After eight successful years, the Clinical Impact Symposium brand has been retired; and its place, The Kindred Caregiver Summit is born!

This fall, we will bring to Louisville 175-200 front-line caregivers for two days to celebrate our high quality care, honor our Paul Diaz Caring Award finalists and recipients, interact with senior leadership, and be recognized for the care they provide our patients every day.

The first Kindred Caregiver Summit will be held October 10-12, 2017 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.  This year’s theme is ‘Lead with Compassion.’ The summit will focus on how compassionate care drives quality outcomes, patient experience and business results in healthcare today.

We look forward to the opportunity to meet with and learn from our teammates from across the country!

If you have any questions, please reach out via email: CaregiverSummit@Kindred.com

Without question, the highlight of the Summit was the honoring of this year’s Paul Diaz Caring Award recipients. Each year, Kindred recognizes caregivers who demonstrate an extraordinary sense of compassion and empathy while caring for their patients. The Paul Diaz Caring Award recipients approach their jobs as an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of those with whom they interact every day. They possess a selfless concern for others, display great respect for patients and family members, and serve as role models for their colleagues and peers.

This year’s recipients are outstanding standard-bearers of the award’s legacy. The 2017 Paul Diaz Caring Award recipients are:

  • Andres “Andy” Regalado, a respiratory therapist at Kindred Hospital Riverside in California. Since joining Kindred in 2009, Andy has regularly earned recognition and praise from patients, family members, nurses and physicians for his ability to deliver care, as well as his compassionate and empathetic approach to his work. He is especially proficient at helping patients on artificial airways learn to breathe on their own. His wean rate is the highest in his department, which is impressive considering the hospital has a high overall wean rate.

  • Annette Jurkiewicz, a home health aide with Kindred at Home Racine in Wisconsin. In her role, Annette assists patients in their places of residence with daily living activities, and she provides basic routine care such as assistance with eating, bathing, taking medicine, and brushing teeth. According to her coworkers, what sets Annette apart is the extraordinary care and compassion she gives to each of her patients. She puts her patients at the center of everything she does, earning her glowing praise from patients and their family members.

  • Christine “Chris” Palmieri, a physical therapist with Kindred Rehabilation Services serving the Westminster Village retirement community in West Lafayette, Indiana. In her 17-year career as a physical therapist, Chris has worked with residents and patients to help them regain or maintain functionality after an illness, injury or procedure so they can remain as independent as possible. She is known to go out of her way to help her coworkers and patients, including coming in to work on off-hours and even buying shoes for a patient who lacked proper footwear. She is caring, selfless and kind, and the joy she finds in her work shines through in the care she delivers.