New director of nursing looks forward to new duties, care of residents

By: 
Jordan Gerard

With a passion for nursing and giving excellent care, Beth Krage is ready to take on her new duties as Gundersen Tweeten Care Center’s new director of nursing.

She began the job on Aug. 24, after a series of interim directors had been on the job. 

Current Nursing Home Administrator Michelle Borreson said the facility wanted to take their time in finding the right person for the job.

“We’re really excited to have Beth because as we look at our resident population and the way it’s changing, Beth will help lead us with residents that have more complex issues,” she said. “Beth will help lead us to meet the needs of our community and the residents we serve.”

Krage previously worked at Gundersen Healthcare System in La Crosse for 10 and a half years where she was a registered nurse and clinical nurse leader. 

In that role, Krage was responsible for managing a 24-bed unit and its patients and staff. The nursing home in Spring Grove is a 50-bed unit, where she will manage patients and help lead staff.

Borreson said the experience gained at Gundersen was a good foundation for Krage’s duties in Spring Grove.

As the director of nursing, Krage’s duties include overseeing the nursing care and the care of residents. She is involved in the day-to-day nursing aspects of the nursing home.

“There’s a lot to learn. I’ve been learning every day with what is expected of me,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know the staff and residents every day that I’m here.”

In her position, she hopes to achieve a few goals. One of which is retaining staff, in order to maintain a consistency for the residents. 

“It’s something that is going to be important to the residents. So they can know them well and provide continuity,” Krage said.

She also wants to maintain a high quality of resident and family satisfaction. Overall, the goal is to maintain high quality care.

Krage holds a Master of Nursing degree from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She completed her undergraduate studies at Winona State University and started out in nursing as a registered nurse (RN) and a Certified Nursing Assistant at Winona Health.

She is originally from Houston, but currently lives near Caledonia with her husband and two kids.