Chris Young Recognized by LeadingAge Nebraska

LeadingAge Nebraska is a State Association of non-profit organizations whose fundamental purpose is to improve the care and services provided to older Nebraskans. LeadingAge Nebraska is Nebraska's resource for education, helping non-profit Providers pursue excellence in serving older adults.

In early March, 2017 at the Spring Conference held in Kearney, LeadingAge Nebraska presented Chris Young, Administrator of Midwest Covenant Home, with the Excellence in Innovation Award. Nominations were received from various non-profit retirement communities across the State of Nebraska.

Chris was selected for his visionary qualities in leading the Board of Directors through a strategic planning process during his first few months as Administrator. Through this activity he sought input from residents, families, staff, and community leaders – past, present and future. Chris guided the Board in developing a master plan for the direction the facility should go to preserve its place in the future of Stromsburg and the surrounding community. Chris is steering the facility through the priority needs identified in the plan - an electronic medical record change, an incremental plan to convert all rooms to private rooms, and establishing a Home Health Agency. These endeavors position Midwest Covenant Home to offer a continuum of care for Stromsburg and its neighbors. The impact of these undertakings creates a community positioned for future generations, enriching the quality of life for all community elders and promoting new opportunities through a strategic plan.

Chris is committed to excellence at Midwest Covenant Home, the residents, his family and Stromsburg. He connects all of these together seamlessly by modeling his commitment to others through his selfless acts of care and compassion. Chris can be found in the facility at all hours encouraging and building up staff creating a culture of teamwork. He listens to everyone, truly hearing what they are saying and seeking a solution. Chris makes work enjoyable for all. He is the face of Excellence in Innovation.

When asked about the award, Chris shared “I humbly and graciously accept the nomination and “award”. I accept this “award” on behalf of everything that makes Midwest Covenant Home what it is. On behalf of the Board of Directors who had the faith and trust in me to give me the opportunity to return to the facility. For their vision and support as we created the Strategic Plan propelling us into the next stage of our journey with Home Health of Midwest Covenant Home, the incremental remodel of the Nursing Home and in the next few years Memory Support and additional independent apartments. On behalf of the community of Stromsburg who faithfully rally around Midwest Covenant Home in support regardless of the need or cause. On behalf of the incredible leadership and staff of the facility, who tirelessly make the lives of residents greater with each day they are in contact with them. And without a doubt, I accept this award on behalf of every resident that touches our lives. We are allowed to work in their home; we are given the great privilege to be a part of their family and care for them after all of the years they have cared for others. This is why we do what we do and this is the true “award”. My most sincere Thank You to you all for what you do!”

Joining Chris in Kearney for the presentation were his son Colby of Stromsburg, his youngest daughter Hallie of Falls City, NE, his parents Dave and Kathy Young, of Falls City, NE, sister Dr. Laura Young of Gardner, KS and the Midwest Covenant Home Director Staff, pictured left to right Sheila Bjerrum, Darcy Deines, Cindy Jensen, Helen Werth, Doug Chos, Chris Young, Traci Rystrom, Andrew Franke and Katherine Adkins.


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