• 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
  • The Value of a Healthy Workforce

    By Kindred Healthcare

     

     Ronald S. Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH Ronald S. Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH

     

    In the last presentation of the 2013 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium, Ronald Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH, Senior Vice President, National Practice Leader, Health and Productivity for Wells Fargo Insurance Services, talked about the business value of a healthy workforce.

    People are remaining in the workforce longer than ever before, and perhaps longer than they had planned, Leopold said.

    “Your ability to earn a living is your biggest financial asset,” he said.

    And companies, in turn, are well-served to encourage a healthy workforce.

    “It’s in [companies’] best interest to get their workforces healthier and more importantly, it’s in your own best interest,” Leopold said.

    How can individuals do that? First, they can pick realistic goals and stick with them. Have a healthy lifestyle – move around, eat well, consider behavior changes – what are you doing that you shouldn’t be doing and vice versa?

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  • The Kindred Conversation: My Journey Begins...

    By Steve Cunanan

    My journey begins. . .

    It’s hard to believe it’s been over three months since I joined Kindred. It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting in Philadelphia researching Kindred and trying to learn more about Louisville. In this short time, I’ve been amazed by the talented and committed people I’ve met throughout our organization and by the warm reception I have received.

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  • Investing in our People Directly Results in Quality Care

    By Kindred Healthcare

    In recognition of the Labor Day holiday, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight and recognize Kindred’s greatest asset – our dedicated employees.

    Without the 78,000 compassionate colleagues taking care of more than 70,000 patients and residents each day, we would not be the company we are today.

    The Kindred workforce is a team of diverse individuals who share the common goal of providing the highest quality care for patients and residents throughout the post-acute care continuum. This diversity is clear in the fact that in 2012, our workforce was more than 80% women and approximately 40% minorities. We firmly believe in recruiting a strong workforce that resembles the variation and diversity of those we care for.

    In order to assure a strong future, Kindred has a long-standing commitment to investing in a broad-range of training opportunities – with $34.2 Million spent on employee training in 2012 and an additional $3 Million in tuition reimbursement.

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  • Mentoring Matters: Teach Others, Teach Thyself

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division’s Case Management mentoring program in the West Region follows these credos. The program began in 2010 for new MSN-level registered nurse case manager graduates from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and Sacramento, CA, and has recently been extended to bedside nurses who wish to transition into the case management field. To foster the growth, development and mentoring of existing Kindred employees, academic partnerships with nursing training programs have also been developed between Kindred, the University of Phoenix and its nationwide campuses and online programs, and American Sentinel University online programs in Aurora, CO. These partnerships offer tuition reductions and other benefits to Kindred employees.

    Both of these opportunities for mentoring facilitate a pipeline of eager students and recent grads, ready for the nurturing, growth, and development that strong mentoring supports.

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