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Ombudsman volunteers honored for helping older Minnesotans

Community residents donated 4,092 hours solving problems

7/19/2017 10:25:57 AM

Jeanine Nistler
The Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, a program of the Minnesota Board on Aging, recognized 46 Certified Ombudsman Volunteers statewide at a June event in Duluth.
“Our highly trained, dedicated volunteers donated a total of 4,092 hours this past year to help solve problems of people living in nursing homes and other long-term care settings and make a difference in these individuals’ lives,” said Cheryl Hennen, Minnesota’s State Ombudsman for Long-Term Care. “This is a critical service that helps to ensure that individual values, preferences and rights are preserved throughout the health care continuum.”
Each regional ombudsman and volunteers work with consumers of long-term care.  The ombudsman office helps to resolve disputes, complaints and problems relating to quality of care and services, quality of life, rights violations, access to services, service termination, discharge or eviction or public benefit programs. 
Volunteers honored at the June event included: 
  • Gloria Alexander, Plymouth
  • Dorothy Chizek, Morris
  • Betty Clark, Moorhead
  • Larry Clausen, Minneapolis
  • Gloria Cory, Wheaton
  • Marg France, Duluth
  • Virda Hall, Saginaw
  • Sue Halverson, St. Paul
  • RoseAnn Hansmeyer, Eagan
  • Charlotte Hanson, Alexandria
  • Gary Hennen, Cold Spring
  • Jo Hennen, Cold Spring
  • Edith Hoyum, Bemidji
  • Marion Jacobson, Lake Park
  • Betty Johnson, Cold Spring
  • Kathy Konstant, St. James
  • Teia Koopmeiners, Avon
  • Pat  Loban, Pine River
  • Ronna Locketz, Plymouth
  • Norma Macdonald-Ockwig, Bloomington      
  • Chris Marcotte, Deer River
  • Barbara McGinnis, Morris
  • (Suzanne) Mary Wright, Fridley                 
  • Donald Matakis, St. Cloud
  • Patricia McCormick, Merrifield
  • Lois Meiners, St. Cloud
  • Joy Meisa, Mountain Iron
  • Halle O’Falvey, St. Paul
  • David Odabashian, White Bear Lake
  • Patricia Olson, Superior
  • Tom Oven, St. Cloud
  • Neil Peterson, St. Paul
  • Barb Risken, Minneapolis
  • Fred Simon, New Prague
  • Jim Sowles, Aitkin
  • Lois Sowles, Aitkin
  • Susan Spaeth, Duluth
  • Barb Spears, St. Paul
  • Kelli Turcotte, Brainerd
  • Lois Tyrrell, Wadena
  • Pat Westman, Roseau
  • Audrey Wiita, Mountain Iron
  • Yolanda Williams, Eden Prairie
For more information on volunteering or to reach an ombudsman, contact the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care at 651-431-2555 or 1-800-657-3591.  
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