Legacy Place Expanding, Gets New Administrator

The Legacy Place in Valley City opened with 25 residents in March 2009. Over three years later, it has nearly doubled in residents and tripled in services — and it’s still continuing to grow.

To accommodate for growth and better serve its residents, The Legacy Place, owned by Paul and Tanya Diegel, is reorganizing staff internally and seeking new staff.

Cami Hendrickson, who currently serves as the assisted living facility’s business office manager will take on duties as the interim administrator, a position currently held by Tamie Gerntholtz.

Gerntholtz been administrator since May 2011 and he will continue to work at The Legacy Place to compliment the nursing staff.

Hendrickson started working at The Legacy Place a year ago, right after graduating from Minnesota State University — Moorhead with a business management degree.

While she was in college, she worked as a certified nursing assistant and med aide at an assisted living facility.

“Cami actually sought out The Legacy Place. She wanted to use her degree in assisted living,” Gerntholz said, adding that she’s very familiar with the assisted living industry.

Another duty Hendrickson had before becoming administrator was the activities coordinator.

With her promotion and an increase in services, The Legacy Place has hired Ashley Nadeau as the new full-time activities coordinator.
Nadeau is a life coach, has a degrees in family science and nutrition and is also a certified personal trainer.

The Legacy Place has kept up with the needs of its residents since opening its doors. As services were needed, Gerntholz said, it accommodated to those needs. The staff will continue to adapt to the changes in health care and residential need. It plans to grow its services, including implementing a new exercise program, and expand its nursing staff.

The Legacy Place is still seeking staff in their nursing department who are interested in working alongside The Legacy Place as they continue to grow health services.

“Assisted living is very much a part of future health care,” Gerntholz said. “And that’s what we have been and we continue to prepare for.”