Avoca resident honored as Dietary Employee of the Year

Lisa Peterson of Avoca Specialty Care received Care Initiatives Outstanding Dietary Employee Award for 2015. Peterson joined the staff in 1990 and has been cooking and baking for residents for the past 25 years.

“Lisa has been a very dedicated, hard-working cook who takes pride in adding her own special touch in the meals she creates for residents,” says Dietary Services Manager Patty Lippold. “She is very well organized and has a great work ethic.

Staff also benefit from her culinary skill. Peterson often bakes at home and brings her creations in for everyone to try.

Avoca Specialty Care is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care, and hospice care. It is owned and operated by Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit senior care provider.  With headquarters in West Des Moines, Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 56 skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, assisted living and hospice locations throughout Iowa. For more information about Care Initiatives, visit careinitiatives.org or call 712-343-6398.