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Category: Member News

Welcome to the Member News category. These stories are intended for current LeadingAge Minnesota members, profiling aging services professionals, providing new resources, and keeping them informed about the aging services community.

Safe Care: Meet the Buddies Forever Champions at Minnesota Veteran’s Home - Luverne

Teamwork makes the dream work. At the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Luverne, there is a team of dedicated safety and quality champions that are making a positive difference in the health and wellness of the veterans they serve. Meet the Buddies Forever Champions, our latest recipient of the Make Zero Harm Possible award in our Safe Care for Seniors program.  

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Donate to the Institute Silent Auction

One highlight of the Institute & Expo is the LeadingAge MN Foundation Silent Auction. The incredible donations from our members spurs a competitive spirit from our attendees. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 to support caregiver and leadership scholarships and workforce tools and resources to help you address your greatest challenge. Can we count on you to help us achieve our goal by donating an item to this fun and meaningful event?  

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Advocacy: Bring Our Issues to Life through Storytelling

Sometimes data just isn’t enough. Storytelling is the most powerful tool to affect change. We need your help to bring the issues we advocate for on behalf of the people you serve to life. Help us tell the story:  

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Sue Kiel, Dietary Cook at North Share Health, Makes Zero Harm Possible

Sue Kiel truly embodies the mission of providing community access to compassionate care each day in her work and is a tremendous team member who all who live and work at North Shore Health in Grand Marais.  For her commitment to safety, respect and dignity, Sue Kiel is the most recent recipient of the Make Zero Harm Possible award from LeadingAge Minnesota.  

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Lynette Berglund, Care Attendant at Grand Arbor, Makes Zero Harm Possible

Lynette Berglund, a care attendant at Grand Arbor in Alexandria, recently received the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes staff in aging services settings who demonstrate their commitment to safe, quality care and to treating the people they serve with respect and dignity – always. 

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Superior Health Rolls Out New Work to Support Quality and Safety in Nursing Homes

The Superior Health Quality Alliance (Superior Health) is rolling out new work to help nursing homes and community coalitions improve quality and safety.   

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Will You Make the Action Honor Roll?

LeadingAge Minnesota members who complete their Safe Care for Seniors Self-Assessment and successfully implement at least one action in each step of the 5-Step Action plan will be recognized at this year’s Institute & Expo as the inaugural members of the Action Honor Roll. The deadline for completion is Friday, Jan. 17. Enter the Safe Care for Seniors portal and show us your progress.  

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Julie Manworren Named President and CEO of VOA-MN/WI

Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin (VOA MN/WI) announced that Julie Manworren has been named its new President and CEO. She begins her new role Feb. 28. 

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2019 Leadership Academy Class Finishes Strong

38 emerging leaders in the field of aging services have completed their intensive nine-month Leadership Academy journey of learning, exploration and skills development. 

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Veterans Club Adult Day Services: A Leader in Safe Care for Seniors

At the Veterans Club, the Adult Day Services program at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home – Minneapolis Campus, excellence is not one act but a habit. A mission to personalized care and support for the clients they serve combined with a commitment to respect, dignity and teamwork elevated this program to one of the higher levels of recognition in our Make Zero Harm Possible program.  

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Last Chance to Participate in Staff Engagement Survey

Got 5 minutes? It’s your last chance to participate in our brief survey to better understand the state of employee engagement practices in aging services. The survey closes on Dec. 17. 

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Making Zero Harm Possible: Sandy Forsberg, Lead Homemaker, Crystal Brook Senior Living

Sandy Forsberg, Lead Homemaker at Crystal Brook Senior Living in Park Rapids, has received the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota. 

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Making Zero Harm Possible: Kortoe Mikely, St. Therese of New Hope

Kortoe Mikely, Nursing/Home Health Aide at St. Therese of New Hope, recently received the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota.

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Making Zero Harm Possible: Shyann Topel, Buffalo Lake Health Care Center

Shyann Topel, Safety Director and Safe Care for Seniors Champion at Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, is the most recent recipient of the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes staff in aging services settings who demonstrate their commitment to safe, quality care and to treating the people they serve with respect and dignity – always. 

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Benedictine Communities Recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Nursing Homes” Report

Benedictine Health System announced 14 communities were recognized in the 2019-2020 U.S. News and World Report “Best Nursing Homes” report as high-performers in overall quality in both the nursing home and short-stay rehabilitation categories.  

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Making Zero Harm Possible: St. Therese of Woodbury Safety Champions

The Safe Care Champions from St. Therese of Woodbury were recently recognized with a Make Zero Harm Possible award from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes individuals and staff teams in aging services settings who demonstrate their commitment to safe, quality care and to treating the people they serve with respect and dignity – always. 

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Making Zero Harm Possible: Dietary Department at Granite Falls Health Care Center

The Health Dietary Department at Grant Falls Health Care Center was recently awarded the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes staff or teams in aging services settings who demonstrate their commitment to safe, quality care and to treating the people they serve with respect and dignity – always.  

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New Toolkit Helps Position Providers for Medicare Advantage Partnerships

A new Medicare Advantage (MA) Supplemental Benefits toolkit from the LeadingAge Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations will help you to understand how MA supplemental benefits work, how to assess the activity in your market, evaluate the opportunity, decide which plans to approach, and outline the benefit of your services in terms the plans understand. The toolkit is a LeadingAge members-only resource.  

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Get Engaged in 2020: Participate in LeadingAge MN Committee

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn, sharp and respond to the dramatic changes our field and the work we can do together to improve the aging experience for those we serve. Participate in LeadingAge Minnesota committees!  

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Dan Lindh Receives LeadingAge Award of Honor

Dan Lindh, President and CEO, Presbyterian Homes & Services, received the Award of Honor from LeadingAge. The Award of Honor is the highest award that LeadingAge bestows. 

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