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Blue flamingos launch campaign for Community Nursing

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Blue flamingos seen in the Peace Gardens in Price earlier this week.

Community Nursing Services' (CNS) is launching a capital campaign to assure the long-term viability of their home health care services. CNS plans to purchase a building in Price by the end of the summer. This will help support the home and hospice care given to the community residents and help CNS establish a permanent home in our community. The campaign will focus on the blue flamingo migration. When the wild bunch roosts in yards of local businesses or homes, a donation to the campaign will facilitate the removal of the rowdy bunch by flamingo deputies to roost in a new yard or business of the donors request.

When people woke up this morning, some people saw blue flamingos in their yard They have been flamingoed.

Where did this wild bunch come from? Linda Beal, branch manager explains, "Rumor tells us they have migrated into our area from further north in Utah. They were last seen in the Logan area, roosting in yards, businesses, and even at the University. The only answer to prevent them roosting in your yard or business is to buy flamingo insurance. They have been seen up Nine Mile Canyon and in the Peace Gardens."

The flamingos represent a unique way for our community to have fun, and support the home care given to our community residents and help Community Nursing Services (CNS) establish a permanent home in our community.

CNS is also selling Heritage Cookbooks for a capital fund-raising activity. These books have over 500 recipes from people across Carbon and Emery Counties, and area historical tidbits throughout.

Community Nursing Services is a not-for-profit home care and hospice agency providing care in the Carbon-Emery area. CNS has eight offices throughout the state.

CNS staff poses with the wild bunch of blue flamingos in the Peace Gardens.

Community Nursing Services and Hospice started in 1928, with a few nurses and the idea that people could be treated in their own homes as an alternative to hospitalization. Although there was no charge for care then, people often paid with a jar of jam, bottled fruit, home sewn or home-baked items, eggs, or fresh meat. These items were passed on to those that needed them. These care givers were community people serving their communities. Seventy-five years later, CNS is still making house calls.

CNS opened a branch office to serve Carbon and Emery Counties in June of 2000, with home health and hospice care. June 2004 marks their fourth year serving Carbon and Emery Counties. CNS has been a member of the local Chamber of Commerce since 2000. The first office in town was located in the Jensen Law Office Complex. After outgrowing the original space, they moved to 59 South 700 East in early July 2001. Since this relocation, they have had to expand, knock out walls and add more office spaces. Since CNS started in Price it has grown from their original four employees to an organization with over 40 employees and volunteers, all dedicated to providing compassionate, high quality home health and hospice care to people in our communities.

CNS has worked to promote home health care in Carbon and Emery Counties since 1994. From 1994 to 1999, CNS cooperated with Southeastern Utah Home Health Agency in the Utah Home Health Coalition, to enhance the availability of care to individuals with private insurances throughout the state. CNS has been accredited by Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) since 1996. CNS is the only CHAP accredited home health agency in a six-state regional area. In a study conducted by the National Association for Home Care, CHAP has been rated the finest accrediting body in home health.

CHAP's standards of excellence meet or exceed the government's own standards for Medicare certification.

Since CNS is not-for-profit, charitable donations are accepted from major corporations, individuals, and other community resources to help pay for the care given to uninsured or undersinsured patients. Community Nursing Services has been involved with United Way since its inception as Community Chest in 1928. They still utilize United Way funding as well as other donations to help us provide care to people of all ages in need of the assistance for their care. United Way funding and charitable donations have been used to support physical and occupational therapy, nursing care, and aide care as well as medical supplies needed in our area since CNS was established in Price in 2000.

Linda Beal, RN, MSN, is the Branch Manager, Tami Mogensen, RN, the Assistant Director, and Pennie Olsen, the Office Manager. Beal is listed in the 2004 National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. CNS staff have over 300 combined years of health care experience.

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