Telligen recognizes Care Initiatives locations as B.E.S.T in Class

Southridge Specialty Care receives Telligen B.E.S.T. in Class award

Five locations recognized for commitment to safety and quality care

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (June 11, 2024) — In recognition of their commitment to ensuring safety and quality care for their residents, five Care Initiatives Specialty Care locations have been placed on Telligen’s 2024 B.E.S.T. in Class list.

Those receiving the B.E.S.T. in Class award are amongst the top performers in four areas. These include 1) receiving the Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance award for three quarters in 2023, 2) completing Telligen’s Emergency Preparedness Assessment, 3) ensuring that at least 75% of staff have completed infection prevention and control training, and 4) reducing the number of preventable emergency department visits by 5 percent or being within the top 25 percent of Telligen’s enrolled nursing homes.

The five locations recognized include:

  • Corning Specialty Care
  • Lantern Park Specialty Care
  • New London Specialty Care
  • Southridge Specialty Care (Marshalltown)
  • State Center Specialty Care

“Nursing homes that receive this award have gone above and beyond to provide safe and quality care,” said Tracey Durns, Telligen’s Senior Director Quality Improvement. “We congratulate the hard work of these Care Initiatives locations for their commitment to improving the lives of the residents they serve.”

A complete list of B.E.S.T. in Class awardees can be found at

“As the largest non-profit senior health care provider in the state, we take our jobs very seriously and are committed to providing high-quality care for our residents,” said Johanna Volm, Care Initiatives Vice President of Clinical Services. “This recognition is proof of our commitment and recognizes our team members for their hard work and dedication to our residents and their families.”


About Care Initiatives: Care Initiatives proudly serves more than 2,500 residents and patients through 43 skilled nursing care locations, two assisted living locations, nine independent living locations, and eight hospice office locations. Located in West Des Moines, Iowa, Care Initiatives is committed to improving the quality of life for residents, patients and their families during life’s health transitions through compassionate, individualized care.