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Administrator of the Year dedicated to lifelong service of elderly

Paul Mattfeld has been involved in caring for the elderly since he was a young boy.

A lifetime of experience in the field has left a lasting impression on those Mattfeld has worked with, and others have taken notice as well. The Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) recently named Mattfeld its Administrator of the Year.

Mattfeld has been the administrator of Prestige’s Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center since May 2014.

“Paul is the ultimate example of an administrator. He dedicates his life in service to the residents and staff and is dedicated to helping his colleagues perform at the highest level,” said Melanie Matthews, Prestige Care vice president of operations.

Mattfeld has been working in the long-term care business since he was in high school, starting out as a dietary aid, then nursing assistant before working his way through college at Washington State University as a nursing student.

Mattfeld said he and his director of nurses work extremely well together.

“We just received a deficiency-free survey, something less than 10 percent of nursing facilities nationwide earn,” he said.

Mattfeld, a father of eight, said when he grew up his parents were involved in hospice care.

“At that time, you would go into people’s homes that were dying, and I remember my parents would take us where they were volunteering,” he said. “They felt it was important for us to be around senior centers and to understand the life cycle.”

Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which earned the Washington Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality by Qualis Health Washington for its superior services in long-term care, is a 96-bed facility which offers short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term care. Qualis Health, the state’s federally appointed Quality Improvement Organization, recognizes leaders in the Washington state health care industry each year who demonstrate achievements in improving health care quality and outcomes.

The focus at the center is to help people transition home or to a lesser care facility in the community, Mattfeld said.

Since 2012, it has transitioned 700 patients back home into the community.

“We really focus on getting people healthy, well and better than their prior level of functioning and back home,” Mattfeld said.

Most of the residents are able to return to their homes.

“Some are here for 30 days and then out the door,” he said.

Mattfeld and his staff plan great things for the building, including lots of fun events. The staff enjoys visiting with the residents, many of whom have lived in Puyallup most of their lives and have great stories to share about when the South Hill area was nothing but farmland.

Mattfeld’s children often visit the facility, and the older children enjoy reading to the residents.

Prestige Care is proud of Mattfeld’s accomplishment.

“Paul is a shining example of our core values of respect, integrity, commitment and trust,” Matthews said. “We hold these core values very dear to us, and our focus is on quality care. We are honored and privileged to have Paul.”