Catholic senior care centers honored by LeadingAge Minnesota

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments
Bill Foussard, a member of the board of Cerenity Senior Care in St. Paul, accepts the Board Trustee of the Year award Feb. 6 from LeadingAge Minnesota at a ceremony at the  St. Paul RiverCenter in St. Paul.

Bill Foussard, a member of the board of Cerenity Senior Care in St. Paul, accepts the Board Trustee of the Year award Feb. 6 from LeadingAge Minnesota at a ceremony at the St. Paul RiverCenter in St. Paul. COURTESY LEADINGAGE MINNESOTA

A Catholic senior care center and personnel at three others in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis recently won awards for excellence from LeadingAge Minnesota.

A St. Paul-based nonprofit association, LeadingAge supports senior care centers statewide. It has been offering awards to individuals and organizations for more than two decades.

At an awards ceremony during LeadingAge’s expo Feb. 6-7 at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, local Catholic senior care centers claimed three of five individual awards.

One organization, St. Crispin Living Community in Red Wing, won an Award of Merit for Performance Excellence in Aging Services, which also went to three other organizations, including Madonna Towers of Rochester in Rochester, also a Catholic senior care center.

St. Crispin clinic services director Robin Stern said pursuing the award is one way for the organization to focus its efforts. “The award makes us outline our processes and has several categories that you have to address,” Stern said.

St. Therese senior care services President and Chief Executive Officer Barb Rode, winner of the Ray Johnson Pioneers Leadership Award, said the awards reflect Catholic senior care’s commitment to their residents.

“It just shows the mission that the Catholic-based organizations make sure they achieve,” said Rode, who was honored for her innovative work to improve the quality of care provided at St. Therese’s campuses in Woodbury, New Hope, Brooklyn Park and Shoreview, and at St. Therese’s transitional care at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.

She said she takes a hands-on approach to her work, visiting each of the sites weekly and working with residents.

“I also equate it to if it was my mother or grandmother, what would they want to see,” said Rode, a parishioner of St. Raphael in Crystal, about her approach. “You can’t do anything better than for your own grandparents or your own parents. I put myself in their shoes.”

Andrea Boedigheimer won Caregiver of the Year for her work with memory care residents at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. A resident assistant with more than 30 years of experience, Boedigheimer was recognized for her person-centered approach with residents and providing leadership to the staff.

“I love to make them comfortable when they need it the most in their life,” said Boedigheimer, a Catholic, about working with the residents. “It’s a great job, and it’s very rewarding.”

Bill Foussard won Board Trustee of the Year for his work with Cerenity Senior Care in St. Paul. As a board member for the faith-based organization, Foussard has helped Cerenity upgrade its care center in White Bear Lake and renovate the Marian center in St. Paul. He also hosts a Christmas event for residents annually at the White Bear Country Inn in White Bear Lake.

“It’s so important for our community to have these facilities that serve people in need,” said Foussard, who attends Assumption in St. Paul. “It’s a team effort. So many people doing different things make projects happen.”

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