Walker Methodist Recognized for Innovative Approach to Serving Seniors

Walker Methodist received the honors this week from LeadingAge Minnesota in front of 3,000 of their peers at the 2018 Institute. Along with 3 other awards, Walker Methodist is the inaugural recipient of the Award of Merit for Performance Excellence in Aging Services from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and advancing performance excellence.

“I am very proud to lead this organization during this time of recognized excellence in resident care. Our very talented team is guided by our mission and together we create a culture that supports residents with wellness and artful aging,” said Scott Riddle, Walker Methodist, President and CEO. "We are thrilled to take home this recognition and are committed to continuous improvement.”

LeadingAge Minnesota created the Performance Excellence in Aging Services in 2017 to help aging services providers innovate and improve the quality services and supports they provide to older adults. The continuous learning and development program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which focuses on seven areas of achievement and improvement demonstrated by high performing organizations – leadership, strategy, customers, measurement, workforce, operations and results.

Walker Methodist was also presented with two Stars Among Us Awards for unique integrative therapies. Embedded Music is used at the Health Center in Minneapolis where music heals and transforms difficult daily living tasks into enjoyable experiences. The Memory Care Artist of the Month at Highview Hills in Lakeville allows memory care residents to express their fine arts talents and uncover hidden emotions when learning and creating their own masterpieces.

Two team members from Care Suites of Edina Team were recognized. Marie Perrin was named District G Caregiver of the Year and Lakia Gordon graduated the LeadingAge Minnesota Leadership Academy, a development program designed to cultivate high potential, transformational leaders in the field of aging services.<

Walker Methodist thought-leaders made presentations on the spirituality of empathy, creating a Parkinson’s fitness program, and culinary emergency preparedness.

“We congratulate Walker Methodist on their extraordinary commitment to innovation and excellence in caregiving. They are well-positioned to deliver services of higher quality and higher value that ensure the highest quality of life for those they serve,” said Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO, LeadingAge Minnesota.

About Walker Methodist
Walker Methodist owns, operates, and manages 13 senior living communities for 3,000 older adults in Minnesota. Since 1945, Walker Methodist has enhanced the lives of older adults through a culture of care, respect, and service. Walker Methodist’s goal is to increase quality of life for our patients and residents and to help them live their lives to the fullest through our life enrichment and therapeutic recreation department. To that end, we offer a wide variety of free musical, art, cooking, and other life enrichment activities at nearly all of our housing communities.

About LeadingAge Minnesota
Driven to transform and enhance the experience of aging, LeadingAge Minnesota works alongside its members, caregivers, advocates and consumers to collectively shape the future of aging services and ensure older adults in every community live with dignity, meaning and purpose. Together with more than 50,000 caregivers, LeadingAge Minnesota members provide services and support to nearly 70,000 older adults every day in independent senior housing, assisted living communities, adult day services, in-home care and skilled nursing facilities.

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