As one of the largest employers in town, Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center is a pillar of the community. People depend on the family-run skilled nursing care center for jobs and, most importantly, rehabilitation and long-term care services.
The nursing home is a source of local pride for the 3,000 citizens in this north Alabama town. News that Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center recently earned a “deficiency free” survey from the Alabama Department of Public Health gave folks something to cheer for like a touchdown on a Friday night. That kind of response matters to the team of 280 employees.
“Our staff is always looking ahead and trying to do things right,” Administrator Donna Guthrie said. “They take responsibility for themselves and don’t need me constantly pushing them. They are dedicated, and it matters to them that our nursing home shines. They put forth their best effort and I’m glad it was recognized.”
Every Alabama nursing home is inspected annually by a team of employees from the Alabama Department of Public Health. Their play book is a massive list of federal regulations. At Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, a team of six inspectors spent four days combing through medical charts, interviewing residents and patients, observing staff members and reviewing every aspect of care. A nursing home must meet all the regulations to be declared “deficiency free.” Being “deficiency free” is the nursing home equivalent of your favorite team winning the state championship.
“I hope the family members of our residents and patients are proud. We let the families know that we care, and we want to always do our best and I hope our families see that,” Guthrie said. “I hope this is validation for them that they made a good decision when trusting their loved one to us. After they get to know us, we want the families to think highly of us and feel comfortable with us.”
This deficiency free inspection is especially gratifying for Guthrie. Her father, the late Jim D. Moody, founded the nursing home in 1965. Her first job was mowing the nursing home’s lawn when she was a fourth grader. She worked in many other areas before joining the staff full-time in 1978 after college graduation.
“I know that this is my daddy’s life, and if this is not a good nursing home then in some way I’m letting him down and I can’t do that,” she said. “This is a family business and I want to continue our legacy.”