Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) announced the naming of the four resident cottages in the Prairie Ridge Care Center.  According to Dan McCarty, Orange City Area Health System COO and project director, naming ideas were solicited from current residents of the health system’s two existing nursing homes, their family members, and OCAHS senior care staff. “It was very important to us that residents be involved in the naming process — as well as families and our senior care employees,” said McCarty. “We also took some of the names that were originally suggested for the Prairie Ridge Care Center name. We then pulled together members of the Design Team (McCarty, Director of Plant Operations Mark Pottebaum, Director of Senior Care Char Ten Clay, and Director of Nursing Laura Woelber) and voted on the top 15 suggestions.”

The four suggestions were reviewed by health system CEO Marty Guthmiller and McCarty, and approved. They are: Grandview Cottage, Pheasant Run Cottage, Countryside Cottage, and Sunrise Cottage.  

“The names relate directly to the location,” explains McCarty, “as you will be able to see pheasants running from the windows of Pheasant Run, be able to watch the sun rise from Sunrise Cottage, etc.” 

“Our efforts on the Prairie Ridge Care Center project continue to be focused on resident-centered care,” continued McCarty. “With this facility we hope to create a culture that focuses on our residents and their needs.” 

McCarty added that their team continues to be overwhelmed by community support and interest in the Prairie Ridge Care Center project. Plans are to move residents from the two health system nursing homes (Long Term Care and Heritage House) into the new facility in mid-October 2013, which will include a grand opening ceremony and community tours.

More information about Orange City Area Health System and its senior care services can be found at ocHealthSystem.org.