News & Events

  • Westwood succeeds in throwing surprise benefit

    SIOUX CITY - Friday July 15 held quite a surprise for one Westwood Specialty Care resident.  Westwood's National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) team planned a benefit, sought out donations and surprised Tim Vondrak and his family. Staff members donated food, decorations and items for the event. 

    Tim was admitted to Westwood in March after a fall from a grain bin that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Upon admission, Tim was on bed rest and could only be log rolled. He is now able to sit up in a wheelchair. Tim uses a slide board for transfers and has even been...

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  • Care Initiatives Joins the HealthNet connect Consortium

    West Des Moines, Iowa – HealthNet connect is pleased to announce that Care Initiatives, the largest single operator of nursing homes and skilled nursing care in Iowa, is now a member of the most innovative eHealth consortium in the nation. Care Initiatives will be connecting all 52 locations to HealthNet connect’s private fiber optic network and receiving high speed Internet through HNc Services, to be completed by the end of 2016. Read more...

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  • La Porte City Specialty Care receives highest rating

    La Porte City Specialty Care is pleased to announce that it has received a “Deficiency Free” result on its annual survey in May 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...

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  • Belle Plaine CNA shines at national conference

    Nora Miller, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Belle Plaine Specialty Care  received the National Association of Health Care Assistants’ (NAHCA) Stella Parrish Lifetime Achievement Award on June 2 at NAHCA’s national annual conference held in Des Moines.


    NAHCA is a one-of-a-kind organization that supports professional caregivers who are considered to be the backbone of health care and its heart and soul. With 40,000 members throughout the US, NAHCA supports the professionals who provide 90 percent of the care for residents in skilled nursing. 

    Nora has...

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