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Hallmark of Caring honors Providence employees

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (March 2016) — Each year, we honor outstanding employees in an event called “Hallmark of Caring.” Providence people in various jobs are nominated by their co-workers, our residents, or residents’ families for their efforts throughout the year. This year’s 74 honorees live out our mission to “enhance the lives of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ,” and demonstrate excellence in skill, work ethic, and compassion. Employees will be added to the list below until the event on March 11 — look for updates here and on our Facebook pages. Join us in congratulating the honorees!   Honorees from Park Place of Elmhurst:   Stephanie James, CNA – Skilled Stephanie is extremely compassionate and always has a positive attitude. She makes an extra effort, like coming in early to shampoo a resident’s hair because they cannot extend their head in the shampoo bowl in the salon. She also shows initiative by leading restorative exercises with our residents.     Angela Bianchi, CNA – Skilled “When Angela’s here, you know it’s going to be a good day.” This was said by a client who has a great appreciation for her. That’s because Angela is always cheerful, takes pride in […]

Life at Royal Park Place

ZEELAND, Mich. (October 2015) — Residents at Royal Park Place have plenty of options for how to spend their time. Here’s an idea of what some of our residents have been up to: Assisting “Kids’ Food Basket” Royal Park Place is lending a hand to Kids’ Food Basket. Every Wednesday morning, at 10 a.m. in the Queen’s Room, residents pack snacks for the local not-for-profit organization to give away. Kids’ Food Basket helps complete over 7,000 meals for local children.  The organization was named the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 EPIC Nonprofit of the Year for it’s work in providing necessary nutrients for growing minds and bodies. Click here for more information or ways to contribute. Hosting a support group Royal Park Place hosts an Association for the Blind support group on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Queen’s Room. The public is invited to join us, and welcome to share their challenges with others who understand. Continuing their competitive Wii bowling league “Wii have it going on at Royal Park Place,” says Life Enrichment Director Paula St. Amant. In the photo at right are the Wii bowling teams for the winter season. Back row, from left: Nelia Shoemaker, Calvin Niewenhuis, Lefty […]

Amphicar makes a splash for Royal Park Place residents

ZEELAND, Mich. (July 2015) — She thought she was going for a boat ride, so Corry Hoekstra was a little surprised when her friends directed her into a car. She figured out her mix-up when the car drove straight across the lawn — and into Lake Macatawa. Hoekstra was riding in an Amphicar, which can be driven on land and in the water. It’s the only vehicle for which you need both auto and boat registration. “I thought it was a boat ride, and I was really excited about it,” Hoekstra said. “When we got there, I only saw a beautiful little car. But we drove it right into the lake! We could put our hands in the water; it was so much fun.” A group of fast friends The amphibious vehicle is owned by Ed Koops of Holland. His sister, Joyce Sluiter, wanted friends from her retirement community, Royal Park Place in Zeeland, to experience a ride in the unusual car. She mentioned the possibility to Hoekstra and two other women, Gert Gruppen, and Jean Sneller. It wasn’t the first time they had planned an outing together. “We’ve been friends since I moved in, a year and a half ago […]

Donation helps resident blossom at Emerald Meadows

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 2015) — Beautiful flowers have been blooming all summer at Emerald Meadows, thanks to a generous donation from Bos Greenhouse and Farms. Cheryl Edge, a foster daughter of Dorothy and the late Bill Bos, Sr., lives at the community. Before he passed away, Bos, Sr., told the family to give Edge – who has been diagnosed with dementia — anything she wanted. And since she had grown up around the flowers and loved the farm, the family decided it would be good for her to see something familiar. “We thought it would be good therapy for Cheryl,” said Gerald Mercer, whose wife, Deb, was also a foster daughter in the Bos family. “We thought it would be good for the other residents who enjoy flowers, too — it brightens their day.” Last year, it was Emerald Meadows staff members who filled the grounds with flowers, but this year, they left the job in the capable hands of the Bos and Mercer families. Gerald and his sisters did much of the planting, using more than 25 flats of donated flowers, in all colors and varieties. This was not the first donation Emerald Meadows received from Bos Greenhouse — they also provided […]

Providence of Zeeland attains Gold Seal

ZEELAND, Mich. (June 2015) — Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Zeeland has earned its first Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation from The Joint Commission, demonstrating a commitment to excellence in care. “The Joint Commission is all about quality — quality care and quality outcomes,” said Rick VandenBerg, Providence of Zeeland administrator. “The residents and their families can have an extra level of comfort knowing that the building has gone through extra steps to ensure quality.” An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission holds health facilities to a high standard, going far beyond what is required by the state in all areas of care. The Joint Commission’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program was established in 1966 and today accredits nearly 1,000 organizations offering nursing and rehabilitation services. Providence of Zeeland underwent a rigorous, and completely voluntary, on-site survey to obtain the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation. The survey included evaluations for compliance with standards of care related to advanced rehabilitation services, health care quality, patient and resident safety, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. “This isn’t something that a lot of facilities take on, but I see it as another thing that sets us apart,” VandenBerg […]