Meet our talented team
Interlude at Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth in Plymouth
Director of Transitional Care Operations Greg Baumberger has over 20 years of experience in the senior care industry. He has been a licensed nursing home administrator in Minnesota since 1992. He has served on the Care Providers of MN Board of Directors and also has been involved in various committees. He graduated with a B.S. in Health Care Administration from the University of South Dakota.
Clinical Administrator Sharon Kern, RN, has over 30 years of nursing experience. She has worked in all facets; from acute, long term and home health care, giving her a broad knowledge of policy and regulation management experience. She has spent the last 20 years working in long term care where she was the ADON for a 350 bed facility. She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Rehabilitation Program Manager Joely Wertz, MS CCC/SLP, has utilized her background in communications to work effectively with patients in a variety of settings, from outpatient to long-term care. She received her Masters of Speech-Language-Hearing Science from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and obtained her undergraduate degree in Communications, with a concentration in Health Care from Marquette University.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. John W. Mielke brings a significant and unique blend of experience in health care quality, physician/patient and family relationships, geriatric health management, innovation and patient safety. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Interlude at Unity Hospital in Fridley
Director of Rehabilitation
Nicole Donahue, LNHA, holds a B.B.A degree in health care administration from the University of South Dakota and is a licensed nursing home administrator. She has over eight years of health care management experience operating rural and metro skilled nursing facilities and post-acute centers throughout Minnesota.
Jerry Heselton, PT, earned his degree in Physical Therapy at Northern Illinois University. He has over 16 years of clinical experience specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sub-acute rehabilitation. Previous to his role at Interlude, Jerry was the director of rehabilitation in a transitional care setting.
Medical Director Dr. Neal Buddensiek has been a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine since 2006. He obtained his doctorate of medicine from Creighton University. His experience includes hospitalist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as well as both TCU physician and TCU medical director at Allina SeniorCare Transitions. Dr. Buddensiek also currenly serves as cheif medical officer for the Benedictine Health System.