• Chronically critically ill patients, a population whose needs and challenges were the sole subject of a recent issue of the journal Respiratory Care, have a very high mortality rate, and survivors among the group suffer with severe impairments and functional dependence. For the caregivers of these patients, the effect can be devastating. According to one article in the journal, “it is difficult to imagine a group of patients with greater need for high-quality palliative care.”

     Graphic depicting the spectrum of palliative care as seen in http://www.slideshare.net/Kindredhealth/palliative-care-across-the-continuum Graphic depicting the spectrum of palliative care as seen in http://www.slideshare.net/Kindredhealth/palliative-care-across-the-continuum

    This article points out that early integration of palliative care for these patients can be highly beneficial, particularly in helping patients and families define goals for care and manage the emotional issues that arise when a patient is chronically critically ill.

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  • The Palliative Care Summit for PeopleFirst Homecare and Hospice was held in Snowbird, Utah on September 15, 2012, following the Rocky Mountain Geriatric Conference.   The leadership team in attendance represented over 1400 employees of the PeopleFirst Homecare and Hospice Division of Kindred Healthcare, Inc.  Jim McDonald, Vice President of Western Region for Homecare and Hospice, and Ed Seiler, Senior Director of Hospice and Home Health Operations hosted the summit as a way to bring the western branches together and to give an overview of the BridgePoint Palliative Care program.  There were commanding presentations, sharing ideas and best practices on the implementation and maintenance of a successful palliative care program. You can learn more about PeopleFirst Homecare and Hospice's palliative care program here. 

    What is Palliative Care?

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  • How Do We Best Care For the Chronically Critically Ill?

    By Sean Muldoon, MD
     Sean R. Muldoon, M.D., M.P.H., F.C.C.P.<br />Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer<br />Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division Sean R. Muldoon, M.D., M.P.H., F.C.C.P.
    Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
    Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division

    Many important questions were raised by information published in the June 2012 issue of the journal Respiratory Care. This issue followed a national symposium dedicated to the “chronically critically ill patient,” the patient with ongoing costly medical interventions, risk for medical complications and death, and the need for extensive post-acute care services.

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  • Barbara Baylis, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Residential Services at Kindred Healthcare, will be the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award.  The announcement came from the American Health Care Association (AHCA)and praised Baylis’ dedication to constant improvement of quality in long-term and post-acute care.

    Barbara Baylis is dedicated to constant quality improvement in long-term and post-acute care Recipients of this award are individuals that have made significant, national contributions to advancing quality performance in the long-term care field.  Recipients must consistently advocate for quality approaches, and demonstrate the ability to educate and advocate for a systems approach to quality improvement.  The ability to display leadership in the development, promotion, and implementation of quality improvement initiatives must also be displayed by recipients.

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  • Doing Our Part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    By Sophia Kroon

    Kindred has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on a national level since 2004. Held annually, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is actually a series of walks held across the country, is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. “Our centers support the walks throughout their states,” says Lisa Hasecuster, RN, BSN, District Director of Sales Development for Indiana, Kindred Healthcare. “We conduct fundraising activities, and we have teams that participate in the walks.”

    Each center participates in its own fundraising activities. “Some centers will do overnight camps,” says Hasecuster. “Others will do carnivals, silent auctions, or raffles. We’ve done Harley rides and car shows. The centers also do internal fundraising where they request donations from staff and the community.”

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  • Improving Transitions of Care in Case Management

    By Sophia Kroon
     Stacey Hodgman is the District Director of Case Management, Kindred Hospitals Massachusetts District.
    Stacey Hodgman is the District Director of Case Management, Kindred Hospitals Massachusetts District.

    Kindred Healthcare’s Massachusetts District has recently been charged with conducting a pilot project to improve transitions of care throughout the continuum. “The project is called Better Together,” says Stacey Hodgman, MS, RN-BC, CPUM, CCDS, District Director of Case Management, Kindred Hospitals Massachusetts District. “Our goals are to improve care coordination and patient outcomes and to become the post-acute leader and partner of choice in the market.”

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  • Kindred Nurse Garners State Recognition for Her Work

    In honor of National Nurses Day, held May 6th to celebrate nurses’ contributions to the health care field, we’d like to share a story about how one of Kindred’s nurses received statewide recognition for her work in nursing.

    In April of 2011, Paula Curran, RN, BSN, HFA, Compliance Officer, Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Castleton, received the “Nurse of the Year” award in the Indianapolis Star’s annual “Salute to Nurses.” The Salute to Nurses is a way for the newspaper to “honor nurses and nurse educators from around the state who provide selfless service and tireless dedication to the community.” Curran was one of more than 1,000 nominees. She was nominated for the award by her supervisor at the time. “I was working at a different Kindred facility when I was nominated, and my supervisor there contacted people I had worked with over the years,” Curran says. “She asked them all to write letters of recommendation, and they did.”

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  • Healthcare in 2012 and beyond has given all of us great challenges and opportunities to meet the needs of our population. Knowing that the fastest growing industry sector in the United States is healthcare at 2.3% per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics), we must continue to enhance our processes and outcomes. This growth can be further broken down into segments with home healthcare services forecasting a 3.9% yearly growth followed close behind by offices outside the traditional hospital setting at 3.0%, nursing and residential care at 1.9% and hospitals at a 1.1% yearly rate. Statistics from 2011 have shown us that 69% of the job growth in 2011 was in the ambulatory service area. According to Bloomberg News in February 2012, healthcare will add more than 5.6 million employees to be the biggest job gainer by 2020.

    Captured 2-23-12 from: http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-09.pdf

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  • Southern Utah Home Care and Hospice Earns 2011 Healthlnsight Quality Award for Excellence in Patient CareFor demonstrating high quality health care and excellence in performance on publicly reported quality of care measures. Healthlnsight, a private, non-profit community based organization dedicated to improving the health and healthcare of Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, sponsors the award.

    The HealthInsight Quality Award acknowledges home health agencies that are actively engaged in advancing care in one or more of the following areas:

    The clinical topics measured for the awards have been designated as national healthcare priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    HealthInsight commends Southern Utah Home Care & for its commitment to excellence in improving patient care,” said Marc Bennett, President and CEO of Healthlnsight.

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  • Kindred Healthcare Company Update

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Paul DiazPaul Diaz

    Ben BreierBen Breier

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