2015 Clinical Impact Symposium Wrap-Up

By Kindred Healthcare

The seventh annual Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium has officially come to a close. Luckily, we live-blogged the whole event, so you can always find that content right here on the Kindred Continuum. Here's a look at each of the speakers, panels and breakout sessions in order:


Clinical Impact Symposium 2015 Pre-Conference

The 2015 Clinical Impact Symposium started off with a bang today with two breakout sessions for the pre-conference. While one room spent the afternoon focusing on balance and fall prevention, the other took a deep dive into the role of pharmacists in Interdisciplinary Teams (IDT). Later in the afternoon, registration opened up for the full conference, which kicks off at 8:00 AM Tuesday, November 10. Read More


Kindred Divisional Leaders Kick Off Clinical Impact Symposium with Motivational Words

Divisional leadership addressed the participants at Kindred's seventh annual Clinical Impact Symposium to kick off the first official day, and one theme was common - each leader challenged the group to take what they will learn over the next three days back to their facilities or locations, and make an impact. Read More

Kindred Leadership Vision - Care Traffic Control

What do you see within Kindred? This is the question that Ben Breier, President and Chief Executive Officer, asked of the Clinical Impact Symposium audience. Breier sees a leadership team that every single day manages the balance of patients, clinicians and business to move Kindred and all of the lives it touches forward. Read More

The 2015 Paul Diaz Caring Award

102,000 caregivers. 152 nominations. Four finalists. One award presented annually to Kindred caregivers who demonstrate an extraordinary level of skill, compassion and empathy while caring for patients and residents. The Paul Diaz Caring Award. Read More

Making an Impact with Clinical Quality Across the Kindred Enterprise

Quality means making a difference in people's lives every day - for the better - and that's what Kindred Healthcare is all about, according to Dr. Marc Rothman, Chief Medical Officer for Kindred. Read More

Speaker Explores the Importance of Medication Management

Kindred offers all levels of post-acute care, and in our Integrated Care Markets, where we offer all levels of care in one geographic area, we can help patients transition through the full continuum of Kindred care, from the long-term acute care hospital all the way to home. Read More

Panelists Discuss Medication and Care Transitions

James Poullard, Vice President of Pharmacy and Laboratory Services for Kindred, led a reaction panel on Medication Management and Polypharmacy, following Justin Kullgren's, PharmD, CPE presentation on the subject. In addition to Kullgren, panelists included Sally Brooks, MD, Chief Medical Officer for RehabCare, Kim Ramos, RN, Care Transitions Manager for the Hospital Division and Jill Wesolowski, RPh, PharmD, Clinical Staff Pharmacist for Kindred Hospitals of Cleveland. Read More

Evidence-Based Fall Prevention: Preparing for the Silver Tsunami

The Centers for Disease Control reports that "every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall in the U.S." Combine that eye-opening statistic with the reality of an aging U.S. population and the fact that the rate of falls increases with age and it's clear why the 2015 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium is focused squarely on fall prevention. Read More


Kindred Honors Veterans

Designated as a national holiday after the end of World War I, Veterans Day was first celebrated in 1918 as a way to recognize veterans and honor their patriotism. As a healthcare provider, this day is especially significant to us, because so many of the people we care for are veterans or are connected to veterans in some way. Because of this special connection, Kindred makes a point to honor veterans in multiple ways, not just on Veterans Day, but all throughout the year. Read More

The Fear of Falling - Fall Risk Assessment

It's quite common for older adults to experience falls or to limit their activities because they are afraid of falling, but we shouldn't just accept falling as a normal part of aging, according to Jane Painter-Patton, Ed.D, a professor at East Carolina University's College of Allied Health Sciences in the Occupational Therapy Department. Read More

Marketing and Communications Efforts Help Kindred Reach Many Audiences

Participants at Kindred's seventh annual Clinical Impact Symposium heard about how the Marketing and Communications team supports the important work that Kindred clinicians do every day to take care of patients across the country. The team, led by Susan Moss, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, runs programs in the areas of physician outreach, social media and reputation management, and consumer outreach. Read More

Case Study: Kindred Hospital Sahara

At the 2015 Clinical Impact Symposium, many case studies were examined through poster presentations. Lisa Orsino is a registered nurse at Kindred Hospital Sahara in Las Vegas. Her case study  on a traumatic brain injury patient stood out to us because of the joined efforts of so many different levels of care. Read More

Patient Experience: Establishing the Human Connection

There's possibly no better way to bring the patient experience into focus than to spotlight the person behind every role - whether you're the patient, a family member, a healthcare provider or other staff member. Read More

Medication Management Across the Continuum

The assignment in the medical management breakout session Wednesday seemed straightforward: Review information on a patient's medications, create a Medication Action Plan to identify any potential issues and place the patient's daily medications in a pill organizer divided into days of the week. Read More

Jack and Mary: Care Transition Fiction

Throughout the seventh annual Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium, Kindred's clinical leaders have come back to the fictional case study of Jack and Mary Marton, a couple in their late seventies facing a bevy of medical conditions and issues as they struggle to remain independent. Read More

As the World Turns... So Does Kindred

Imagine a world where a patient is able to access pre acute care rather than just post acute care; a world where there is a more central role for post acute care. At the end of the 2015 Clinical Impact Symposium's second full day, the clinicians were treated to a dinner where William Altman, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Policy and Integrated Care provided insights into Kindred's current position in the world, as well as where we are headed. Read More


Politics & Policy: Defining an Evolving Healthcare Environment

While there can be a divide between what matters to the average American and what matters to politicians, in recent years, healthcare has been on the minds of both. Ray Sierpina, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs for Kindred Healthcare, said the 2016 presidential race will continue the ongoing discussion about healthcare and healthcare reform. Read More

A Look at Maxwell, New Patient Experience App

Attendees at the seventh annual Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium got a first look at Maxwell, a new patient-experience app that will be available to patients in the near future.

Cognitive Care Update - CIS 2013

Two years ago, after the close of the 2013 Clinical Impact Symposium, the clinicians from Kindred's Dallas/Fort Worth Integrated Care Market returned home with the intent to delve further into deep training on cognitive care. They pulled together clinicians from all over their market and decided where to start - developing a training program that was workable within the hospital environment. Read More

Tori Murden McClure: Tales of Comedy, Tragedy, History and ROWmance

Tori Murden McClure does everything backwards. As a rower, it just comes naturally. She went to divinity school and then to law school, while most people may presume you need divinity school AFTER law school, rather than before. At Kindred healthcare's 2015 Clinical Impact Symposium, she began explaining her incredible story by reading the last page of her book first. Read More