National Healthcare Decision Day Event

On April 15, 2022, Care Initiatives will host a company-wide National Healthcare Decision Day event from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. All 43 skilled nursing facilities will simultaneously host the event. Six of the seven hospice locations will co-host at a local skilled nursing building, while the Manchester Care Initiatives Hospice office will host independently at their location. 


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Care Initiatives Makes Donation to Doctors Without Borders to aid Ukraine


On March 4, 2022, Care Initiatives made a $20,000 donation to Doctors Without Borders. This donation was made in hopes of furthering the efforts of providing much-needed healthcare to communities affected by war. 


Care Initiatives launches Leadership Academy for company leaders.

To further develop the organization’s leaders, Care Initiatives has launched its Leadership Academy.  The Leadership Academy is a 12-month program designed to equip leaders with the tools, resources and knowledge needed to thrive in the ever-evolving healthcare industry.  The program will consist of in-person and virtual sessions with strategically aligned projects.  Participants will also receive professional coaching to help them reach their professional goals.


On January 27, 2022 Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds awarded $1.4 million in grant funds to 38 Iowa employers and partner organizations.  Care Initiatives was awarded a $50,000 Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Grant through a partnership with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).

Care Initiatives has pledged to match this grant, which means that Care Initiatives will be dedicating $100,000 to educate and support new certified nursing assistants (CNAs) over an 18-month period.  This will allow Care Initiatives to hire and train approximately 80 new CNAs.


On January 8, 2022 Care Initiatives announced its membership with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI).  The healthcare organization will become part of the network of more than 1,500 members who are a unified voice for Iowa businesses. 

Care Initiatives Pledges $5000 To Native American Child Care Center

On November 16, 2021, Care Initiatives pledged $5,000 to the Native American Child Care Center in honor of Native American Heritage Month.  This donation was made to support the mission of the NACCC to provide child-care services and an early childhood education and development program primarily for, but not limited to pre-school children who identify with the Native American heritage. 

Hospice staff, volunteer participate in Women of Excellence event

Volunteer Coordinator Deb Poss and 2016 Volunteer of the Year Kathy Dekker from Care Initiatives Hospice - Sioux City office recently attended the Women of Excellence banquet which recognizes outstanding women who have contributed greatly to the quality of life for women and their families in the Sioux City community. Deb Poss also had the honor to serve as a judge for this year’s event. Funds were raised for Women Aware in Sioux City.

Volunteer Spotlight

Jan Caruso joined the Care Initiatives Hospice volunteer team in Albia in December, 2014 after experiencing the great support and services offered by Hospice at the time of her husband’s passing.

“I enjoy spending time with people who have gained wisdom from many years,” she says. Jan is generous with her time often reading to patients, chatting with them or family and giving hugs freely. She embodies the true meaning of Hospice. Thank you, Jan!