U.S. News and World Report recently
ranked the long-term Care Center at Providence
Kodiak Island Medical
Center as the number one nursing home
in Alaska. Meanwhile,
the Care Center's administration and staff are
hoping to realize their dream of a new facility to replace its current space in
the near future.
staff and administrators accepted the honor with great pride. Nursing home
administrator Judy Fine responded to the number one ranking and explained the
-- (Fine 1 38 sec. "We're
really proud ... number one in Alaska.")
said working in the Care
Center is more than just
a job for nurses and staff, but compared it to more of a calling.
-- (Fine 2 21 sec. "You are not just giving ... to the end of their life here.")
of the Care Center's mission statement, which was
developed by the entire staff last year, says compassion, tenderness, harmony
and healing of the soul is at the very heart of what they do. Margaret Hall's
92-year-old husband, Father Hugh Hall, has been a resident since February,
2006, prior to which Margaret cared for him at home. She said she couldn't be
happier with the quality of care at the center.
-- (Hall 1 29 sec. "The care he's receiving is ... can't find the right words.")
Mary Hennessy has been a resident for seven months. Her daughter, Kodiak
resident Betty Walters, brought her to Kodiak from her home in New York to live in the Care Center.
Hennessy said she feels she feels at home and that she's receiving the best
-- (Hennessy 1 52 sec. "Couldn't be better ... somebody is there for me.")
that although the Care
top-quality care to its residents, operating in a 40-year-old building is not
their preference. She said the facility should ideally provide a more home-like
-- (Fine 3 40 sec. "Many in the community ... neighborhood model of living.")
Fine said the
biggest barrier to realizing that model of living for Care Center
residents is finding a way to pay for it. Borghy Holm, Public Relations and
Communications Coordinator for PKIMC explained the importance of finding a way
to fund the facility. She said a large portion could be paid by Medicaid funds,
but that the Borough would have to fund the rest.
-- (Holm 37
sec. "A lot of the projects
... as they can possibly be.")
Care Center's mission statement concludes
that they serve with integrity and respect to nurture, enrich and celebrate the
lives of one another, and refers to theirs as sacred work. Fine said she is
grateful to all the members of the Kodiak community who contribute to the
center and the well-being of its residents in various ways. I'm Erik Wander.