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Johnson elected to aging services board

Published 10:49am Monday, June 17, 2013

PioneerCare Administrator Nathan Johnson has been elected to the board of directors for Aging Services of Minnesota, the state’s largest association of organizations serving Minnesota seniors.

Johnson joined PioneerCare as administrator in May 2008. That career move had him leaping into the middle of planning a new 103,000-square-foot care center with a capacity to serve 105 residents. As the care center was being constructed, Johnson was busy steering staff and residents through a process of culture change from an established, traditional model of care to a household model. Later, with those initiatives underway, Johnson began focusing energy on workforce issues that are groundbreaking not only for PioneerCare, but for the entire field of aging services in Minnesota.

According to estimates by Aging Services of Minnesota, a professional association of non-profit care providers, demand for primary caregivers in Minnesota is projected to grow by 65 percent from 2010 to 2030 in both home care and skilled care centers. Direct care for older adults is quickly becoming the largest employment sector in the United States.

“We have a huge opportunity to tap into the next generation of talent in Minnesota,” Johnson said in an interview with Minnesota Business Magazine. “We also have a responsibility to evolve the aging services workforce by continuing to offer new career paths, expand leadership capacity and maintain competitive wages and benefits.”

“A true innovator in his home community, Nathan has quickly become a respected voice shaping aging services workforce issues across Minnesota,” said Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO of Aging Services of Minnesota. “From pioneering work redesigning the very careers and training resources available to caregivers to outreach with public policymakers, Nathan truly is changing the experience of what it means to live and work in the field of aging services.”

Before joining PioneerCare, Johnson served as administrator at Good Samaritan Society in Barnesville from 2001 to 2008. He completed an internship in healthcare administration at Good Samaritan in Battle Lake, Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Concordia College and is completing his master’s degree in healthcare administration in August.

PioneerCare is comprised of a new 105-bed skilled care center, a 45-unit independent senior apartment building, four cottages that provide memory care for up to 70, and enhanced assisted living care suites with a capacity of up to 22 people that opened in early 2012. Through PioneerLink, the organization serves about 500 people in their own homes throughout central Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas.

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