Heritage announces appointment of new chief clinical officer

Lisa Haglund, President and CEO of Heritage Ministries, announced this week that Jeremy Rutter, Heritage Vice President of Skilled Nursing Operations and Executive Director of Hearthstone Communities, a Heritage senior living community in Woodstock, IL, has been named Chief Clinical Officer of the organization.

She shared, “With his experience in the senior care industry, including six years as leader at Heritage, Jeremy is uniquely qualified to serve our residents and their families through his passion for seniors. His clinical expertise in senior living has enabled Heritage to be both prepared and proactive in upholding the health and safety of all of our staff and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and as a vital leader in our COVID-19 response team. We look forward to the future, knowing that he will continue to regard the health and safety of our residents and staff with absolute importance. He is a compassionate and knowledgeable leader, who will work with our staff and partners to strengthen our mission of promoting Hope, Dignity, and Purposeful Living to all those entrusted to our care”.

Prior to his employment with Heritage, Rutter served as the Director of Admissions and Marketing at Bridgewater Center for Rehab and Skilled Nursing, where he also began his Administrator in Training (AIT) internship. He previously served Heritage as the Administrator of Record at The Village in Gerry, NY and Administrator at The Park in Jamestown, NY, two Heritage rehab and skilled nursing communities.

Jeremy holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management, Magna Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Utica. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Gerontology from Concordia University Chicago, and has participated in multiple research studies in the fields of aging and long-term care. A 2016 graduate of Leading Age New York’s Leadership Academy, Jeremy served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Long Term Care, and currently is a member of the Leading Age Illinois Nursing Facility Cabinet. He received the prestigious Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award in 2016 and 2017. During his tenure as Administrator at The Village, the community received a number of awards and recognitions, including a deficiency-free survey, a five-star rating, and a listing in U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Nursing Homes.

Rutter currently resides in Woodstock, IL, with his wife Christine, and their three children, Jake, Chloe, and Phoebe.

Heritage Ministries was founded in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations across the United States. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, memory care, independent retirement housing, and assisted living. Homestead Stables provides intergenerational equestrian opportunities as well as boarding, training, lessons, and a therapeutic riding program. In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs. For more information on Heritage Ministries, please visit www.heritage1886.org.


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