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Steamboat briefs: Doak Walker Care Center receives a perfect score

The Doak Walker Care Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center received a perfect score of zero deficiencies in an unannounced inspection by the Colorado Department of Health from July 9 to 11, according to a news release.

Doak Administrator Lee Dickey said that the state has 1,112 pages of regulations and that 12.4 is the average number of deficiencies cited among Colorado nursing homes in 2012.

She attributed the Doak's perfect score to teamwork at the long-term care center, support from YVMC and an ongoing emphasis on building a community for the residents and staff.

"Our focus is on making life worth living by working toward eliminating loneliness, helplessness and boredom," she said. "Our residents are highly respected by staff, and most of them consider the Doak their home."

Earlier this year, the Doak was listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Nursing Homes in Colorado for the second straight year. The center also received five stars, the highest overall rating, from the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A nursing home's overall rating is geared to its performance in health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.

"We are very proud of our team and the compassionate care they provide every day to our residents," Dickey said.

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