Wartburg’s Dorothea Ferguson-Bell Selected as Fellow in Prestigious National Aging-Services Leadership Program


LeadingAge, the nation’s premier aging services organization, recently selected Dorothea Ferguson-Bell, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Wartburg and a New Rochelle resident, as a member of its Leadership Academy 2014 Fellowship program.

The Leadership Academy is designed to address, through educational programs and mentoring, the shortage of new leaders in aging-services’ organizations nationwide. The yearlong series of programs will focus on encouraging service innovation in aging organizations; on a person-centered approach to care for residents, clients and staff members; and on fostering diversity among aging-services leaders.

“Dorothea’s appointment into the Academy comes at an opportune time as we are moving from a campus-based provider to a home and community-based provider of care and services,” said David Gentner, President and CEO of Wartburg. “Her appointment ensures the growth of our leadership capabilities during this exciting time of transition.”

The Leadership Academy will convene this November at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, TX. Following the annual gathering, the Leadership Academy Class of 2014 will meet four times during the year. Each fellow will receive classroom instruction from leaders in the field of aging and will be paired with experienced mentors who will share their unique expertise.

Ms. Ferguson-Bell is a member of the Senior Management Team at Wartburg and is responsible for overseeing all of Human Resources initiatives and activities. She joined The Wartburg in September of 2011 as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources.


Recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State,” Wartburg ( is a not-for-profit Lutheran ministry, serving people of all faiths with a full range of residential options and health-related services for older area adults and their families. Wartburg offers skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and independent living, adult day services, home care, pastoral care and monthly caregiver support groups. Wartburg is a member organization of the National Center for Creative Aging. Over the past few years, Wartburg has launched an ambitious building expansion program, including the recently opened Friedrichs Residence, with 61 independent living apartments, and a new rehabilitation and adult day services center, opening in September 2013.


Dorothea Ferguson-Bell, Executive Vice President of HR
Dorothea Ferguson-Bell, Executive Vice President of HR
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