For the past several years, Kindred Healthcare has been looking to upgrade from paper charts to an online electronic medical records system. “We decided on PointClickCare because it’s one of the leading products in long term care,” says Kimberly Beach, Vice President, Operational Systems, Kindred Healthcare. PointClickCare was installed and became operational in three pilot centers in 2011. “Eighty-two centers will go onto the system this year,” Beach says. “All clinical staff will receive hands-on training.”
Many of you are probably already aware that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Since one of the goals of Better Hearing and Speech Month is to raise awareness about communication impairments and the professionals who treat them, this seems like a good time to share some information about Kindred’s speech and language pathologists (SLPs), and what they do for our patients.
May 13-19 is National Nursing Home Week, a week to honor the aged and disabled and the dedicated staff who care for them. In celebration of this week, we are highlighting a major achievement by one of Kindred’s long-term care facilities.
In 2011, Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley was the gold recipient of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award. It was the only nursing center in the country to win this award last year. Gold recipients must show superior performance over time in a number of areas, including leadership, strategic planning, customer satisfaction and healthcare outcomes. “Becoming a gold recipient is a three-step process,” says Maryruth Butler, Executive Director, Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley. “You first have to apply to be a bronze recipient. If you receive the bronze award you can apply for the silver, and finally the gold. Your ability to apply is contingent on your [CMS] survey outcomes.”
National Hospital Week, a celebration of hospital history, technology and staff, is May 6-12. So this seems like the perfect time to recognize some of the Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division’s recent successes.
Over the last several years, Kindred’s Hospital Division has been working diligently to reduce acute care hospital readmissions. “Once patients have been transferred to one of our facilities, it’s our goal to provide them with all of the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities that will take them through to the next level of care, which is hopefully home,” says Jeffrey Winter, President, Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division. “There’s always a risk involved with transitions of care, so the more we can provide for our patients without sending them back to an acute care hospital, the better.”
In honor of National Nurses Day, held May 6th to celebrate nurses’ contributions to the health care field, we’d like to share a story about how one of Kindred’s nurses received statewide recognition for her work in nursing.
In April of 2011, Paula Curran, RN, BSN, HFA, Compliance Officer, Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Castleton, received the “Nurse of the Year” award in the Indianapolis Star’s annual “Salute to Nurses.” The Salute to Nurses is a way for the newspaper to “honor nurses and nurse educators from around the state who provide selfless service and tireless dedication to the community.” Curran was one of more than 1,000 nominees. She was nominated for the award by her supervisor at the time. “I was working at a different Kindred facility when I was nominated, and my supervisor there contacted people I had worked with over the years,” Curran says. “She asked them all to write letters of recommendation, and they did.”
Editor's Note: Due to the late onset of winter, flu continues to show up in communities across the United States.
[slideshow]In December of 2009, 24-year-old Sarah Flack was admitted to Kindred Hospital-San Francisco Bay Area following a five-week stay at another hospital where she had been battling H1N1. “I moved to Kindred because my parents were told it was a good place for physical therapy and for weaning people off of ventilators,” Flack says. “The staff there was phenomenal.”
One of the things that Flack liked about Kindred Hospital was the staff’s flexibility. “I was one of the youngest patients there, so I always had family in my room during visiting hours and sometimes even after,” she says. “When I was first admitted to Kindred, I was in a room with another patient, and it was just too crowded. So I asked for another room, and within a few hours, they moved me into a room that had plenty of space.”
Demand for occupational therapists continues to increase as the American population ages. “The skills that are needed in every occupational therapy setting will only increase with the demand,” says Jeanna Conder, MBA, OTR/L, Director, Clinical Operations, RehabCare.
To help meet the increasing need for skilled occupational therapists, RehabCare has developed a Clinical Ladder program for ongoing training of occupational therapists.
The program has four levels:
“The Clinical Ladder program is a very clear pathway for upward mobility based on clinical skills,” says Conder. “Participants have to go through an application and interview process. Each level has different requirements.”
Requirements may include:
“The requirements get more stringent with each level,” Conder says.
Occupational therapists work with patients on day-to-day activities designed to improve their ability to function independently. “Occupational therapists use a variety of methods to help patients achieve their goals,” says Jeanna Conder, MBA, OTR/L, Director, Clinical Operations, RehabCare. “For example, if a therapist is working with a patient who has had a stroke, the therapist might provide adaptive equipment, such as an elevated commode or a shower seat. For pediatric patients, the therapist might use ‘play’ to improve motor skills, which will ultimately improve function.”
Kindred Healthcare’s medical advisory boards provide valuable information that helps Kindred keep up with current trends in medicine and improve patient care. “We have two types of medical advisory boards,” says Sally Brooks M.D, Vice President, Physician and Medical Development, Kindred Healthcare. “Each of our three divisions—Hospital, Nursing Center, and RehabCare—has an advisory board. In addition, we have local advisory boards in markets where we’re providing high-acuity care.”
In 2011, the American Diabetes Association encouraged Americans to “Join the Million Challenge” and more than 600,000 people took the Diabetes Risk Test. On March, 27, 2012, the Association will aim to top that number, inspiring people to take the all-new Diabetes Risk Test, as well as to share the test with everyone they care about - friends, family members and colleagues. With each person that takes the test and knows their risk, the Association is that much closer to stopping diabetes.
American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Find out if you are at risk here (http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/).
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