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Dow Rummel Village Reaches Goal of Vaccinating 94 Percent of Staff and Recognized as COVID-19 Vaccination Ambassador

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JANUARY 6, 2022, SIOUX FALLS, SD – Dow Rummel Village announced today that more than 94 percent of all staff members have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The benchmark is part of a nationwide goal set by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and LeadingAge to vaccinate 75 percent of the approximately 1.5 million nursing home staff by June 30, 2021. “We are proud to report that our facility has vaccinated 94 percent of our staff,” said Darla Van Rosendale, CEO. “Our caregivers recognize that getting vaccinated is one of the most effective ways to protect themselves and our residents...

Dow Rummel Increases Wages to Address Workforce Shortage

We are in the midst of a historical pandemic-driven workforce shortage. We need to recruit great employees and retain the great employees we already have by offering competitive wages and benefits. In the last three years, we have increased wages for some positions beyond our normal annual wage increase while staying within our annual budgeted means. Unfortunately, we have seen little positive impact from these increases. Dow Rummel is now taking significant steps to support its vision to be the employer of choice among long-term care providers in Sioux Falls. In addition to providing a...

Dow Rummel’s Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan

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Effective 11/15/2021 Revised The CMS and SD DOH guidance which is the basis for this plan considers all of the vaccinations which have occurred in residents and staff.  Visitation can be conducted in residents’ rooms, dedicated visitation spaces, and outdoors. Regardless of how visits are conducted, certain core principles and best practices reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission: The Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, will not be allowed at Dow Rummel...

Dow Rummel Associates Receive Statewide Awards

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Two associates of Dow Rummel Village were recognized amongst their peers in the long-term care profession at the South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA) Fall Convention this month. Darla Van Rosendale received the Administrator of the Year Award. Darla Van Rosendale received the award for her outstanding contributions to Dow Rummel Village, her community, and the long-term care profession. Darla serves as CEO and has worked at Dow Rummel Village for over 23 years. Lucia Avila received the Millie E. Olson Award of the Year. Lucia Avila was recognized as ‘Millie of the Month’ in...

Vaccine Announcement

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Residents and Family Members: The fight against COVID-19 is not over. As our country is once again experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases, we must rally together to protect each other. After almost a 4 month decline in COVID-19 cases here in South Dakota, we are now seeing the numbers quickly moving up again after the highly contagious Delta variant has hit our area. This is now impacting us at Dow Rummel with both vaccinated and unvaccinated people which has been the case across the U.S. as well. This surge in cases also raises concerns about the coming Fall and Winter as we also...

Procedure Updates for Independent Residents & Family

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As many of you have heard, CDC has put out some new guidelines to follow if you have received your vaccines. With 97% of our independent living residents having received their vaccines, the fact that we have been COVID free here at Dow Rummel for about a month and Minnehaha’s county positive rate has been under 10% for about 6 weeks, we feel the CDC’s new guidelines are appropriate for us to implement in our independent living areas here at Dow Rummel as we look at opening up more. These guidelines are for those who have been fully vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated 2...

Procedure Updates for Independent Residents & Family

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95% of our independent living residents, currently here at Dow Rummel, have received one or both of their vaccines; with a few getting their second Feb 16. With that in mind and the fact that our county positivity rate continues to stay down under 10% and we have no positive active COVID cases here at Dow Rummel, we are going to begin some procedures for reopening our independent living areas. We will monitor the situation over the next couple weeks and continue to offer more reopening procedures if our county positive rate stays down and we don’t have any positive COVID cases in our...