St. Otto's Care Center, Little Falls, Minn.
As vice president of long-term care for Unity Family Healthcare and administrator for St. Otto’s Care Center, Little Falls, Minn., Cory Glad celebrates the organization’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of individuals and the community. "As part of Unity Family and Catholic Health Initiatives, we are encouraged and expected to look for new outreach opportunities that positively impact the people in our community," said Glad. "For example, we led an effort to develop the only local community transportation service. This service was originally designed to help seniors get to appointments and grocery stores, but it has expanded. Now, all community members have access."
St. Otto’s, a 150-bed skilled nursing facility, opened in 1968. It is part of Unity Family Healthcare, a system that includes St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Albany Area Hospital and Medical Center and St. Camilla’s Place, a home for developmentally disabled individuals.
Community programs at St. Otto’s include Otto’s Little Treasures, through which preschool children visit with the residents and attend special events like a summer beach party. Residents also enjoy meeting grade school students who come to St. Otto’s on a regular basis in a type of "Adopt a Grandparent" program.
"St. Otto’s could not do all of this without the assistance of our volunteers," said Glad. More than 150 volunteers help staff members move residents to and from social events or meals and decorate the facility as the seasons change. The volunteers also spend time visiting and entertaining the residents. "They keep our residents active and involved, strengthening the community we offer."
Glad has worked at Unity Family Healthcare since 1996. In addition to his role at St. Otto’s, he is responsible for congregate housing, assisted living, adult day care, nutrition services, and community transportation services. As vice president of human resources, he also oversees the system’s 700 employees. Previously, Glad served as regional director of operations for Walker Management, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn. He also served as administrator for three skilled nursing facilities owned by Health Care Management, Inc., Madera, Calif. He started his health care career as a certified nursing assistant in hospitals and nursing homes.
Glad has twin sons who are currently in college and a stepson, who is 11. His wife, Cheryl, is a second-grade teacher.