Derynck recognized for leadership in area of senior services

Dodie Derynck of Minneota was one of 50 individuals across Minnesota recently recognized by LeadingAge Minnesota for innovative and influential leadership in older adult services.

Derynck is the Chief Nursing Officer and Long-Term Care Administrator at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.

LeadingAge Minnesota, the state’s largest association of organizations serving older adults, announced the “50 for Next 50” as part of its 50th anniversary.

“50 for the Next 50 are pioneers, challenging the status quo to transform and enhance the experience of aging,” said Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO, LeadingAge Minnesota.

“These leaders are making forward-looking innovations in service delivery, elevating the profession of caregiving and preparing Minnesota for the future needs of its aging population.”

“Derynck is a very fitting choice for this recognition,” said Mary Maertens, Regional President and CEO of Avera Marshall.

“She studies industry trends and finds innovative approaches to meet the needs of aging populations in our region.”

“She has been the driving force behind leading-edge solutions implemented in our organization that have made a significant impact in the lives of area families.”

“And her heart for service to the aging leads her to mentor her team, fostering further development of their skills and igniting a passion for aging services.”

The leaders selected for this honor include professionals who work on behalf of older adults in independent senior living, assisted living, adult day services, home care and skilled nursing. Also included are organizations that support long term services and support throughout Minnesota.

Recipients were announced at the LeadingAge Minnesota annual meeting on Sept. 21 in Brainerd.

Dodie Derynck

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