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Californian is Nursing Home’s 1,000th Admission

A lifelong California resident recently became Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home’s 1,000th admission.

Dianne Crowder spent all of her life living in Fresno, and Santa Maria, CA before finding her way to Viborg. She was admitted on September 25, nearly thirty-nine years after Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home’s first residents were admitted on January 1, 1970.

Dianne is a bright-eyed, friendly, positive-thinking woman who happens to be caught in the grip of MS. She has spent the last three years completely bedridden while battling the effects of the disease. Prior to that, she spent many years using a walker and wheelchair. Both her hips have been fractured, the right one last year while she was hospitalized in California. Dianne explains that her hospitalization also resulted in a debilitating infection that threatened her life. In the midst of these serious health conditions, her only daughter, Alison, and son-in-law, Glen, decided it was time to find a new home, somewhere outside their densely populated community. They wanted daughter Taylor to grow up in a safer and more relaxed environment.

Glen used the Internet to research the top cities to live in the U.S and discovered Sioux Falls. They then researched nearby nursing homes which led them to Pioneer Memorial. Once here, they selected a home in Hurley where daughter Taylor is enrolled in school and where they are near jobs in Sioux Falls and Dianne at Pioneer Memorial.

None of them had ever lived in a community smaller than about 90,000 residents, but Dianne is thrilled to be here and says the care she receives is “outstanding” and the food “incredible”. “I think so much of the staff here and the care I receive. There is so much one-on- one interaction. They had me up and in a wheelchair in less than a week after I arrived. Prior to moving here, I had been bedridden for three years and had made the cross-country car trip from California on a gurney. It took us two-and-a-half days.”

Dianne continued, “Thanks to Dr. Hagiwara and staff here, the infection I had since March 2008 is in remission. I had nearly given up on myself so I can’t tell you how delighted I am. I’m kind of hard headed and like to be self sufficient.

My goal is to work hard so I can become more mobile and be able to live again with my daughter and her family and be an asset to them by helping with my nine-

Dianne Crowder

year-old granddaughter.”

Dianne has also had contact with nurses at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls since arriving and has many positive things to share about their professionalism, kindness and assistance in helping her overcome the infection. She put in a special message for them, “You be sure to include how grateful I am for their care and how much I appreciated their help!”

Laughingly she said, “I told the kids I only had three rules they should go by in selecting a new place to live… no snow, no stairs in their house and a nice big porch. I didn’t get one of them, but I’m glad I’m here. This is a real friendly group.”

$20,000 Goal Set for Employee Fundraising Campaign

The 2009 Employee Campaign is underway with a goal of raising $20,000 to support programs and services of Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services.

Employees have an opportunity to donate to several projects including:

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    The completion of Nursing Home Therapy Tub Room Suite Remodeling Project ($4,000 cost)

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      Furniture for the new Centerville Community Pharmacy ($5,000 cost)

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      New sound system for the dining/day rooms in the Nursing Home ($5,000)

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      Upgrade 12 hospital beds with 20” flat screen TVs in the Hospital ($3,500 cost)

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      Big Screen TV in the Nursing Home “Day” Room. ($2,500 cost)

If the campaign total is reached, all the above projects will be funded. If we don’t quite meet our goal, the Employee Campaign committee will determine the priority order of projects to be funded. Committee members include: Brendyn Richards, chair, Patty Anderson, Kecia Christensen, Dee Hansen, Lori Hisel, Jean Peterson, Georgia Pokorney, Ed Poll, Kathy Skotvold, Grace Tidball, Judy VanDerhule, and Nita Wirth.

To get the campaign off to a great start, Early Bird Prize Packages were assembled by Director of Development, Brendyn Richards. From Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008, every $25 donation of cash, pledge, or the equivalent in vacation/ personal hours to the campaign earned a chance at the Early Bird Prize. Prize

winners were: 4 passes – Sertoma Butterfly House – Nita Wirth, 4 passes – Bowling in Centerville at Strikes – Sharon Jacobsen, 4 passes – Carousel skate (Sioux Falls) – Patty Anderson, 4 passes - Great Plains Zoo and large pizza from Pizza Hut – LaVonne Isaak, 4 tickets - Skyforce & large pizza from Pizza Hut – Sharon Akland, 4 tickets - Storm & large pizza from Pizza Hut – Judy VanDerhule, Beresford Golf package & gift certificate from Good times Restaurant, Beresford – Ella Odland, 4 tickets – lower level tickets to Skyforce, 1 night stay at the Sheraton in Sioux Falls and Gift Certificate at the Texas Roadhouse – Ginny Anderson, Polar Plunge shirt – Sherrie Menigoz, and a Polar Plunge shirt – Grace Tidball.

Friends of Pioneer

Memorial Hospital & Health Services

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