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-IAM&apos;S KINDERGARTEN class and Mrs. Strei had a tour of the Bellingham Fire Hall. DAY was celebrated at BES recently. The childrin shook hands wit the Veterans. / DAY in Be|lingham's 2nd grade room was celebrated |American Education Week and BES. / I Big.Stone City senior citizens Evelyn Zahnow, Secretary Twenty one guests gathered at the Big Stone City Sr. Citizens pot luck dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 3. We sang happy birthday to four members, sang the table prayer and had the pledge to the flag before our noon meal. Our business meeting came to order at ! p.m.. Secty's and treas, reports were given by Evelyn and Myrtle. Two bills were presented, one for a can opener purchased by Selma and for two boxes of sympathy and get well cards purchased by Geneve for center use. Bills approved and paid. Cliff offered to check on the cupboard doors that do not close properly. Members of the City Council checked with Pres. Ileen to see if we would like a microwave for our kitchen. Motion made to accept microwave. Discussion came up as to how to change our table setting job. After much discussion a motion was made and seconded to continue as we have been to have two volunteers to set our tables each month. Mildred and Gladys each had a reading and our meeting came to a close. The afternoon was spent playing bingo and cards. Ophthalmology Associates now offers the latest clear cornea no-stitch surgery. Outpatient surgery is performed at Ortonville Hosoital. For an appointment, ca111-800-255-7448. Reach us on the Internet at http://members.aol.com/abrophth. MN GOOD CONDUCT AND SERVICE AWARDS were awarded at the National Guard Battery C Christmas and annual awards banquet Sunday. Those receiving awards left to right are, in front, E2 Matthew Swenson, E4 Jon Stock, E4 Russell Mau, E5 kevin Mau, E4 Kristin Phalen. and E4 Jacob Veldhause. In back are E7 James Phalen, E5 Henry Gimmestad, E3 Daniel Bauer, E4 Justin Hennessy, E4 Jeffrey Anderson and E4 Charles Henningson. Northridge Residence among nation's top nursing homes In a study conducted this fall by hours per resident per day was 3.52 at ment such as the facility's reputation, Medicare, nursing homes throughout. the United States were tested on their quality measures, time spent with res- idents, and health deficiencies. Ortonville's Northridge Residence ranked among the top in the nation. with zero deficiencies and its nursing staff spending more time than the state average with residents. According to the Medicare report, the range of health deficiencies, which vary in level of seriousness and the number of patients which could be affected, was between zero and 67. The average number for Medicare/Medicaid certified nursing homes in tile state was six, and an average nursing home in the rest of the United States averaged seven deft- ciencies. Northridge also surpassed the state average in terms of how much time its staff spends with each resident. Medicare reports during the most recent inspection in July, it was found that the total number of nursing staff the Ortonville based nursing home, while others in Minnesota averaged 3.3 hours. tlelping to boost that total were the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), who each spent 2.57 hours per day with residents, far above the state average of 2.1 and the national medi- an of 2.3. Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Praclical Nurses' (I,PNs) h{mrs were just slightly below average. RNs spent .34 hours per day with Northridge residents (compared to a state average of .5], while IPNs spent .61 hours per resident. Minnes(:ta's l,f'Ns averaged .7 daily hours. According to Brad Schippcr, Northridge Administrator, "Families should not make a decision based on these numbers alone. Some homes have higher/lower percentages of these numbers because of the lypes of residents they serve. While these indi- cators are important, it is also impor- tant to I()k at the total care environ- medical leadership, activities pro- grams, location, rehabilitation options, cleanliness, food, staff, leadership and volunteers. Having said that, we are proud of our results." Also noted in the report were the quality measures at Northridge, indi- cating residents' conditions. Just five percent of its residents were found to have loss of ability in basic daily tasks, compared to a national mark of 15 percent. In addi- tion, five percent reported pressure sores, ten percent reported having pain, and five percent had physical restraints, all below national averages. As of July 18 of this year, all of Northridge's 74 certified beds were occupied, the report detailed. The average number of residents in other homes throughout the nation was 88.2. Anyone wishing to view the data on Northridge, or any other nursing home, can visit the medicare website at www.medicare.gov. q Hey Kids! 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