Bruce Boehm this month joined Methodist Manor as the new CEO and president. He replaces Dr. Terry Penniman who took a position with another retirement community in Des Moines.
Boehm served in the U.S. Marine Corps before graduating from Drake University in Des Moines with a degree in criminal justice. He is in the process of completing his master's degree in healthcare administration.
Boehm started in the healthcare administration field with Hillhaven Corporation where for six years he served as acting director for the group's southern region, overseeing a total of 1,044 beds in four facilities.
He later was senior administrator for five years for a healthcare company that had two facilities in Iowa and one in Nebraska, totaling 444 beds. In the last five years he was administrator for HCM Inc. in Anita. Under Boehm's leadership, HCM won The Governor's Award and had two deficiency-free surveys.
Boehm looks forward to taking the helm of Methodist Manor which has become the state model for elder care. In addition to its long-term facility, Methodist Manor has Otsego Place and Lake Point Villa.
"The history here has been real good," Boehm said. He said he hopes to carry forward the resident-centered care concept embraced by Methodist Manor staff and management. "It's well-recognized in the state of Iowa," Boehm said.
Boehm praised the Methodist Manor staff, a great team leadership, and a very supportive and aggressive board. "That's how you get things done," Boehm said.
With everything already in place helping to make his transition a smooth one, Boehm would like to take what Methodist Manor already have and build upon it.
"The direction is pretty much set," Boehm said. "We need consistency in our operation. We need to live and grow with what our mission is. I'd like to just take what Terry has done and expound upon it. The residents are well taken care of. The foundation is here."
As a model of various levels of care that includes everything from independent living to skilled care, Boehm noted that Methodist Manor can provide a variety of care, depending on the stage of life at which residents find themselves. "You have that transition when you need it," Boehm said.
Adult daycare and Aging in Place, or providing care for people in their own homes, are two other areas that Methodist Manor is examining to continue to expand its range of care for the elderly. The staff educational environment is enhanced with cooperative connections with Buena Vista and Des Moines University. The result is a forward-thinking vision of the future.
"The staff all the way from the team leaders to the CNAs have a vision as to where they want to go," Boehm said. All staff are encouraged to "think outside the box" to help bring improvements to the organization.
"The team leaders have been just great. It's been a very friendly and warm atmosphere, a very clean, warm, friendly environment," Boehm said.
Through a self-directed team concept, Boehm wants to empower staff to make decisions to help benefit resident care. Higher ratings on resident-satisfaction surveys attest to the results. "I'd like to see Methodist Manor be a leader not only in Iowa but in the nation," Boehm said.
As part of Methodist Manor's community-centered concept, Boehm wants to give residents a choice in their living arrangements. "It's their choice. This is their home," Boehm said.
One concern Methodist Manors shares with all other long-term care facilities, government regulators, and the general public is how society can continue to provide elder care, particularly with the aging Baby Boomer population. Boehm points to the reality of inadequate resident reimbursement from state and federal government.
"We've got to come up with some way to get adequate reimbursement," Boehm said, particularly with the limits placed on Medicaid reimbursement.
Boehm would also like to work with patients undergoing rehabilitation to help get them back on their feet so they can return to their homes.
Boehm and his wife, Carolyn, have four children: Bruce Jr., a senior at ISU; Sarah Lynn, a senior at Notre Dame; Kalli, a freshman at BVU; and Katie, 12, who attends Storm Lake Public.
Methodist Manor has 147 employees caring for 78 residents in the nursing home with space available for 86 residents. There are 38 residents at Lake Pointe Villa with an additional 42 residents in Otsego Place.