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LSA Member Reception at LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo

Join your fellow Lutheran Services in America colleagues from across the nation at the LSA Member Reception hosted at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in Nashville, TN. RSVP today and don’t miss this special opportunity to connect and share with other LSA members. Plan to attend the reception with your friends, family, and staff members – all are welcome. You will also be joined by LSA's President and CEO, Charlotte Haberaecker, and VP, Member Engagement, Shannon Steene, at the event.

Wendy Goldstein to Receive Brooklyn Women of Distinction Award

Wendy Goldstein, President and CEO of Lutheran HealthCare, was honored as one of Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction at a special event on May 21. This annual award recognizes women who have displayed exemplary leadership in the borough. In the article titled, “Hospital Boss Heals Ailing Institution,” Ms. Goldstein is commended for her remarkable revival of the Lutheran Medical Center; she reinvigorated the institution's Lutheran roots and created an open and accepting environment for treatment.

Becky Young & Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries Champion Healthcare

Rebecca Young, VP, Human Resources at Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM), has been working with her organization to champion healthcare by refocusing on their residents and clinical outcomes. ALSM has introduced more client centered programs and services to better meet the needs of individuals residing in their facilities. They have taken on major advances in technology across their organization - from electronic medical records to employee self service - with a goal of completely digitizing their systems. Recently, ALSM has been working to distinguish the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and how it will alter current benefit plans and future offerings. ALSM continues to expand their services in an effort to provide a complete continuum of care to residents and clients that span the generations - from child day care to home healthcare and continuing care retirement communities. ALSM employs over 500 team members and serves more than 2500 clients each year.

Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich Discusses the Northshore Merger, Health Care Mission Leaders, and the Lutheran Leadership Summit

Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich is the Senior Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care at Advocate Health Care, an LSA member that serves three million patients annually through its healthcare system. Kathie is responsible for overseeing the Spiritual Care Services, Clinical Pastoral Education, Music Therapy, Clinical Ethics and Volunteer Services. Advocate Health Care has been a member of LSA since its inception and has been in the news lately – they've just announced their merger with NorthShore University HealthSystem. The new entity, Advocate NorthShore Health Partners, will be the largest integrated health care delivery system in Illinois and the 11th largest not-for-profit health care system in the US. Kathie is excited about the opportunities resulting from the new partnership. “Partnering with Northshore will help us provide quality care at a lower cost with higher efficiency.” she said.

New LSA Board Member Discusses a Lifetime of Change and Growth in Lutheran Social Ministry

Coming from a long career with Lutheran social ministry organizations, Julie Swanson, President and CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA), has been involved in the Lutheran system since before the founding of LSA. For Julie, getting involved in the LSA network was an easy decision. "It's the other LSA member agencies, and the staff that work for them, that are your best allies and sources of information," she said in an interview with LSA this fall.

Mark Stutrud Discusses his Call to Serve, the UAC Crisis and LSA

Mark Stutrud, President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan(LSSM), is embarking on a new journey beginning October 1, 2014 as he transitions to President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI). Both organizations are members of LSA. During his decade of service, LSSM has grown its foundation from $3.5M to $13.5M and the organization has grown its annual budget from $73M to $109M.

A Life Lived in Service & Lutheran Social Ministry

How does a Lutheran organization founded in 1868 remain true to its heritage while serving the needs of its current – and future – communities? From adoption and foster care to an alternative high school … to memory care and assisted living... to meals on wheels and disaster response services … to a program that acts as a clearinghouse for corporate donations and impacts over one million people a year – Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries is evocative of the great diversity we find within the Lutheran Services in America network. At its helm is a versatile leader, Mark Pile, who just celebrated his fifth anniversary as President and CEO of the organization. Last year, he tackled the sizable challenge of splitting Diakon into two divisions, each with its own Board of Directors – one to focus on senior services, and one for child, family and community programs. Read on to learn more about Mark’s approach to leadership and how he leads by example within our network.


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