Registered Nurse Brent Callis is having a streak of good luck. He just won a vacation getaway to Tahoe from Eskaton Foundation. Brent is a big supporter of Eskaton’s work with older adults. He is especially excited about the new Therapeutic and Healing Garden being built at the community he works. At Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven the new garden will feature the first wheelchair-accessible labyrinth in the greater Sacramento area.
“It will be safe and fully enclosed with beautiful views of the lake,” said Brent. “I wanted to donate to the project and I qualified for a paver to honor my father-in-law, the first CEO of Eskaton, Josh L. Wilson III.”
Wilson was a clergyman from Richmond who in 1968 organized a group of fellow clergymen to work with a group of physicians to buy American River Hospital. He and the clergymen named the nonprofit Eskaton. Years later Wilson encouraged his son-in-law to follow his passion. Brent took a leap of faith and stepped away from his career as a contractor and went to work for Eskaton -- first as a driver then a telephone resource specialist. After 3 years, Brent decided it was time to do what he really wanted, become a nurse. At the age of 50 he enrolled in nursing school and 5 years later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Now as a Registered Nurse he is the MDS Coordinator at the skilled nursing community.
“I love interacting and having a positive impact with older adults. I get to spend time with residents and answer their hard questions, be a bridge between the resident and our staff. I love doing that,” explains Brent. “It‘s like the dream job that I didn’t even know existed before I came here.”
Brent and his wife of 33 years, Camie, have earned a vacation. Congratulations Brent for winning the Tahoe trip and the job of your dreams.