2015 Senior Care Reform result in real benefits to SW MN center

For the St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, senior care reform approved by the Minnesota State Legislature in 2015 has meant substantial changes for the better.

For starters, CEO Josh Jensen says the nursing department wage scale has been raised significantly. Base wages for the nursing department were increased in October 2015. Across-the-board increases are now in effect for the non-nursing departments as well.

Additionally, St. John Lutheran Home was able to reinstate its pension plan matching contribution that was put on hold three years ago.

St. John Lutheran Home has also hired 25 new staff, bringing them close to being fully-staffed. This is critically important to maintain the high quality care and services St. John Lutheran Home has consistently provided its residents.

“Offering wages that are competitive with other medical and non-medical industries in the area has been key to recruitment and retention in a very tight job market and will allow us to continue our tradition of caring into the future,” says Jensen.

Both lawmakers representing Springfield, Sen. Gary Dahms and Rep. Paul Torkelson, supported the reform proposal last session.

We look forward to posting more positive stories from senior care facilities around the state that highlight the many good outcomes of 2015’s historic senior care reform.

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