MIDDLETOWN, R.I. \u2014 Newport Mental Health recently promoted Blanka Sumbarauskas, MSN, RN as Director of Nursing to lead and support nursing staff and to continue to foster a positive, team-based approach to nursing.\n\nMs. Sumbaraukas brings her expertise in psychiatric and geriatric nursing, having cared for Newport Hospital patients and long-term residents in nursing homes with dementia.\n\n\u201cBlanka has a unique blend of experience in that she has cared for a variety of populations, including our loved ones at Newport Hospital and nursing homes,\u201d said Lehane. \u201cShe\u2019ll be an important leader in our organization, supporting nursing staff and aides.\u201d Lehane added that many of Newport Mental Health clients are over 60 years old, which corresponds to the demographics in Rhode Island ranking this state with the highest number of older adults over 85 in the country. Newport County is the 8th oldest county in the nation and oldest county in Rhode Island.\n\nMs. Sumbarauskas noted that her fascination with the \u201cmultilayered and complex human mind\u201d are the components that led her to study mental health. She said that the field enables her to continuously learn and grow as a nurse.\n\nShe received her Bachelor of Science in psychology and legal studies from Roger Williams University and Master\u2019s degree in Nursing Management from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.\n\nAt the present, Ms. Sumbaraukas lives in South County and enjoys reading historical fiction, and spending time with her three-month old daughter.\n\nThe mission of Newport Mental Health is to improve the lives of children, adults and families living and working in Newport County by providing the highest quality, recovery-oriented, evidence-based and integrated mental health and substance use care. NMH serves clients in Jamestown, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Little Compton.