By Kristen Miller
Cokato Charitable Trust (CCT) has welcomed a new administrator to lead its staff.
Coming from Lamberton in southwestern Minnesota, Jim Broich brings with him 33 years experience in nursing home administration. His first day with CCT was May 12.
CCT facilities include Cokato Manor, Brookridge, Heritage Place, and Edgewood Gables.
Hiring of the administrator is done by its board of directors.
CCT Chair Steve Hansen said, it is great to have Broich on board. “He brings with him many years of nursing home administration experience and we look forward to working with him.”
Broich has worked in administration in a variety of locations, including Belview, Morgan, Blooming Prairie, and Starbuck.
Interested in moving closer to his son’s family in Clearwater, Cokato was a desirable location and position for him, he explained.
With a bachelor of science degree in accounting and business administration, Broich worked for four years in hospital administration as a CFO and assistant administrator when he made the decision to get licensed.
What he finds most rewarding is working with the residents and getting to know them, he said.
The most challenging aspect of nursing home administration are the regulations that are involved through the state, as well as reimbursements or what the senior care facilities can charge its residents.
“Every year, you’re at their mercy as to whether or not you get a rate increase or not,” Broich commented.
As far as what he’s looking for in his new position, Broich said “the biggest thing is to continue to improve the quality of life for residents and tenants.”
He added that he hopes to improve certain areas for the staff by working with the CCT board on wages and looking at other benefits they could offer to attract new staff.
When comparing the other facilities he has worked for, Broich said, the Cokato Manor and its sister facilities are among the best, due to the recent renovations.
“There’s not a whole lot of remodeling that needs to be done,” he commented.