October 23, 2008

ND native drawn home as new KRCC administrator



"Beulah, boy. What a beautiful facility, it’s gorgeous."

That’s how new Knife River Care Center administrator Keith Gendreau described the first time he interviewed for the position. Now just more than a week into his new job, his mind has only grown in appreciation for the KRCC facility.

But the care center wasn’t the only attraction that brought the Langdon native to Beulah.

"Growing up in Langdon, a rural facility. I kind of like that aspect of a rural area. Of course, being a brand new facility didn’t hurt anything," Gendreau said while admitting he is an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter so Beulah was nearly a perfect fit. "I’m very anxious to get into that but again want to be very active in the community."

Beginning his career as a medic in the U.S. Army, Gendreau has worked in the health care system for 30 years.

"I was taught early on that respect and dignity especially for the elderly was very important," he said. "So taking care of those people in the appropriate manner has always been important to me. In North Dakota there are those core values that we respect our seniors and provide for them."

After the military, Gendreau found work at a rural hospital in Montana. From there he moved to Bismarck to work for St. Vincent’s for about 14 years but then Montana called again with work at an Emmanuel Lutheran Corporation.

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