By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN - With only two weeks on the job as the new Cokato Charitable Trust CEO and administrator, Nancy Stratman is excited about the staff and services offered.
Stratman began her work for Cokato Charitable Trust Feb. 23. She comes from Willmar’s Rice Care Center, where she was administrator at the stand- alone nursing home, which is owned by the hospital.
According to Stratman, this was a very different clientele and mission since that job was geared for post-acute stays for rehabilitation, while Cokato Charitable Trust has the entire continuum of care.
What she likes about Cokato Charitable Trust is how well it can “support seniors as they transition through life.”
With services such as Meals on Wheels, adult day care, home health, assisted living, dementia care, and the nursing home, Cokato Charitable Trust is able to serve people where they are at, Stratman said.
For example, Stratman went on a home health visit during her first days on the job.
She met a woman who is supported through all of the entities. The woman had been in the nursing home and is now back home receiving care from a home health aid, adult day care, and Meals on Wheels.
“And she has choice because she has someone who offers those things,” Stratman.
The faculty has been very welcoming to her in her first weeks at the Cokato Manor.
As far as the new and improved Cokato Manor facility Stratman commented that, “They’ve worked really hard to give an environment that supports care for the residents and it’s a warm environment for residents and their families.”
“The community support and involvement is very impressive,” she said.
Stratman has worked in long-term care all her working life including laundry, billing, and being a nursing assistant.
Prior to Stratman, the administrator position was held by Michelle Haefner, who decided to take a position elsewhere, according to Steve Hanson, chair of the Cokato Charitable Trust board.
“She was gracious to help us with the transition and we wish Michelle all the best. She was very appreciated by the board for her work in the past seven years,” Hanson said, adding he is very happy to have Stratman on board.
She has a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in management.
Stratman’s late husband, Bruce, was an administrator for 25 years with the Good Samaritan Society in various locations in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Stratman currently lives in Hutchinson and has two children in California a daughter who is a labor delivery nurse in San Francisco, and a son who works in business development for a construction firm in San Diego.
She enjoys biking, hiking, and kayaking in her leisure time.