April Administrator’s Letter

   April can be a challenging month for many people in our area. The weather is grey and cold one day, sunny and beautiful the next. Hopefully April showers will bring May flowers and the sun will shine and the snow will melt away.

             Join us on April 4th at 2:00 in the Social Hall for Open Forum. This is a time to meet with administration and find out what is going on at St. Ann’s. This month we will honor the Above and Beyond Employees from March and April. Then from 2:00 to 2:30 Scott will give the Administrator’s report. At 2:30 we will have a special guest. Maise Blaine, the State Ombudsman for Long term Care will give a presentation on, “Understanding our Differences.”  She will also be doing some training with our staff at the end of the month.  

Congratulations and Thank you to all who helped making our March Rummage and Bake Sale a success. Over $5,300 was raised in two days. Remarkable!

April is National Volunteer Month! Thank you for all of you who volunteer to make St. Ann’s such a special place. If you are not a registered volunteer check with Sharon and the Resident Program staff and get signed up. There are many ways you can volunteer.

Congratulations to the new Resident Council members! Nancy Marotta, Father Dan Dahlberg, Judy Hoffman and Chuck Carlson are joining the current members: Nancy Glad, Dorothy Miller, Karen Valentine, Father Doyle, Bea Banicki, Lorraine Singleton, Donna Dodge and oris DeGaetano.

A special THANK YOU TO DOROTHY KRABBE for serving on the council since…..Dorothy thank you for your years of service.


               Have a Great Month and Happy Spring!


Scott and Jan      


March Administrator’s Letter

Only in Duluth can there be a storm with 10 to 12 inches of snow one day, and the next day 38 degrees and melting. The first day of spring is on March 20th which is nice to finally see after a long winter.

Like the weather St. Ann’s always changing. We are busy trying to restore the Front Office back to a functioning administrative and meeting space. The other project we are working on is the first floor signage and making the spaces and hallways friendly and welcoming. All nursing services are now on the first floor.

Hopefully we have seen the worst of the influenza and flu outbreak, but health officials are still warning we could have another wave of illness. Please continue to use precautions especially good hand hygiene.

We are glad to announce that Robin May has accepted the position of Interim Director of Nursing. Robin has been working in the Resident Care Services as an RN’s since May of 2017.

As of this writing, Scott will be heading to St. Paul to work with the State Legislature regarding St. Ann’s property taxes while they are in session. More to come as this project progresses.


Scott and Jan


February 2018

Hello Everyone,


           The cold and flu season has sure hit us hard. Your safety and well-being is our first priority. I please ask that “No Unnecessary Visitors” come into the building. Also, at the front desk, there are masks that you can have to wear to reduce your exposure to airborne germs. If you want to dine in your room to reduce your risk to exposure there will be no charge for tray delivery through the end of February. Be safe, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.


           I have heard from many of you that you are excited to have the Essentia Elder Care team making rounds here. It will take some time for the doctor to get through his list, but he will. Please see Paula if there are any questions about this service. We are just entering talks with St. Luke’s for the same service from their physicians. I will keep you posted.


           We have finished painting and installing the new wood trim on first floor east. We are now ready to move the Nursing Office. Come have a look, and watch for the open house party to be announced.



Scott and Jan

Hello Everyone, Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that it is 2018 already. Thank you to everyone for all the support this past year. A building this large is in constant need of repairs and updates. From the chapel cushions to repair of our bricks to the support of the many St. Ann’s events and fundraisers, it would not be possible without you. The marketing team will be meeting this month and setting the dates of our large events throughout 2018. This year we will be celebrating 55 years of service at our current location and approximately 50 years of service at the former St. Ann’s Home for the Aged at the 22nd Ave. West and Third Street location. One exciting event we are starting to work on is the “St. Ann’s Gala Event” tentatively set for October 17th at Clyde Iron. This will be one of the first large scale fundraising events out in the community! We are just in the beginning planning stages with more information to come as our plans progress. Sincerely, Scott and Jan

December Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,

The holidays are always such a wonderful time at Saint Ann’s. There are parties and more musical performances than I can keep track off. It is time to celebrate. It is time to reflect. It is time to enjoy the people we love in our lives and the memories of those no longer with us.

I happen to be a big fan of Christmas. I am certain that our staff will make our building look regal for the holidays. Bring on the lights, the trees, the fun and the Santa’s. Let’s enjoy this season together.


Scott and Jan


November Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,


As always there is a lot going on at St. Ann’s. I wanted to give you an up-date on the biggest project, “One Brick at a Time”. The current project was to set-up a scaffolding tower and remove the damaged bricks from three window bays. That work has started, and some of the new bricks are already installed. Unfortunately, once the job started and we could examine the wall closer, there are many more areas in need of attention. We have plenty of extra bricks, but the cost of the project will increase as there will be more time involved and a second scaffolding tower needed. I am not sure as to the additional costs, be assured we will do everything needed to keep our patio area safe.


Thank You to everyone that has contributed to the project. To date we have raised the following funds:

                Individual donations                                            $6,215.00


                                Teamters Local 346                             $2,000.00

                                Essentia Community Contributions  $2,000.00

                                Ordean Foundation (Pledge)              $2,000.00


                                                                       Total Raised: $12,215.00

Thank You




Scott and Jan


October Administrator Letter

Hello Everyone,

Fall is near and I must say it is my favorite time of year. I love the cool brisk air and all the beautiful colors it brings. I will try to spend as much time as I can this fall at the cabin with my dog, Lily. In case you were unaware, autumn fishing can be amazing. Another great thing that fall brings, is football season! Every Friday for the NFL season, wear your team colors and show off your spirit. You can be certain that I will.

Thank you to everyone that has donated to the brick-wall repair. The work should start soon and be finished this fall. The first phase will involve tearing down the damaged bricks and replacing them with new bricks. This may or may not be the end of our brick renovation project. When the crew tears down the damaged bricks, they will have a better idea of what damage has been done and if we need further construction. The most important aspect from this project is to make our patio area safe again.

We wanted to let you know that we have three new wheelchairs on the way to be used for appointment escorts. We also have extended handle grabbers on the way for your use in each laundry room. We hope this will make your lives a little easier.

What is happening on first floor east wing? The project is moving right along. St. Luke’s has moved to their new space at the end of the hall. The former St. Luke’s space is nearly ready for the CNA/PCA office. Our new medication room has been painted and carpet has been laid. In the end we will have a fun dedication ribbon cutting for all of you to come and see. Once again, we hope having all of these nursing services in a unified place will make your lives easier.



Scott and Jan