I sat down with Sarah Sjostrom, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham (HRC-Dedham) on the campus of NewBridge on the Charles, to learn more about her background and future goals for care at HRC-Dedham.
She graduated from Tufts University in 2003 with a major in Biology. After graduation, Sarah began her career at Dana Farber Cancer Institute performing biological research aimed at developing innovative cancer therapy approaches. She soon realized that, while she loved research, she was passionate about finding a job working directly with patients. She went back to nursing school at the MGH Institute of Health Professions where she achieved her Master’s Degree in Nursing, and subsequently obtained her Nurse Practitioner license. Sarah began her career at Hebrew SeniorLife working as a staff nurse in the Medical Acute Care Unit (MACU) at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale. She transitioned to an administrative role on that unit as the Director of Nursing and Respiratory Care Services, and began working at HRC-Dedham in 2017 where she now oversees multiple departments including nursing for HRC-Dedham, Life Enhancement, Social Services, and others.
“I love being a nurse and I love people,” said Sjostrom. Sarah never planned to be in nursing administration but has appreciated the way that the role allows her to have a broad impact on the provision of care to patients. “I love that I have the ability to work with interdisciplinary teams to create change on a larger level,” she said. “I feel like I get to touch a lot more lives that way.”
Sarah also acknowledges how thankful she is to work for such a special organization. She is proud to be an employee at an organization that is truly dedicated to its mission of providing compassionate care across multiple levels of care. “There’s something really interesting about working for an organization that values the continuum of care and can provide support to patients and families as their care needs change,” said Sjostrom. “I love getting to know the people that we care for here. It’s been a great experience and I’ve developed many long-standing relationships.”
Sarah is so awed by the care and compassion that the clinical teams provide every day, but part of her job is to always look for ways to improve. “I would love to continue to see how we can use more new and innovative ways to take care of our patients,” said Sjostrom. “For example, using technology to give the teams time to focus on what matters most.”
“I feel very thankful to this organization, for allowing me continued opportunities for growth as a professional,” said Sarah. “I’ve had the pleasure of having incredible mentors and supervisors. They’re amazing people who have shown continuous support for me and my ideas throughout my career and leadership journey."