News Archive

Ecumen North Branch Pays Tribute to Clayton Anderson

Jan 5th, 2012

Ecumen North Branch leader Pat Voelker recently had this letter published in the East Central Minnesota Post Review honoring Clayton Anderson who played a key role in Ecumen's creation of senior housing in North Branch.

Ecumen Bethany Community Receives Major Gift: $340,000

Jan 12th, 2012

Ecumen Bethany Community announced this week a major donation of $340,000 from the estate of former residents Irene and Leonard Kalina.  The Kalinas lived together at Ecumen Bethany Home since 2006, until Irene’s death in 2009, followed by Leonard’s passing in January 2011.

Ecumen names Shelley Kendrick VP of Housing

Jan 17th, 2012

Ecumen has named former Minnesota Veterans Home leader, Shelley Kendrick, as Vice President of Housing. 

Expanding and Improving Senior Living & Services at St. Mark's in Austin

Jan 17th, 2012

St. Mark's Lutheran Home has closed on financing for a $13.4 million redevelopment and expansion of the Austin senior community campus. Renovation and expansion will add or enhance: assisted living apartments, memory care apartments, short-term rehabilitation services, long term care, occupational and physical therapy, gathering spaces and entryways.

Ecumen Bayshore's Maria Alseth Discuss Culture Change in Nursing Home

Feb 2nd, 2012

McKnight's Long-Term Care News talks with Ecumen Bayshore RN Maria Alseth.

Mover: Shelly Kendrick, Ecumen's new Vice President of Housing

Feb 7th, 2012

Last month Ecumen welcomed Shelly Kendrick, our new vice president of housing.  The Pioneer Press captures Shelly's new role and leadership spirit in today's "Mover" profile. 

Ecumen Brings Respite Care to Saint Peter, Minnesota

Feb 10th, 2012

Ecumen Prairie Hill in St. Peter, Minnesota is now providing respite care for people living with Alzheimer's, dementia and other chronic care needs.  It's a great resource for caregivers and their loved ones.

Ecumen's Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes Raises $44,000 at Charity Benefit

Feb 22nd, 2012

Ecumen's Emmanuel Foundation Charity Benefit 2012 entertained 200 guests and raised $44,000 to support Emmanuel’s “Healthy Life & Spirit” program expansion and to purchase additional Nu Step exercise bikes and specialized beds.  “We are grateful for the people in this community and surrounding communities that support the good work of Emmanuel Community," said Fund Development Coordinator Sandy Lia. 

Read the full story at DL-Online or click the title, above. 

Ecumen Bethany Community begins $3 Million Expansion

Mar 1st, 2012

Big things are happening at Ecumen Bethany Community. Ecumen, a nonprofit senior housing and services company, is expanding senior living and service offerings in Alexandria. Ecumen Bethany Community recently started a $3 million renovation and expansion project that will improve short-term rehabilitation services and introduce memory care.

Read the full story in the Alexandria ECHO Press, or click on the title, above. 

Ecumen's Awakenings Program Offers Hope with Fewer Drugs

Mar 27th, 2012

From New America Media:  "While the world of psychiatry debates the origins of dementia and Congress probes the abuse of mind-numbing drugs in controlling seniors in nursing homes, some innovative care centers are finding early success with experimental programs that help elders cope with dementia while reducing -- or eliminating -- the use of psychotropic medications."

Read the full story that includes Ecumen's Awakenings program among those offering new options in dementia care. 

Ecumen Pathstone leader Jennifer Pfeffer honored with YWCA's "Women of Distinction" Award

Apr 13th, 2012

Kudos to Jennifer Pfeffer, campus administrator of Ecumen Pathstone senior living community.  Jennifer is among three Mankato area leaders named by the YWCA as 2012 "Women of Distintion" and honored recent gala. 

Ecumen's Leadership-Mentoring Program Featured in "Twin Cities Business" Magazine

Apr 20th, 2012

The mentoring strategies of Ecumen's leadership development program, Velocity, are highlighted in "Learning to Get Things Done," a feature in the May issue of Twin Cities Business magazine. 

Ecumen Names Shawna Jokinen as New Executive Director in Grand Rapids, MN

Apr 30th, 2012

Ecumen names Shawna Jokinen as the new leader at Grand Village in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Ecumen manages Grand Village on behalf of its owner Itasca County.

Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley Customer and Dog Show Anything is Pawsible

May 18th, 2012

A cool friendship and partnership between an Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley community member and her dog Bali.

Congratulations to Ecumen Lakeview Commons Community Member for Winning Benedictine Award

May 21st, 2012

Ecumen Lakeview Commons community member Honor Hacker honored by Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, MN with the Benedictine Award.

Ecumen Honors Volunteer of the Year

May 23rd, 2012

Ecumen honors Ben Jenum, volunteer at Ecumen Oaks & Pines, with Volunteer of the Year award at annual leadership conference. 

Ecumen Bethany Community: Senior Picture Day

May 31st, 2012

At Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., residents recently enjoyed getting "glammed-up" for a professional photo shoot. 

See the news coverage about Ecumen Bethany Community's Glamour Shots at KSAX-TV

Governor Dayton Appoints Ecumen's CFO Dennis Johnson to Veterans Health Care Advisory Council

Jun 4th, 2012

Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Dennis Johnson, Ecumen Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, to the Veterans Health Care Advisory Council. 

Ecumen named to Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2012

Jun 18th, 2012

Once again Ecumen is recognized as a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. 

Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria Opens Memory Care, Expands Short-Term Rehab

Jul 25th, 2012

Ecumen, a nonprofit senior housing and services company, has expanded senior living and service offerings in Alexandria. Ecumen Bethany Community completed a $3 million renovation and expansion project to enhance short-term rehabilitation services and introduce memory care.  Read the full story online at Alexandria Echo Press.