Wheatcrest Director Earns State Recognition
She decided she liked to help people more than animals, and residents of Wheatcrest Hills in Britton have been the beneficiaries of that decision for 22 years.
Ada Mundt, a 1993 graduate of Bowman, ND, High School, went to college to become a veterinary technician. But when she but found she didn’t really care for that profession she instead decided to go into nursing and care for people.
That decision has proved to be a good one, and she recently was among award winners recognized by the South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA), which represents long term care centers across the state, as its state winner of the Service Award in Nursing.
The award is given to an individual that has provided exceptional service and has demonstrated dedicated commitment to the long term care profession.
“Our award recipients continue to strive every day to provide the quality of care that our elderly and disabled South Dakotans expect and deserve,” said Mark Deak, SDHCA Executive Director.
“Ada is very caring and a resident advocate who strives for high quality care,” said Wheatcrest colleagues. “She is progressive and always watching for new trends in health care, which she is very willing to share with her staff.”
Mundt initially became a CNA after switching her college major and then met husband, Dana, and moved to Britton. She began her career as a CAN at Wheatcrest Hills in 1996.
In 2004 she went back to school at Presentation College in Aberdeen and earned her RN degree, serving in various capacities at Wheatcrest before being named Director of Nursing in 2013.
It’s the interaction with residents that have been most rewarding for Mundt during her more than two decades of service in the long term care industry.
“What I enjoy most is getting to know the residents and getting to know their stories,” said Mundt. “It’s most rewarding just to see them smile.”
The long term care world is ever changing, and one of Mundt’s strengths is keeping on top of those changes to benefit residents.
“Ada is knowledgeable on the rules and regulations and has a strong focus on achieving positive clinical outcomes,” said Wheatcrest Administrator LaVonne Furman. “She is very task-oriented, and when asked to do something will have it done right away and correctly. On top of that she is very organized and has made life much easier for her nurses by creating helpful sheets for any task that may be assigned. She is just very patient with residents and families and shows them caring and compassion.”