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  • Monica Meyers Chosen as Care Initiatives’ Employee of the Year

    Monica Meyers, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Medication Aide (CMA)  Specialty Care, has received the Employee of the Year Award at Care Initiatives’ annual award brunch Friday, Dec. 7 in West Des Moines.

    The Employee of the Year Award is given to a nominated employee who best demonstrates the company’s Mission Statement: Improving quality of life for Iowans and their families during life’s health transitions through compassionate, individualized care.

    Meyer joined Manly Specialty Care in 2016 as a CNA but quickly saw the need in the facility for a CMA and...

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  • Natalie Leewright chosen for Care Initiatives’ Be Consistent Award

    Natalie Leewright, cook at Manly Specialty Care received the Be Consistent Award at Care Initiatives’ annual award brunch Friday, Dec. 7 in West Des Moines.

    Leewright joined Manly Specialty Care in 2008 at the age of 16. “She is a shining star,” said Administrator Kimber Kleven. Rarely missing work, Leewright knows every aspect of the kitchen, every residents needs and preferences and is able to fill in when needed.

    Leewright is the driving force behind the consistent practices that she and her coworkers have developed.

    “Even when our dietary manager needed time off...

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  • La Porte City Specialty Care Director of Nursing Earns Always Improve Award

    Ambre Benson, Director of Nursing at La Porte City Specialty Care, received the Care Initiatives Always Improve Award at Care Initiatives’ annual awards brunch Friday, Dec. 7 in West Des Moines.

    The award is given to a Care Initiatives employee who embodies the company’s core value to always seek out ways to improve quality in every way.

    Benson joined La Porte City Specialty Care in 2014 with a background primarily in obstetrics. Within months she complete coursework to become a certified MDS Coordinator. In 2016, when the director of nursing position opened up, Ambre took...

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  • Geerdes Earns Work as a Team Award

    Dannelle GeerdesDannelle Geerdes, Business Office Manager for Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids, has received the “Work as a Team Award” at the Care Initiatives’ annual awards brunch Friday, Dec. 15 in West Des Moines.

    Geerdes joined Lyon Specialty Care in 2009 initially working as a CNA while also juggling her teenage boys’ extra-curricular activities maintaining a near-perfect attendance record.

    In 2012, she was promoted to...

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