Justin’s First Days at PioneerCare

June 18, 2018 

Hello, My name is Justin Boldt. I am the new administrative intern here at PioneerCare, and will be interning for six months and I am very excited to be here. I went to school at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and am in the process of obtaining my bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration with an emphasis in long term care. I am taking my last three classes this summer and they finish up in the next three weeks, which is very exciting. I was born in Cold Spring, Minnesota, and spent the majority of my childhood there. I moved to Fargo/Moorhead after graduating high school in the summer of 2010 and I have been living there ever since.

I started at PioneerCare last Wednesday the 6th of June. My first day I was fortunate enough to get to go on a ride along to a LeadingAge district meeting where I listened to all the innovative employee retention and recruiting strategies that they came up with, along with updates on legislation and the future of healthcare. The second day, Thursday the 7th, was my first full day in the building at PioneerCare and I was able to meet a lot of the staff and some residents who were all very welcoming. I was also shown an office space that I would be working at for the next six months that had my name on it, which was an unexpected surprise that made me very happy. The next day Friday the 8th, I went on another ride along to a CareVentures Cooperative meeting. At the meeting I was able to meet and talk to a lot of nursing home administrators who have been in the field for a while and were able to share some interesting advice for someone new to the field. So, my first week was very short, three days, but it was very educational and a lot of fun.

My second week and first full week at PioneerCare was just as exciting as the first week. Monday and Tuesday I was in meetings all day with Carla, the chief financial officer, and Nathan, the chief executive officer. I was exposed to a lot of new information that I haven’t experienced yet. Wednesday I was invited along to go fishing on a pontoon with some of the residents and it was a beautiful day to be out on the water. I didn’t catch anything but the residents all caught at least a couple each, so I have a lot they can teach me about fishing. Thursday I was able to sit in on a resident council meeting with some of the residents and Tara, the director of social services. It was awesome to hear what the residents had to say. I also finished my first two projects given to me, so all in all, it was a great week and I know I am going to enjoy my time here at PioneerCare.

Thanks for reading and feel free to stop me and say “Hi” in the hallways at PioneerCare Center.

Editor’s note: As administrative intern at PioneerCare, Justin will continue to share his experiences with us on a weekly basis. Watch for updates here on our News and Events page.

Boldt Joins PioneerCare as Intern

June 18, 2018 

Pursuing his bachelor of science degree in health services administration, Justin Boldt has joined PioneerCare in a six-month administrative internship position.

With his degree’s emphasis on long term care administration and notable experience in academic research, Boldt will participate in special projects and initiatives involving each program and living setting within the PioneerCare organization.

Boldt is a student of Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he has been repeatedly named to the Dean’s List. He has presented his work at academic conferences in Moorhead and at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Beyond his studies, Boldt has served as a community outreach board member for MSUM’s Health Care Leadership Organization and as building manager for the North Dakota State University Wellness Center while attending college there.

Off campus, Boldt has worked as a residential supervisor for Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Professionals and currently as a direct service professional for Community Living Services in Fargo. Putting his philosophy of wellness into practice, Boldt occupies much of his free time with rock climbing, biking, and other active sports.

Boldt plans to complete his degree in December and obtain his Nursing Home Administrator License from the State of Minnesota.

Boutwell Named Cottages Director

June 7, 2018 

Ann Boutwell has been appointed director of Pioneer Cottages in Fergus Falls. As director, Boutwell oversees daily operations and is responsible for promoting a supportive living environment for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.

Boutwell earned her nursing degree at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, preparing her for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Prior to that, she received her Associate of Arts degree at Lake Superior Community College in Duluth and worked for several years as an ophthalmic assistant.

In addition to her years of work in skilled nursing in Minnesota, Boutwell has served as RN manager in assisted living in North Dakota. She first joined the staff at Pioneer Cottages in March 2017 as RN Clinical Coordinator and then took the leadership role of interim director last January.

Boutwell’s philosophy of care is well suited to the ideals established at Pioneer Cottages. “I ask our staff to treat our residents as if they’re members of our own families,” she says. “This is not our workplace; it is their home.”

Raised on a farm near Chokio, Minnesota, Boutwell and her family now live in rural Battle Lake.

 

CNA Class Starts Aug. 7

June 4, 2018 

For those thinking of becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, PioneerCare announces a start date of Tuesday, August 7 for its next training class.

PioneerCare pays training expenses and certification exam cost if you successfully complete the program and become a CNA at PioneerCare. If you’re age 16 or older, apply online today!

Apply for the CNA class, complete the background study, interview, and try a shadowing experience to see what it’s like. If you’re accepted, PioneerCare will help you sign up for the course.

Class meets on the M State-Fergus Falls campus:

  • August 7: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • August 8-9, 14-15: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • August 16: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Including Clinical Orientation)
  • August 21: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • August 22-23: 6:00 am to 4:30 pm (Clinical Experience)
  • August 24: Nurse Assistant Exam at 9:00 am

PioneerCare starts new CNAs at $14/hour…

…Plus benefits including $1/hour added pay for evening and night shifts, scholarship opportunities, paid time off, and full-time benefits including 401K, health and dental insurance, and more!

Apply Now

Staring Awarded Scholarship

June 1, 2018 

Jenny Staring, a payroll and accounts payable specialist, will receive $1,069 to complete a college algebra class at M State, with the goal set to earn her associate of science degree in accounting.

Jenny is one of four employees chosen as recipients for the spring application round of its PioneerCare Center Employee Scholarship Program. The opportunity helps empower current care center employees to grow within their positions or to pursue a new direction within the organization.

“I have been working on my education for the past seven years,” Jenny said.

Jenny’s role at PioneerCare serves as an example of the diversity of skills it takes to support caring for others. The primary goal of PioneerCare’s scholarship program is to inspire and support those who wish to enter and sustain a meaningful career in long term care, whether it is a career in nursing or another field that supports the mission.

PioneerCare opens three selection rounds a year for its employees to apply for this scholarship program. An applicant needs to have completed at least six continuous months as a PioneerCare Center employee in good standing and have worked an average of at least ten hours a week. Seasonal employees such as students may qualify for scholarship funds if they work an average of at least ten hours per week between October 1 and September 30 prior to the application period.

The scholarships support courses or programs that lead to advancement within the employee’s current position or to a new position within PioneerCare. More details are available by calling PioneerCare at 218-998-1500.

Knutson Awarded Scholarship

June 1, 2018 

Kaleb Knutson, a certified nursing assistant, will receive a $5,000 award to begin the Generic RN program at M State – Fergus Falls next fall.

Kaleb is one of four employees chosen as recipients for the spring application round of its PioneerCare Center Employee Scholarship Program. The opportunity helps empower current care center employees to grow within their positions or to pursue a new direction within the organization.

“My future goals in long term care are to be as successful a nurse as possible and provide the best quality care I can,” said Knutson. “Ideally, I would like to inspire younger students, coworkers, and others to pursue a career in nursing at some point in my future.”

Kaleb’s goal aligns with the primary goal of PioneerCare’s scholarship program to inspire and support those who wish to enter and sustain a meaningful career in long term care.

PioneerCare opens three selection rounds a year for its employees to apply for this scholarship program. An applicant needs to have completed at least six continuous months as a PioneerCare Center employee in good standing and have worked an average of at least ten hours a week. Seasonal employees such as students may qualify for scholarship funds if they work an average of at least ten hours per week between October 1 and September 30 prior to the application period.

The scholarships support courses or programs that lead to advancement within the employee’s current position or to a new position within PioneerCare. More details are available by calling PioneerCare at 218-998-1500.

Neece Awarded Scholarship

June 1, 2018 

Jennifer Neese, a registered nurse care coordinator at PioneerCare Center, will receive a $5,000 award to complete the bachelor’s degree in nursing program at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Jennifer is one of four employees chosen as recipients for the spring application round of its PioneerCare Center Employee Scholarship Program. The opportunity helps empower current care center employees to grow within their positions or to pursue a new direction within the organization.

“Continuing my education to obtain my bachelor’s degree has always been a personal goal of mine,” Jennifer said. “With the shortage of nurses and ongoing need for professional nursing care with advanced medicine and new conditions related to cultural diversity, drug diversion, and medical procedures, it is imperative for nurses to continue to stay educated to meet ongoing needs and changes.”

Jennifer’s goal aligns with the primary goal of PioneerCare’s scholarship program to inspire and support those who wish to enter and sustain a meaningful career in long term care.

PioneerCare opens three selection rounds a year for its employees to apply for this scholarship program. An applicant needs to have completed at least six continuous months as a PioneerCare Center employee in good standing and have worked an average of at least ten hours a week. Seasonal employees such as students may qualify for scholarship funds if they work an average of at least ten hours per week between October 1 and September 30 prior to the application period.

The scholarships support courses or programs that lead to advancement within the employee’s current position or to a new position within PioneerCare. More details are available by calling PioneerCare at 218-998-1500.

Hemmila Awarded Scholarship

June 1, 2018 

Bethany Hemmila, a certified nursing assistant at PioneerCare Center, will receive a $2,500 award to continue her education in the practical nursing program at Rasmusson College in Moorhead.

Bethany is one of four employees chosen as recipients for the spring application round of its PioneerCare Center Employee Scholarship Program. The opportunity helps empower current care center employees to grow within their positions or to pursue a new direction within the organization.

“What makes my job more rewarding is that I am almost done with my nursing program and the skills I have learned have allowed me to do my job better,” Bethany said. “The one thing I definitely understand more and more is that as nurses, we must advocate for our patients and by doing this we are showing that we truly care for their wellbeing.”

According to Bethany, her long term goal is to continue working as a nurse in long term care. Her personal goal aligns with the primary goal of PioneerCare’s scholarship program to inspire and support those who wish to enter and sustain a meaningful career in long term care.

PioneerCare opens three selection rounds a year for its employees to apply for this scholarship program. An applicant needs to have completed at least six continuous months as a PioneerCare Center employee in good standing and have worked an average of at least ten hours a week. Seasonal employees such as students may qualify for scholarship funds if they work an average of at least ten hours per week between October 1 and September 30 prior to the application period.

The scholarships support courses or programs that lead to advancement within the employee’s current position or to a new position within PioneerCare. More details are available by calling PioneerCare at 218-998-1500.

Coming May 9: Migrasong

April 23, 2018 

PioneerCare Foundation will present Migrasong: The Tunes They Carried Across the Sea at PioneerCare’s Celebration Center on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm. Archival photo of Norwegians preparing to emigrate to US

Photo of Reidun Horvei

Reidun Horvei

The performance is based on historical material. We follow the 16-year-old Olina and 17-year-old Ananias’ travel to America in the late 1800s. One beautiful day of spring they left Bergen, Norway, with the boat taking them to Hull in England, then by train to Liverpool, and then across the Atlantic to the promising land of America. Baggage was not to weigh more than 165 pounds, but the songs they brought along as a part of their culture became for many the dearest connection to everything they left behind.

Photo of Inger-Kristine Riber

Inger-Kristine Riber

Music in the performance is built on folk tunes that immigrants brought from their homeland and new songs that appeared where they settled. The program’s music and narration is performed by songwriter Reidun Horvei, who also wrote this play. The pianist Inger-Kristine Riber has written the musical arrangements and accompanies her. In the background, there are historical images collected for this production in Norwegian and US archives.

The performance will serve as a fundraising event for the Foundation and is in partnership with the City of Fergus Falls Sister City Commission.

PioneerCare Foundation thanks event sponsors, including: Sons of Norway of Fergus Falls, Victor Lundeen Company, Richard & Judy Werner, Park Region Telephone/Otter Tail TelcomDorn & CompanyService FoodNorthern Lakes DentalLake Region Healthcare, and George & Ann Mathison.

Ticket price is $15 for adults, $5 for students, with proceeds benefiting the work of PioneerCare Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the main reception desk of PioneerCare Center in Fergus Falls. For more details, please call: 218.998.1500.

CNA Class Begins June 5

April 5, 2018 

PioneerCare pays training expenses and certification exam cost if you successfully complete the program and become a CNA at PioneerCare. If you’re age 16 or older, apply online today!
Apply for the CNA class, interview and try a shadowing experience to see what it’s like. Complete the background study and the NCRC Assessment through the Minnesota Workforce Center. If you’re accepted, PioneerCare will help you sign up for the course.

Class meets on the M State-Fergus Falls campus:

June 5: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
June 6, 12-14: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
June 19: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Including Clinical Orientation)
June 20: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
June 21-22: 6:00 am to 4:30 pm (Clinical Experience)
June 28: Nurse Assistant Exam at 9:00 am

PioneerCare starts new CNAs at $14/hour…

…Plus benefits including $1/hour added pay for evening and night shifts, scholarship opportunities, paid time off, and full-time benefits including 401K, health and dental insurance, and more!

Apply Now

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