Health care center deserves applause, support

Editor, the Advocate:

Port Lavaca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is audited annually by the Texas Department of Disability and Aging Services, or TDADS. It is required to perform this audit as part of its agreement with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS to renew the facility's license and as part of the contract between the facility and TDADS. The audit is four days of record review, staff demonstrating proficiency in resident care areas, medication administration, wound care, dietary services, employee hiring, housekeeping and Life Safety code. As it is a skilled nursing facility, the audits are mostly concentrated on the Nursing Department. The Nursing Department is not only audited in the resident care area but nursing administration and nursing documentation.

This past September 2013, TDADS came to perform their annual audit at Port Lavaca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and for the nursing portion and other departments aside from Life Safety, they have received no deficiencies. What this means is that according to its contract and the regulations that it is bound to follow, it did not violate any federal or state regulations. This is the first time since the facility started operating that there were no deficiencies cited. The four-day audit is very difficult to perform your job functions as outlined by our policies and be critiqued by a licensing agency that can potentially report negative outcomes to TDADS and CMS. We are very proud that our staff performed their duties with perfection. This is a testament to their nursing department and other departments that their daily efforts were rewarded with this distinctive honor. Although they don't receive any awards or recognition from TDADS, the honor of caring for our residents is the true reward. It's not to say that they are perfect, as there is only one perfect person, but they recognize the need for improvement daily, and they work toward perfection through training, good attitudes and supporting each other.

As a lifelong resident of Port Lavaca, I am a concerned citizen for improved health care. Way to go, Port Lavaca Nursing!

Russell Cain, Port Lavaca