When it comes to taking a stand and supporting things she believes in, Nancy Salmon, of the Menlo Park Ward, Hermosa Vista Stake, is known for her willingness to play full out. Whether it’s nurturing and serving her four children and seven grandchildren; supporting her husband, Congressman Matt Salmon, in his political endeavors and Church service; caring for her 88-year-old parents; fulfilling church callings and various volunteer efforts in the community, Nancy has done it all with energy and passion.
“I have always been involved in a wide range of endeavors,” she says. “I believe it’s important to be involved and to serve in our families, church and communities.”
An Arizona native and graduate of Tempe’s McClintock High School, Nancy went on to study at Mesa Community College and then Arizona State University. She returned to ASU approximately two years ago, not as a student, but to work in the ASU Public Affairs office, where her efforts focused on community and municipal relations. After a year and a half at ASU, Nancy recently accepted a position as Vice President of Corporate Communications with Hacienda HealthCare.
Hacienda HealthCare is Arizona’s leading provider of specialized services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, and young adults, including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, Nancy explains.
A nonprofit organization, Hacienda HealthCare was “founded in 1967 as Hacienda de los Angeles, a single facility serving three children, Hacienda has continued to expand to meet the needs of the ever-increasing numbers of infants, children and young adults who require a high level of medical and habilitation care,” their website states.
Hacienda’s comprehensive system includes restorative and long-term services for young people who suffer the effects of genetic disorders, birth trauma, accident and physical abuse as well as debilitating or life-threatening diseases. Services include 24-hour nursing, respiratory services, elementary and high school education programs, respite care, group home services and a transition program to help parents and relatives learn how to care for their family member at home.
“Children and individuals in our care include those that have suffered serious disabilities from being involved in a terrible vehicle accident or a near drowning, or those who have severe brain injuries for any other reason,” Nancy says.
“There are no other direct care facilities like it in the state, and I am amazed with the quality of care and love that the patients receive.”
Now serving 2,550 individuals each year through 30+ different programs, the organization continues to expand, opening a one-of-a-kind children’s hospital in Mesa in July. The new 24-bed, 20,900-square-foot hospital, at Country Club and Baseline roads, is similar to the Phoenix facility, where children receive more long-term care or the care they need to transition from another hospital to a home environment.
Nancy says, initially, “My interest in Hacienda HealthCare had a lot to do with what I knew about the organization because of Matt’s advocacy for them over the years and the fact that it was a great growth opportunity.”
She soon recognized “how large a need existed and how many families were affected,” often with little idea of how to care for their children with developmental or intellectual disabilities or other healthcare needs.
“Hacienda HealthCare can tell story after story of children who, because of God’s will, the miracles of modern medicine, Hacienda’s care and their own inner strength, have been taken off their ventilators or are otherwise thriving,” Nancy says.
Yet, she adds, “I have realized that there are very few individuals in our community that know of the fabulous resources of this nonprofit organization. My goal is to make Hacienda HealthCare a household name.”
For more about Hacienda HealthCare, visit www.HaciendaHealthCare.org