St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, Mont., has become one of the largest employers in the state by providing a continuum of care to older adults from retirement communities to Green House Project skilled nursing homes. Billings CBS affiliate KTVQ sat down with St. John’s CEO Kent Bugress to discuss how Montana’s growing aging population is having a positive impact on the state and local economy.
Burgress says the current West-end location has grown into one of the largest facilities in the state and employers in the county, which currently stands as the tenth largest in Yellowstone County. He attributes that growth to the success of the state’s only true Continuing Care Retirement Community.
“We offer all level of services from skilled nursing to transitional care to independent living and a variety of assisted living,” Burgess said. “Our goal is to manage the care and needs of people on our campus without having them having to leave our campus.”
Watch the interview below — St. John’s Green House Project homes are identified as “The Cottages”: