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ECF Wins 10th Schoonover Award

News Release July 31, 2017

Excellence in Caring – Again

Bonners Ferry, ID — Boundary Community Hospital is proud to announce that its Extended Care Facility and Nursing Home has been recognized by the State of Idaho with their tenth L. Jean Schoonover Award for Excellence in Caring. This year the facility received the Gold Award distinguished by having an average Health Inspection rating of 4.6 to 5.0 (the highest rating).  Recipients of the award must demonstrate a dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality of care to the residents they serve.

Boundary County Nursing Home joins Kindred Nursing and Rehab in Mountain Valley as the only two Gold Award winners in 2017. “This is an excellent example of the quality of care that our hospital and extended care facility employees are providing to the community, especially those that need long term and skilled nursing care,” says Craig Johnson, CEO. “The focus is on the residents, making their environment more home-like, and finding and keeping staff that emphasizes the quality of care they provide.”

Under the guiding hand of Director of Nursing Tami Corsi, RN, the Extended Care Facility has started an initiative to make the residents feel more at home.  Her hands on leadership style and caring culture have allowed the staff to focus on care rather than procedures and schedules.  Working with Valerie Strugar, Nutrition Services Manager, Ms. Corsi has been a change catalyst recently by focusing on the Restorative Sleep Vitality Program to allow residents to get more natural sleep by adjusting meal times and expanding food choices, as well as expanding activities.

Culture of Caring, Culture of Quality

According to Chief Nursing Officer, Tari Yourzek, “The entire staff, both medical and non-medical, is committed to quality patient care and caring about the people of Boundary County, continuously making a conscious effort to improve our services. Their attitude toward a culture of quality is reflected in their efforts to stay ahead of standards of care, setting an example for other small rural hospitals and nursing homes. Quality healthcare can be defined as providing best practice care with the most up-to-date resources by empathetic and caring staff.”

The Extended Care Facility and Nursing Home at Boundary Community Hospital is a licensed skilled nursing home with a physician on staff to supervise each resident’s care providing both long-term and rehabilitative or short-term residency. The highly-skilled staff understands and specializes in long-term care, bringing a special nurturing atmosphere that can be felt every day throughout the facility.


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