Stafholt administrator retires
miss turning the corner on a foggy morning and seeing this
bright green roof, said retiring Stafholt Good Samaritan
Center administrator Ann Walter, who will hand over the
reins to Kari Johnson-Dick January 3.
Walter came to Stafholt 25 years ago, to a different building and a facility with a different focus. It was more of a retirement home then and didnt really fill nursing needs, she said of the old facility on D Street. As more and more of her customers needed nursing care, Walter said the need for a new building became glaring. We only had one bathroom for 15 people, she said.
In 1986 the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a national leader in geriatric care facilities, adopted the Blaine facility and on the top of their list was a new facility. We all had input in designing the new building, Walter said. When you work in a building you know how it needs to work. The new building on C Street was completed in 1990.
Since then Walter has continued to work to expand both the facility and the programs it offers, adding a new annex for assisted living facilities and starting a program to train nursing assistants.
As the facility has grown, so has Walters job. A registered nurse with no accounting background, shes had to learn to manage a growing budget, which reached $3.5 million this year. This job has evolved, she said. Today you arent just taking care of people but of quite a bit of money.
Walter said she will miss staff and residents, but she wont miss red tape. I wont miss state bureaucracy and trying to make ends meet with a Medicaid budget doomed to fail, she said.
Johnson-Dick has a degree in health care management and gerontology, Walter said, and lots of enthusiasm. Ive been here a long time and its time for someone with lots of energy and new ideas, she said. She fits in very well with the staff and its been a wonderful transition.
There will be an open house at Stafholt on January 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. to say goodbye to Ann and hello to Kari..