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Grand Forks nursing homes among U.S. News and World Report's best

Valley Senior Living on Columbia and Woodside Village were recognized by U.S. News and World Report and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the quality of their care and COVID-19 prevention training.

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Garth Rydland, president and CEO of Valley Senior Living, stands next to the organization's new logo. (Adam Kurtz/Grand Forks Herald)
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Valley Senior Living on Columbia and Woodside Village have been named 2020-2021 best nursing homes by U.S. News and World Report and are two of 11 homes in North Dakota to receive a five star distinction in the ratings.

Valley Senior Living on Columbia is also one of four nursing homes in the state to receive the highest ranking possible for short-term rehabilitation, according to a release from Valley Senior Living.

Both nursing homes were recently recognized by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for having 50% or more of their staff complete CMS COVID-19 training to slow the spread of the disease in nursing homes. CMS recognized 1,092 facilities nationwide for having over half their staff complete the training, and Valley Senior Living on Columbia and Woodside Village were among four facilities in North Dakota to be recognized.

As of Nov. 3, more than 120,500 staff members in 7,313 U.S. nursing homes, or about 12.5% of nursing home staff members nationwide, have completed the training, according to the release.

“Providing this additional training for our staff in infection prevention has created a better understanding of what is continually needed to prevent and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our care communities,” Valley Senior Living CEO Garth Rydland said in a statement.

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Hannah Shirley covers crime, courts and criminal justice for the Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Idaho and has lived and worked in Grand Forks since 2019. Prior to moving to North Dakota, she worked as a reporter for the Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass., a receptionist for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, and a barista in a New York City coffee shop. She can be reached by phone at (701) 780-1267 or by email at
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