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Finding Job Satisfaction in New and Interesting Ways

February 7, 2018

There was a fierceness to the satisfaction he felt after today, a depth of assurance that he was doing something good, that he was a part of something great. He had gotten off work 20 minutes late that evening and despite the weariness pulling at his shoulders, the fierce satisfaction kept his head high. He…

Healthcare Career Goals: Play the Odds, Win

February 2, 2018

Anyone aspiring to be in the healthcare field knows what a difficult task it can be to obtain all the requirements just to go to a PA school, much less beat the competition. If you had an opportunity to raise your odds of getting a one in five chance, would you jump for it? If…

Great Internship Opportunities at ACR

January 30, 2018

A great internship is often an undergrad’s first step into the professional world—a chance to test out potential career choices and build your resume for grad school and, ultimately, to get a job. But finding that great internship opportunity can be daunting! That’s where I can help as ACR’s Director of Staff Development. I’m a…

Pre-Med Experience at ACR

January 12, 2018

Working direct care at ACR is a great way to round out your med school application, according to Madison Duffy. It offers the perfect opportunity to gain pre-med experience in patient care as well as some unique additional opportunities for growth, says Madison, who will be graduating this Spring with a biology degree from the…

A NICE Healthcare Review

January 10, 2018

Employees who are enrolled in ACR’s traditional health plan can access a new online primary care option called NICE Healthcare for for free. To give an idea of how it works, here’s a NICE Healthcare review from ACR’s Assistant Director of Nursing Renae Sloth, who was among the first to give it a try. A…

ACR SAFE jar in J Arthur's

Matching Gift Challenge for the ACR SAFE

December 22, 2017

The ACR SAFE—the Staff Agenda Fund for Emergencies— was set up as ACR’s version of an employee assistance program to help fellow coworkers who are experiencing urgent and overwhelming needs. $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge for the ACR SAFE In the past year the SAFE has had 23 requests for assistance. As a result, SAFE funds…

NICE Healthcare: Like Bluestone for Employees

December 1, 2017

You know how kids sometimes do crazy things and wind up in Urgent Care? ACR’s COO Gene Leistico had this story: “My 9-year-old daughter was jumping around last summer and hurt her ankle. We weren’t sure if it was broken or sprained, and it was on a weekend. I would have loved to have NICE…

Finding Work-Life Balance with Toddlers

November 24, 2017

It’s no secret that work-life balance with toddlers is a challenge. Many ACR employees strike that balance between working and parenting by becoming live-in supervisors. A live-in supervisor and their family can live in an ACR home rent-free, typically in a 2- or 3-bedroom walkout either above or below the main floor where the residents…

Winter Break: Top To-Do Item

November 14, 2017

This is the time of year when students have finished their finals, and are possibly taking a few days of R & R before looking ahead to that next semester. If that’s you (or someone near and dear to you), pay attention. Winter break will be gone before you know it, and you don’t want…

Biomedical Engineering Internship Leads to Innovation in Stroke Recovery

October 19, 2017

ACR Homes was a good job fit for me as I pursued an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota. Working at ACR I gave me first-hand exposure to the wide range of medical equipment that is used in a home setting for people who live with a variety of disabilities, and…

Internship Opportunities at the Mayo Clinic

October 11, 2017

Intern seminars at the Mayo Clinic are just one example of the internship opportunities ACR coordinates to help employee interns broaden their contacts and exposure to outside healthcare professionals. This past summer there were two ACR intern seminars at the Mayo Clinic featuring experts in the fields of urology and psychiatry. The Mayo seminars typically…

Patient Care at ACR Means Relationships that Make an Impact

September 5, 2017

ACR Homes provides residential care for people with disabilities, and so patient care at ACR means supporting residents who call ACR “home.”  Some residents have lived in an ACR home for over 25 years, and many ACR staff have developed long-term relationships that make an impact on the lives of both the staff and the…