Last night, we held our annual awards banquet for properties managed by Welcome Home Management at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Awards were given for Resident Choice, Employee Choice, Best Community and North Star Leadership Awards. Presenting awards were Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations and Jacob Work, Regional Director for Welcome Home.
Musical entertainment for the night was provided by Michael Shynes, a singer/songerwriter out of St. Cloud.
Resident Choice Award
We are proud to recognize Potter Ridge and Excelsior Place as this years award winners of the prestigious Resident Choice Award. Welcome Home Health Care is proud of all of the communities due to the high scores given by the residents that live at their community during their annual resident satisfaction survey. While the average score of each community was 90%, Potter Ridge and Excelsior Place were took home the award, scoring over 97% satisfaction ratings. Potter Ridge and Excelsior Place were separated by .06%.
Congratulations to the team at Potter Ridge and Excelsior Place for their awards! Congratulations to all of the teams for making your communities such a great place to call home!
Employee Choice Award
We are proud to announce that Orchard Hill Assisted Living of New Ulm, Minnesota is this year’s award winner for the Employee Choice award. The employee choice award recognizes the communities who score high on our employee satisfaction surveys. Orchard Hill takes home this year’s award with a high score of 92% satisfaction. Orchard Hill has become known as a wonderful place to work with a low turnover rate and a high satisfaction rate by their team members. Congratulations to the team at Orchard Hill for their award!
Best Community Award
Welcome Home Management Company is proud to recognize the senior living communities who have achieved high level of excellence in senior living. Criteria for the award include employment best practices and employee satisfaction, resident and family satisfaction, resident and staff safety, financial performance, matching resident needs to care plans throughout a resident’s stay, and overall occupancy. Each of the performance objectives is to assure the proper and desired level of service is provided.
This year’s award winners are: Potter Ridge Assisted Living – Red Wing, Minnesota; Orchard Hill Assisted Living – New Ulm, Minnesota; Excelsior Place Assisted Living – Baxter, Minnesota.
North Star Leadership Award
We are excited to announce the nominees and award winner for the 2013 North Star Leadership Award. This award exemplifies those individuals who work in Welcome Home communities for the work that they do with the residents and with their team members. This award recognizes those team members in our communities who show great leadership qualities. This award is open to any team member at a property managed by Welcome Home. Anyone can nominate, from family, to team members, to residents.
This year’s nominee’s are:
- Diane Wuebkers
- Amy Anderson
- Lexie Bosh
- Nikki Kramer
- Carly Kramer
- Sara Gieseke
- Cindee Schewe
- Shirley Degavinnie
- Amber Running Bear
- Hannah Walberg
- Amber Bryant
- Jenna Gruenhagen
- Teresa Kobernick
This year, we had a really hard time choosing who was going to win the award. After reviewing stacks of documents on each candidate, there were three people who just couldn’t be denied. So this year, we are awarding three North Star Leadership trophies. And just as in year’s past, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
Our North Star Leadership Award winners are:
When Amy was first nominated for this award, we were amazed by the amount of supporting letters for her nomination. From residents, to coworkers, to her own children, the letters painted a picture of someone who is a vital member of the team at Potter Ridge.
As Trincy Faas and Linda Beyers accepted the award on her behalf, both were brought to tears when talking about how much she means to the organization. “She is someone who is always there for our team. She’s always there with the right comment at the right time, and is always willing to step in and help out wherever possible.” stated Trincy Faas, Executive Director at Potter Ridge.
Cindee was nominated initially by her Executive Director, Yvonne Shell, but it was the letters that poured in from family members and a local pastor that put Cindee in as one of our award winners.
“Cindee keeps my mother and all of the residents moving, entertained, and doing activities that really enrich their last years. As a company, you should feel very fortunate to have her as a dedicated employee who really has a mission to do what she does. I feel very fortunate that my mother is where is is and Cindy really cares for her as she does for all of the residents. I am certain their lives are greatly extended because of her.” Patrick Esser, resident’s family member.
Diane was nominated by many members of her team at Legends at Heritage Place, including her Executive Director, Charles Huyink.
He goes on to say, “Many times in a the professional sports world, one is asked if they could start a team, whether it’s football, basketball, or baseball, who would be the first player they would pick to start that team. Using that analogy, if I was starting a new community, Diane would be my first pick as an employee. We would not be the same if she was not part of Legends at Heritage Place.”
“I am really proud of all of our team members. Those that were nominated and those that won the North Star Leadership Award this year. As with every year, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as we read each of the letters that were sent in for our team. We have an unbelievable team of dedicated, caring individuals who work in our communities. I love the opportunity to celebrate the great work that happens in our communities day in, day out.” said Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations at Welcome Home.
Welcome Home Management hosts two conferences per year for their management teams. These conferences focus on leadership and educational opportunities.
Welcome Home Management operates ten senior living communities in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. For more information about the award winners, or any of our communities, visit our website for more details at www.wtohdevelopment.com.