Columbia Basin Care earns Beautification Award
THE DALLES, OR — Columbia Basin Care was recently recognized for "making The Dalles a nicer place to live."
The recognition comes from The City of The Dalles Beautification Committee, a newly formed group of volunteers appointed by Mayor Rich Mays as a way to encourage and elevate the aesthetics and appearance of the city. Columbia Basin Care is one the first recipients of the beautification recognition.
"The grounds and the new park are just beautiful," said Judy Merrill, one of a dozen volunteers on the committee charged with scouting for visually pleasing businesses and residences in The Dalles. "Columbia Basin is a long way from what it looked like years ago."
Founded in 1964, Columbia Basin Care is the region's only not-for-profit, community-owned, facility for short-stay rehabilitation and long-term care. The care center consistently earns top ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and ranks as a "Best Nursing Home" by U.S. News & World Report.
The beautification award follows a major five-year improvement project that added a fresh new exterior with large courtyard, walking paths, garden space, and specially-designed areas for practical applications of physical and occupational therapy. In addition, a one-acre parcel of undeveloped land adjacent to the nursing home was transformed into a park, complete with picnic pavilion, wheelchair accessible paths and picnic tables.
“We’re happy to offer our residents and their families a beautiful setting where they can gather and relax," says Aubree Schreiner, executive director of Columbia Basin Care. "This recognition from the city means a lot to us. We've served the community for over 50 years and we work hard to consistently make improvements.”
Columbia Basin Care is located at 1015 Webber St., The Dalles, Ore. 541-296-2156, www.colbasin.com