• On Saturday, May 10th, Kindred’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Diaz delivered the commencement speech to the 2014 graduating class of American University‘s Kogod School of Business. After receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University, Paul addressed the eager students offering words of encouragement and advice.

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  • Kindred's Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Diaz was named one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine for the fourth time. An editorial review board consisting of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare reviewed the nominations for the biennial list and judged them on the following five criteria.

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  • Terah Hatter can sum up her job in one word – amazing. Her job, she says, “is about caring.”

    “It’s an honor to walk beside the patient and family to help them through a difficult time,” says Hatter, LMSW, a social worker for, which is an affiliate of Kindred at Home and an agency that provides home health, hospice and private duty nursing care in Texas.

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  • Helping Patients Move Forward After Brain Injury

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Helping Patients Move Forward After Brain InjuryAn individualized care plan is critical when helping brain injury patients recover and return home. And it takes a team of specialists to tailor the rehabilitation plan so it addresses both the physical, cognitive, and emotional issues involved.

    The brain injury program at Kindred’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals focuses on helping patients restore function and learn how to do things differently when functions can’t be restored to pre-injury levels. The program combines a multidisciplinary team with the technologies and tools specifically geared toward brain injuries.

    In addition to physician specialists, Kindred’s brain injury team includes rehabilitation trained nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, clinical dietitians, neuropsychologists, orthotists, social workers and case managers. The therapists often have extensive training in areas such as Neuro-IFRAH, Neurodevelopmental technique, Vital Stim, and more.

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  • 10 Tips for Healthy Eating on the Run

    By Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC
    Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC

    Americans are looking for fast, easy, and good-tasting foods to fit a busy lifestyle. Whether it’s carry-out, food court, office cafeteria or sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere. Here are 10 tips to help you eat healthy when eating out. Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Consider what meal options are available. Look for restaurants or carry-out with a wide range of menu items.

    Find more information about healthy eating at www.eatright.org designed to help you "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."

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  • Kindred at Home Hospice Care Supports the Whole Family

    By Kindred Healthcare

    When you learn that someone you love needs hospice care, your first thoughts are of that person. But how you cope with a loved one’s end of life is important, too, which is why hospice provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

    With Kindred at Home's hospice care, it’s not just the patient who is monitored. The patient’s loved ones also are assessed from the moment the patient is admitted to the program, to make sure they have the resources and support they need, too.

    Kristy Johnke, Kindred’s Regional Director of Social Programs for Home Care and Hospice in Texas, says not everyone fully understands what hospice is. Often, family members equate hospice care with “giving up,” mistakenly assuming that it means medical care is at an end and death is imminent.

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  • Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day: March 12, 2014

    By Karen Omietanski, MBA, RD, LD, PMP

    Celebrate Registered Dietitian Dayrecognizes and thanks these food and nutrition experts that provide leadership in the nutrition care of our patients. Over 300 Registered Dietitians provide Medical Nutrition Therapy at Kindred’s Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Centers, Skilled Nursing Centers, Transitional Care Hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals (IRFs), Kindred at Home, and Regional and Division offices.

    Tina Reilly is the Food and Nutrition Manager and Registered Dietitian (RD) at Kindred Hospital Boston. She states, “I love being a Kindred Hospital dietitian because not only do we care about our patients and fellow employees through food and nutrition, but we are encouraged to use our creative and critical thinking skills to improve patient care services in all areas of the hospital.”

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  • National Nutrition Month: Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

    By Karen Omietanski, MBA, RD, LD, PMP

     

     Karen Omietanski, MBA, RD, LD, PMP, Senior Director Nutrition, Nursing Center Division Karen Omietanski, MBA, RD, LD, PMP, Senior Director Nutrition, Nursing Center Division

     

    Since 1980, March has been designated as National Nutrition Month®. Take the opportunity this month to focus on what you eat and making the most of your choices. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, offers these “14 Health Tips for 2014” to help you “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”

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  • Insight Into Aortic Valve Disease: A Personal Journey

    By Kindred Healthcare

    You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but Sally Meilun who has worked at Kindred Healthcare for nearly 23 years, has heart disease.

    When you talk to Sally, it’s clear that a healthy lifestyle is important to her. She’s always been active, and she still is, but when she was in her 40s, she was diagnosed with aortic valve disease, a condition in which the valve between the left ventricle and the aorta doesn’t work properly.

    “When you have heart disease, it’s not always obvious,” says Sally, who works as the Director of Travel and Relocation at Kindred’s Support Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • What Makes a Great Activity Director?

    By Kindred Healthcare

    January 19-24 is National Activity Professional Week. In honor of this event, the Kindred Continuum interviewed Lori Chepan, Activity Director at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Elizabeth City.

     

     Lori Chepan, Activity Director at KTCR Elizabeth City. Lori Chepan, Activity Director at KTCR Elizabeth City.

     

    After college and some time off with my son, I wanted to go back to work part-time, so I came in as the Activity Director’s assistant. She encouraged me to take the Activity Director course, to get the certification. I did that, and I’ve been full-time here since 2002.

    We do crafts, and have a men’s support group, and for the women, we do manicures. And we have wine and cheese once a month which folks just love.

    At the holidays, we have big parties, caroling and a visit from Santa. Last summer, we had a pig pickin’ family day, with sno cones and popcorn, all free to residents’ families and the employees and their families.

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