• What Can we do About Burnout Among Palliative Care Doctors?

    By Dianne Halderman, AVP, Clinical Operations, Kindred at Home

    Results of a recent study showed that burnout among palliative care physicians – those who focus on pain and symptom relief among patients with various diseases and conditions – is extraordinarily high: over 62 percent. The study, which relied on a survey of over 1,200 hospice and palliative care clinicians, also found that 50 percent of palliative care physicians expect to leave the field in the next 10 years. Severity of the burnout seemed to be affected by younger age, having fewer colleagues and working weekends.

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  • The Activities Director: Enriching the Life of Every Resident

    By Kindred Healthcare
    The Activities Director Enriching the Life of Every Resident finalJanet Baxter connects with all residents at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Maple to pull together a varied offering of activities and make sure there’s something for everyone – from cooking and coffee clubs to books and online games – to keep Kindred residents engaged and involved.


    Baxter has been in her role as Activities Director for six years. She started in Housekeeping and Dietary and was promoted first to the Assistant Activities Director and then to Activities Director. It's easy to see why, as soon as she starts to talk about her job, the staff and especially the residents, whom she calls "amazing."

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  • Federal Health IT Policy

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Larry Wolf, Kindred’s Health Information Technology Strategist, spoke at the
    Larry addressed the importance of information technology as one component for improving care. He reviewed the changes over the past few years that have resulted in widespread adoption of electronic health records and the beginnings of their use to improve care coordination. Looking to the future, he discussed the opportunity created by the IMPACT Act of 2014 which will require interoperable information in a few key areas that include functional and cognitive status, medications and care preferences.
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  • Diaz Honored with Caring Award

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Diaz Honored with Caring AwardPaul Diaz, Chief Executive Officer of Kindred Healthcare, was named recipient of the first Kindred Caring Award, an honor that will be known as the Paul Diaz Caring Award going forward. The announcement was made at the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium, being held this week in Louisville.

    Diaz was honored for the investment he has made over the past 12 years in the entire company – patients and employees alike. Read Full Post
  • Kindred Occupational Therapist Shares What Inspires Her

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Kindred Occupational Therapist Shares What Inspires HerOccupational therapist Shana Mohr chose OT because she feels it has the ability to touch so many aspects of a patient’s therapy and recovery.

    “Occupational therapy is a blend of both physical therapy and speech therapy,” she said. “While those two may stand on their own, occupational covers an assimilation of both.”

    Watching her grandfather undergo therapy sealed the deal.

    “I found the whole thing so fascinating,” she said. Read Full Post
  • Kindred Contact Center Nurse Advocates Share Their Most Rewarding MomentsThe Kindred Contact Center serves as a resource for patients and caregivers who have questions about post-acute care, Medicare, insurance, or anything else related to the care of a loved one with needs beyond the traditional hospital. Piloted in Cleveland, it has already received calls from across the country from patients and their caregivers, and was launched nationwide on September 1. Read Full Post
  • Karen Schulkin, a nurse with Professional Healthcare at Home, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, has been named a Top 10 Finalist for the 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award presented by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

    Annually, NAHC promotes a nationwide recognition campaign that asks its members, affiliates and the public to help choose a top home care and hospice nurse from every state. NAHC recognizes nurses for providing exceptional care, reducing hospital readmissions and making a difference in patients’ lives. A public vote determines the winning nurse from the top 10 finalists featured on their website.

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  • Nurses in Staff Development

    By Blair Donovan, Marketing and Communications Intern
    Staff Development Coordinators (SDCs) take on numerous jobs within their facilities, which can be difficult to balance. Marailey Poindujour, SDC at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Avery, is in charge of employee education, employee immunizations, keeping track of license certifications, infection control, and new hire orientation. Marailey also serves as co-chair to her facility’s safety committee and as a clinical educator, dealing with complex patient issues.

    “If we have a patient come in with complex issues, it’s my job to learn about those issues,” she said. “Recently, we had a patient come in with a life vest. I had never worked with one before, so I had to learn about it and educate the employees.” Read Full Post
  • Kindred’s Ray Sierpina Honored as Patient Advocate

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Kindred's Ray Sierpina Honored as a Patient AdvocateEarlier this year the nation’s largest association of nursing and rehabilitation centers – the American Health Care Association (AHCA)– honored Kindred’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Ray Sierpina, with the coveted Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award.

    The annual award recognizes individuals who possess the compassion and commitment to the patients and residents benefitting from the medical care and rehabilitation services provided in our nation’s nursing facilities – consistent with the advocacy efforts exemplified by the late Joe Warner, the former president and CEO of Illinois based Heritage Enterprises.

    The association presents the award to members “who have worked directly to educate Members of Congress about the needs of long term and post-acute care patients and to advance quality long term care.” Read Full Post
  • Kindred CNA With 25 Years of Service Shares Her Story

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Josephine Holmes

    Josephine Holmes pushed Carol outside in her electric wheelchair so she could get some fresh air. Due to her medical condition, Carol was paralyzed. She could not speak, eat or breathe on her own. But Josephine Holmes loved her, and she took care of her nearly every day for 11 years.

    Josephine is a Certified Nursing Assistant at Kindred Hospital Bay Area – Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Carol was one of her patients. As Josephine recalls the memory of Carol, her voice cracks.

    “I became like her daughter,” Josephine said. “And before she passed away, her family called me at home because all she wanted to do was be with me. Carol’s family trusted me more than they trusted anyone.”

    Carol was just one of the many Kindred patients that Josephine has impacted. Josephine has been a CNA with Kindred for 25 years. She is responsible for helping patients bathe, eat, walk, exercise and use the restroom. She also must take blood pressure, turn bedridden patients and give post-mortem care.

    “I raised both of my kids being a CNA,” Josephine said. “Now, my son is an engineer and my daughter is a secretary at the hospital.”

    Josephine’s colleague, Marisol Gonzalez, calls her a loyal asset to Kindred. And colleague Nancy Reyes agrees.

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