It has been a tremendously busy last couple of months here at Welcome Home.
There are so many fabulous things going on in our communities, we can hardly keep up with them all. Hopefully, you’ve gotten a chance to visit our Facebook pages to see all the stuff we are up to.
This week, we welcomed several new faces to our organization, and a couple of familiar faces making a new change.
We’ll start with the familiar faces first.
Jacob Work, Executive Director/RN
First, we’d like to congratulate Jacob Work on his recent move to become the Executive Director/RN at Prairie View of Hector. For the past 7 and a half years, Jacob has been a Regional Director with Welcome Home. Jacob was born and raised in the small town of Swea City, Iowa. He’s been an LPN since 2001, and went back to get his RN license in 2013. Jacob has been working with Prairie View of Hector as the Regional Director since Welcome Home took over in April of 2013, so he is a familiar face to the staff, residents and their families. “I feel like the luckiest person alive because I get to work with so many amazing people; residents, staff and their families, every day.” he recently stated.
“This is the type of position Jacob has dreamed of being in since he came to work at Welcome Home seven and a half years ago. He’s a strong advocate for our residents and the people who care for them. I’m really excited for him to live out his dream of running his own community!” states Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations at Welcome Home.
Our next move is also a familiar face within Woodstone Senior Living, a property Welcome Home operates in New Ulm, Minnesota.
Darcy Berle, Executive Director
Darcy Berle was recently promoted to Executive Director at Woodstone Senior Living of New Ulm. Darcy is a New Ulm native and is excited to bring her passion for seniors to the next level. “I want everyone to feel that when they walk in our door, they feel like part of our family! I just love living and am so blessed to be part of our Woodstone family.” said Ms. Berle.
“Darcy is the exact type of person I love having in this role in our communities. She is energetic and that attitude rubs off on people in a positive way. She is one of the most caring people I’ve met, and I know she will do a wonderful job.” stated Mr. Bloemke.
The new team members
Our next position move was to announce Dale Armitage as the new Executive Director of The Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell, Minnesota.
Dale Armitage, Executive Director
Dale has been working with seniors for over 20 years and brings an extensive background and knowledge to the table. He has worked in Assisted Living, Acute Care, and Skilled Nursing facilities over those 20 years and he’s most excited about this new opportunity.
“I am very excited to be part of the team and look forward to meeting the Legends team!”
“After meeting Dale, I knew he was the perfect person to be our next Executive Director at the Legends at Heritage Place. He is compassionate and has a long history of taking care of seniors. I know our team is going to like working with him.” stated Mr. Bloemke
With Jacob moving on from the Regional Director role, that opened up the Regional Director position at Welcome Home.
Shannon Van Ort, Regional Director
Shannon Van Ort is our new Regional Director. Shannon is a Hutchinson native and is a 2007 graduate of North Dakota State University. Her experience working in specialty care has had her striving to enhance the daily lives of her residents. “Shannon brings a great deal to the table for us at Welcome Home. Her past experiences has led her to a true passion and caring for vulnerable adults. I believe she is going to be a strong asset to our team.” stated Mr. Bloemke.
Ms. Van Ort stated: “I am very excited to be joining the Welcome Home team. I look forward to meeting everyone and being able to enhance our teams”
We are really excited to bring on such talented people to our team. We look forward to having them out on site to meet everyone very soon. Be sure to give them a big welcome as they begin their next journey.