Trinity Mission of Italy Health and Rehab center was recently selected as the No. 1 health and rehabilitation center of 36 participating facilities from across the nation.

At this year’s annual conference in Indianapolis, Ind., Covenant Dove Inc. management team selected Trinity Mission for several awards, including the Dove Award for Facility of the Year for 2007.

The award is for the facility that posts a perfect score in all areas of operation and excels in quality of life programs.

The certificate of accomplishment and large dove trophy were given to Trinity Mission, which qualified with zero deficiencies.

Trinity Mission also won the Master’s Excellence Group, Award for Dining Elegance, Safety Seekers Award and the Life Enrichment Award.

The staff therapy team was awarded the Well Spring Excellence Award for the best therapy and wellness program.

Staff members won the Survey Excellence and Helping Hands Awards.

Winning is not new for Trinity Mission, as the facility was awarded the President’s Award and the Destiny Award last year.

Marie Wood, Trinity Mission administrator and winner for administrator of the year, said the awards were quite an accomplishment for the staff and facility.

“I could not do any of this without them, it’s about the total staff,” Wood said.

Wood listed the housekeeping staff, dietary staff, aides, licensed nurses, department managers, therapy team, medical record staff, administration and Dr. John Arkusinski and Dr. Jason Bauerschlag of the professional medical team as vital people for Trinity Mission’s operation.

“It’s a combination of everyone that makes us successful and, of course, the residents,” Wood said. “We are happy. We show we care about each other and let one another know we care …and how very important” everyone is.”

Wood said the staff works well together and it is easy to enjoy operations when they are a team.

“This last year has the consistency of staff,” Wood said. “It really has been great.”

The longest working employee is Alithea Brown, assistant director of nursing, who has been with Trinity Mission for 35 years. Brown said she started with the company as a part-time-as-needed employee when it was located in a previous building on U.S. Highway 77.  

Kim Walker, director of nursing, joined the 76-member staff two months ago.

The main 74-bed resident building includes a fitness center for physical, occupational and speech therapy, semi-private rooms and two private rooms, a chapel, many dining areas, a theater room, an aviary and a salon for the residents. Outside, staff and residents can enjoy the enclosed yard with a gazebo and strolling trail with the company of white doves and a few resident pet cats.  

Trinity Mission is located at 220 Davenport St., Italy.