NEWS & STORIES
NEWS & STORIES
NEWS & STORIES
Sharing all the latest at Knute Nelson
The following news and stories have been compiled to inform you of happenings at Knute Nelson and in aging services. We also feature the stories of individuals who have reached their goals and have an important message to share to inspire others.
Being your best self means living authentically. Sara Severson knew what would bring her a sense of happiness, purpose, and meaning. Read how she built her best self at Knute Nelson.
Terah Kraft is closely approaching her one-year mark as an Accounting Specialist at Knute Nelson. Learn about her new hire experience and what made Knute stand out to her.
Grace Evink is a senior in high school. She wanted to get a part-time job to keep busy, earn money for expenses, and to prepare for college. In her search for a job, Grace said, “I really wanted an employer that was reliable and understanding with my school and sports schedules – giving me the flexibility I needed. I wanted to work where they really thought of me as an employee and team member, not just a number, and I found that at Knute Nelson.”
Through our Hospice Life Enriching Services at Knute Nelson, we’ve seen the difference of tailored care firsthand. Learn the key benefits of therapeutic music from the lens of Jackson Burns, a therapeutic musician with Knute Nelson Hospice.
With the way the economy is today, commuting to work can be challenging. Expenses can add up. Mike Wendt, Culinary Supervisor, worked at Knute Nelson for four and a half years, and he was happy. Knute invested in him as an employee, so he invested his time and talents, and enjoyed his work along the way. Yet, because of the economy, he felt a tug to find work closer to home.
While every hospice care experience requires a unique, tailored approach, we wanted to share the experiences of Connie Spanswick. She is a member of our spiritual care family who joined us shortly after her father Bob transitioned through hospice care at Knute Nelson. By shining light on the full breadth of what Knute Nelson hospice has to offer, Connie’s story brings clarity during these challenging and often confusing times.
Tina was looking on Indeed and Knute Nelson kept coming up on her newsfeed. She thought, “Wow, this might be something that’s meant for me.” It definitely was meant for her. She applied and was hired. With each day, Tina’s feelings about working at Knute Nelson have gotten stronger.
As long as she can remember, Amanda Johnson had a dream of being in healthcare. She took a chance on her dream and ventured down that road by going to nursing school.
After more than two decades of working as a nurse in the intensive care unit, Pam Forer decided she wanted to take her career in a different direction and have a greater impact on people’s lives. She wanted to work in hospice.
Join us in congratulating our Living Our Values award recipients. The Living Our Values awards align with
the five values of our organization and recognize those who exemplify them in their everyday work at Knute
Nelson. In addition, the “Spirit of Enrichment” award recognizes an individual for their extraordinary efforts
in each award category.
At Knute Nelson Hospice, the role social workers have in our care is essential to the experience our patients and their families have at the end of life.
If you know Sara Severson, you’ve probably heard her say that “music heals.” She sees it daily in her work as a therapeutic musician for Knute Nelson Hospice and it was demonstrated perfectly during the time she spent with her patient, Kirk.
Since the Fall of 2010, the Knute Nelson Foundation has hosted the annual Employee Giving Campaign during the month of October.
Jim Eidsvold has been named the 2017 Knute Nelson Renaissance Award Recipient. The award honors an individual whose leadership and support to the Knute Nelson organization has been exceptional in addition to exemplifying the Knute Nelson mission and beliefs.
Congratulations to Kayla Roske, District C Caregiver of the Year. Kayla was honored by LeadingAge Minnesota for her dedication to those she serves at the Nelson Wellness Center.
The Caregiver of the Year Award honors individuals in older adult services who demonstrate exceptional commitment to older adults. Kayla has taken personal initiative to provide the Parkinson’s community in the Alexandria area with the best possible care and support.