ElderCare of Minnesota
Meet the Birchems
Jim and Kathy Birchem are the owners of ElderCare of MN. They both grew up on farms in Morrison County near the town of Sobieski. After both graduated from the Little Falls High School, Kathy received her 3 year RN Diploma at St. Cloud School of Nursing and Jim received his B.A. in Business Accounting from St. Cloud State University. They married in 1973 and were blessed with their daughter, Steffanie. They also have a son-in-law Bobbie, a granddaughter Olivia, and a grandson Trevor. Jim served in the Army for 2 years and has retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard.
Jim and Kathy purchased their first Nursing Home in Bemidji, MN in 1996. They have been involved in Senior Health Care for 30 years. Jim has been involved at the Community, State, and National level with building projects and organizations.
Jim Birchem is a licensed nursing home administrator with an extensive accounting and management background. He is currently President of ElderCare of MN and since July of 2013 is the Board Chair of the Licensure Board for Nursing Home Administrators in Minnesota.
Kathy Birchem is a registered nurse and has been involved in health care since 1968, working as a dietary aide, nursing assistant, and RN. She has extensive experience in all levels of senior care that includes nursing home, home care, and assisted living. Since 2000, she has assumed educational duties within the corporation, along with development/ownership of new locations.
Currently the Birchems own 2 skilled nursing facilities and 8 assisted living facilities. Their philosophy is to assist small towns in rural Minnesota by helping the Elderly remain in their home town communities.
The staff members of ElderCare of MN have knowledge and experience in geriatric nursing, healthcare finance, building projects, grant proposals, and managing human resources in the health care industry. Putting all of this expertise together allow ElderCare of MN to analyze, audit, and offer solutions to many of the unique situations that senior care organizations are facing in today's ever changing market.
We welcome you to contact us anytime for questions or information. Jim's cell phone is 320-224-9024. We love what we do; helping others continue to offer housing options to the senior population is our passion and we take pride in our work and are proud that we have assisted 10 different organizations to develop or maintain services for seniors.