SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Nathan Schema has been named the new president and CEO of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of senior care and services.
Schema’s longstanding career in the long-term care industry began 15 years ago as an administrator-in-training in Mountain Lake, Minnesota.
“The opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives has made my job a calling,” said Schema. “It is deeply humbling to know that families trust us to keep their loved ones safe, healthy and happy. Our dedicated and caring staff are the heart and soul of the Good Samaritan Society and are essential to helping us fulfill our core purpose to take the best possible care of our residents by treating every individual with respect, dignity and compassion.”
Schema’s dedication and leadership has led to a successful career with the Good Samaritan Society, serving as a nursing home administrator; the associate director of operations; regional vice president of operations; and most recently as the vice president of operations, overseeing operations in the organization’s 22-state footprint.
“Nate’s deep experience in post-acute operations leadership positions him well to lead the organization during a pivotal time in the industry,” said Matt Hocks, chief operating officer of Sanford Health. “He is a champion of the opportunities we have to transform the aging experience through our integrated health care system.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Good Samaritan Society as we enter the 100th year of the organization, and am deeply committed to advocating for our seniors and supporting our health care heroes who care for them,” said Schema. “Being part of Sanford Health gives us tremendous opportunities to explore how we can shape the future of care for our nation’s seniors.”
Schema will fully assume the president and CEO role Jan. 1, 2022. Randy Bury, current president and CEO of the Good Samaritan Society, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2021.
About the Good Samaritan Society
The Good Samaritan Society is one of the largest not-for-profit providers for senior care and services in the United States with more than 300 locations in 22 states. Its services include senior living, long-term care, rehabilitation therapy, home-based services and more. For nearly 100 years, the organization has been dedicated to sharing God’s love through the work of health, healing and comfort.