• Dietitian Louise Spate Celebrates 40 Years at Kindred

    By Kindred Healthcare


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    Louise Spate loves challenges – which is exactly what she found in her 40-year career with Kindred.

    Her parents, who were both teachers, encouraged her to study nutrition because she always loved cooking for her large family. She fondly remembers baking a birthday cake at age 8 for her grandmother. After college, she initially worked at a hospital, but left to become a multi-facility consultant in 1973 for a Massachusetts long-term care organization that would eventually become part of the Kindred network.

    “I said I would leave when I got bored, but I never did,” says Spate. “I love when someone asks me to do something I’ve never done before, and I figure out how to get it accomplished.”

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  • Your Wakeup Call: Diabetes AlertDay®

    By Sophia Kroon

    Your Wakeup Call: Diabetes AlertDay® , everyone is encouraged to take a simple, one-minute test on Facebook to help assess their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

    This free test (in English or Spanish) can be found on Facebook, www.stopdiabetes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.  Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round, as are preventative tips and other information for individuals and the workplace.

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  • The health of America . . . 35.7% adults are obese1, 25.8 million adults and children have diabetes2, 19.8% of adults overKindred Embraces National Nutrition Month Through Education and Encouragement 65 years of age suffer from cardiac disease (coronary artery disease)3, and 12.5 million Americans have cancer4.  Is there a place for nutrition in today’s world?  I would say a resounding yes!!  With current changes in medical reimbursement and disease management, prevention has become a new focus.  Good nutrition and physical activity are the cornerstones to preventative medicine.  And who better to guide America back to health than the registered dietitian.

    Each March, America celebrates National Nutrition Month®.  This year’s theme is Eat Right Every Way Every Day.  Dietitians are encouraging personalized healthy eating styles and recognizing that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns all impact individual food choices.  The registered dietitian plays a critical role in helping people Eat Right, Their Way, Every Day.

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  • Many diners tell Ronnie Barker, Head Chef and Foodservice Director at Kindred Hospital Sacramento, that they feel like they’re on vacation rather than at work. He takes this as “a great compliment to me and my amazing team,” including his assistant, Tifiny Andersen.

    “Most people only have 30 to 60 minutes to eat. Tifiny and I want them to come here, relax and have a first-class experience,” says Barker.

    Instead of frozen food and bland ingredients, Barker uses fresh produce purchased from local vendors, and specialty items like Persian cucumbers and Japanese eggplant.

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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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  •  A glimpse of one of Kindred's amazing food service staffs. A glimpse of one of Kindred's amazing food service staffs.

    Last week was National Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week, a time set aside to honor healthcare food and nutrition professionals. Thousands of patients and residents are admitted to Kindred facilities every year, and our staff has an amazing ability to keep up with all of their dietary needs and restrictions.


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  • Kindred to Offer Anti-Psychotic Drug Seminar

    By Sophia Kroon

    Kindred Healthcare is inviting all to attend a WebEx seminar focused on increasing knowledge of the appropriate use of anti-psychotic drugs in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care.

    The one-hour seminar, led by Fred Feinsod, M.D., C.M.D. and Marc Rothman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, and Senior Vice President of Kindred Healthcare, will equip participants with the proper knowledge of the use of anti-psychotic drugs. At the seminar’s end, participants will be capable of:

    This seminar also counts towards Continuing Education Credits.

    For SNF staff: This seminar has been registered with ANCC for up to 2.0 nursing CE contact hours. The Activity Number is # 12-02-08 and earns individuals completing the program 2.0 contact hours. Currently one date is registered: September 7, 2012.

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  • A Kindred Success Story: Cody

    By Sophia Kroon
     Cody, a patient at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley, had great dedication and never gave up on his health. Cody, a patient at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley, had great dedication and never gave up on his health.

    Cody, a patient at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley, was visiting a cousin’s home when he was found unresponsive and taken by ambulance to a short-term acute care hospital. He was admitted for acute respiratory failure, hypoxia, encephalopathy, acute renal failure, acute hepatitis and rhabdomyolysis.

    At the short-term acute care hospital, Cody’s condition was stabilized but he still required high-intensity care. He transferred to Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley for continued care including ventilator weaning, respiratory therapy and rehabilitation.

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  • National Hospital Week, a celebration of hospital history, technology and staff, is May 6-12. So this seems like the perfect time to recognize some of the Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division’s recent successes.

    Honoring National Hospital Week by Noting Recent Successes Over the last several years, Kindred’s Hospital Division has been working diligently to reduce acute care hospital readmissions. “Once patients have been transferred to one of our facilities, it’s our goal to provide them with all of the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities that will take them through to the next level of care, which is hopefully home,” says Jeffrey Winter, President, Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division. “There’s always a risk involved with transitions of care, so the more we can provide for our patients without sending them back to an acute care hospital, the better.”

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  • Celebrating National Nutrition Month in Our FacilitiesMarch is National Nutrition Month. To make sure that Kindred facilities are prepared, Karen Omietanski, MBA, RD, LD, Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Nursing Center Division, Kindred Healthcare, and Quincie Grounds, RD, LD, CNSD, Nutrition Services Clinical Consultant, Hospital Division, Kindred Healthcare, have put together some resources to help facilities celebrate the importance of good nutrition.

    “Each facility will get a National Nutrition Month flyer (pictured below) that they can copy and display in various locations throughout the center,” Omietanski says. “They’ll also receive a Certificate of Recognition to be presented to their registered dietitians.”

    During National Nutrition Month, Omietanski and Grounds also send facilities a list of possible methods for educating staff about proper nutrition and for honoring their dedicated Nutrition Services employees. The list includes:

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