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.

New Business Partner: Introducing Renovation Systems

LeadingAge Minnesota is proud to introduce a new business partner member – Renovations Systems. To help you get to know them, we asked them to share information about what they do and who they serve. Here’s more from Renovation Systems:

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Knute Nelson Launches Next-Generation Technology for Residents and Staff

On May 4, Knute Nelson, a LeadingAge Minnesota member, announced a partnership with K4Connect, a mission-driven health-tech company integrating technology to serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities.

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New Business Partner: Introducing Key Rehab

LeadingAge Minnesota is proud to introduce a new business partner member - Key Rehabilitation Inc. (Key Rehab). To help you get to know Key Rehab, we asked them to share information about what they do and who they serve. Here’s more from Key Rehab:

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Annual Membership Survey: Feedback Requested by May 27

We respect and value your opinion, and we ask you to share your thoughts in our 2022 Annual Membership Survey.

Looking back at the past two years, we can all agree it hasn’t been easy. We faced a global pandemic head-on and continue to work together to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and the severe workforce crisis plaguing our settings. But we also must look ahead. Minnesota is now home to one million seniors, and we are seeking new, innovative ways to serve all those who need care in our settings.

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2022 Leadership Academy Fellows Selected

Fellows for LeadingAge Minnesota’s 2022 Leadership Academy have been selected.

This year, 56 leaders will comprise the largest cohort in this program's history. They represent the diversity of the profession, service settings, geographic regions, and organizational profiles within our membership.

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Jon Lundberg Named Exec. of the Year by MSP Real Estate Journal

Jon Lundberg, CEO of Ebenezer, was named Executive of the Year by the Minnesota Real Estate Journal in an awards ceremony held on April 21, 2022.

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Glenwood Retirement Village Mary Krueger Announces May 6 Retirement

Mary Krueger will be retiring as the CEO of Glenwood Retirement Village on May 6.

Her career has spanned 48 years, most of it spent serving older adults in long-term senior care settings. Mary began as a nursing assistant in 1974 at the age of 16. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mankato State University in 1980 and served as director of nursing at St John's Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN.

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Craig Abbot Named President and CEO of Saint Therese

Saint Therese Board of Directors has completed its nationwide search for a new chief executive and named Craig W. Abbott as its incoming President & Chief Executive Officer. He will join Saint Therese in late May.

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Saint Therese CEO Barb Rode to be Inducted into McKnight’s Hall of Honor

Barb Rode, President & CEO of Saint Therese, will be inducted into the McKnight's Hall of Honor, a distinction given to women at an executive level in the senior living industry who have had a significant effect on their organization or industry. On May 13 in Chicago, she will be inducted at McKnight's 2022 Women of Distinction awards celebration.

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Health Dimensions Group, Argentum, ASHA, and NIC Team Up to Support Ukraine

Health Dimensions Group, Argentum, ASHA, and NIC have teamed up with CARE to champion a philanthropic effort to raise funds to help seniors in Ukraine with desperately needed food and shelter.

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5 Things to Know About Anna Mowry, Director of Workforce Solutions

Anna Mowry has joined the LeadingAge Minnesota team as Director of Workforce Solutions. We asked Anna five questions to help you get to know her.

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Dan Dixon, President/CEO of Guardian Angels Senior Services, To Retire Effective April 4

Dan Dixon, President/CEO of Guardian Angels Senior Services and an active member of LeadingAge Minnesota, will retire from his position on April 4. Guardian Angels Senior Services has announced that Traci Larson will succeed Dan as the organization’s next leader.

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Meet Mary Baker, 2022 Spirit of Aging Award Recipient

Mary Baker, a resident at The Glenn Minnetonka, was honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Spirit of Aging Award at LeadingAge Minnesota’s annual Institute & Expo. The Spirit of Aging Award honors an older adult who exemplifies the concept of positive and active aging.

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Learn How You Can Maximize your LeadingAge Minnesota Member Benefits

Join us for a virtual conversation on March 22 at 3:30 – 4 p.m. to get a refresher on all we do to support our members. 

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Volunteers Honored at Institute & Expo

Volunteers were honored at the statewide and district levels at the recent Institute & Expo. The award recognizes individuals who volunteer in older adult services for their dedication, commitment, and positive impact on the lives of seniors and their communities.

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Meet the 2022 District Caregiver of the Year Award Recipients

LeadingAge Minnesota presented the District Caregiver of the Year Awards at the recent Institute & Expo.

The District Caregiver of the Year Award honors individuals in older adult services who demonstrate exceptional commitment to older adults and enhance and enrich the quality of life of those in their care. The honorees were selected for the regional award out of a field of 50,000 professional caregivers throughout the state.

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Jill Gustafson, Director of Nursing at Lake Ridge Care Center, Receives Top Leadership Award

Jill Gustafson, Director of Nursing at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, MN, was honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Outstanding Leadership Award at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute & Expo.

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Tiffani Kortenbusch of CentraCare Melrose Receives Inaugural Rising Star Award

Tiffani Kortenbusch, Director of Nursing for CentraCare Melrose Care Center, received LeadingAge Minnesota's first-ever Rising Star Award at the annual Institute & Expo on Feb. 9.

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Cassia’s Wilkerson Named Board Trustee of the Year

Rev. Dr. Gary Wilkerson, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cassia in Edina, was recently named Board Trustee of the Year by LeadingAge Minnesota.

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Membership Matters: Educational Resources and Events

As 2022 begins, LeadingAge Minnesota wants to make sure you know about all our educational resources and events throughout the year.

Our professional education programs are designed around proven research-based best practices. They don't just focus on what members need to comply with regulations. Regulations are the minimum; best practices go above and beyond.

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