Over the last several years, Kindred Healthcare has been working to develop a culture of safety. “Our Culture of Safety Steering Committee has recently developed and implemented a number of new projects,” says Patricia McGillan, Vice President of Patient Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division.
The steering committee has developed a poster campaign to raise staff awareness about safety issues. The campaign is built around four “I’s”:
Kindred Healthcare is inviting all to attend a WebEx seminar focused on increasing knowledge of the appropriate use of anti-psychotic drugs in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care.
The one-hour seminar, led by Fred Feinsod, M.D., C.M.D. and Marc Rothman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, and Senior Vice President of Kindred Healthcare, will equip participants with the proper knowledge of the use of anti-psychotic drugs. At the seminar’s end, participants will be capable of:
This seminar also counts towards Continuing Education Credits.
For SNF staff: This seminar has been registered with ANCC for up to 2.0 nursing CE contact hours. The Activity Number is # 12-02-08 and earns individuals completing the program 2.0 contact hours. Currently one date is registered: September 7, 2012.
Experienced nurses in Kindred’s Nursing Center Division play a key role in education and staff development of new nurses and other staff members. “Each of our facilities has a Staff Development Coordinator,” says Barbara Baylis, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Residential Services, Kindred Healthcare. “That position is filled by an RN who is responsible for coordinating the education of both clinical and non-clinical staff.”
One of the Staff Development Coordinator’s job duties is to provide orientation to new staff. “New employees start with a general orientation,” Baylis says. “We have standardized tools and resources available at the division level to assist with orientation. Those tools are also designed to make sure we’re meeting all regulatory requirements. After the general orientation, employees are required to complete a job-specific orientation where they’re paired up with an experienced staff member with the same job duties.”
This summer, Jayne Chilutti, OTR/L, Program Director at Deer Meadows Retirement Community in Philadelphia, Pa., will be headed to the London Paralympics as one of five International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)International Level Classifiers for wheelchair basketball. “I’ve been involved with wheelchair basketball since the mid ‘80's on a local, regional and national level,” says Chilutti. “In 2007, I became an international official, and in 2010, I was selected for the World Championships. Being selected for the London Paralympics is such an honor, and I’m so very excited!”
Once a year, DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care who delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease, recognizes one of its partners with its Hospital Partnership Award. Kindred Healthcare is the recipient for 2012; the award was given at DaVita’s Hospital National Meeting on July 25.
Kindred’s long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) have reduced readmission rates from 15 percent in 2010 to 11 percent in the first half of 2012. “Healthcare’s attention was turned to reducing hospitalizations in 2009 when Jencks, Williams, and Coleman showed that almost 20 percent of Medicare patients discharged from the hospital were readmitted within 30 days,” says Sean R. Muldoon, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Kindred Healthcare’s Hospital Division. “Kindred had been tracking re-hospitalization rates for at least 10 years, but after the Jencks study, we began to really look at how we could decrease re-hospitalization rates not only for our short-term hospital partners, but also in our own post-acute care sites of service.”
As in years past, Kindred will take part in this year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk, which takes place on Sept. 22. “The Heart Walk is a large community event designed to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of all Americans,” says Kathy Renbarger, Executive Director/Metro Vice President, American Heart Association. “People who are affected by heart disease, and health care organizations that treat patients with heart disease, participate by developing corporate teams to raise money for research, education, community programs, and advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. Thousands of passionate walkers join together on Walk Day to celebrate lifestyle changes and program advances.”
Barbara Baylis, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Residential Services at Kindred Healthcare, will be the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award. The announcement came from the American Health Care Association (AHCA)and praised Baylis’ dedication to constant improvement of quality in long-term and post-acute care.
Recipients of this award are individuals that have made significant, national contributions to advancing quality performance in the long-term care field. Recipients must consistently advocate for quality approaches, and demonstrate the ability to educate and advocate for a systems approach to quality improvement. The ability to display leadership in the development, promotion, and implementation of quality improvement initiatives must also be displayed by recipients.
Kindred has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on a national level since 2004. Held annually, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is actually a series of walks held across the country, is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. “Our centers support the walks throughout their states,” says Lisa Hasecuster, RN, BSN, District Director of Sales Development for Indiana, Kindred Healthcare. “We conduct fundraising activities, and we have teams that participate in the walks.”
Each center participates in its own fundraising activities. “Some centers will do overnight camps,” says Hasecuster. “Others will do carnivals, silent auctions, or raffles. We’ve done Harley rides and car shows. The centers also do internal fundraising where they request donations from staff and the community.”
Rehospitalization can lead to unintended complications and undue stress for patients and their families. Kindred’s Nursing Center Division, like many other providers of post-acute care, has been working diligently to reduce rehospitalization rates. “By recognizing changes in a patient’s condition early, communicating those changes to our physicians efficiently, and reacting quickly, many medical problems can be treated safely and effectively in the nursing center instead of in the emergency room or hospital,” says Marc Rothman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice-President, Kindred Healthcare.
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