Courtney Vreugdenhil, a certified nursing assistant at Royale Meadows Care Center, has been named as an Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation scholarship recipient. IHCA is presenting Vreugdenhil with the Foundation’s $1,000 John R. Grubb Scholarship for her outstanding commitment to long-term care and the residents she serves at Royale Meadows.

Vreugdenhil has worked at Royale Meadows since 2010 and has been in long-term care for almost two years.  Vreugdenhil says working in long term care is “a blessing” and very much enjoys being around the residents.

“My love for each and every one of [the residents] has grown and it really makes me want to make their lives at the Care Center the best it can be,” said Vreugdenhil in her nomination essay.  “Every day they teach me a new lesson, whether they know it or not.”

Julie Klarenbeek, RN at Royale Meadows, sees Vreugdenhil as a leader among her peers. “She is a great team player in working together with her coworkers,” said Klarenbeek.  “She treats our residents and their families with kindness and dignity.”

This scholarship is helping Vreugdenhil further her education at Dordt College, where she is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

The Iowa Health Care Association Foundation is supported by the 729 members of the Iowa Health Care Association and the Iowa Center for Assisted Living, which includes Iowa’s nursing facilities, assisted living communities, residential care facilities and long term care associated businesses.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact Claire Seely, Director of Communications, Iowa Health Care Association, at (515) 978-2204. For information about the recipient or programs and services offered at Royale Meadows Care Center, contact Anita Vanden Brink at (712) 722-8219.

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