PINE RIVER -- Whispering Pines Good Samaritan had an appreciation ice cream social recently, where Randy Kropp, administrator, thanked staff members for their dedication and team work.
Whispering Pines leadership has targeted quality improvement for the past two years. Minnesota Care Providers of Minnesota recognized this when it presented the 2001 Quality Improvement Award to Whispering Pines earlier this month at the Minnesota Care Providers annual banquet.
Whispering Pines was also one of four finalists for the James B. Swanson Nursing Home of the Year Award. Whispering Pines was the only nursing home to receive two awards.
The appreciation ice cream social was also a thank you to staff members for their third deficiency-free state survey. The state survey team visited Whispering Pines the week of Nov. 3. It looked at residents' rights and the care given, visited 18 patients, observed medication passes on morning and evening shifts, visited residents council (as well as with two family members), reviewed nursing hours and closed records and toured the facility.
Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village provides care to 94 residents; has a staff of 170 with employees from Backus, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Emily, Outing, Sebeka, Walker, Verndale, Akeley, Staples, Nisswa and Pine River; has an annual payroll of $3 million; and has served the Pine River area since 1959.
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