Inspired by her grandmother's nursing home experience as a young girl, Christine Bakke found her calling. Every week for 13 years, she would visit her grandmother and observe the devotion the nursing home staff showed to residents, as well as the depth of their care.
“When my grandmother passed away, we had her funeral at the nursing home. I remember turning around to look at the nursing home staff, and they were all crying. I couldn't believe people cared that much. That was when I knew what I wanted to do, making a difference in seniors' lives,” Bakke says.
Since receiving her bachelor's degree in sociology and her master's in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota, Bakke, 38, then achieved her license for nursing home care. She is currently the administrator of the 222-bed Gorecki Care Center at St. Benedict's Senior Community, CentraCare Health System in St. Cloud, Minn. Her enthusiasm for serving the seniors of Minnesota is shown in her past and ongoing accomplishments.