A virtual service on healing, reflection and remembrance. The service was intended to bring us together in prayer to honor our family, our friends, and our frontline and essential workers and help us move forward together. This service was led by Fr. Tom Knoblach, the Consultant for Healthcare Ethics from the Diocese of St. Cloud and pastor of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids.
Dani Sagissor, CDM
Hello. My name is Danielle “Dani” Sagissor, the new Dietary Director for BVHC. I am beyond excited to be a part of this amazing facility and being given the opportunity to be part of the care team of a special group of residents. Just a little about me….
I grew up and graduated in Melrose, MN. I attended college at St. Cloud Technical and Community College and MN West Community College obtaining my degree in Medical Coding, Transcribing, Medical Administration and Phlebotomy. My plan was to finish my RN, however after some soul searching, I decided that food is my niche. I am a proud mother of three children (adults), Traeton 21, Preston 20, and Maiya 19. They are all working/in college. I have been in the hospitality business for 37 years; managing for others and owning my own businesses, however, I have always had the compassion, caring and heart for the elderly. I worked as an NAR at BVHC and grew to love the facility and those in it…here I am!!!! My goal here at BVHC, is to bring Kind Dining to the forefront, do more home-cooking, get residents involved in menu planning/selection and be known as the nursing home with the BEST FOOD & SERVICE!!!! I am a manager who is very involved in the production and presentation of the food, as well as working side by side with those on my team. I believe we all learn from each other.
My mentality as a Dietary Director is that this is the residents’ home and meals are something that they really look forward to…good, hot meals. I believe in making the rest of their life the best of their life, one meal at a time.
Dani started her role as BVHC’s Dietary Director on 4/1/2021.
Dear Family and Friends,
As of today, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our care center. Our care center continues to test staff twice weekly. We have not had a positive COVID case in our care center since 2/2/21. We are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Currently, vaccines are being distributed to adults 65 and older, educators, school staff, child care workers, health care workers, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. We have received many calls requesting information about vaccinations. If you qualify in one of the above categories, please check the state’s online vaccine locations map (https://mn.gov/…/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/index.jsp) or contact your health care provider about appointment availability. Our staff and residents continue to have opportunities for on-site vaccinations through our pharmacy partnership. Our next clinic is on 03/09/2021.
Minnesota continues to see new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as MN lessons the restrictions in public areas. The numbers of cases and attributable deaths are declining as vaccinations roll out. State and local health officials continue to stress social distancing, mask use, and frequent hand washing or sanitizing.
With vaccinations becoming more prevalent, and knowledge that vaccinations are providing a positive impact in reduction of active outbreaks; it is frustrating that use of PPE and visitation constraints must continue within our care centers. Until the CDC and MDH have supporting science to assure the spread of COVID-19 is reduced with vaccinations, we are required to maintain the same infection control protocol.
Looking for ways to help? We have a variety of positions available with flexible scheduling and on the job training. For more information or to apply, visit www.jobswithus.org.
Please follow our Facebook page (@Browns Valley Health Center) or our website (www.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Autumn Herzog, Administrator, at 320-695-2165 or by email at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Browns Valley Care Center, an affiliate of St. Francis Health Services of Morris (SFHS), is pleased to announce we were recently awarded a Minnesota Nursing Facility Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) focused on preventing falls. The initiative for fall prevention and fall reduction began January 1, 2021 and will continue through December 31, 2022 within our care center and related SFHS’ skilled nursing care centers.
The Falls Prevention Project will provide our care center with additional resources to make positive system improvements to prevent falls for individuals receiving services that is focused on each individual’s preferences and needs. This program will have three components; expanding falls prevention and person centered education, implementing Safe Being technology, and increasing exercise program opportunities.
The education component of the Falls Prevention Project comes to us with a new partnership with Pioneer Network to expand our work force knowledge of Person Centered/Directed care. Pioneer Network is the national leader for culture change that advocates and builds a culture of aging where individual choices are respected and fosters care that is directed by the person receiving it. Staff will learn how to better address needs and lifestyle choices to reduce an individual receiving services’ risk for falls.
In the second part of our Falls Prevention Project, we will be installing Safe Being technology in our care centers. The Safe Being system provides the capability for real time remote monitoring while respecting the person’s privacy. Safe Being uses a watch-like device that provides data on lifestyles and daily activities and interprets gestures identifying how/when a resident is moving, eating, drinking and sleeping. Each person wearing the device will send an alert when there is a change in status or has been identified as being at risk for a potential fall or has fallen.
The third component of the Falls Prevention Project will be increasing exercise program opportunities such as Bingocize and Otago to improve strength, flexibility, and balance to help reduce falls.
The Falls Prevention Project is intended to build sustainable practices throughout our care center beyond the original two year grant period. SFHS is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization. In addition to their skilled nursing care centers, they offer a variety of services that include customized/assisted living, a full range of therapies, senior housing, transitional and skilled nursing care, and behavioral and residential programs throughout the State of Minnesota.
We are excited to announce that our Resident’s and Staff have received the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine today. The second dose of the vaccine will be administered on 02/09/2021.
Residents and staff celebrated the “BEGINNING TO AN END” The news of a vaccine gives EACH one of us HOPE!
BVHC is very appreciative for the support and cooperation we have received in the past ten months. Thank you for all the support we have been shown from our Families and Community. We are moving forward toward a COVID-free future.
We are in this together.