Susan Lemon named vice president, Senior Adult Services

by Barbara Lewis 10. June 2011 13:57

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has promoted MapleCreek Executive Director Susan Lemon of Grand Rapids to vice president of Senior Adult Services statewide. She will oversee the administration of three skilled nursing centers, three assisted living centers and five independent living programs.

While a search is underway for her replacement at MapleCreek, Lemon will divide her time between administering the full-continuum senior living campus in southeast Grand Rapids and fulfilling her new statewide role from the organization’s headquarters in Detroit. Lemon is expected to work from Detroit full-time in early September.

Under Lemon’s leadership, MapleCreek remained in operation during a two-year $32 million building and renovation project. This comprehensive makeover for the newly re-branded senior living community continues to impress visitors. During her 10 years at MapleCreek, Lemon guided a change in service delivery from a medical model to a resident-focused model. “It will be my pleasure” was the attitude impressed on the staff. In addition, food service transitioned to a restaurant-style service approach with each resident’s meal freshly prepared, plated and served.

Lemon has been employed by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan for 11 years, previously serving as director of quality long-term care and consulting for skilled nursing centers in Michigan and Indiana. She has worked in the senior services field for nearly 30 years, with experience in long-term care in a variety of settings, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and home care services. Lemon is a registered nurse and a licensed nursing home administrator. She completed her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1980. 





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New quality assurance director for Senior Adults

by Barbara Lewis 19. October 2010 16:05

Melanie Nabozny has joined Lutheran Social Services as director of quality assurance in Services for Senior Adults. Melanie had been a long term care clinical care consultant with Plante Moran for the past 10 years and has coordinated consulting and training programs with Aging Services of Michigan, HCAM and Nadonna. She recently led training sessions on the upcoming changes to the MDS processes and Medicare RUGS reimbursement models. Melanie worked for 10 years at a hospital-based skilled nursing community and as an MDS coordinator.. “Melanie has a broad base of knowledge of quality assurance program measures as well as the reimbursement models related to clinical operations in the long term care arena,” said Steven Tyshka, vice president, Services for Senior Adults. “With the continual changes in the health care environment and health care reform, Melanie’s knowledge and expertise will be a great asset to Lutheran Social Services in bolstering the quality of our clinical operations and systems.” 

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