• Experienced nurses in Kindred’s Nursing Center Division play a key role in education and staff development of new nurses and other staff members. “Each of our facilities has a Staff Development Coordinator,” says Barbara Baylis, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Residential Services, Kindred Healthcare. “That position is filled by an RN who is responsible for coordinating the education of both clinical and non-clinical staff.”Nurses Play an Important Part in Educating Newer Nurses

    One of the Staff Development Coordinator’s job duties is to provide orientation to new staff. “New employees start with a general orientation,” Baylis says. “We have standardized tools and resources available at the division level to assist with orientation. Those tools are also designed to make sure we’re meeting all regulatory requirements. After the general orientation, employees are required to complete a job-specific orientation where they’re paired up with an experienced staff member with the same job duties.”

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  •  Anthony Disser, Kindred's Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Hospital Division accepted the 2012 Hospital Partnership Award. Also pictured: DaVita's Lynn Robinson (left) and Joanne Brady (right). Anthony Disser, Kindred's Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Hospital Division accepted the 2012 Hospital Partnership Award. Also pictured: DaVita's Lynn Robinson (left) and Joanne Brady (right).

    Once a year, DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care who delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease, recognizes one of its partners with its Hospital Partnership Award. Kindred Healthcare is the recipient for 2012; the award was given at DaVita’s Hospital National Meeting on July 25.

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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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  •  Chelse Duncan, RN at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Greenfield, using PointClickCare Chelse Duncan, RN at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Greenfield, using PointClickCare

    For the past several years, Kindred Healthcare has been looking to upgrade from paper charts to an online electronic medical records system. “We decided on PointClickCare because it’s one of the leading products in long term care,” says Kimberly Beach, Vice President, Operational Systems, Kindred Healthcare. PointClickCare was installed and became operational in three pilot centers in 2011. “Eighty-two centers will go onto the system this year,” Beach says. “All clinical staff will receive hands-on training.”

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  • Many of you are probably already aware that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Since one of the goals of Better Hearing and Speech Month is to raise awareness about communication impairments and the professionals who treat them, this seems like a good time to share some information about Kindred’s speech and language pathologists (SLPs), and what they do for our patients.

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  • May 13-19 is National Nursing Home Week, a week to honor the aged and disabled and the dedicated staff who care for them. In celebration of this week, we are highlighting a major achievement by one of Kindred’s long-term care facilities.

    In 2011, Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley was the gold recipient of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award. It was the only nursing center in the country to win this award last year. Gold recipients must show superior performance over time in a number of areas, including leadership, strategic planning, customer satisfaction and healthcare outcomes. “Becoming a gold recipient is a three-step process,” says Maryruth Butler, Executive Director, Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley. “You first have to apply to be a bronze recipient. If you receive the bronze award you can apply for the silver, and finally the gold. Your ability to apply is contingent on your [CMS] survey outcomes.”

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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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  • Occupational Therapy as a Career

    By Ryan Squire

    Occupational Therapy as a Career Demand for occupational therapists continues to increase as the American population ages. “The skills that are needed in every occupational therapy setting will only increase with the demand,” says Jeanna Conder, MBA, OTR/L, Director, Clinical Operations, RehabCare.

    To help meet the increasing need for skilled occupational therapists, RehabCare has developed a Clinical Ladder program for ongoing training of occupational therapists.

    The program has four levels:

    “The Clinical Ladder program is a very clear pathway for upward mobility based on clinical skills,” says Conder. “Participants have to go through an application and interview process. Each level has different requirements.”

    Requirements may include:

    “The requirements get more stringent with each level,” Conder says.

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