Posted 04/12/2017

People on the Move - Integrace Copper Ridge - Rusty Mitchell as Executive Director

People on the Move - Integrace Copper Ridge - Rusty Mitchell as Executive Director

Integrace Copper Ridge, a nationally-recognized innovator in dementia support, announces that Russell L. “Rusty” Mitchell has joined the organization as executive director. A healthcare executive with more than 20 years of experience, Mitchell will oversee the day-to-day operations at Copper Ridge, as well as design, develop and implement strategic plans for the organization. Prior to joining Copper Ridge, Mitchell was the executive director for Willow Tree Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior healthcare community in Charles Town, WV. Between 2009 and 2017, he led the organization through many strategic growth initiatives, including a change of ownership, the creation of a sub-acute rehabilitation unit, the introduction of a Certified Nursing Assistant training and certification program, and extensive exterior renovations.  

He was also the executive director for Wilora Lake HealthCare in Charlotte, N.C. from 2001 to 2009. Previously, he has held executive roles at healthcare organizations in Tuscon, AZ, Lexington, VA and Clearwater, FL. “I am excited and honored to take on this leadership role with Integrace Copper Ridge, one of the nation’s leading providers of dementia support,” said Mitchell. “I am inspired by the innovative and passionate work this organization is doing to change the perception of what it means to live with dementia, and I am eager to help bring our services to more families.” “Rusty comes to us with an impressive track record of leadership and driving growth at senior healthcare organizations throughout the East Coast and across the country,” said Jackie Harris, President and CEO, Integrace. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the team at Integrace Copper Ridge as he guides our mission to provide excellent support to our residents and families in the greater community living with dementia.”  Rusty Mitchell holds a Master of Science in Eldercare Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He resides in Middletown, MD with his wife and three children. 

About Integrace Copper Ridge
Located in Sykesville, Md., Integrace Copper Ridge is a nationally-recognized innovator in dementia support. Providing a comprehensive suite of services – including assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and care partner education – Copper Ridge supports families and engages loved ones in fulfilling ways every day. Copper Ridge is also the site of the Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Memory Clinic, specializing in comprehensive evaluations and customized plans for people experiencing changes in memory or cognitive ability. In addition to a host of support services and resources for care partners, Copper Ridge also offers the Peabody Club, the region’s only adult day and night program for families living with dementia; and the Copper Ridge Bistro, the community’s only restaurant created with the needs of those living with dementia in mind. For more information, please visit or call 410-795-8808.

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