Two well-known and well-respected nursing homes in the area have new names. Harmony Community Healthcare and Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center of Spring Grove are now known as Gundersen Harmony Care Center and Gundersen Tweeten Care Center, respectively.

The name is not the result of a new affiliation. Rather, it's a stronger reflection of the care centers' connection to their parent organization, Gundersen Health System. It also makes it easier for people to identify Gundersen services in their communities.

"The affiliation with Gundersen Health System is valuable to the philosophy and mission of these two nursing homes," explained Tim Samuelson, newly appointed CEO for both nursing homes. "With many anticipated changes coming for healthcare, having the umbrella of a health system significantly impacts our ability to adapt. We welcome the strengthened relationship with Gundersen Health System and the support and collaboration that comes with it."

Leadership changes

Samuelson has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of both nursing homes. Samuelson was interim administrator at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center since November 2013 and administrator at Gundersen Harmony Care Center since 2008.

Michelle Borreson is the new administrator of Gundersen Tweeten Care Center. Borreson has been a licensed administrator since 2010 and was director of nursing at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center since January 2003.

Karen Hanson, RN, replaces Borreson as director of nursing at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center. Hanson was the minimal data set coordinator.

Borreson will be the administrator of record at Gundersen Tweeten Care Center and Samuelson will be administrator of record at Gundersen Harmony Care Center.

"Having a dedicated administrator for each facility is significant for resident care and employee support," Samuelson said. "The model of a single shared administrator is replaced with having an assigned administrator to each facility. The purpose of CEO oversight is to improve the communication and affiliation networking for the two care centers and Gundersen Health System."