Above, left to right: Senator Waylon Brown; Representative Jane Bloomingdale; ABCM Colonial Manor of Elma Administrator Tasha Steeve; DIA Administrator of Health Facilities Dawn Fisk; award nominators Paul and Shirley Jacobs, Gerald McGee, Pat Seckar, Sharon Gansen; ABCM Director Todd Allbee; DIA Director Larry Johnson, Jr.; ABCM CEO and Chairman of the Board Dick Allbee.
DES MOINES — Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) Director Larry Johnson, Jr., today presented the second of two Governor’s Awards for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities for this year.
Colonial Manor of Elma was selected from a field of 12 health care facilities nominated for the Governor’s Award. This is the second time the facility has won the top honor; the first time was in 2012.
“I am honored to recognize health care facilities that go above and beyond in providing Iowans with the care they need,” said Gov. Reynolds. “To receive this coveted award once is noteworthy, but to receive it twice is a testament to Colonial Manor of Elma’s dedication and commitment to provide high quality, compassionate care.”
DIA Director Johnson said, “It really struck me that when the nominators and residents said that Colonial Manor had the best staff, they really meant the entire staff –the groundskeepers, those in the kitchen, the nurses and others who provide care, the administration, staff who plan activities, and to last but not least, Erin, the therapy dog. This clearly was a group effort and they should all be proud.”
“We are very pleased to have received the Iowa Governor’s Award for Quality Care,” said Tasha Steeve, Colonial Manor of Elma administrator. “Our staff is extraordinary, meeting or exceeding the needs and wants of our residents, as well as guests who pass through our doors. We are very fortunate to have excellent support of our consultants and resources at ABCM Corporation in continuing to provide the best care possible. To receive the Iowa Governor’s Award for Quality Care is wonderful, and we thank our nominators, the Iowa DIA, and Governor Reynolds for this honor.”
Colonial Manor of Elma is a 41-year-old skilled nursing facility with a capacity for 57 residents. This year the facility was nominated by two residents and two family members of residents.
“Toward the end of my mother’s life she had no voice…but I know she felt love and compassion from the entire staff,” said nominator Pat Seckar of the facility. “Not only did she benefit from this wonderful environment, but my entire family felt their kindness, too.”
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.
Horizons Unlimited, an eight-bed residential care facility in Emmetsburg, received the first award for 2019 on Aug. 7.