Photo by Nicole Soper

Walking the halls of Providence Marianwood, a skilled nursing home in Issaquah, administrator Maricor Gonzales-Lim greets everyone from nurses to social workers to patients by name and with a smile. 

Her desire to connect with people and see them at their best is what motivated her to transition from the role as director of rehabilitation at Marianwood to administrator. 

“A lot of (our) partners are very impressed with our rehab department, and I felt like, you know, if I’m able to do that with the rehab department, I can make a bigger difference (as administrator),” Gonzales-Lim said.

Originally from the Philippines, Gonzales-Lim attended school in Cebu City to be a physical therapist and, once licensed, moved to Indiana due to what she said was a strong desire to live in the United States. After working for approximately seven years as a physical therapist, and later director of rehabilitation, Gonzales-Lim made her way to Washington in part to be closer to her husband’s family in Vancouver, B.C.

While Gonzales-Lim is an ocean away from the Philippines, she keeps home close to her heart by cooking her family its favorite Filipino foods, like adobo. But she also is a fan of eating out at Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse in Bellevue or any buffet-style restaurant.

In her off-duty hours, Gonzales-Lim attends dog shows for her American Bully, Makoy. While she doesn’t personally handle the dog in shows, she still enjoys the competition and chance to, again, meet and connect with people. 

Continue reading to get a glimpse of a day in her life.


6:45 a.m. | Our day starts early, with the whole family gathered around the table. Breakfast is served, and lunches are packed.

8 a.m. | I arrive at Providence Marianwood ready to start serving the residents and patients at our Eastside nonprofit nursing home.

8:10 a.m. | Using an old-school calendar and organizer, I check my daily schedule and then log into my email.

8:30 a.m. | I connect with caregivers who work with short-term care patients. I love spending time with Olga Chavez, our employee of the year.

9 a.m. | Next, I conduct a daily morning meeting with the Providence Marianwood leadership team.

9:30 a.m.| I stop and chat with therapist Leslie Vona and a short-term rehabilitation patient to see how he’s doing.

10 a.m. | It’s important to collaborate with our medical director, Joseph Denor, and rehabilitation director, Jill Jones-Redmond, about clinical cases.

11 a.m. | I always enjoy discussing activity plans for the day with our resident council president, Margot Collins. She has lived at Marianwood for five years and is an awesome patient advocate.

5 p.m. | Dinner will be ready soon — my boys can’t wait for my home-cooked traditional Filipino dishes. Nothing beats my pochero.

7 p.m. | I love our family’s daily short walk on our neighborhood trail with my two- and four-legged boys.

8:15 p.m. | After spending all day caring for others, it’s time for me to take a break and relax a bit. Hot yoga is the only exercise this therapist enjoys.

9:45 p.m. | It’s our Friday night movie night. I am thankful to God for blessing me with this family, who I get to start and end my day with.