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Mountain Vista From Vision to Reality...and still growing!

By Kelly Bledsoe
kellybledsoe@triad.rr.com
Recently the staff of Mountain Vista Health Park welcomed the community to celebrate it’s current five star status, recognize the vision of the folks responsible for it’s existence and reveal the current expansion of the rehab unit. Visitors were treated to a guided tour while learning about the facilities rich history.


Mountain Vista was a vision of Rev. Herbert Baker of the 1st Baptist Church in Denton who wanted to establish a place where members of the community would have access to affordable healthcare. He and several members of the community were appointed to serve as the executive committee of the new corporation. It was the vision that Mountain Vista Health Park would be a non-profit corporation to operate certain health facilities, which would serve the same area served by the Griffis Clinic before it ceased to operate as a hospital. The corporation could include a rest home, nursing home, office facilities for doctors and dentists, convalescent facilities (otherwise known as short stay/rehab centers). The corporation was registered with the state of North Carolina and Davidson County by June 1971, thus beginning a nine-year combined effort of the community to build Mountain Vista Health Park. Construction was completed after much effort and fund raising by the Denton community in 1980 with the first day of operation in March. Mr. Walter Johnson who had donated the land for the facility, was the first patient admitted. He had been in a nursing home in Asheboro for some time as there wasn’t another facility close to his home. So, it was very fitting that he was welcomed as the first!


Mountain Vista has remained a Five Star rated facility for the past two years. In order to be classified as Five Star rated facility certain criteria must be met. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which questions should be asked.  The Nursing Home Compare website- www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/results.html- lists a ranking from the one star to five-star rating of the nursing homes across the state of North Carolina. The star rating is based on the facility’s score in three categories- health inspections, staffing and quality measures. 


Medicare has said that it believes the website allows consumers and families to identify questions to ask when “shopping” for a provider and a measure to compare those providers with. Medicare has also said, “The information posted on the website isn’t an endorsement for any one nursing home and should be considered carefully.” Visiting a nursing home and talking to healthcare professionals can often give the consumer more valuable answers.  Mountain Vista Health Park was listed among the Five Star Facilities in the state of North Carolina. 


Mountain Vista remains one of the few facilities in the state that is owned and operated by the community.  The facility also falls into the non-profit category which means in economic terms, “A nonprofit organization uses its surplus revenues to further achieve its purpose or mission, rather than distributing its surplus income to the organization’s shareholders as profit or dividends.”  


Mountain Vista’s purpose has always been to offer affordable quality health care to the residents of this community. In keeping with this mission expansion to the rehab facility is currently underway. Presently the facility has included in the 60 bed skilled unit, a short term rehab unit- expanding to 12 private rooms within the year with private baths attached- to provide a short term stay for folks following surgery, joint replacement and stroke recovery. Reservations can be made prior to surgery date, to eliminate any concerns, pressure so individuals can focus on recovery. Transportation is available for follow-up appointments as well as a staff member who can supply that provider-to-provider information on progress, recovery. Staff assists patients in transition from acute setting to the short-term unit and then back to the community, setting up services in the home, ordering equipment, etc. The extensive rehab staff is available 7 days a week to provide an individualized therapy program that meets the patient’s needs effectively and efficiently. 


Local resident Jonah Hartsoe praises the unit and its caregivers, “We are very fortunate to have such a quality health care and rehab facility in our town. All the employees are concerned about their patients and work hard to keep them comfortable. The four rehab nurses, Kim, Erin, Corrine, and Rebecca said if I would work with them they would have me back to walking…and they did! I will never forget them. I would not be here today if it were not for their care.”


In addition to the rehab unit Mountain Vista maintains:
Skilled Nursing Unit: The facility has a 60 bed Skilled Nursing Unit that’s staffed daily by Registered, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. Services available also include on-site Podiatry, Dental, Vision and Behavioral Health. Most insurance are accepted and a special Nursing Home plan of United Healthcare- Optum is also available with Nurse Practitioner support. Dr. Clifton Baker, son of the late Hubert M. Baker is the facility Medical Director and his office is located in the Denton community. Dr. Baker is available and invested in the facility and the community just as his father was. 


Skilled Nursing Unit: The facility has a 60 bed Skilled Nursing Unit that’s staffed daily by Registered, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. Services available also include on-site Podiatry, Dental, Vision and Behavioral Health. Most insurance are accepted and a special Nursing Home plan of United Healthcare- Optum is also available with Nurse Practitioner support. Dr. Clifton Baker, son of the late Hubert M. Baker is the facility Medical Director and his office is located in the Denton community. Dr. Baker is available and invested in the facility and the community just as his father was. 


Assisted Living Unit: The facility has a 60 bed Assisted Living Unit that’s staffed daily by Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. The facility physician makes visits to these residents regularly. The folks living in this unit also have access to the facility’s contracted rehabilitation program- Access to Speech, Occupational and Physical therapy. Monthly outings are planned through the Activity Department and a variety of volunteers and community organizations; churches also provide activities on site.  Arrangements can be made for transportation to appointments via facility van.


The Chapel:  In this area hang the photos of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson who were both very instrumental in the establishment of Mountain Vista as they donated the land and Mrs. Johnson continued on her husband’s behalf, when he became too ill to serve, as part of the planning committee.  Rev. H. M. Baker’s photo also hangs in the room.  It was a donation of the Bobby Garner family to the Health Park as without Rev. Baker’s vision; the facility would not have been established. 


The Dining Room:  The Dining Room is centrally located between the skilled and assisted living units of the facility. It is open for meals daily with alternates offered. Families and visitors are welcome to join their loved ones for meals or private dining options are also available in the sunroom and lounge areas.


The Lounge: The Lounge is centrally located between the skilled and assisted living units of the facility. This area is primarily used for large group activities such as preaching, bible study, rhythm band, exercise class and others. Residents are often found socializing with friends, reading books from the library area and enjoying games and puzzles. The lounge opens into the enclosed courtyard area. The courtyard is utilized by all for picnics, cookouts, and water games. One resident and her family donated the rose garden. When she decided to live at Mountain Vista, she wanted to share her large collection of roses from her own garden. She still tends those roses now. Residents and the local home school group work the garden each year. The vegetables grown are enjoyed at mealtime!


Assisted Living Unit: The facility has a 60 bed Assisted Living Unit that’s staffed daily by Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. The facility physician makes visits to these residents regularly. The folks living in this unit also have access to the facility’s contracted rehabilitation program- Access to Speech, Occupational and Physical therapy. Monthly outings are planned through the Activity Department and a variety of volunteers and community organizations; churches also provide activities on site.  Arrangements can be made for transportation to appointments via facility van.


The Denton community is truly blessed to have such a top notch facility conveniently located right here in our own small town, and doubly blessed to have such a compassionate and caring community who’s citizens had the vision and determination to establish the facility so many years ago and continue to expand that vision today.

Pictured above this aerial photo taken by Jerry Eidens shows the current expansion of the new rehab unit at Mountain Vista Health Park.
 

Entries sought for Denton Christmas Parade
The annual Denton Christmas Parade, sponsored by Denton Ladies Civitan, will be held Saturday, December 2 at 12 noon in downtown Denton. Entries are currently being accepted.
Floats, antique cars, beauty queens, bands and/or musical groups, clowns, cloggers, ball teams, church groups and so forth are welcomed to participate in the parade. Horses are also allowed and will be placed at the end of the parade. Participants are asked NOT to have a Santa Claus on any floats, etc., as the big guy himself has already agreed to take time out of his busy schedule this year in order to serve as the finale of the parade.

Four-wheelers will not be permitted in the parade, except for those pulling floats or used by Parade officials. The Civitan Club reserves the right to decline any entry that does not meet its criteria. Also, Denton Ladies Civitan Club will not be responsible for accidents.

If you would like to participate in this year’s parade or have questions about the event, please call Carole Snider at 336-859-2344.