Pinecrest Manor Achieves Five-Star Rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Pinecrest Community, Mt. Morris, is proud to announce the achievement of a “Five-Star” rating by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid  Services (CMS).

When looking at the five-star ratings, more stars are better.  Five stars are the most a nursing home can get. One star is the fewest. There are five categories in which CMS rates which include: Overall Quality, Health Inspection, Quality Measures, Staffing, and RN Staffing. Pinecrest has achieved a five-star rating in EVERY category.

Only the best 10 percent of nursing homes in each state can attain the five-star rating at any one point in time.

To view ratings of Pinecrest and other nursing homes, go to http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare and select “compare nursing homes.”

Pinecrest Community is proud to have a qualified, caring staff who maintains the excellent level of care our residents deserve.

For more information about Pinecrest and the levels of care offered, contact us at 815-734-4103.


Lorado Taft Campus’ Connections with Oregon

A huge thanks to the Outreach Staff from NIU (Mel Henriksen, John Cowan, Melanie Costello, Donna Mann, and Luanned Mayorga)  They gave a superb presentation at our April Lunch 'n Learn!  There are so many ways that local business, residents, and organizations can connect with the resources abailable throught heir programming.  Most of us know that Taft Campus, located in Lowden Park, serves thousands of people far and wide in outdoor education.  Click here to read more about the many ways Taft and NIU have partnered with and served our community.


Highland ranks number three in 10 best community colleges in Illinois!

 

Highland Community College has been ranked number three in “The 10 best community colleges in Illinois,” which was recently published by USA Today College. The ranking was conducted by schools.com and was based on “total attendance cost, student-faculty ratio, distance education focus and transfer rate to four-year institutions, among other factors.”

 

According the study, Highland was considered among the 48 schools within the Illinois Community College System and each institution was scored on a scale using a seven data point system that looked at the following:

  • Percentage of students enrolled in distance education
  • Cost of attendance
  • Student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average retention rate for full-and-part-time students
  • Graduation rate
  • Transfer rate to a senior institutions
  • Flexibility score (based on three data points from the National Center for Education Statistics)

 

Data points were taken from reports published by the National Center for Education Statistics, The Department of Education’s College Scorecard, and Illinois Community College Board.

 

Placing third behind Olney Central College and Lincoln Trail College, Highland is considered a standout academic institution for being one of the top schools to take online courses. Highland prides itself on keeping the costs of books and supplies low, which attributes to students averaging an expense of less than $1,000 in this category. Based on total cost of attendance, Highland was ranked among the 10 most affordable community colleges in the state.

 

It was also pointed out that Highland provides students with a wealth of support services that assist students in transitioning to the college experience through the Success Center, “where faculty and staff provide peer-tutoring services, study groups, review sessions, communications skills courses, a first-year experience seminar and other resources for guidance and support that can help contend with academics and social challenges that most students face.”


Stronghold Grill Out & Clean Up Day

Join us for a campus-wide event! Stronghold Staff and dedicated volunteers would like to invite the local area to a day of volunteering and a hot dog and hamburger grill out on May 21st, 2016 from 9am to 4pm.  Stronghold has volunteering options for all skill levels, physical abilities and interests.

Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center includes 360 acres of primarily undeveloped woodland, which represents a significant regional environmental and ecological laboratory for the Northern Illinois area.  Founded in 1963, Stronghold is owned by the Blackhawk Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  The camp receives no governmental funding and is supported solely by user fees and the gifts of friends and visitors.

Stronghold Castle, a 25-room Tudor-style manor house with 10 bedrooms and seven bathrooms, was built as a family "get-a-way" by Walter Strong in the late 1920's, and is the centerpiece of Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center.

Located at the confluence of Mud Creek and the Rock River, Stronghold Castle stands proud watch over the camp's 360 acres, which also includes rustic cabins, dining and meeting rooms, a pavilion and picnic area, and seven retreat houses. Stronghold can accommodate 186 retreat guests and 96 rustic cabin campers.


National Civilian Community Corps Helps Stronghold


A team of ten AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members has completed one week of significant ecological and ecosystem work at Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center and is preparing for four more weeks of effort to remove invasive vegetation species and to create ecosystem monitoring sites. This substantial help allows indigenous plants to flourish.  As a result, Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center and the Oregon Area may see more local wildlife including many species of birds.

When their service is completed, six designated monitoring sites on the Stronghold property will provide a baseline for vegetation inventory and areas for local vegetation research.  The NCCC team's service, which began on March 11th, will conclude on April 22nd.

Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center includes 360 acres of primarily undeveloped forest, which represents a significant regional environment and ecological laboratory for the Oregon area.  Founded in 1963, Stronghold is owned by the Blackhawk Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  The camp receives no governmental funding and is supported solely by user fees and the gifts of friends and visitors.

Stronghold Castle, a 25-room Tudor-style manor house with 10 bedrooms and seven bathrooms, was built as a family "get a way" by Walter Strong in the late 1920's, and is the centerpiece of Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center.

Located at the confluence of Mud Creek and the Rock River, Stronghold Castle stands proud watch over the camp's 360 acres, which also includes rustic cabins, dining and meeting rooms, a pavilion and picnic area, and seven retreat houses.  Stronghold can accommodate 186 retreat guests and 96 rustic cabin campers.

AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov


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