Knute Nelson and Walker Methodist Unite
to Elevate Aging Services
Uniting for a brighter future
Knute Nelson and Walker Methodist, two esteemed leaders in the aging services field, have successfully merged, marking a transformative step forward in their shared commitment to enhancing the lives of aging adults. The merger, initially announced in July 2023, has come to fruition, positioning the new combined entity to adeptly navigate the ever-evolving healthcare and senior housing landscape.
The strategic decision to merge reflects the organizations’ commitment to expanding home and community-based services programs, senior living options, and rehabilitation and wellness. By consolidating their efforts, Knute Nelson and Walker Methodist aim to better serve and uplift their workforce, residents, and clients across their integrated continuums of care.
The date also marks the official retirement of Walker Methodist CEO, Scott Riddle, who faithfully guided the organization for a decade. Assuming the role of CEO for the new merged entity is Mark Anderson, who has led Knute Nelson for almost 20 years.
Reflecting on the journey leading to this significant milestone, Anderson expressed, “When Scott and I first explored merging our two organizations, we were united by our shared goals and values. Our commitment to servant leadership became a cornerstone that brought us together, making this transition not only possible but purposeful. It was our dedication to caring for those we serve and those within our teams that propels us into this new era.”
The future is bright
The merger is advantageous for our employees, residents, and clients alike. It positions Knute Nelson and Walker Methodist to be better able to attract and retain top leadership and health care talent, and ultimately, will give the company greater ability to expand services that meet the healthcare needs of more people.
Anderson elaborates, saying, “The dedicated leadership of our two entities ensures not only the expansion of services for aging adults but also a commitment to excellence in healthcare and housing for everyone we serve. We are also strategically positioning ourselves to grow our technological capabilities and broaden our mission of enhancing lives to reach more people across our geographical regions.”
Doing more together
Together Knute Nelson and Walker Methodist will serve in more than 58 counties in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Their extensive portfolio consists of 34 housing communities, and a continuum of care that includes home health care, wellness, a therapy continuum, assisted living, memory care and hospice care. Annually, they serve more than 11,500 people with approximately 2,100 team members.
Published January 2nd, 2024