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Bethesda CEO recognized for leadership in aging


WILLMAR — Michelle Haefner, president and CEO of Bethesda Health and Housing, has been named to LeadingAge Minnesota's 50 for the Next 50.

The list recognizes innovative and influential leaders, a broad array of professionals who work on behalf of older adults in senior living, adult day services, home care and skilled nursing as well as organizations that support long-term services and support throughout Minnesota.

Haefner was unanimously nominated for this award by Bethesda's board of directors and Bethesda employees. They noted that her leadership and vision has been instrumental in the enhancement of residential services and the momentous growth of community-based services for seniors throughout west central Minnesota.

Most recently Haefner worked with Bethesda's board of directors and team to continue their significant building project through the renovation of a new Town Center in the heart of their care campus. This newly designed space will create destination areas designed to bring the experience of the outside community inside the walls of the campus.

This project follows the historic campus merger of Bethesda's skilled nursing facilities into one comprehensive campus, which was completed in 2016.

Anne Polta

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