Interlude Restorative Suites

A collaboration of Allina Health, Benedictine Health System, and Presbyterian Homes & Services

Care Staff

When guests arrive at InterludeTM Restorative Suites, they find a place of sanctuary coupled with the expert care of Allina medical teams to ensure a consistent rehabilitation plan.  Guests benefit from treatment, amenities and hospitality all designed to help them recover, refresh and renew.

Meet our talented team

Interlude at Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth in Plymouth

Director of Transitional Care Operations Greg Baumberger has over 20 years of experience in the senior care industry. He has been a licensed nursing home administrator in Minnesota since 1992. He has served on the Care Providers of MN Board of Directors and also has been involved in various committees. He graduated with a B.S. in Health Care Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Clinical Administrator Sharon Kern, RN, has over 30 years of nursing experience. She has worked in all facets; from acute, long term and home health care, giving her a broad knowledge of policy and regulation management experience. She has spent the last 20 years working in long term care where she was the ADON for a 350 bed facility. She is a graduate of  Gustavus Adolphus College.

Rehabilitation Program Manager Joely Wertz, MS CCC/SLP, has utilized her background in communications to work effectively with patients in a variety of settings, from outpatient to long-term care. She received her Masters of Speech-Language-Hearing Science from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and obtained her undergraduate degree in Communications, with a concentration in Health Care from Marquette University.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John W. Mielke brings a significant and unique blend of experience in health care quality, physician/patient and family relationships, geriatric health management, innovation and patient safety. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Interlude at Unity Hospital in Fridley 

Medical Director Dr. Neal Buddensiek has been a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine since 2006. He obtained his doctorate of medicine from Creighton University.  His experience includes hospitalist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as well as both TCU physician and TCU medical director at Allina SeniorCare Transitions.

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What Our Guests Say

Dear Interlude Staff,
We cannot thank you enough for all of the exceptional care and support that you gave to our Mom, Sue, during her stay here!  She spoke so highly of each and every one of you and truly felt pampered.  She has shown improvement in so many areas of her rehabilitation while in your care and we are grateful to you all!!  You are an amazing team!
— Gregg, Tracey, Mike, Matt, Sue  |  Rehabilitation