Who We Are
If you’ve known us for a while, you probably noticed our name changed from Prairie River Home Care, Inc. and Adara Home Health, Inc. This transition was made in intentional, purposeful alignment with our values, beliefs, and how we deliver care.
Adara means “respect, regard, care” in Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages. We believe that quality care begins with seeing each person for who they are, honoring their individuality and wishes, and taking the time to tailor our services to the unique needs of each and every client. Adara’s commitment to excellence is built on a foundation of authentic relationships, compassion for the feelings and experiences of others, and a promise to always act with respect and integrity.
Though our name has changed, our promise has not. We’re excited for you to experience the Adara difference and look forward to continuing to enrich lives in the communities we serve.
Where We Are
Our corporate office is located in Buffalo, Minnesota. Direct client care and services are provided through a network of eight offices located in Fairmont, Hutchinson, Blaine, Mankato, Granite Falls, Rochester, Buffalo, and St Cloud. Adara Home Health provides services within 60 Minnesota counties.
Where We’ve Been
1989: Prairie River Inc. was founded, providing care attendant services to disabled individuals
1996: Prairie River Inc. became a Medicare certified home care agency offering services to individuals of all ages
November 1998: Ken and Judy Figge acquired Prairie River Inc. with more than 50 years of experience in home care combined
January 2019: Prairie River Inc. became Adara Home Health
We’re confident you’ll love the quality of our services. However, if for any reason you do not, please call the branch manager of the site providing care. If you call within 24 hours of the time the caregiver reports to your home (or the client’s home), you will not be charged for services not meeting expectations. Additionally, Adara will take appropriate action to remedy the situation.
Meet Our Leadership
Lori Seemann, RN
Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.
Ken Figge brings over 50 years of business experience with both large and small companies to his position as president/chief financial officer. With degrees in business administration (B.B.A. Univ. of Minnesota) and law (JD William Mitchell) he worked for Honeywell in accounting and finance positions for over 20 years. His home health care management experience parallels that of Judy Figge as he worked with her as CFO as they built In Home Health, Inc., and more recently in the continuing growth and development of Adara Home Health.
Austin Figge, RN
Austin began is career in information technology, implementing systems to streamline business processes. This experience exposed him to many facets of the home health business, from clinical to financial processes, in which the knowledge obtained to implement new systems was critical to their success. Acknowledging a deficit in his clinical knowledge at times, he obtained is RN license in 2014, to improve his effectiveness in clinical technology process development. Austin served on the MN Home Care Association Board of Directors from 2009 to 2019 including eight years as Treasurer. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Care Providers Workers Compensation Group.
Judy Figge, a Registered Nurse, formerly Chief Executive Officer and now Chairwoman of Adara Home Health Judy has extensive background in home care and home care management. Judy, along with Kenneth Figge founded and managed In Home Health, Inc., a publicly held company in Minnetonka, Minnesota until 1996. The company grew from a single site to 41 offices in 16 major markets. Revenue grew from $300,000 in 1981 to over $130 million in 1995. Judy provides the company with strong leadership and vision to assist in the company’s growth and to ensure excellent customer service.
Jeff Meyer, MPT
VP, REHABILITATION SERVICES
Jeff joined the Adara Home Health team in March 2008 as the Rehabilitation Services Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Rehabilitation Services in April of 2009. Jeff has been a Physical Therapist since 1992 and has worked in both outpatient orthopedics as well as home care. His commitment to the profession of physical therapy is evidenced by obtaining not only his Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT), but also by his certification as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) and Advanced Competency in Home Health by the APTA. Jeff’s clinical knowledge and managerial background have been utilized to grow our therapy team and services to ensure multidisciplinary care for our clients, as well as develop care management programs such as Proactive Steps, a fall prevention program. Jeff loves to be outdoors hiking, skiing and golfing as well as spending time with his family.
Cathy Nielsen RN, CPHQ, CLNC
Cathy Nielsen joined the Adara Home Health team in February 2001 and is very knowledgeable in the field of federal and state regulations for the home care industry. She has over 30 years of progressive clinical and managerial health care experience, including two terms on the National Association for Home Care and Hospice board of directors and faculty for the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.
Cathy is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality as well as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. Cathy has hands-on experience as the head nurse at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital Surgical ICU, and implemented Baxter International’s Home Infusion Program for bone marrow transplant patients in Milwaukee, WI.
Dr. Joseph M. Keenan
Adara is proud to have Dr. Joseph M. Keenan, a professor at the University of Minnesota, as our Medical Director and member of our Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Keenan’s primary research is in community-based care of the elderly/home care, preventive cardiology/lipid management. He is a past president of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians and pioneered training for physicians to become certified Home Care Medical Directors.
Barbara January, RN, BSN, PHN
DIRECTOR OF QUALITY MANAGEMENT
Barbara has clinical inpatient experience in ICU/CCU and Rehab units. She has over 30 years experience in home health and hospice including staff and management positions in public, private and hospital-based agencies. As Director of Quality Management she is responsible for leading the overall quality improvement activities of the Company to improve client care and outcomes. This includes identification of opportunities to improve services and/or processes, implementation and evaluation techniques and the tracking and reporting of ongoing quality efforts. In addition, she is responsible for providing education and support to branch management and staff in developing, implementing and maintaining quality improvement activities for the Company.
Ashley Maiers, RN
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ashley Maiers has been a Registered Nurse since 2001. She joined the Adara Home Health team in 2003 and since then has worked in various roles for the company including RN Case Manager providing client care, Clinical Manager overseeing clinical staff, General Manager overseeing the Hutchinson branch office, and most recently Director of Operations. As the Director of Operations, she oversees operations for all Adara branches. Ashley has been a part-time Certified Nursing Assistant instructor since 2007 and is currently an American Heart Association CPR instructor as well. In her free time, she enjoys travel, music, and her family.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Melanie Bianchi-Rossi began her career in Human Resources (HR) in 1994. She has experience in several industries including retail, insurance, financial, and healthcare services. Throughout her career, she has lead the management and implementation of several HR projects. The projects included organizational change, regulatory and compliance, process, and application implementations. She joined Adara Home Health in 2016 and continues to provide all aspects of leadership and consulting for the company’s employees, as well as create and maintain policies, processes, and applications. She thrives in creating purposeful change in order to improve the employee experience.