Church representatives, board members and staff who attended the annual Iowa Mennonite Benevolent Association (IMBA) meeting at the Kalonial Townhouse February 23 found one word jumping out at them …
Church representatives, board members and staff who attended the annual Iowa Mennonite Benevolent Association (IMBA) meeting at the Kalonial Townhouse February 23 found one word jumping out at them in the devotional as well as the annual reports given by Pleasantview personnel - that word was “vision”.
In his devotional, Pleasantview chaplain, David Yoder, reminded those present that, “We are laborers together with God.” He then said that means, “we are accountable to God and we need vision, insights and gifts to successfully labor.”
Sandy Gingerich, in her new role as administrator, shared that her vision for Pleasantview in 1999 is to expand the community’s awareness of Pleasantview. She will be taking steps to “get the word out” and let the community know what Pleasantview is, what it has to offer and work at forging a stronger community involvement in Pleasantview.
After reviewing progress made at Pleasantview in 1998 - construction of three duplex units, replacement of two underground fuel tanks, implementation of a 401k plan for staff and administrative changes - board president Phil Marner unveiled preliminary plans for expansion at Pleasantview. He informed the church representatives that Pleasantview personnel have been actively working with Mennonite Health Services to determine needs and ways to meet those needs.
The result of several studies, interviews and visits at Pleasantview is a three-phase construction plan which includes:
• reconstruction of existing facilities to provide a chapel with activity area, wellness center/community room and expanded dining room;
• relocation of the Low Stimulus Unit and East Nursing Unit to the ground floor with a secure outdoor courtyard area added;
• conversion of the vacated third floor into an assisted living center.
Though the plans are very preliminary at this point, Marner encouraged dialogue with the supporting congregations as to whether the board is moving in the right direction.
Bruce Harvey reported that 1998 was nearly a break-even year financially for Pleasantview. He said there is still a critical need for nursing assistants who will “participate in the care giving” of Pleasantview residents. He also explained the Title 19 program and reviewed financial records related to that.
Summarizing well why Pleasantview exists, David Yoder said, “Pleasantview provides a place for people who need help (and the definition of ‘help’ varies), Pleasantview is a place to serve and Pleasantview is a mission in our community.”
It is with that mission focus in mind that Pleasantview board and administrators envision progress that will move Pleasantview into the next century.
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