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.
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.
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