ORANGE~ Orange Visiting Nurses Association will soon be getting a new Administrative Director First Selectman Mitchell Goldblatt announced this week.

The new top nurse, Carol F. Wade, will replace retiring Bea Torrenti who has been with the agency since 1976. For the past 12 years Torrenti has been the director.

The Orange agency is not new to Wade. She has been associated with the High Plains Community Center office since 1976 when she gave Swine Flu inoculations. During the 1980's the new director worked as a staff nurse for four years. She left the agency to grow professionally she said. But even then she continued to be involved participating on the records review committee.

Wade said she is looking forward to July 1.

"I am pleased to take the reins from Bea. She has a well run agency," Wade said.

Goldblatt said he is looking forward to working with the new top nurse.

"Carol has some great ideas about expanding services. I look forward to working with her," the first selectman said.

Currently Wade works for the Berlin Public Health Department where she is the administrator. She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Connecticut.

Prior to her current position the Grassy Hill Road resident worked as a case manager for Oxford Health Plan and spent ten years as the Director of Nursing at Flora & Mary Hewitt Memorial Hospital in Shelton.

Wade said she was looking forward to working where she has lived for the past 24 years and can't wait until July 1.