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The History and Legacy of St. Francis Manor: Two Big Anniversaries to Celebrate in 2022

St. Francis Manor in Grinnell is celebrating two big anniversaries this year – 45 years as a care facility and Dion Schrack serving as administrator for 40 of these years!  It’s hard not to tell both stories simultaneously as Dion Schrack’s professional legacy accounts for many measurable additions to the campus over the last four decades.

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St. Francis Receives 5-Star Rating

St. Francis Manor recently received a 5-star overall rating of much above average on the CMS Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Ratings of Nursing Homes as of January 26, 2022. This overall rating is based on a nursing home’s performance in three categories:  health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. St. Francis Manor received 5-star ratings in all three of these categories. “This is a great achievement especially in times like these when operations are so difficult,” said Executive Administrator Dion Schrack. “Thank you to all of our staff for their dedication to quality in serving our residents.”  As the information shows, St. Francis Manor is the only nursing home in Poweshiek County to receive 5-star ratings in all three of the above performance categories.

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Employees Donate $12,643 to St. Francis Manor Foundation

Thank you to the following employees who donated to the St. Francis Manor Foundation either by check or through payroll deduction during the calendar year 2021: Tosha Beach, Sandi Bergmann, Sammi Bryan, Kelly Burns, Lori Glosser, Betty Hammond, Diane Hawkins, Kayla Lint, Tonya Miller, Vickie Miller, Kory Probasco, Dion Schrack, Shelley Schrack, Cindy Strobel, Karla Vander Leest and one anonymous donor. Their generous donations totalling $12,643 were very much appreciated and benefited the NuStep, Hammond Center Human Needs, Medical Chart Holders and Unrestricted Funds.

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Nursing Services at Home

Are you or a family member in need of nursing services? Our highly qualified, caring home healthcare nurse will assist with medication management, catheter care, wound care, dressing changes, health and vitals assessment or overall healthcare needs. Community Services of St. Francis offers affordable options to assist you or your loved one, whether it be for long- or short-term needs. We provide services to Grinnell residents as well as to those in surrounding communities. Contact Kayla Lint RN today at 641-236-7592 for more information! 

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Louise Doty turns 103!

Imagine living through not only one pandemic but two during your lifetime — that’s just what St. Francis Manor resident Louise Doty has done! Anna Louise Larsen was born in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic, she recovered from COVID-19 in May 2020, and celebrated her 103rd birthday on November 25! Louise was able to enjoy an early celebration with her three children and their spouses in the home of one of her sons, Merle (Gloria) Doty.

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Fall Tour of Homes – Sunday, October 10

Seeland Park, an active 55+ Life Plan Community located on the east side of Grinnell, invites the public to its Tour of Homes on Sunday, October 10, from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. Seeland Park currently has six residences listed for sale as well as five lots available for anyone interested in building their perfect retirement home! This Phase VI building development between Maple Street and Second Avenue will eventually include 13 single family homes (basement optional) with 2 or 3-car garages. A large duplex with 1 or 2-car garages is also an option for this development.

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If you build it, they will come: Bocce ball court beckons new players at Seeland Park

“Bocce is a game using 4 green and 4 red balls weighing about 2 pounds each. There are two members of two teams on both ends of the court. The target is a pallino (resembles a ping pong ball) which the teams throw their balls toward. The team with the same color of ball closest to the pallino scores the point or points.  The balls are rolled down the court in a fashion like bowling,”

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