News from Cimarron Memorial Nursing Home
October was a quiet month for the nursing home although residents and staff alike were busy. We welcomed one new resident, LaVerne Wells, and said a final goodbye to Jack Hood. Twenty-one residents are presently living at Cimarron Nursing Home.
October 2 was the Cimarron Nursing Home's Fall Carnival. Nursing home residents who desired to attend the event, which was held in the old fair building because of cool weather, seemed to have a good time. Many Cimarron Memorial staff members and volunteers manned the booths. After expenses, $865 was raised to fund activities for the residents for the next year. Sandy Witten did a wonderful job in lining up prizes, people, and good will for the event.
October 15 was the monthly birthday party for nursing home residents Louise Baird and Richard Hutchinson.
A follow-up visit by the State Department of Health occurred in the nursing home on October 15. All deficiencies found in August were cleared by the investigator.
On October 16, Cimarron Memorial hosted a reception for the participants in the Scarecrow Mania Parade with refreshments after the parade.
Social Services Director Frankie Armstrong chauffeured a van that took several residents to the monthly birthday party at the Senior Citizen Center on October 20. Judy Sander entertained at the piano during the event.
On October 25 contact was made via email with the Picker/Commonwealth Program for Quality Care for Frail Elders, whose goal is to “transform the nation's 16,000 nursing homes to become resident-centered organizations that are good places to live and good places to work, and are capable of providing the highest-quality care”. This organization awards grants and was brought to our attention by Justin Yates, technology specialist in our facility. Letters have been sent to two local citizens, who have expressed an interest in grant writing. Any other persons in the area who are interested in writing grants for Cimarron Memorial are encouraged to contact CEO Rod Burrus at 580-544-2501.
In October surveys were sent out to the families of current nursing home residents to solicit comments about the satisfaction they have with the care of their family members. Surveys were also shared with staff to learn about their levels of satisfaction in working at the nursing home. Residents' opinions were also requested at the monthly resident council meeting last week. In the near future, surveys will also be sent out to the families of former nursing home residents to obtain their input. The intent of all four surveys is to obtain information that will help us to improve the quality of care and services at Cimarron Nursing Home.
On October 27 Dr. J.D. and Reba Sellers donated to the nursing home a lovely framed water color of a rose in memory of former beloved resident Elsie Sellers. In attendance at the reception for Dr. and Mrs. Sellers were many residents as well as staff members from throughout Cimarron Memorial. Carroll Blakeley, former CEO of Cimarron Memorial, also purchased a painting for the facility at the Clayton Art Show earlier in the month. We are thankful for the gifts of beautiful art and for the kind concern shown by the donors.
On October 27, LuAnn Albus brought pre-kindergarten students to trick or treat at Cimarron Memorial. Marlene Clark brought the kindergarten students on October 29 while Jan Gerald shared first and second graders with the facility later the same day. Kay Prather brought her second grade class; and Jackie Gore and Betty Kincannon, their first grade classes.
On October 28 Cimarron Memorial was represented by Nancy Roberts at the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant proposal seminar at City Hall, sponsored by Oklahoma Economic Development Authority.
Carol Mills is spearheading the sales of individual cookbooks. The cookbooks sell for $5.50 each and are perfect for stocking stuffers or special gift giving,. The cookbook sales will end on November 9. The profits from the sales will go to purchase additional equipment in the facility. Contact Carol or any employee of Cimarron Memorial for further details or to make a purchase.
We welcome the following new employees to Cimarron Memorial: Oleta Warner, business office; Dr. Jack Shinkle, physician's assistant in the clinic; Jonie Walker, dietary; Julie Sniffen and Angela Barnett, RNs in the hospital; and Florence Hensley, LPN in the hospital. New contract persons are Justin Yates and David Lewis , who are updating technology concerning computers, and Amber Jones, who is assisting with filing in the clinic.
Those individuals sharing their time and talents in the nursing home during October were: Paul Moses, Anita Miller, Judy and Kent Sanders, Mary Crabtree, Kent Witten, Nancy David, Rhonda Worm, Lawrence Snead, Lisa Moore and Mary Ruth Capansky
Judy Harkins and Jeanne Lathrop graciously provided salon services to both women and men. Groups that ministered to residents and staff were: The Blue Grass Boys (Bob Gayler, Paul Moses, and Brad James), Boise City Christian Church, Boise City Pentecostal Holiness Church, Boise City Church of Christ, Boise City Lutheran, and Keyes United Methodist. Also sharing with the residents was Boise City Family Pharmacy.
We invite our fellow citizens to see the new paint in the hallways of the hospital. Soon there will also be new paint in the nursing home. The fresh paint is indicative of the new spirit and positive attitude in the entire facility. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each person who has been supportive in any way of the ongoing efforts of Cimarron Memorial Hospital, Nursing Home, and Rural Health Clinic in becoming the provider of choice for health care.
Boise City News, P.O. Box 278