I started writing this editorial in my head many times. What to say to readers who are “meeting” me for the first time as the new editor of this magazine through this column? Clichés like "you only have one chance to make a first impression," and comparisons to spring and new beginnings flitted through my mind. I thought about explaining some new features in the magazine and our editorial mission, but there will be other editorials to do that. Finally, I realized I was overthinking it. “Write what's important to you,” I said to myself. So I'm choosing to write about passion-for what I do-writing and editing-and for the industry this magazine covers-long-term care. At this point in my life and career, I can't think of a better combination. I've been a writer and editor for more than 30 years. Journalism was the only profession I seriously considered (after childhood musings of being a ballerina or a nun!). I'm sure my veins are filled with ink, not blood. I've always had a passion for words and their power.
I'm also a boomer with an 85-year-old mom, who, while still living independently, needs help with most everything. While recovering from a laminectomy last year, she stayed at a skilled nursing facility for 42 days. I was with her daily and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly there. I've also experienced hospice care with my father. Hospice workers are truly God's angels on earth. I've always been drawn to older people. They are living historians of times I will never know and things I will never get to do. And while I'm not on the frontline of their care as you are, I still feel privileged to influence their care through the pages of this magazine. I am also privileged to have worked for the past year-and-a-half with former editor-in-chief Richard Peck. His vision has shepherded this magazine for the past 18 years and made it the market leader in the long-term care field. Luckily, Richard will still be sitting two doors down from me and as consulting editor, will still be lending his years of experience to the pages of this magazine with his writing. I am also proud to be working with Managing Editor Sandi Hoban, an 11-year veteran with Long-Term Living; Associate Editor Kevin Kolus who joined us last year; and our design team including Art Director Eric Collander, Rebecca DeNeau, and Suzanne Quintero.
Know this-I want to hear from you. Your ideas, compliments, questions, criticisms, and suggestions will help me make this your magazine. I am only its caretaker for now. Help me bring to you things that can help you serve your residents better. And remember, as editor of Long-Term Living, I share your passion.
Maureen Hrehocik Long-Term Living 2009 May;58(5):8