with everyone.

“As social services designee, I work with residents, the families, caregivers and people employed here,” she said. “I’m fortunate to have the chance to interact with everyone.”

“I worked six years as a hospice nurse,” she explained. “I feel as if my background, experience, education and personality are great fits for my job here.”

Lovetere works as a liaison between GHR’s residents and others with whom they interact, helping make their living or stays as best as can possibly be. Social service designees assist residents with their basic needs, coordinate social services and act as representatives for residents who are often unable to advocate for themselves.

“I love it here,” she said. “I’m excited to be in Idaho.”

Josh is employed at Pacific Cabinets in Ferdinand where he works in Internet technology.

Lovetere understands more than social services: She spent several years as a long-haul truck driver.

“I originally went to college to obtain a teaching degree, and a year in I decided I did not want to do that,” she explained.

She spent some time driving throughout the 48 states and Canada before deciding to attend nursing school.

The Lovetere family enjoys all outdoor activities.

“Especially having four distinct seasons,” she smiled.


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