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From the CEO, Fred J. Meis

December 2014 - Another year is coming to a close and much was accomplished and more remains as we head into “2015” as we continue to work toward converting to Heathland Centrique our new version of our Electronic Medical Records and move forward with the changes we have made in Long Term Care.

With a successful state survey on November 10, 2014 Long Term Care is able to admit new residents thanks to the work of those involved in making the positive changes and picking up extra work in the process.

Some of the changes made in Long Term Care were the appointment of Connie Jorgenson as Assistant Administrator of LTC, Dina Silvrants as interim Director of Nursing, Traci Nitzel as interim Social Services Designee, and the addition of Angela Mahurin as the new Social Services Designee.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the LTC staff who have picked up extra shifts to help out with the staffing needs.

Long Term Care will be getting new flooring which is projected to begin the middle of this month. When completed LTC will have a new look.  This is something that has been needed for a very long time.  In the Spring of 2015 we will begin a new renovation project for Long Term Care on the South end of the building.  There will be the addition of a  resident restorative room as well as some offices, small conference room and new entrance with an air lock to keep the solarium warmer in the winter and cooler in the Summer by not letting the outside air in as is the case now.  Also there will be an addition of some needed storage space for medical records. When this is all  completed it should bring back the space for families of residents to meet and enjoy some time together.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

~Fred J. Meis

Employee of the Month- Dina Silvrants, RN (Interim DON, LTC)

Dina Silvrants was chosen as the December Employee of the Month!  Dina is a Registered Nurse and is the Interim Director of Nursing on LTC.  She has been employed at KCHS for about 2 years total.

Dina was nominated for Employee of the Month because she is encouraging, kind, appreciative, has a positive attitude, helps others, a great leader, and a team player.  She has done a fantastic job stepping up to the LTC DON position. Dina is working hard to build and grow the LTC staff.

Dina has been married to her husband Scott for 17 years.  They have 4 children Devyn, Dylan, Tyler, and Maddisyn.  They have 2 dogs, Maisy a boxer and Tink a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix.  She has lived in Minden for 18 years.  Dina loves being a nurse and enjoys working at LTC with the great team they have.  

In her free time, she enjoys making cakes and decorating them with fondant.  She loves making crafts with her daughter and reading books.  She says she is “kinda addicted to Pinterest”.  Moreover, she enjoys going for walks with her family and dogs.  She loves to spend time with her children. 

Congratulations Dina for being chosen as the December Employee of the Month! Thank you for all that you do for the patients, residents, and staff at KCHS.

Stay Connected - WiFi Available at KCHS

For the convenience of our residents, patients and their visitors, KCHS launched wireless internet service (WiFi). The complimentary wireless access is available throughout the KCHS campus including LTC resident’s rooms, LTC solarium and dining room, hospital patient rooms and lobbies. To use the service, open your wireless device and a login screen will appear. Since the service is password protected, visitors will need to obtain the password. The nurses staff will be glad to assist you.

Welcome New Employees!

Angela Mahurin- Social Services-Long Term Care

Jackie Sherwood- Medication Aide-HinterLong Living