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Welcome to Prairie Ridge Care Center

Prairie Ridge Care Center - Orange City Area Health Care System, Orange City, Iowa

The overriding concept behind Prairie Ridge is that it is to be a HOME. For our residents.

Prairie Ridge Care Center is an 89 bed Skilled Nursing facility which includes an 11 bed memory care cottage.

We believe that when an individual comes to live at Prairie Ridge Care Center we have been entrusted with someone’s loved one and we take that trust seriously.  We commit to being open and honest with our residents and their families. Taking the best care of each resident is done most successfully when we and the family work together as a team.

Licensed nurses are on duty around the clock, attending to the medical concerns of each resident as detailed in their individual care plans. Certified Nurse Assistants provide for each resident’s personal care needs and provide therapy as directed by a licensed physical therapist. Host/hostesses; the Activity department staff; food service, maintenance and housekeeping staff all serve together to be actively involved to make life for each resident as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

The overriding concept behind Prairie Ridge Care Center is that it is to be a HOME — and that means that the care and activities have to be resident centered. This includes things as basic as letting residents sleep as long as they wish, stay up as long as they wish, eat what and when they desire, and engage in the things THEY want to do.

We are pleased to have made a strong commitment to changing our culture from a medical model in which nursing has tended to dominate life, to a home model in which the activities the residents want to do dominates life and nursing undergirds that. Each staff person receives this challenge regarding every new resident who comes to us:

  1. What did this person do before they got here?
  2. Do they still want to do that?
  3. If so, how can we make that happen?

And just as importantly is that we ask ourselves, “What opportunities and experiences can we provide that we feel will enrich the lives of our residents?”

Prairie Ridge Care Center - Orange City Area Health Care System, Orange City, Iowa
Prairie Ridge Care Center - Orange City Area Health Care System, Orange City, Iowa

Char Ten Clay, the Administrator of Prairie Ridge

Knowing that a Care Center is somewhat of a community in and of itself, Prairie Ridge is designed around a Village concept — with “downtown” amenities and residential areas that include four cottages.

For More Information

For more information on Prairie Ridge Care Center or nursing home care, contact our Prairie Ridge Administrator Char Ten Clay at 712-707-6006 [email protected]

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system encompassing four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, award-winning hospital, birth center, surgical center, radiology and laboratory services, occupational health services, specialty outreach services, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, a retirement community, and a senior care center. The health system campus – designed with privacy and total healing as its foundation – is situated on 37 acres, including a pond with fountain, a healing garden, and a field of prairie grasses and wild flowers adjacent to the PuddleJumper Trail.

A team of family medicine providers, along with dedicated nurses, medical specialists, and 500 support staff, are committed to serving the region with the Core Values of Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Dedicated Colleagues, and Extraordinary Customer Experience. Orange City Area Health System has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, one of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the U.S., and a Women’s Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Patient Experience for three consecutive years.



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