ALEXANDRIA, Minn., (June 24, 2016) — Matthew Fischer has been named Executive Director at Ecumen Bethany Community. The announcement became official back on May 16, 2016. In his new role, Fischer will be in charge of community relations, business development, and ongoing operations at the Ecumen Bethany campus, which includes the oversight of nearly 260 residents and 190 staff members. The campus offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, home care, long-term and short-term nursing care, rehabilitation services, day services and respite care.
In addition to directing the day-to-day operations, Fischers’ goals include the enhancement of Bethany’s community relationships and the ongoing development of innovative resident-centered programs.
Fischer most recently served as the Administrator at Embassy Healthcare Community, a skilled nursing and long-term care facility in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. During his time there, Fischer initiated many new programs and processes to increase efficiencies and enhance resident care, repositioned the leadership team, and improved the facility occupancy. Prior to that position, he spent time at senior communities in Flandreu and Mitchell, S.D., and Torrington and Casper, Wyoming. Matthew has been in the long-term care industry since 2011 where he started his career with Welcov Healthcare based in Edina, Minn.
After his first few weeks at Ecumen Bethany, Matthew would like to thank the Alexandria area for the warm welcome. “It has been a wonderful first couple of weeks and I am already feeling like a part of this bustling community,” said Fischer. “Bethany is a CMS rated Five-Star Facility with a reputation for superior resident care. I am thrilled to be joining a team of highly dedicated professionals and look forward to building on Bethany’s outstanding reputation in the years to come."
Matthew is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., and is currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of Minnesota.