Horizons Unlimited receives 2019 Governor's Award for Quality Care

horizons unlimited receiving 2019 governor's award for quality care

Photo: Back row, left to right: Terry Hoskins, Dan Brennan, DIA Director Larry Johnson, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Orland Bordwell, Jack Parish, Gov. Kim Reynolds, Residential Manager Holly Carter, Missy Joersz, Jeff Brooks, Annie Manwarren, Sarah Hansen, Wayne Bordwell, and CEO Ron Askland. Front row, left to right: Jim Frederick, Audrey Hansen, Deb Chapman.

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg today presented the first of two Governor’s Awards for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities.

Horizons Unlimited of Emmetsburg was selected from a field of 12 health care facilities nominated for the Governor’s Award.

In a packed room at The Shores at Five Island in Emmetsburg, Gov. Reynolds praised the Horizons Unlimited staff and the surrounding community for their support of the home’s residents.

"There were a lot of hugs, smiles, and tears this morning," said Gov. Reynolds. "Honored to present the Governor’s Award to Horizons Unlimited for providing dedicated and compassionate care - well deserved."

“Not only is today a day to celebrate the facility, its residents, and family members, but also the Emmetsburg community as well,” said Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Director Larry Johnson, Jr. “Emmetsburg has supported the home through activities and job opportunities.”

Horizons Unlimited is an eight-bed residential care facility that opened in August 1985. The facility was nominated by Myrna Heddinger, the mayor of Emmetsburg. On her nomination form, Heddinger said the facility and its staff give its residents a chance to be independent and participate in social functions of the community. She also mentioned it was evident how caring the staff were with the residents and their families.

Family members of residents were equally complimentary of the Horizons Unlimited staff and the residential manager, Holly Carter. They said communication between the families of the residents and the staff was open, and that their loved ones were happy and able to “shine” while living there. They also echoed the sentiment of Mayor Heddinger that the community of Emmetsburg is extremely welcoming and supportive of the residents of Horizons Unlimited.

“We know the staff at Horizons Unlimited has done a great job taking care of its residents – and they aren’t done yet. I’m confident great things are still to come,” said Director Johnson.

The Governor’s Award for Quality Care was established to recognize health care facilities that provide – in the nominator’s opinion – a high level of care to their residents. Since the first awards were presented in 2001, 58 awards have been awarded to 50 individual facilities.

Colonial Manor of Elma, a 57-bed licensed nursing facility located at 407 Ninth Street in Elma, Iowa, will receive the second award for 2019 on Aug. 26, 2019, at 10 a.m.