Member Spotlight: John Kern of Good Samaritan Society – Algona

September 27, 2019

John Kern has served as an administrator at Good Samaritan Society facilities ever since he graduated college 38 years ago. As he approaches his upcoming retirement, we thank John for his leadership and service throughout the years.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I graduated from Augustan College in 1981 with a degree in health care administration. I was hired as an administrator for Good Samaritan Society and have served at four different locations for a total of over 38 years.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I love the residents and our dedicated staff members. I enjoy the variety of work that we do. Each day is unique.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
Long-term care is a challenging profession, but very rewarding in that you are helping people during their time of greatest need.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
You need to be flexible and patient and willing to advocate for your profession, staff and residents.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy attending my grandchildren’s activities, following my favorite sports teams and working in the yard.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

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