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Paul Bergsten is a man with almost 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, a passion that was planted when he was just 15 years old. “I started out working in the kitchen of a nursing home when I was a teenager. From there, I knew what I wanted to do — I wanted to help.”
While the seed was planted before he could even drive, Paul’s career started back in 1996, when he joined the Carriage Inn of Dayton. As Assistant Environmental Services Director, he aided in the management of 3 separate departments and the related staff. It was here that he developed a foundational understanding of nursing home management. Within two short years, Paul displayed a firm understanding of the business, and moved into the full director role. As Environmental Service Director, his responsibilities grew to encompass multiple buildings and their related departments. He revitalized the role, enacting several retention programs in order to increase the revenue of the company.
His passion for management and the nursing home grew as he worked, and he found himself wanting to implement more programs to aid in the efficiency and effectiveness of nursing homes. In 2000, Paul Bergsten Became Administrator-in-training for the Walnut Creek Nursing Center. Over the course of a year, his administrative skills and understanding grew through this hands-on experience. While learning, he displayed ingenuity and initiative by heading safety grant programs, overseeing the construction of assisted living and independent living buildings. Having completed his training, in 2001 Paul moved on to the role of Administrator of Carington Health Systems, where he continued to improve the scope of his role and the capabilities of the homes he managed. Most notably, he oversaw the transition from assisted living to skilled beds, streamlined therapy services, and continued to implement cost control methods.