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Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community Marks Milestone 45th Anniversary and Recognizes Longtime Staff

Billings, Mont., (March 13th, 2015) – Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community, a Platinum Service® senior living community managed by The Goodman Group, is celebrating its 45th anniversary and recognizing its dedicated staff, including five Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who have achieved a remarkable 150 years of service combined to date. For nearly half a century, Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community and its devoted staff have provided senior residents in Billings and the greater Yellowstone County with a full continuum of care so they can stay in the same residential community as their care needs change, including Innovative Rehabilitation®, Pearls of Life® memory care, transitional care, and respite care.

Since Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community opened on Oct. 1, 1969, it has provided care for thousands of residents in the region from multiple generations. Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community is currently the only health care facility in Billings with a 4-Star Rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The community’s caring and dedicated therapy team of professionals provides high quality, personalized rehabilitative care through Innovative Rehabilitation®, offering a full-spectrum of physical, occupational and speech therapies. The senior living community is also part of Generations Health Network™, which offers a full consortium of living and care options through a network of health care providers in the Billings area.

Among the dedicated staff helping to deliver this care are five extraordinary CNA’s, including Karen Barber, 39 years of service; Arlene Suko, 34 years; and Lafreida Landrie, 22 years. In Pearl Garden Memory Care®, CNA Terri Schaak has 32 years of service and CNA Joy Slabaugh has 22 years. Of the approximately 177 staff members, Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community has 65 CNA’s, 10 percent of them having worked at the community for more than 20 years.

“The role of a CNA is central to our service and in delivering Platinum Service® to our residents and their families,” said Heather Senger, director of nursing, Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community. “It is a challenging role, both physically and emotionally, and they serve a vital role in coordination with our health services team and registered nurses in the daily care of our residents.”

CNAs provide quality nursing care and individualized attention to residents, implement specific procedures and programs, supporting personal hygiene and daily living needs; providing comfort, transportation, and vital sign monitoring.

“We are fortunate to have a group of role models like these wonderful women who continue to show their passion and dedication for their profession. Their focus on serving and caring for others represents what we all we strive for as a community.” said Benjamin Tyrrell, executive director, Billings Health & Rehabilitation Community. “These five CNA’s have shown extraordinary commitment to our community, to our residents and to each other. We want to thank all of our staff for their ongoing commitment to delivering Platinum Service to enable our residents to optimize their well-being.”

With a series of updates and major remodels over its 45 years, the community provides a life enriching environment for our residents. Among the notable design features are the large courtyards and outdoor spaces. These areas, as well as the spectacular dining room and front entry lobby, are key areas used for numerous community events held throughout the year. The community is currently undergoing a two-phase renovation of its Pearl Garden™ memory care unit, scheduled to complete by end of 2015.

In 2014, the community was a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality National Quality Award for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The award, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), highlights facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their intention to pursue a rigorous quality improvement system.

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