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Ecumen Overview

Saint Paul, MN
1001 to 5000 employees
1863
Company - Private
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Ecumen is one of the nation’s top 25 largest nonprofit providers of senior housing and aging services. Based in Shoreview, Minn., Ecumen operates in 37 cities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Idaho, Ohio and Tennessee, providing a variety of senior ... Read more

Mission: We create home for older adults, wherever they choose to live.

Company Updates

  • Senior Living News features Ecumen President & CEO Kathryn Roberts and COO Shelley Kendrick in an article headlined “The Benefits of a Woman’s Touch,” which explores the role women leaders play in today’s aging services profession.

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    Ecumen's CEO and COO Featured in Senior Living News Story on Women in Leadership

    Sign up for Changing Aging News Ecumen's CEO and COO Featured in Senior Living News Story on Women in Leadership Date: Aug 29th, 2017 1:00pm Senior Living News features Ecumen President & CEO Kathryn Roberts (left) and COO Shelley Kendrick (right) in an article headlined " The Benefits of a Woman's Touch," which explores the role women leaders play in today's aging services profession.

  • “Hospice workers help people celebrate their lives, find comfort and discover peace. Like the ministry, this profession calls on your gifts of compassion, empathy, emotional intelligence and #honor.” Read more about Tami Rakos and Jim Heymans, #EverydayHeroes from the Ecumen Hospice team, at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQlp5.

    Living Ecumen's Values: Tami Rakos and Jim Heymans, Ecumen Hospice

    Date: Aug 14th, 2017 3:28pm Throughout August, Ecumen is celebrating its 10th Best Place to Work honor from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal by recognizing employees who live our values every day. Tami Rakos and Jim Heymans of Ecumen Hospice approached the field at different times in life, but they agree that the profession is both demanding and extremely rewarding.

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Ecumen – Why Work For Us?


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The most innovative leader of senior housing and services, empowering individuals to live richer and fuller lives.

Our Mission

We create home for older adults, wherever they choose to live.

Our Vision for “Changing Aging”

We envision a world in which aging is viewed and understood in radically different ways.

Our Promise

Innovate. Empower. Honor.

Our Values

Service: We intensely focus on serving our customers and delivering what they want with excellence.

People: We believe in hiring and investing in dedicated, passionate people who make Ecumen communities great places to live and work.

Innovation: We celebrate creativity and ingenuity, anticipate change, and understand that responsible risk is essential to delivering cutting-edge products and services.

Spirituality: We honor our faith-based heritage by creating welcoming, inclusive communities that nurture and support the spiritual needs of the people we serve.

Wellness: We believe that physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, and vocational growth is essential to wellness.

Collaboration: We partner with other progressive organizations to maximize solutions for the people and communities we serve.

Stewardship: We are committed to being financially successful and good stewards of our resources.

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Ecumen is a values-based organization. Our mission, vision and values are how we go about our work each day. And we’re committed to our brand promise of “innovate, empower, honor.” There’s no other way to change how our society views aging.

Our Values

Service: We intensely focus on serving our customers and delivering what they want with excellence.

People: We believe in hiring and investing in dedicated, passionate people who make Ecumen communities great places to live and work.

Innovation: We celebrate creativity and ingenuity, anticipate change, and understand that responsible risk is essential to delivering cutting-edge products and services.

Spirituality: We honor our faith-based heritage by creating welcoming, inclusive communities that nurture and support the spiritual needs of the people we serve.

Wellness: We believe that physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, and vocational growth is essential to wellness.

Collaboration: We partner with other progressive organizations to maximize solutions for the people and communities we serve.

Stewardship: We are committed to being financially successful and good stewards of our resources.

The Ecumen Way

Ecumen looks for employees that fit our style and standards – what we call “The Ecumen Way.” Throughout the application, interview and orientation process you’ll learn more about The Ecumen Way and how we fit as a team.

Our Style

  • Responsive
  • Passionate
  • Professional
  • Proactive
  • Tenacious

Our Standards

  • Treat people with dignity
  • Excellent service
  • Trusting relationships
  • Innovative practices
  • Create a sense of community
  • Consistently customer-focused
  • Proactive problem solvers
  • Encourage and respect customers’ individuality
  • Reliability

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Eligibility

Employees are eligible for benefits the first of the month following 60 days of employment.  Employees have up to 30 days from the effective date to make benefit elections.  Ecumen offers benefit options for employees, their legal spouse, and their children.

The benefits outlined below apply to Ecumen-owned housing and services employees only. Our managed communities, which are owned by other entities, offer benefits that may differ from those listed below.

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance is available for employees working at least 60 hours per pay period.  The medical insurance is a high deductible health plan through BlueCross BlueShield of MN with the option to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA).  All preventive care visits and services are covered 100% when going to an in-network provider.  All other services are subject to a $2,600 deductible.  After you have met your deductible your claims will be covered at 100%.

Dental Insurance

Dental insurance is available for employees working at least 40 hours per pay period and is administered by Delta Dental.  Preventive exams, cleanings and x-rays are covered at 100%.  All other services are subject to a $50 deductible and co-insurance.

Vision Insurance

Vision insurance is available for employees working at least 40 hours per pay period.  It helps pay for the cost of frames, lenses, and contacts and is administered by VSP.  The vision insurance will supplement vision benefits included in the Ecumen medical plan.

Health Savings Account

A health savings account (HSA) allows employees enrolled in Ecumen’s medical insurance to make pre-tax contributions and request reimbursement for approved medical expenses.  Ecumen also provides quarterly contributions to the employees’ HSA.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

The health care flexible spending account (FSA) allows employees to make pre-tax contributions for reimbursement of approved medical expenses. 

The dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) allows employees to make pre-tax contributions for reimbursement of approved dependent care expenses.

Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

Employees working at least 60 hours per pay period receive 1.5 times their annual salary to a maximum of $500,000 in personal life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance at no cost.  Additional coverage may be purchased for employees, spouse, and children.

Short Term Disability Insurance

Short term disability (STD) is available at no cost for employees working at least 40 hours per pay period.  It provides partial income replacement, up to a maximum of 65%, if absent due to non-work-related illness or injury lasting up to 26 weeks.

Long Term Disability Insurance

Long term disability (LTD) is available at no cost for employees working at least 60 hours per pay period.   It provides continuing income up to 60% of monthly earnings, if unable to work for at least 180 days as a result of a serious illness or injury.

Retirement Plan
All regularly scheduled employees are eligible to contribute to the 401(k) plan on a pre-tax basis or after-tax basis (Roth). The 401(k) is matched at 100% up to 6% of your compensation. You are always 100% vested in your own employee contributions, rollover contributions, and the employer matching contributions.

Paid Holidays

Ecumen observes the following holidays.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday/Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Floating Holiday

Personal Paid Leave (PPL)
Employees earn PPL based on length of service. Eligible employees working at least 40 hours per pay period are eligble to accrue personal paid leave (prorated based on hours worked). PPL is paid time off that may be used for a variety of reasons including vacations, illness, and personal time.

Caregiver & Crisis Leave
Eligible employees working at least 40 hours per pay period are eligible to accrue Caregiver & Crisis Leave, which provides employees with paid leave in order to care for a family member with a serious medical condition.

Family Helping Family
Ecumen’s Family Helping Family program provides emergency loans or grants to eligible employees.  Funds for this program are donated annually by Ecumen employees committed to helping colleagues in need.

Wellness
Ecumen has designed a wellness program to reward healthy lifestyle choices.  Free annual health screenings are offered for eligible employees.  Medical insurance premiums will be reduced for each specific health screening goal that is met.

Training and Development

Ecumen believes in hiring and investing in dedicated, passionate people.  We know that our employees are the ones who ultimately make Ecumen communities great places to work and to live.  We work hard to train employees for their current role so that they feel equipped and informed as they perform in their jobs.  Additionally, employees who have an interest in developing in their careers will be given opportunities to design an individual development plan with their supervisor.

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Ecumen’s roots extend to 1862 when the Lutheran Church began providing foster care in Minnesota. At the beginning of the 20th Century, we began serving seniors.

Several of our communities began in the early 20th Century, including Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato, Minn., Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, Minn., Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City, Minn. and Ecumen Detroit Lakes in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

In 1923, this growing organization incorporated under the name The Board of Christian Service. In the early 1960s we became the Board of Social Ministry.

In 2004, we changed our name to Ecumen. The Ecumen name comes from the Greek word for “home” and underscores our mission to create home for older adults wherever they choose to live.

In our 150+ year history, Ecumen has grown to be the most innovative leader in senior housing and services, empowering individuals to live richer and fuller lives.

As a nurse, you’ll be present in people’s lives at their highest and lowest points – births, deaths and everything in between.

You’ve made a wise career choice. While your peers have anxiety about finding a job, nurses are reaching retirement age at a pace never seen before and there are abundant opportunities to find your place in the field of healthcare.

If you’ve helped care for an aging parent or grandparent, or watched a family friend struggle to maintain their quality of life while aging at home alone, you understand the need for well-educated, compassionate nurses in the field of senior care. It’s critical – especially in areas of rural Minnesota.

The Ecumen Scholar program will help you fill the critical need for nurses in senior care, while enjoying the quintessential Minnesota lifestyle in communities like Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Fargo-Moorhead, Hutchinson, Litchfield, North Branch, Mankato, Two Harbors and Worthington.

This is Ashley's story. Thanks to Ecumen scholarships and hands-on work experience, she's now an RN.

Through the Ecumen Scholar program, you’ll work with seniors at a variety of care levels and settings, including transitional care or rehabilitation, assisted living, dementia care and home care.

 
Key components include:
 
Gerontological Clinical Rotations
Beginning in Fall 2014, MnSCU nursing students will participate in a gerontological nursing clinical rotation at Ecumen sites near their campuses. Locations include Worthington, Mankato, Litchfield, Hutchinson, Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Two Harbors.
 
Summer Nursing Leadership Fellowships
Beginning in 2015, students in MnSCU’s registered nurse programs will be able to apply for up to eight Ecumen Nursing Leadership Fellowships. Each Fellow will receive a $3,000 summer living stipend and will work closely with a Director of Nursing at an Ecumen location for 120 hours, gaining valuable insights into clinical management and leadership.
 
School-Work Opportunities
MnSCU nursing students will be notified of open positions at the Ecumen Scholar sites, which will help students launch their careers while attending school and then transitioning to full-time employment upon graduation.
 
Ecumen Awakenings™ Alzheimer’s Care Training
All Ecumen Scholars will be introduced to Ecumen Awakenings, a leading Alzheimer’s care program lauded for reducing antipsychotic medication use and improving lives. The state estimates that in fewer than 6 years at least 10,000 more Minnesotans will have Alzheimer’s, putting the total number of Minnesotans with Alzheimer’s at 102,000. By 2050, that total is expected to rise to at least 220,000, making this training essential to life quality in the state.
 
Financial Bonus Payments
Ecumen Scholars who graduate from the MnSCU nursing program and are hired within one year at rural Ecumen locations will be eligible for financial bonus payments at the one-year, three-year, five-year and 10-year anniversaries of the nurses’ start date. These bonus payments can be used to repay student loans, and the bonus amounts will increase with each subsequent anniversary.
 
Summer Scrubs Camp
In 2015, Ecumen employees and residents at Ecumen Scholar sites will have the opportunity to send their high-school age children free-of-charge to summer Scrubs Camp, which is co-Sponsored by MnSCU and HealthForce Minnesota, the state’s only legislatively approved Center of Excellence for healthcare.
 
Scrubs Camp is a 5-day camp at Winona State University, Augsburg College and Saint Paul College dedicated to introducing high-school students to the health care field. Thirty-five children will have their $450 tuition covered by an Ecumen Scholars scholarship.  This component of Ecumen Scholars grew out of the fact that children with parents in the health care field or exposed to the care relatives receive are more likely to enter the field themselves.

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Ecumen photo of: Many Ecumen locations feature Memory Care suites, where our professional staff cares for residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Ecumen photo of: Nestled in the beautiful lake country of northwest Minnesota, Ecumen Detroit Lakes is a warm and welcoming community with contemporary decor and a full continuum of care.
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Ecumen Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ecumen (Minneapolis, MN) in February 2017.

    Interview

    First: phone interview by HR, followed by interview at main office with 3 people, third step was a panel of 5. Process went smoothly, very professional. Positive experience - they wanted me to feel comfortable as possible given the situation.

    Interview Questions

    • What did I think were most important qualities for the position.   Answer Question
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Ecumen Awards & Accolades

  • 40 Under 40: Dena Meyer, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2016
  • Eureka! Awards for Innovation, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2015
  • Excellence in Dementia Care, LeadingAge, 2014
  • Best Place to Work, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2014
  • Best Places to Work, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2013
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