Quadco preparing for spring audit

Quadco Rehabilitation Center board members were told at their monthly meeting in Stryker that the organization will undergo its tri-annual accreditation audit next spring.

Executive Director Bruce Abell told board members that reviewers from the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) will visit to conduct a comprehensive audit of the agency’s policies and procedures. The two-day audit will be conducted by surveyors chosen from other CARF accredited organizations around the country.

Abell reminded board members that they may be contacted by surveyors requesting that they participate in interviews as part of the audit.

Abell also discussed a request received from an individual involved in programming that repairs be made to a parking lot where cracks developed due to freezing and thawing. He mentioned that, despite numerous repairs having been made over the years, more were needed, and the necessary work has been completed.

“We’ve been repairing the lots periodically for years and facilitated a considerable repair 12 years ago, but more is needed to be done,” he said.

The repair was completed by Transportation Department Manager Steven Slattman and assistant Andy Bible. When asked by Tootie Bockelman, board member, if the repairs were to the requesting individual’s satisfaction, Abell responded, “Yes, she was pleased, but we’ll need to continue to assess the lots for more repairs. It’s an ongoing project.”

Abell added, “We have a great group of people working here, and I have always enjoyed working with the people served, staff, and board members in solving concerns like this and the variety of issues that have arisen over the years. The credit goes to all the parties involved; the creativity of the individuals involved is endless.”

The agency’s Defiance Center recently received the donation of a couch from St. Mary’s Furniture Bank in Defiance. Abell told members that St. Mary’s is very supportive, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

Shannon Zellers, program manager, shared with board members that Quadco hosted the Four County Network Day monthly meeting at the Stryker Park Pavilion. The group heard from presenter Wayne Dinius on algae blooms. Zellers showed members a dragonfly summer wall hanging created by participants in the Art Club. Members also learned that the community clubs attended the Henry and Defiance County fairs, and the Garden Club is participating in the Bryan Farmers Market on Tuesdays.

In other business, Slattman, presented the board with an injury report for the month of July, which included one minor injury in the Stryker facility and no injuries in the Defiance or Archbold facilities. Slattman also reported that the agency’s vehicles traveled 35,000 miles in 20 days during the month of July.

Quadco’s Northwest Employment Services manager, Rachel Lange, told board members the department continues to serve 44 individuals in job placement and retention services. She said the Summer Youth Work Experience (SYWE) program recently ended, and the participant that worked with the Village of Stryker had a positive experience.

The next regular meeting of the non-profit board will be Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in the Stryker facility conference room.

Staff report