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Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - A Perfect Score for Doak Walker Care Center

Doak Walker Care Center receives perfect score

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, July 30, 2012 -- The Doak Walker Care Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center received a perfect score of zero deficiencies in an unannounced inspection conducted July 9-11 by the Colorado Department of Health.

The Doak Walker Care Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center received a perfect score of zero deficiencies in an unannounced inspection conducted July 9-11 by the Colorado Department of Health.

Doak Administrator Lee Dickey said the state has 1,112 pages of regulations, and 12.4 is the average number of deficiencies cited among Colorado nursing homes in 2012.

She attributed the Doak’s perfect score to teamwork at the long-term-care center, support from Yampa Valley Medical Center and an ongoing emphasis on building a community for the residents and staff.

“We give much credit to the Eden Alternative model of care, which we have followed since 2005,” Dickey said. “The Eden Alternative is dedicated to changing the culture of nursing homes through the development of meaningful relationships between residents and staff. We now have 43 Eden Associates who have gone to a three-day training to learn the philosophy and principles. 

“Our focus is on making life worth living by working toward eliminating loneliness, helplessness and boredom,” she said. “Our residents are highly respected by staff, and most of them consider the Doak their home.”

Earlier this year, the Doak was listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best Nursing Homes in Colorado” for the second straight year. The center also received 5 stars, the highest overall rating, from the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A nursing home's overall rating is geared to its performance in health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.

"We are very proud of our team and the compassionate care they provide every day to our residents," Dickey said.