'Calendar Girls' at Park Place?
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
Have you ever tried laughing yoga? If not, come on down to Park Place Elder Living (where living comes first) and try it out.
Laughing yoga is just the beginning of new activities taking place at Park Place. Carol Ruggles, activities director at Park Place, has been working on designing activities that focus on living and on the individual resident, not just whole group activities. Ruggles, along with the rest of the staff at Park Place, want the residents to keep on living their lives and enjoying the activities they did before moving into Park Place.
“We’ve designed a program called Harmony Within, where more small group activities happen,” Ruggles stated during the monthly Henry County Health Center Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday. “We have actually increased attendance in these activities by seventy-nine percent.” Ruggles told the trustees.
“We have gardening, we have a group called ‘Calendar Girls’ and we have residents who help with the guinea pigs and rabbits. It’s all a part of remaining independent,” Ruggles said. This program is designed to create an environment where harmony and well-being are central. “The activities are done ‘with’ the elders, not ‘to,’” Ruggles stressed.
Because of this new program and the application process the staff at Park Place completed, they won an award from the Iowa Healthcare Association (IHCA). The award was “Quality Team” of Elders and Activities, and the board was proud of the staff for this recognition.
“I was in charge of inspections this time around, and when I went to Park Place, I was impressed. It was bright, clean and it just looked awesome,” said board member Kent Severson.
HCHC also received another award. This award was the Intranet Innovation Gold Award, and it was for internal communications. This award had to do with Internet expansion and the new tablets the nursing staff is using in order to expedite patient needs and room needs. More information about this award will be released at a later date.
“It’s just amazing that we are getting this kind of recognition, just awesome,” said board member Rich Garrels. The board agreed with this statement adding, they are very proud of the staff at HCHC. “We can’t forget the trustees though, you have done so much as well,” Robb Gardner, CEO of HCHC, stated.
“We are just so proud at how proactive the staff is to improve,” Carmen Heaton, board member, said during the meeting.
In other business, the construction is nearing an end on the surgical unit. The open house was held and “the turnout was great. We were happy with the numbers that showed,” Gardner said. As of right now, the surgical unit is set to open on Oct. 2.
The main remodel of the gift shop will tentatively be completed by the end of this week. The only issue left is working on the storage part of the shop.
“EMS staff at Old Threshers did wonderful, they want above and beyond,” said CNO Jodi Geerts. “They work hours at the hospital and hours out at the grounds. With the heat, it was added stress, but they did great and we just want to thank them for what they did,” she said during her report.
Gardner brought up the issue with the new healthcare reform that will be taking place at the end of the year. Registration for the new insurance begins in just a couple weeks. The hospital is deciding what stance to take on the new program and to see how involved they will be in the new process. More information and discussion on this will be at a later date.