Cummings honored for service
David Cummings, of the Grundy Center site of Cedar Valley Hospice, will be honored for his volunteer service by the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Iowa (HCPAI) at its Recognition Ceremony on in September at Prairie Meadows Hotel and Conference Center in Altoona.
Cummings has been volunteering for Cedar Valley Hospice since 2006. He engages patients by listening, discussing their interests and acknowledging their accomplishments. Being a veteran, Cummings has opened his heart to serve veteran patients. He provides a calm presence and listening ear to those who tell their stories.
Local truck driver recognized for safety milestone
John B Redding III, of Marshalltown, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) for 25 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.
The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward OOIDA members for their safe, accident-free years while operating a commercial vehicle.
Safe driving awards are available to all eligible OOIDA members who qualify based upon the number of years for which the member has operated a commercial vehicle without being involved in a preventable accident.
Local nursing and rehab center receives highest marks
State Center Nursing and Rehab Center has received a "Deficiency Free" result on its annual survey in July by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
The annual survey, which is conducted over several days, covers more than 500 quality, safety and performance issues such as medication management, proper skin care, assessment of resident's needs, respect for residents rights and dignity, food service, environment and administration.
The complete evaluation includes a tour of the facility, review of residents' clinical records, and interviews with residents and family members about life and the care they are receiving.
With the increase in regulations, achieving the distinction of a "deficiency-free" rating is very prestigious. These surveys, and their subsequent ratings, are a useful tool for current and prospective residents, their families, and health care practitioners to make informed choices about the quality of a long-term care facility.
State Center Nursing and Rehab Center (NRC) is a non-profit 48-bed skilled nursing facility certified by Medicare and Medicaid.
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