Weekly Happenings at Shady Oaks Healthcare
I have so much to say this week! Peggy Flood is the “Queen of the Capital.” It was a great honor for our Ms. Missouri Nursing Home Queen to be invited to the Capital. We were Missouri Healthcare Association’s guest at the Capital Plaza Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning, we arrived at the Capital and were greeted by Senator Mike Cunningham. He is my favorite Senator, who spent the next three hours beside Peggy. He took us onto the Senate Floor as his guest before their session began. Every Senator there greeted her and took time to chat with her over the next hour. Each person pulled out their cell phones and wanted a picture with her. Senator Cunningham then gave us a tour of the Capital for the next two hours. I believe Senator Dave Schatz was Peggy’s favorite Senator. She spent awhile with him swapping deer and turkey hunting stories. She was also invited into the Governor’s office, which is rarely allowed. Governor Parson had his picture taken with her and we were allowed to see all the spectacular paintings in his office.
Next, we were invited on the House Floor while they were in session. She was asked to have her picture taken with dozens of Representatives there also.
It was National Fireman’s Day and we had the perfect top view of their ceremony, which included listening to a performance of Bagpipes. She was invited into John Ashcroft’s office to make “The Great Seal.”
It was very exciting to be allowed into the “House Lounge” where Senator Cunningham gave us the history of the incredible paintings surrounding the room. Peggy was thrilled to meet everyone and honored to be their guest. Our MHCA District 4 President, Roy Pace greeted us at the end of our tour and Senator Cunningham walked us out of the building to say good bye to Peggy.
Another exciting day was on Friday. We loaded up in the van and went to watch the police escort for the Thayer Lady Bobcat basketball team as they left for the Final Four in Springfield. Our Shady Oaks cheerleaders were so excited to wave them on to state! Our Shady Oaks Outpatient Clinic made all the girls treat bags to take with them on their trip. When I was at the dentist office, Dr. Patel also sent them all new toothbrushes and toothpaste to take on their trip. This entire town was cheering on the girls.
Mark Martin is our newest volunteer who led an “Old West Story Circle” this week. They love Mark, especially John Clausing who was a famous rodeo cowboy in his time.
Howell Oregon Electric Co-operative came back to our facility once again to honor one of our 100-year-old residents. Lena Daily was thrilled with the beautiful peach roses she received.
Finally, I can’t forget to mention our Mardi Gras celebration. Vena Meyers from Oxford Healthcare sponsored our Mardi Gras bingo on Fat Tuesday. We also had a big party and Lola Neal was crowned “Mardi Gras Queen.” She found the baby in the King’s Cake. Everyone had plenty of beads and treat thanks to Jody Young. He brought back bags and bags of prizes that he caught at the Mardi Gras Parade. Our residents loved the entire event and the fun music and food. Our Dietary Manager, Mandy, also made delicious beignets for the party. Mandy is from New Orleans and she made the party very special with all her treats. It has been such a great week at Shady Oaks Healthcare.