National Rehab Awareness Week is Sept. 16-22, which makes this an ideal time to highlight the impact that Kindred’s RehabCare Division has on our patients. The country’s largest provider of rehab services, RehabCare offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy to more than 2,100 facilities in 46 states. “Many of our patients are critically ill and are on ventilators or have trachs [tracheostomies],” says Vienna Lafrenz, OTR/L, CLT, Director of Clinical Operations - West Region, RehabCare. “We also treat a lot of medically complex patients who have multiple diagnoses or conditions.”
In October of 2010, Kindred Assisted Living - Avery Crossings partnered with the Newton Art Association to transform one of its hallways into an art gallery. “We have a very long hallway on the third floor of our community that has a lot of natural light,” says Rosalind Fisher, Director of Marketing, Avery Crossings. “Our residents go up and down that hallway all the time, so we thought it would be great for them to have something to look at.”
Every six to eight weeks, the Newton Art Association brings new works from featured artists. “What’s been really great for our residents is that they bring all different kinds of art,” says Fisher. “Sometimes it’s contemporary, sometimes it’s traditional landscapes. We’ve had modern art, three-dimensional art. Our residents really appreciate the variety.”
Kindred Healthcare is the local sponsor for the 2012 Kentuckiana Heart Walk, which takes place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at WaterfrontPark in Louisville, KY. As a member of the AHA board and a former board President, I am asking you to join us in the fight against cardiovascular disease.
There are many ways to help fight cardiovascular disease. For more than eight years, Kindred has supported the American Heart Association. Now, more than ever, we need you to walk with us. By walking, we are showing our support to our patients, residents and employees impacted by heart disease and highlighting our belief that we truly can make a difference. Click here to register to be a part of the 2012 Walk. You may sign up to be a walker under any team captain you would like. As a special bonus, any walker who raises at least $30 will receive a Kindred Team Heart Walk Shirt.
William Altman, Kindred Healthcare’s Executive Vice President for Strategy Policy and Integrated Care, will participate in a panel discussing post-acute care on Thursday, September 13, from noon-1:30 p.m. EDT.
The panel, which will be webcast, is entitled “Post-Acute Development and Strategies for Acute Care Hospital Systems.”
The panel is sponsored by international law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Other panelists include McDermott Will & Emery partner Christopher J. Donovan; Robert M. Hager, Assistant Vice President, Long Term Care Services, Program Director, InovaCares for Seniors (PACE), Inova Health System; and Erik Johnson, Senior Vice President, Avalere Health.
Accountable care organizations, bundled payment models and readmission penalties, among other payment changes, require acute care hospitals and health systems to develop new post-acute care strategies. Health systems face the dilemma of building out a continuum of care or focusing on the acute core mission.
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.”
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