Sweeney featured as a “Lifelong Innovator” in the Rochester Business Journal
St. John’s Vice President of Skilled Services, Nate Sweeney, was recently featured in the Rochester Business Journal as a “lifelong innovator” and thought leader within the elder care industry. Sweeney moved to Rochester this past spring from Baltimore, Maryland and now oversees St. John’s Home, and St. John’s Green House homes in Penfield. “There’s going to be periods of rapid growth and shrinking, disruption in our market, as the (baby) boomers continue to age, and we have to be positioned to be agile to new innovations,” Sweeney tells the RBJ. “But part of why I came to St. John’s is this is not an organization that’s interested in just being agile in responding. This is an organization that’s interested in being an innovator, in being one of the disruptors, as opposed to waiting for things to be disrupted.”
With 17 years of experience in the skilled nursing care industry, Sweeney hit the ground running the day he started at St. John’s. His creativity and desire to create meaningful opportunities can be seen on a daily basis. A few weeks ago, Nate facilitated the first of many “Laughter Yoga” classes. The auditorium at St. John’s Home was filled with laughing residents and even a few staff members. Sweeney’s compassion and understanding for seniors continues to shine throughout his work at St. John’s.
“He has worked and started out as an aide, so that brings a huge perspective to being able to communicate with the staff, understanding the issues staff are having and being able to solve those issues,” Runyon tells the RBJ. “Nate’s just a really good person and that’s who we need in our business — great people who understand how to help with the needs of the people we’re taking care of.”
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