At the meeting of the First Legislative Assembly of the State of North Dakota, House Bill #305 and Senate Bill #60, entitled, "An Act Appropriating Money for the Erection of a Soldiers' Home at Lisbon, and for the Contingent Expenses Thereto", was passed and signed by Governor Andrew J. Burke on February 27, 1891. This bill appropriated money for the purchase of the land and the erection of the necessary buildings.
View this video to see the transformation of the North Dakota Veterans Home through the years.
125 Years of Caring for America's Heroes Saturday, September 8th 2018
Veterans Service Organizations Show Their Support
Volunteers of All Ages
Families Enjoyed the Day
Mark B. Johnson, NDVH Administrator
We had a number of amazing things happen in 2018.
In the spring we celebrated as some of our key staff won state and national awards. The North Dakota Veterans Home Foundation had a record turnout for its golf tournament in Mapleton. All proceeds raised at this tournament go to the Veterans Home to enhance programing and purchase equipment to improve the lives of our Veterans.
One of the programs the foundation has contributed towards is our aromatherapy program. We have seen significant milestones being reached with the implementation of this program. Residents have reduced their medications, behaviors have stabilized and residents are resting and sleeping better. The Aromatherapy program has been a great addition and we appreciate the support.
In September we celebrated our 125th year of operations. The celebration hosted approximately 800 people from several states. The event started with a 1950 North American T-6 plane fly over. We had excellent speeches by several dignitaries which were followed by a meal and great music.
The fall and winter kind of blended together with barbeque cook outs, car shows, a motorcycle rally and numerous Christmas parties.
We are currently experiencing a slump in our admissions on basic care and have seen a decrease in occupancy in the nursing home. We have worked with our local telephone cooperative, Dickey Rural Networks, to create some commercials that have already begun airing and Prairie Public Broadcasting did a television special on the Veterans Home.
Legislative session is upon us and we have made several trips down the icy and snow filled highways to testify on our funding bill, House Bill 1007. We have testified in the House and will soon be presenting to the Senate. We are hoping to get some of the budget cuts made by the House restored by the Senate.
In closing, I would like to thank Bob Nelson and Margie Ourenhagen for all their years of service. Both played a significant role at the Veterans Home and will always be remembered for all the things they did for the residents, staff and public. Their wisdom and sense of humor will be missed by all who worked with them. I hope their retirement will be everything they want it to be. They deserve a great one!
Mark B. Johnson, Administrator
Wanda Cavett, NDVH Director of Nursing, is the recipient of the 2018 Nurse Administrator of the Year award. Wanda received her award at the North Dakota Long Term Care Association’s banquet on May 2nd. Congratulations Wanda!
Here is an excerpt of what was read at the awards banquet:
Wanda is a very talented individual who credits her staff with being instrumental in helping the Veterans Home to be deficiency free for the last two years from the VA and State survey teams. During her tenure at the Veterans Home, she and her staff were instrumental in evacuating the building and staffing three different facilities during the flood of 2009. Wanda has great insight and always thinks outside of the box. She strives to build a culture of excellence and understanding. She is a huge resident advocate that is always willing to go above and beyond to meet a resident’s needs.
The North Dakota Veterans Home Staff and Governing Board thanks Wanda for her leadership and hard work. Congratulations from the residents, staff and governing board of the North Dakota Veterans Home.
We are proud to announce that Jann Neameyer, NDVH Director of Social Services, is the recipient of the Long Term Care Social Worker of the Year award. Jann received her award on May 2nd in Bismarck at the North Dakota Long Term Care Association’s banquet. Congratulations Jann!
Here is an excerpt of what was read at the awards banquet:
Multi-tasking is one of Jann's greatest strengths and she does that well as she serves as the Director of Social Services, Admissions, Activities and Transportation for a 150 bed facility. She is a hard worker and a born leader. Jann is known for thinking outside the box. Staff from all departments and disciplines seek her wisdom in difficult situations.
In all aspects of her many roles it is evident that Jann is a social worker. Jann is an advocate for residents and uses all resources to ensure that their needs are being met to the highest standard. From educating staff on resident rights, neglect and abuse and keeping the team updated on continuing regulation changes her guidance is invaluable. She has implemented Culture Change at the Veterans Home and has spent countless hours ensuring that the resident is the primary focus. Jann is not afraid of change and has helped develop staff roles into what they are today.
Congratulations from the North Dakota Veterans Home staff, residents and governing board.
Post‐Acute Care Administrator Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award
Washington, DC – May 10, 2018 – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Mark B. Johnson, Administrator of North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, North Dakota with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.
Fewer than 11% of facilities nationwide qualify. This year, 1,717 facilities met the selection criteria. Three hundred and fifty‐one administrators in 45 states were awarded the facility leadership award nationally.
Based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, this award recognizes the Administrator of record who provided such leadership for the full 2017 calendar year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quarterly performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also include an 85% or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of ABILITY® Network Inc.
Activities of 2018
SPRING FLING 2018
EASTER EGG HUNT
FISHING TRIP 2018
NATIONAL GUARD CHRISTMAS PARTY IN TOWN HALL
AMERICAN LEGION CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOP
WEST FARGO VFW & SANTA AND MRS CLAUS
POKER RUN 2018
YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
THE NORTH DAKOTA VETERANS HOME FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT 2018
The North Dakota Veterans Home Foundation Board had a successful Golf Tournament in Mapleton at the Maple River Golf Club in 2018. The Veterans Home is grateful for all the Foundation Board and it's members do to contribute to the quality of life for our residents.
To register for the 2019 Golf Tournament set for June, 14th at Maple River Golf Club contact Richard Belling 701-541-7222 or Robert Krause 701-680-0567.