Johnson elected to state board of directorsPublished 10:29am Monday, June 24, 2013 Updated 12:33pm Monday, June 24, 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. Before joining PioneerCare, Johnson served as administrator at Good Samaritan Society in Barnesville, Minnesota, from 2001 to 2008.
He completed an internship in healthcare administration at Good Samaritan in Battle Lake.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Concordia College and is completing his master’s degree in healthcare administration in August.