Our Staff

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 New London, 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 New London 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 New London 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.

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Jamie McConnell, LNHA

Interim Administrator

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Cheryl Yost, RN

Director of Nursing

Cheryl Yost joined The Laurels of New London as director of nursing in February 2022.

Cheryl received her nursing degree from Lorain County Community College in 1989. She began her career in the hospital acute care setting and specialized in orthopedics, oncology and neurology for 12 years. Since that time, Cheryl has worked in skilled nursing and long-term care, and has held many positions during that time, including unit manager, assistant director of nursing and as a director of nursing for the last 11 years.

Cheryl has resided in Lorain County for almost 40 years and currently lives in LaGrange Township. Her grandchildren keep her busy, as well as a small farm of draft horses/mules, miniature horse/donkey, nigerian dwarf goats and dogs and cats. She loves camping, horseback riding, and visiting with family and friends.

"The most important thing I can instill upon our staff is caring for our guests as we would our own family," Cheryl says. "Our facility is their home while they are here with us, and they deserve dedicated staff providing quality care and respect."

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Sarah M Burger, M.A. CCC-SLP

Rehabilitation Services Director

Sarah grew up in Norwalk, Ohio and graduated from St. Paul High School. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University; as well as, receiving her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Akron.  Sarah’s career began at Firelands Regional Medical Center where she treated patients of all ages in the acute care, outpatient and home health settings.  Sarah has received promotions, along with special recognitions throughout her career, including Rehabilitation Director of the Year Award in 2013.  Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.  Another personal passion is coaching.

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Kristin Rupp

Director of Marketing

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