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Pam Turley named executive director of new Morning Pointe at Happy Valley

photo of Pam Turley, Executive Director at Morning Pointe at Happy Valley

Pam Turley, a registered nurse with an extensive senior living background, has been named executive director of Morning Pointe at Happy Valley, the new assisted living and memory care campus in development in Walker County, Georgia.

In this role, Turley will help open the senior community at 2989 Happy Valley Road in Rossville and oversee operations.

Turley resides in Ringgold and has been an RN for 37 years. Her career has encompassed home health care and senior living, including both assisted living and memory care. She was an executive director at an assisted living facility in Cleveland, Tennessee, for the past 15 years.

“I was always drawn to seniors, even in nursing school,” Turley shared. “I love their depth of knowledge, and I always found senior living to be fun.”

Turley earned her LPN license from Dalton Vocational School of Health Occupations. She earned her RN from Chattanooga State School of Nursing.

She shared she is excited to be working closer to home at a brand-new senior living campus.

“I love the quiet, serene setting of Happy Valley,” Turley said. “I’m excited about serving seniors in North Georgia.”

Morning Pointe at Happy Valley is set to open in late 2023. It will contribute to the redevelopment of the historic 300-acre Happy Valley Farms, situated between Ridgeland High School and Rossville Middle School. This makes it Morning Pointe Senior Living’s 38th community and the company’s second location in Georgia.

The building will encompass 58 assisted living apartments and an additional 24 memory care apartments, specifically designed for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.

Morning Pointe at Happy Valley will offer 24/7 nursing care alongside personal care services and other clinical services such as medication assistance. Furthermore, residents will have access to on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy services through The Weston Group.

A multitude of activities awaits the residents, including arts and crafts, wellness exercise classes, and intergenerational activities through relationships with local schools.

The specialized Lantern memory care wing will offer innovative therapies such as Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® to Care, Best Friends™ Approach and Morning Pointe’s own Meaningful Day™. This unique program provides a structured and safe environment for residents with memory loss.

Adding a touch of freshness to everyday meals, Morning Pointe’s Farm to Table program will utilize local, farm-fresh and seasonal ingredients.

For inquiries regarding apartment reservation and job opportunities, please contact 706-916-2777 or visit morningpointe.com/careers/ for posted jobs.

The Happy Valley farm and estate, established in 1935 by John L. Hutcheson, Jr., was once an award-winning Jersey cattle and dairy farm. Later, it transitioned into a world-class American Saddlebred horse-breeding facility. In honor of Marion “Bit” Hutcheson’s legacy, Greg A. Vital took an interest in the property and acquired it from the heirs. He aims for Morning Pointe at Happy Valley to recognize the tremendous history of the farm through decorations and memorabilia found throughout the building.  

Founded in 1996 by healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living operates assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states. In the greater Chattanooga area, Morning Pointe operates assisted living and memory care communities in Chattanooga, Collegedale, Ooltewah, Hixson, Athens and Calhoun.

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