GERRY – Lisa Haglund, Heritage Ministries President and CEO has been named to the Buffalo Business First Power 250 list for 2022. Published annually, the Power 250 is Buffalo Business First’s list of the 250 most influential people in Western New York state.
Since assuming the role of President and CEO in April 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the first female CEO in the company’s history, Haglund has worked to build a new culture within the organization that places their core mission of caring for seniors and employee value and appreciation at the top of the list.
With 10 senior-living communities in four states, Heritage Ministries operates skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living sites serving 2,500 residents, to meet the needs of residents, Heritage employs 1,500 full- and part-time employees including dietary and housekeeping staff, social workers, maintenance, aides, and nurses.
“Caring for seniors, and providing a life of love and comfort is at the very heart of what we do. It’s who we are- what we live and breathe. Our seniors, our greatest generations, have raised us and now it is time for us to show them our appreciation,” Haglund stated.
Improving retention rates has been a vital focus as Haglund has led Heritage through the pandemic – two years ago, when she was named CEO, the turnover rate was as high as 79%. Haglund said changes implemented over the last year including increased wages and benefits, and employee incentives including generous vacation time, giveaways and special recognition have shrunk that rate to as low as 20%.
“Heritage is strong because of our dedicated teams,” Haglund said. “I cannot begin to thank our valued employees enough for all they have done, and continue to do. Again, and again, they have risen to the occasion, offering help whenever, and wherever it is needed, despite constant challenges, including ever-changing regulations, vaccine mandates, and staffing obstacles, always placing the care of our residents as their top priority.”
Haglund has also worked to become a champion for seniors throughout New York State as a member of the Board of Directors of LeadingAgeNY, the only statewide organization representing the entire continuum of not-for-profit, mission-driven, and public continuing care, including senior housing, nursing home, adult care facility, continuing care retirement community, assisted living, home care, adult day care, and community services providers.
LeadingAge New York represents over 400 organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. On behalf of the members, the association works to advance policies, promote practices, and conduct research that supports, enables, and empowers people to live fully as they age.
“As an industry, we have faced ever-changing regulations and challenges surrounding COVID-19. I am committed to supporting, honoring, and advocating for our employees and residents across our communities every day, and am thankful for the opportunity through LeadingAgeNY to be a voice for those we both serve and employ,” she shared.
Prior to joining, Haglund was employed by Northwest Bank, a multi-billion dollar corporation, for over twenty years. She excelled in various roles, allowing her to manage a portfolio of over $48 million, while creating a team that influenced revenue and expense, and risk management, streamlined processes, and created cross functional support across the organization.
Haglund attended Alfred State College as well as the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking at Penn State. She has also been an active member of her community throughout the years, with involvement ranging from Chautauqua Leadership Network, PTA, St. Susan Center, Family Services, and the Bemus Point United Methodist Church.
Haglund resides with her husband, Jason, and their four children, Allison, Brennan, Madelynn, and Michael in Bemus Point, NY. They are members of the Bemus Point United Methodist Church.
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