Pioneer Place drives to top rankings in quality care

Lexie Browning, RN supervisor at Pioneer Place, check on information at the Vale compound. (Malheur Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise

The elderly woman was dying. As her last days of life slipped away at a care home in Idaho, she wanted to see her daughter – who wasn’t coming.

A young certified nursing assistant stepped in.

Nilda Kelly, now a registered nurse at Pioneer Place in Vale, visited the woman daily. The delirious woman, racked by Parkinson’s, mistook Kelly for her daughter. Kelly didn’t flinch, acting the part of the daughter, talking to the woman through her final days.

“Just sitting there, just being able to provide her that care at the end of life, it hooked me,” Kelly said . . .