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Ecumen Detroit Lakes Therapy Partners with Aveanna Home Health to Serve More of the Community.

By Charles Newland | February 1, 2022

DETROIT LAKES, MN, February 1, 2022 — Ecumen Detroit Lakes partnering with Aveanna Healthcare to continue to fulfill Ecumen’s mission of providing compassionate health care and innovative services to the greater Detroit Lakes community starting February 1.

Ecumen Detroit Lakes currently offers intensive therapy services on its campus to those who need physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy. With this new collaboration, Ecumen Detroit Lakes will be able to bring these services into the homes of those needing them.

“We’re so pleased that we’re able to serve more people in the DL community with this partnership,” said Executive Director of Ecumen Detroit Lakes, Danielle Olson. “Our therapy team here at Ecumen has produced excellent outcomes for those in our skilled nursing facility and outpatients coming to our rehab center. By partnering with Aveanna Home Health, Detroit Lakes Therapy can now offer that same quality and excellent outcomes for our patients in their own home environments.”

About Aveanna Home Health
Aveanna Healthcare is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has locations in 30 states providing a broad range of pediatric and adult healthcare services including nursing, rehabilitation services, occupational nursing in schools, therapy services, day treatment centers for medically fragile and chronically ill children and adults, home health and hospice services, as well as delivery of enteral nutrition and other products to patients. The Company also provides case management services in order to assist families and patients by coordinating the provision of services between insurers or other payers, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. In addition, the Company provides respite healthcare services, which are temporary care provider services provided in relief of the patient’s normal caregiver. The Company’s services are designed to provide a high-quality, lower-cost alternative to prolonged hospitalization. For more information, please visit

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. Ecumen is a recipient of the 2020 NRC Health Customer Approved Award, a reflection of resident and family member ratings.

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Emmanuel Nursing Home at Ecumen Detroit Lakes Receives Top Rating from U.S. News & World Report.

By Charles Newland | December 21, 2021

Best Nursing Homes badge from U.S. News and World Report

DETROIT LAKES, MN, December 21, 2021 — Ecumen Detroit Lakes in Detroit Lakes, Minn., has again received a “Best Nursing Home” rating for its Emmanuel Nursing Home 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 Detroit Lakes received a “high performance” rating — the highest designation possible — in both areas, an honor received by less than 5 percent of those evaluated.

“We are honored to be once again named by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the best nursing homes in Minnesota. This achievement is a direct reflection of our amazing team members who provide excellent care to our residents. Our team members are the true recipients of this honor,” said Danielle Olson, Executive Director of Ecumen Detroit Lakes. “We also want to thank our Detroit Lakes community for entrusting their loved ones to us for more than half a century. Now more than ever, we have relied upon our community to navigate through these uncharted waters. Thank you for your support through the years,” said Danielle Olson.

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’s 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 Detroit Lakes’ Emmanuel Nursing Home, located at 1415 Madison Ave, has been serving the Detroit Lakes area for more than 57 years. In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Ecumen Detroit Lakes offers short-term rehabilitation, memory care, and assisted living apartments, as well as home care, adult day services, and catering services. More than 200 people each day benefit directly from Ecumen Detroit Lakes services.

For more information call 218-847-4486 or visit

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. Ecumen is a recipient of the 2020 NRC Health Customer Approved Award.

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A 107-year-old Minnesota woman beats Covid-19

A 107-year-old Minnesota woman beats Covid-19

(CNN) — Tillie Dybing is a survivor.

At the age of 107, the Minnesota woman recently beat Covid-19 after being diagnosed this fall, according to officials at the Ecumen Detroit Lakes community home, where she has lived since 2015.

This isn’t the first pandemic Dybing has lived through. Born in 1913, she was almost 5 years old when the 1918 flu pandemic hit her family farm in North Dakota, she told CNN affiliate KARE.

“My folks got sick and they were in bed, and I’d run into the bed and my Dad said, ‘Can’t you find another place to run,'” she said.

Throughout her life, Dybing endured other losses, including the deaths of several siblings in infancy and her husband in her 80s. She is also a cancer survivor, having beaten uterine cancer at the age of 95, KARE reported.

Now, she has survived two viral pandemics. The only Covid-19 symptoms Dybing says she had was fatigue.

“Nothing in her lungs. They said she doesn’t have a fever. She just slept all the time,” Tillie’s daughter Susan Berke told KARE.

Dybing recently returned to her apartment at the facility after spending a few weeks away from the general population, Ecumen officials tell CNN. They added that they are happy she has recovered and thanked her family for trusting them with her care.

“We continue to be so grateful to see that smile and hear her infectious laugh each day,” Ecumen Detroit Lakes posted on their Facebook page. “She is such a blessing to our community!”

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Ecumen Announces New Housing Projects

Ecumen Announces New Housing Projects

Growing to Serve More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | By Sue Sorensen Lee | Dec. 10th, 2020

SHOREVIEW, Minn. – (Dec.10, 2020) – Minnesota-based Ecumen, one of the country’s largest nonprofit providers of housing and services for older adults, announced that in 2020, it has opened, launched or moved forward with 12 new owned or managed housing projects in the Midwest, with more on the horizon.

“Our goal is to continue to grow to serve more people through our housing, compassionate healthcare services, and related business lines,” says Ecumen president and CEO Shelley Kendrick. Ecumen’s differentiated model reflects its focus on safety and wellness, and the importance of individually defined holistic health. The organization is including elements of well building design in its new properties.

Ecumen’s projects represent an expansion of more than 975 apartments for older adults. “I’m especially pleased that three of these new offerings are affordable housing,” says Kendrick, who has highlighted affordability as an ongoing housing priority for the organization.

New Ecumen-Owned Properties

    • Ecumen Pathstone Latitude – Mankato, Minn. – February 2021
      • Expansion of Ecumen’s Pathstone campus
      • 56 new independent living apartments in this new building located on the bluffs of the
        Minnesota River – an extension of the large, full continuum of care campus
      • The new building will also house 24 new memory care apartments (Ecumen Pathstone
    • Snelling Yards Senior Housing – Minneapolis, Minn. – summer 2022
      • New development: 100 affordable independent living senior housing apartments
      • 11 apartments are dedicated to homeless veterans
    • Edina Affordable Housing – suburb of Minneapolis, Minn. – summer 2023
      • Owner, Ecumen and Lupe Development Partners
      • New development: 118 affordable housing apartments


Ecumen Managed Properties

      • Mt. Royal Pines III – Duluth, Minn. – April 2020
        • Existing community: 54 assisted living apartments
      • Rose Senior Living Beachwood – Beachwood, Ohio – June 2020
        • New development: 174 unit blended building – independent living, assisted living, memory
      • St. Croix Forest Heights – St. Croix Falls, Wis. – Nov. 2020
        • Existing community: 30 affordable independent living apartments
      • River Town Heights – St.Croix Falls, Wis. – Nov. 2020
        • Existing community: 25 affordable independent living apartments
      • CedarStone – Cedar Falls, Iowa – early 2022
        • New development: 120 carefree living, assisted living and memory care apartments
      • Quartet – Bettendorf, Iowa – early 2022
        • New development: 120 carefree living, assisted living and memory care apartments


New Cooperative Living Properties

    • Zvago Lake Superior – Duluth, Minn. – Oct. 2020
      • Overlooking Lake Superior, near Ecumen Lakeshore campus
      • 51 units
    • Zvago Stillwater – Stillwater, Minn. – early 2022
      • Located in downtown Stillwater
      • 48 units
    • Zvago Long Lake – Long Lake, Minn. – fall 2022
      • Overlooking Long Lake
      • 57 units


About Ecumen

Founded in 1862 as a Lutheran social service agency, nonprofit Ecumen provides housing choices, compassionate healthcare, and innovative services to older adults. One of the largest providers in the country, Ecumen is recognized for its innovative programming and individualized, person-centered care. The company is a recipient of the 2020 NRC Health Customer Approved Award, reflecting the ratings provided by the residents and family members it serves. Based in Shoreview, Minn., Ecumen operates nearly 100 properties and services in more than 40 communities in multiple states. Housing options include independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation long-term care communities, and long-term care communities, in addition to offering cooperative living, home and community-based services, hospice, and a durable medical equipment store. The company also provides consulting services in management, marketing, and development. For more information, visit us on Facebook or at

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Ecumen Nurse Honored by Becker County United Way as Every Day Hero

Ecumen Detroit Lakes Nurse Bobbi Jo Koons, RN, got a big surprise recently when she was awarded the Every Day Hero Award of 2018 by the United Way of Becker County.

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Technology Transports Grandmother To Her Grandson’s Wrestling Tournament

Technology allows a grandmother at Ecumen Detroit Lakes to watch her grandson's wrestling matches.

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We All Prosper When Seniors Stay in Their Communities

Millie, a resident of Ecumen Detroit Lakes, talks about the true meaning of living in her community.

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Two Ecumen Leaders Recognized on “50 for the Next 50” List by LeadingAge Minnesota

Two Ecumen leaders have been recognized by LeadingAge Minnesota as “innovative and influential leaders who are charting the course for the next wave of older adult services that will empower Minnesotans to age well and live fully.”

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M State’s Magazine Tells the Success Story of Ecumen Detroit Lakes Nurse Bobbi Jo Koons

Minnesota State Community and Technical College Magazine recently highlighted the success story of nurse Bobbi Jo Koons, who got her B.S. in nursing degree through Ecumen’s scholarship program while continuing to work at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.

Students who attend M State and work at Ecumen a minimum of 10 hours per week are eligible for scholarships that help pay tuition, books, fees, required supplies and travel and childcare expenses.

Bobbi has worked at Ecumen Detroit Lakes since 2000, where she is known for her contagious smile. An image of the story is below, or you can see it in the magazine at this link on page 31.

As we come to the end of National Nurses Week, we thank Bobbi Jo and her nursing colleagues all across Ecumen for the outstanding and compassionate care they provide our residents each day.


Minnesota Ranks No. 1 in Senior Health

Minnesota is the nation’s number one healthiest state for seniors, according to the  2017 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, a private nonprofit founded by United Health Group.

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