For the first time in 22 years, there's a new woman at the helm at Ecumen Detroit Lakes-but she's a familiar face to those residents and staff at the local retirement community who have been with the organization for more than a decade.
Katie Lundmark, who began her career in long term care administration as the housing manager of The Madison-part of the Ecumen DL campus-about 10 years ago, became the executive director of the local senior living complex on Aug. 22.
Her predecessor, Janet Green, is not retiring, however: She's been promoted.
"I'm not retiring, and I'm not moving," Green says. "I love my work too much to give it up."
She is now Ecumen's regional executive director, overseeing all five Ecumen owned and/or managed facilities in this area of the state, including not only Detroit Lakes, but also Lake Park (Sunnyside), Pelican Rapids (Pelican Valley), Park Rapids (Heritage Living Center) and Alexandria (Bethany).
"I'm also the liaison between Ecumen, which is based in Shoreview, and the sites in this region," Green said, noting that she spends a lot of time traveling between sites. "I started taking on regional duties in March.
"But I'm still based in Detroit Lakes," she added, noting that she has a small office on the Ecumen Detroit Lakes campus where she works when she's not on the road.
"It's hard work, with lots of challenges, but it's aso very rewarding," Green said-and she's thrilled to be working alongside her past and future colleague once again. "I'm excited to have Katie here, with her new ideas and enthusiasm to continue delivering quality, innovative services."
"I'll be working very closely with Janet," says Lundmark, who also served as executive director at the Ecumen-managed Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park and Pelican Valley Nursing Home in Pelican Rapids before taking on her most recent position at Perham Health, where she has been for the past five years.
"I was at Ecumen for five years, and Perham Health for five years, and now I'm here again," Lundmark said.
"We're very happy to have her back," Green added.
"Janet and I have worked together for long enough that we finish each other's sentences," Lundmark joked. "We've never lost contact. She's been my mentor and friend."
"I love having her here," Green said of Lundmark. "It's hard to let go, but Katie, with her knowledge and experience, makes it a little easier to turn over the reins. I'm feeling very confident and comfortable (with the change). It feels right."
Lundmark's responsibilities will encompass overseeing the entire Ecumen Detroit Lakes campus, including Emmanuel Nursing Home, The Cottage Assisted Living, The Madison and Lamplighter Manor, as well as its therapy center, memory care, adult day care and home-based services. In all, the campus employs about 225 people, and houses around 250 residents at any given time.
"I'm happy to be back here," she said. "Everywhere I've gone, I've seen so many familiar staff and residents. So many of them are still here. It's so much fun to be a part of this community again."
While many of the faces are familiar, the facilities seem quite different, Lundmark added.
"There's been a lot of transformation on the campus," she said, referring to the $12 million remodeling and expansion project that was completed last year. "Obviously, the building has changed a lot, but in a positive way."
Though she worked in Perham for the past several years, Lundmark has continued to make her home in Detroit Lakes with husband Eric and children, Clara and Keifer, who attend Detroit Lakes Public Schools. Janet and her husband, Brad Green, who serves as public works director for the City of Detroit Lakes, continue to make their home in the community as well.