Southern Hills Specialty Care Earns Deficiency Free Survey

Southern Hills Specialty Care in Osceola has received a “Deficiency Free” result on its December 2016 annual survey by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

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 Southern Hills Specialty Care meets or exceeds all state and federal standards.

“Our entire facility, including residents, staff, families and volunteers work together as a team to make Southern Hills Specialty Care a safe and comfortable living community. Our goal is to help people through life’s health transitions and we think we do a great job of that,” says Administrator Destiny Boeve. “I am very proud of how the staff has come together as a team to give the highest quality of care to our residents.”

Southern Hills Specialty Care is a 90-bed skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care. Southern Hills Specialty Care is owned and operated by West Des Moines-based Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit skilled nursing care and senior care provider. Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 50 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, assisted living and hospice locations throughout Iowa. For more information about Care Initiatives or Southern Hills Specialty Care, visit or call 641.341.6061.

Click for the news article in the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune.