group of Ecumen team members writing Holiday cards to Ecumen residents

Commitment to Connection Creates Ecumen’s “Operation Holiday Cheer”

Commitment to Connection Creates Ecumen’s “Operation Holiday Cheer”

By CorrineMcCallum | December 16, 2022

group of Ecumen team members
group of Ecumen team members writing Holiday cards to Ecumen residents
little girl coloring a Holiday card for Ecumen residents
Children colored Holiday cards for Ecumen residents

SHOREVIEW, MN (December 16, 2022) — Keeping people safe and connected has long been a goal at Ecumen

Two years ago – when COVID prevented in-person visits – connections with others took on even more importance. It was at that time that a group of Ecumen team members spearheaded a project to ensure that every single person who lived in an Ecumen community received a bit of holiday cheer in the form of a personal card from an Ecumen team member. It was then that Ecumen’s “Operation Holiday Cheer” was born.

“We decided to do this project because we realized how important it was to stay connected to our mission of serving our older adults – including many who may not have family or friends visiting,” said Mel Sullivan, Ecumen’s Chief People Officer. “It’s a testament to how deeply all of our team members – no matter their role – care about those we serve.”

Team members from every department participated. Some team members created handmade cards, while others included their kids or grandchildren in the card making. Ecumen’s Finance Team got together for “Cards and Cupcakes” and wrote out 200 of the 2,400 total cards distributed to residents.

“This was a great opportunity for our team to meet in person and spread cheer to Ecumen residents,” said Susie Schuh, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. “We know that these cards mean so much to the residents and it’s also an opportunity for us to thank them for choosing Ecumen.”


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Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


U.S. News & World Report: Best Nursing Homes — Short-term Rehabilitation 2021-2022

Ecumen Lakeshore The Fountains Receives Top Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Ecumen Lakeshore The Fountains Receives Top Rating from U.S. News & World Report

By CorrineMcCallum | November 23, 2022

Care team at Ecumen Lakeshore, November 2022
U.S. News & World Report: Best Nursing Homes — Short-term Rehabilitation 2021-2022

DULUTH, MN (November 23, 2022) — Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, Minn., has received a “Best Nursing Home Short-Term Rehabilitation” rating for The Fountains, its short-term rehabilitation center by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The magazine evaluated more than 15,000 facilities throughout the country, rating most of them in the areas of short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Ecumen Lakeshore received a “high performance” rating — the highest designation possible — in short-term rehabilitation.

“We are honored to be named by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the best nursing homes in short-term rehabilitation in Minnesota. This achievement is a direct reflection of our amazing team members who provide excellent care for those who choose Lakeshore. Our team members are the true recipients of this honor,” said Blaine Gamst, Executive Director of Ecumen Lakeshore. “Whether it’s for our outstanding short-term rehab, skilled nursing, our assisted living or independent living apartments, we are grateful to our Duluth community for trusting us for the past 92 years,” Gamst said.

U.S. News compiles its rating information in a national Nursing Home Finder that offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for almost all nursing homes in the country. This tool provides customized searches for nursing homes by location, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, Alzheimer’s care and size. The Nursing Home Finder reflects U.S. News’ analysis of data collected and published by the federal government using a methodology defined by U.S. News.

Since their inception in 2009, the U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings have relied on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

Ecumen Lakeshore — The Fountains short-term rehabilitation center, is located at 4002 London Rd., Duluth, MN. In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Ecumen Lakeshore offers short-term rehabilitation, memory care, independent and assisted living apartments, as well as home care and hospice.

For more information call (218) 625-7100 or visit ecumenlakeshore.org.


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Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


U.S. News & World Report: Best Nursing Homes — Short-term Rehabilitation 2021-2022

Ecumen Pathstone Care Center Receives Top Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Ecumen Pathstone Care Center Receives Top Rating from U.S. News & World Report

By CorrineMcCallum | November 17, 2022

U.S. News & World Report: Best Nursing Homes — Short-term Rehabilitation 2021-2022

MANKATO, MN (November 17, 2022) — Ecumen Pathstone in Mankato, Minn., has received a Best Nursing Home Short-Term Rehabilitation rating for its short-term rehabilitation center by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The magazine evaluated more than 15,000 facilities throughout the country, rating most of them in the areas of short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Ecumen Pathstone received a “high performance” rating — the highest designation possible — in short-term rehabilitation.

“We are honored to be once again named by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the best nursing homes in short-term rehabilitation in Minnesota. This achievement is a direct reflection of our amazing team members who provide excellent care to our patients. Our team members are the true recipients of this honor,” said Rachael Evers, Executive Director of Ecumen Pathstone. “Whether it’s for our outstanding short-term rehab, skilled nursing, our assisted living or new independent living apartments, we are grateful to our Mankato community for trusting us for the past 85 years,” Evers said.

U.S. News compiles its rating information in a national Nursing Home Finder that offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for almost all nursing homes in the country. This tool provides customized searches for nursing homes by location, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, Alzheimer’s care and size. The Nursing Home Finder reflects U.S. News’ analysis of data collected and published by the federal government using a methodology defined by U.S. News.

Since their inception in 2009, the U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings have relied on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

Ecumen Pathstone’s Care Center, located at 718 Mound Ave, is celebrating its 85th year of service in Mankato. In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Ecumen Pathstone offers short-term rehabilitation, memory care, assisted living apartments, new independent living community – Latitude – as well as home care, hospice, and adult day services.

For more information call (507) 345-4576 or visit ecumenpathstone.org.


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About Ecumen

Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


Mpls. St. Paul Magazine's Top Senior Living Communities + Care 2022 List

Three Ecumen Communities Land 2022 Top Senior Living Community Award by the Mpls. St Paul Magazine

Three Ecumen Communities Land 2022 Top Senior Living Community Award by the Mpls. St Paul Magazine

By CorrineMcCallum | November 17, 2022

Mpls. St. Paul Magazine's Top Senior Living Communities + Care 2022 List

SHOREVIEW, MN (November 17, 2022) — We are proud to announce that three Ecumen assisted living communities and one skilled nursing community have been named 2022 Top Living communities by the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.

Congratulations to Abiitan Mill City, Ecumen North Branch and Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley for being top assisted living communities. Ecumen North Branch was also awarded as a top skilled nursing community. Check out the November issue on newsstands now to learn more about their Top Senior Living awards.


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About Ecumen

Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


Quartet Senior Living in Bettendorf, IA — an Ecumen managed living space

Quartet Senior Living Community to Host Grand Opening Celebration on November 10th, 2022

Quartet Senior Living Community to Host Grand Opening Celebration on November 10th, 2022.

By CorrineMcCallum | November 2, 2022

Bettendorf, Iowa, November 2, 2022 — Quartet Senior Living  is inviting the public to its grand opening celebration on Thursday, November 10th beginning at 3 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Open house, tours, refreshments and entertainment will continue until 7 p.m.

“Quartet Senior Living is such an amazing addition to the Bettendorf community and our team is so excited to show the greater community everything we have to offer,” said Kara Wolf, executive director of Quartet Senior Living, which welcomed its first residents in August. “From fantastic care services to the delicious food and unique amenities, Quartet is designed to meet the changing needs of Bettendorf’s older adults.”

The Bettendorf community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. with a grand opening celebration following until 7 p.m. Quartet Senior Living is located at 3150 Glenbrook Circle South.  Event details can be found at quartetseniorliving.com/events.

Offering Carefree Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, Quartet has everything older adults need and want to live life their way. The availability of 24-hour support, beautiful surroundings, lifestyles rich in vitality, and the services and amenities make every day easy, fulfilling and fun. Quartet Senior Living is a partnership between Ecumen, a nonprofit organization with 160 years of experience and more than 40 senior living communities throughout the Midwest, and Nelson Construction and Development, a real estate development and general construction company based in Des Moines.

sunny courtyard with pergola and raised flower beds at Quartet Senior Living
Quartet Senior Living in Bettendorf, IA — an Ecumen managed living space

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About Ecumen

Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


Tami Haley

Tami Haley Selected to the ANAI by the Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses

Tami Haley Selected to the ANAI by the Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses

By CorrineMcCallum | October 20, 2022

Tami Haley

SHOREVIEW, MN (October 20, 2022) — Tami Haley, Vice President of Clinical Excellence & Care Transformation at Ecumen has been selected to be a fellow of the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) beginning in October 2022. This ANAI is an annual program that is designed to help nurses gain political competence, and to advocate for nurses and those they serve. Haley is one of 24 who were selected to participate in the Institute this year.

Haley has an extensive background in the nursing profession and more than 15 years of experience in senior care. Haley is a public health nurse and member of the Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses (MNORN) and the American Nurses Association. She is particularly interested in how we can work together to find solutions for our workforce challenges and adequately prepare the next generation of skilled professionals.


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About Ecumen

Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


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Tracy Field — Ecumen's Corporate Infection Preventionist Featured in Infection Control Today

Tracy Field — Ecumen's Corporate Infection Preventionist Featured in Infection Control Today

By CorrineMcCallum | October 05, 2022

SHOREVIEW, MN (October 05, 2022) — Tracy Field, Ecumen’s Corporate Infection Preventionist was featured in Infection Control Today regarding hand hygiene.


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About Ecumen

Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


CedarStone Senior Living - exterior photo at dusk

CedarStone Senior Living Community to Host Grand Opening Celebration on October 13th, 2022

CedarStone Senior Living Community to Host Grand Opening Celebration on October 13th, 2022.

By CorrineMcCallum | September 27, 2022

Cedar Falls, Iowa, September 27, 2022 — CedarStone Senior Living welcomed its first residents in July of 2022 and is inviting the public to its grand opening celebration on October 13 beginning at 2 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Open house, refreshments and entertainment will continue until 6 p.m.

“We are so excited to bring in the greater community and show them everything that this community has to offer,” said Kersten Fisher, Executive Director of CedarStone Senior Living. “From fantastic care services to the delicious food, and unique amenities, this is something that everyone will want to be part of.”

The Cedar Valley community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. with a grand opening celebration following until 6 p.m. CedarStone Senior Living is located on 4715 Algonquin Drive, Cedar Falls, IA, in the Greenhill Village neighborhood,  across the street from the Place to Play Park. Event details can be found at cedarstoneliving.com/events.

Offering Carefree Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, CedarStone has everything older adults need and want to live life their way. The availability of 24-hour support, beautiful surroundings, lifestyles rich in vitality, and the services and amenities make every day easy, fulfilling and fun. CedarStone is a partnership between Ecumen, a nonprofit organization with 160 years of experience and more than 40 senior living communities throughout the Midwest, and Nelson Construction and Development, a real estate development and general construction company based in Des Moines.

CedarStone Senior Living - exterior photo at dusk
CedarStone Senior Living — Interior shot of the lobby

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Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


Peerlytics | An Ecumen Technology Solution

Ecumen Selected as Finalist for McKnight's Innovator of the Year for Peerlytics Infection Management & ABX Stewardship Software

Ecumen Selected as Finalist for McKnight's Innovator of the Year for Peerlytics Infection Management & ABX Stewardship Software

By CorrineMcCallum | September 20, 2022

SHOREVIEW, MN (September 20, 2022) — Peerlytics Infection Management & ABX Stewardship, Ecumen’s first technology tool in its suite of technology solutions is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for McKnight’s 2022 Excellence in Technology Awards in its “Innovator of the Year” category. This award goes to a technological innovation that has made a difference in the provision of care or services.


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Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.


Scott Bjerketvedt

Ecumen Announces Scott Bjerketvedt as Senior Vice President — Chief Financial Officer

Ecumen Announces Scott Bjerketvedt as Senior Vice President — Chief Financial Officer.

By CorrineMcCallum | September 15, 2022

Shoreview, Minn., September 15, 2022 — SHOREVIEW, MN (September 15, 2022) — As it grows to serve more people, Ecumen, one of the country’s leading nonprofit providers of housing and services for older adults, announced that Scott Bjerketvedt has been promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer.

Before joining Ecumen in 2020, Scott spent more than 20 years in the medical device industry, where he held several key leadership roles throughout his tenure. In addition to his health care background, Scott brings deep expertise in such areas as P&L management, acquisitions and integrations, planning and analysis, strategy, and tax. Scott earned a B.A. in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration from the University of St. Thomas.

“We’re so pleased to have Scott in this role,” said Shelley Kendrick, Ecumen president and CEO. “As we continue to navigate the financial challenges our industry is facing in the wake of the COVID pandemic, Scott’s deep knowledge, proven track record and strategic mindset are the kind of financial leadership we need.”


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About Ecumen

Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit ecumen.org.