Greg Stomp is the new administrator at Eventide Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake.

Greg Stomp is the new administrator at Eventide Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake.

He recently visited with the Devils Lake Kiwanis Club about coming to this position in September of 2017.

Stomp explained that his background is in nursing, he became a registered nurse 40 years ago and has worked in Long Term Care for the past 20 years. He and his wife live in Cooperstown, but he commutes, staying in DL during the week, returning home on the weekends. His wife spends her days caring for the needs of their miniature horses and keeping an eye on the vineyard where they grow grapes for winemaking.

Stomp said this isn’t his first experience with Devils Lake and the Lake Region. In the mid 1970s he did some training here for his work with the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Yes, he took a break from working in nursing and healthcare for a couple of years and became a trooper. From there he returned to nursing, this time in the construction field in the Washburn and Beulah regions.

Then it was back to healthcare as he became CEO of the hospital and nursing home in Cooperstown.

He’s enjoying his position at Eventide Heartland Care, part of the Eventide group of senior living communities.

He explained that the former Lutheran Home provides excellent care for the community’s needs. In senior living communities, there are three levels of care available. Assisted living is available for those who need just a little help, but are pretty independent, still. Basic care is the next step when someone needs a little more help and the state regulations take over the standards of care. The third level is skilled nursing care, where the resident needs a great deal of care. This is also very regulated by the state.

At Eventide Heartland they provide two of the levels and also offer specified memory care, 16 beds, for those who need that specific care. Stomp admitted that workforce issues and training have been a bit of a challenge, as it is throughout the state.

He told Kiwanis about a partnership they had developed with Lake Region State College and its nursing department to help train qualified nurses. “There is a remarkable lab at the college and we are benefitting from their course offerings in training nurses and CNAs, too, there,” he stated. Eventide Heartland helps students pay for their training in exchange for agreeing to work a given number of years at the nursing home. Since they have been doing this, Stomp explained, they haven’t had to use traveling nurses or CNAs anymore. It’s been a great partnership with LRSC he said.

At the end of his presentation he opened it up for questions and a number of questions came forward about the cost of nursing home care. He explained that it is the state that sets the fees and rates charged for the various levels of care; nursing and supplies for patient care; food and social services, activities; and administration, maintenance and office costs etc. All are taken into consideration when determining the base rate. At the present moment he said he believes the base rate at Eventide Heartland is $205 a day.