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.
Cody, a patient at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley, was visiting a cousin’s home when he was found unresponsive and taken by ambulance to a short-term acute care hospital. He was admitted for acute respiratory failure, hypoxia, encephalopathy, acute renal failure, acute hepatitis and rhabdomyolysis.
At the short-term acute care hospital, Cody’s condition was stabilized but he still required high-intensity care. He transferred to Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley for continued care including ventilator weaning, respiratory therapy and rehabilitation.
Kindred Healthcare’s Massachusetts District has recently been charged with conducting a pilot project to improve transitions of care throughout the continuum. “The project is called Better Together,” says Stacey Hodgman, MS, RN-BC, CPUM, CCDS, District Director of Case Management, Kindred Hospitals Massachusetts District. “Our goals are to improve care coordination and patient outcomes and to become the post-acute leader and partner of choice in the market.”
Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation - Eastview and North Ridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center have been recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for delivering quality care and making improvements in the level of care provided to their residents.
Kindred Transitional Care And Rehabilitation - Eastview and North Ridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center received the award as a participant in the Nursing Home Value-Based Purchasing (NHVBP) Demonstration project. The NHVBP is part of the CMS initiative to improve the quality of care furnished to all Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes. The 3 year demonstration program began in July 2009 and included 61 nursing homes in Wisconsin as well as nursing homes in Arizona and New York.
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.”
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