News & Events

  • Marshalltown resident honored as Outstanding Maintenance Employee of the Year

    Rory Wedgwood of Southridge Specialty Care in Marshalltown received Care Initiatives Outstanding Maintenance Employee of 2015.

    Wedgwood has been a valuable asset to the staff and residents since 2002. “When a repair order comes in, it’s like Rory can read our minds and has it fixed before we know it,” says Administrator Murt Steffen. “He has been out on the rooftop in subzero weather. Come in from his family Thanksgiving dinner to correct a problem. He even cooks special meals and brings them in for residents who don’t have family to take them out.”

    “He truly cares about...

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  • Long-time staff members honored as Outstanding Employees of the Year

    Roberta Adams and Wilma “Jane” McDaniel of Lamoni Specialty Care received awards from parent company Care Initiatives for their dedication and excellent service and caregiving.

    Adams, of Davis City,...

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  • 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....

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  • Albia resident honored as CNA of the Year

    Connie Elswick of Oakwood Specialty Care in Albia received Care Initiatives Outstanding CNA Award for 2015. Elswick has been serving as a certified aide/med aide/restorative aide for almost 20 years.

    “Connie will stop at nothing to get her residents what they need to thrive,” says Administrator Rachel Gooden. “She is so passionate for her residents, she even wrote her local congressman regarding some of the issues residents and veterans have with their insurance and how the issues with government programs affect long term care residents.”

    As a result, Elswick was asked to...

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