Karen Seifert, founder of Hiawatha HomeCare, was named Minnesota Home Care Professional of the Year. The MHCA’s highest honor is bestowed upon an individual who brings special spirit, skill, style, commitment and compassion to their work.
In 1985, Karen Seifert gave birth to a medically fragile baby boy. This sweet boy, Michael, spent the first two and a half years of his life in and out of the hospital. His family was told to take Michael home to die. So Karen took her son home. But not to die. Karen declared “I’m taking him home to LIVE!”
After bringing Michael home with orders for 24-hour nursing services, it became clear that there were not any home care agencies that were able to provide the 24-hour care her ventilator dependent son required, especially in Red Wing.
In 1998, Mrs. Seifert opened her own agency – Hiawatha HomeCare. Karen is one of the pioneers as it pertains to providing complex home care nursing services for medically fragile children and adults. Over the last 29 years, her vision and passion for home care has enabled hundreds of children and adults to discharge from the hospital and live life at home with their families – where they belong.
It’s Karen’s personal understanding of what it is like to live at home with 24-hour nursing that makes her and Hiawatha HomeCare unique. Her passion, commitment and philosophy of keeping families together at home remains unchanged.
And Michael? He continues to flourish at home, thanks to his 24-hour nursing and the love and dedication of his family.