Parkridge Specialty Care earns Deficiency Free Survey

For the second year in a row Parkridge Specialty Care in Pleasant Hill has earned a “Deficiency Free” result on its Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals annual survey.  There are 412 nursing facilities in Iowa. Generally, only 5 percent are found to be deficiency-free.

The annual  survey, which is conducted over several days, covers over  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” survey is very prestigious. It means Parkridge View Specialty meets or exceeds all state and federal standards. 

“Our entire facility, including residents, staff, families and volunteers work together as a team to make Parkridge Specialty Care a safe and comfortable living community. Our goal is to help people with life’s health transitions and we think we do a great job of that,” says Administrator Shawn Mikles. 

Parkridge Specialty Care is a 90-bed skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care. Parkridge Specialty Care is owned and operated by West Des Moines-based Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit post-acute and senior care provider.  Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 55 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, assisted living and hospice locations throughout Iowa. For more information about Care Initiatives or Parkridge Specialty Care, visit or contact Parkridge Specialty Care at 515.265.5348.