Staff with Adventist Health Sonora’s Sierra Care Center, described by health care professionals as a skilled nursing long-term care facility, are touting a recent state Department of Public Health survey in late March.

Adventist Health Sonora communications marketers say the result of the survey is an “exemplary” achievement because five state health surveyors spent four days touring long-term care facilities, reviewing charts and interviewing residents about their care, and completed a “no finding survey” at the Sierra Care Center.

The purpose of the survey is to make sure Adventist Health Sonora is taking proper care of long-term facility residents, Rusty Ingraham, a registered nurse and director of skilled nursing at Adventist Health Sonora, said in prepared remarks distributed last week.

“The fact that we had no negative findings in patient care means that we are giving good care, following rules and doing things the right way,” Ingraham said.

Workers at Sierra Care Center include paid professionals in nursing, social services, activities, nutritional services, rehabilitation, medical records, housekeeping and plant services.

In a separate announcement last week, Adventist Health Sonora communications marketers touted recognition by a national credentialing organization for the medical center’s surgical nursing.

The designation “CNOR Strong” means the Sonora-based medical center has earned a positive rating in the Certified Nurse Operating Room category from the Competency & Credentialing Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Medical centers with at least 50 percent of operating room nurses CNOR certified can earn the designation CNOR Strong. Adventist Health Sonora meets and exceeds that parameter with 73 percent certified operating room nurses, according to Adventist Health Sonora communications marketers.

Adventist Health Sonora is billed as a not-for-profit ,152-bed health care facility with 72 acute beds, 12 swing beds, 68 skilled nursing beds and a network of clinics, owned and operated by Adventist Health in Roseville, California. Other Adventist Health Sonora services include advanced cardiac care, cancer center, diagnostic imaging, home health, hospice, intensive care, obstetrics, rural health, surgical services, wellness center, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen, and over 20 primary care, urgent care and specialty clinics.

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system with facilities serving more than 75 communities in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

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