Kelley Laswell is Mt Hope’s new administrator leading our great team of experienced and dedicated staff. She was appointed as administrator at the end of 2021, coming to Mt Hope with four years’ experience in the long-term care facility industry.
Kelly was born in Puyallup, Washington but moved to Kansas as a child. She attended Newton Senior High School before attending Cottage Colley, then WSU and Friends University. She earned both an MBA as well as a Master’s Degree in Health Care Leadership.
Kelly loves spending her time with family, reading, and listening to music. She is also a Disney fanatic! She also loves to travel and has been to some amazing destinations. She has visited Florence and Rome in Italy. She has traveled to Dublin Ireland, the Dominican Republic, and has been on 7 cruises!
Director of Nursing
Joni Gurrens joined the Mount Hope Nursing Center team in September of 2021. With 8 years of previous experience, we are proud to have such a qualified member on our staff!
Joni was born in Wichita, KS. She attended Maize High School before going on to Hutchinson Community College. With her husband James, they have raised 8 children – four boys and four girls, most of whom are now grown adults.
She has a small farm with cows and chickens that keep her very busy. She also enjoys watching her kids play sports and some spending some relaxing time on a boat. One very interesting tidbit about Joni is that she loves anything to do with Jurassic Park and dinosaurs!
Social Service Director
Shannon McCaskill has been with Mount Hope Nursing Center since 2004 and has held various positions over her time here. Since becoming the Social Service Designee in 2017, she has now become Mt Hope’s Social Service Director.
Shannon was born in Hayward, California. She attended American High School before going off to earn her CNA and receiving certifications necessary to be an Activities Director, Restorative Aide and a Social Service Director.
Shannon and her husband Nathan (who also works here at Mt Hope) have raised two children, a boy and a girl who are all grown up now. As Shannon puts it, “family is my world.” She enjoys most spending time with them as well as their dogs. But she also enjoys entertaining and cooking, especially charcuterie boards. Shannon is a big Harry Potter fan.
Life Enhancement Director
Mary attended Hutchinson Community College where she received her EMT and CNA. She started her healthcare career working for an internal medicine doctor in the Hutchinson area. She then went on to other specialty fields including teaching developmentally challenged pre-k children. She is MANDT trained and a Professional Steps Behavior practitioner. This gives her a distinct perspective on the needs of our seniors. Mary is currently attending classes at Butler Community college to finish her few remaining classes to move towards her degree in psychology. She is pursuing this degree due to her desire for better senior mental health and hospice help during the transition into their and their family’s final stage of life. Mary believes in her passion, that death should be celebrated just as much as the beginning of a new life.
Mary has lived in Haven for over 30 years, been married to the love of her life for almost 25 years, has 6 grown children, and 19 grandchildren. Mary serves as the treasurer of Haven Township, serves on boards of other entities, attends Haven Baptist church and relaxes by spending time with her family, flower gardening, and being a hostess for fun gatherings.
Mary says, “It is such a privilege to be a member of the staff at MHNC. We are family here and as such are intertwined with the lives of the seniors and families in which we serve. I love talking to and spending time with residents and family members, getting to know them and loving on them the best way that helps them while they are here. My main goal is to make them smile, whether it is a rousing game of bingo, wearing a silly costume, shaping and painting one’s nails, or simply sitting and having a drink and listening. Thank you for entrusting me to be a small part of their life.”
Environmental Services Director
Nathan McCaskill joined the Mount Hope Nursing Center team at the start of 2022. Hailing from Newton, Nathan went on to attend school in Mt Hope and in Haven. He then joined the Army Reserve, where he served from 1997 to 2004. He even spent one year in Iraq. In addition, Nathan is a certified Firefighter.
Nathan and his wife Shannon (who is Mt Hope’s Social Service Director) have two grown children. When he’s not spending time with his family, he enjoys spending time in the great outdoors doing such things as fishing, camping and forging art. He is an avid reader, especially with sci-fi books.
Food Services Director
Kathy Darosett joined the Mount Hope Nursing Center family in 2016, bringing with her nearly 20 years of professional dietary experience. Kathy was born in Hutchinson but grew up and attended school in Newton. She has 4 children, two of whom work here at Mount Hope Nursing Center! When she isn’t busy making sure the meals delivered to our nursing home residents are nutritious as well as delicious, Kathy enjoys spending her time crafting and sewing.
Business Office Manager
Paula Plum is Mount Hope Nursing Center’s new Business Office Manager. With 25 years experience in the nursing home industry, Paula joined our family at the beginning of 2022 with a wealth of knowledge and skill.
Hailing originally from Champaign, Illinois, Paula moved to the Sunflower state as a child where she attended Buhler High School and Hutchinson High School. She went on to receive her Associates Degree as well as CPC certification. She has two grown children but her mother moved in with Paula after the passing of her father. Paula is very active in her church.
Deb Pierce started with Mount Hope Nursing Center in April of 2019. She joined our team with a wealth of nursing experience – she already had spent 27 years as an RN!
Deb hails from Clinton, Missouri. She went on to get her Associates Degree from Garden City Community College. She has been married to her husband Robert for over 30 years. They have 6 children, three boys and three girls. They’ve all grown and had children of their own, giving Deb and Robert 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren!
Deb loves her large family and especially when they can take family vacations together, especially cruises. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her two German Shepherds.
Contact us with your questions. We would be happy to sit down and discuss your specific situation. We can help you learn about the options you have in order to make the best decision that is right for you and your loved one.
Visit our newly remodeled facility at 704 E. Main in Mount Hope, Kansas. We are just 18 miles northwest of Wichita on K-96. From Wichita or Maize, you’ll turn left onto 101 1st St. N and find us 2 miles down the road on your right. Coming on K-96 from the Hutchinson or Haven area, turn right onto North 279th St. In a half mile, turn left onto Main St. and you’ll soon find us on your left.
Give us a call at (316) 667-2431.