• 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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  • Editor's Note: Due to the late onset of winter, flu continues to show up in communities across the United States.

    In December of 2009, 24-year-old Sarah Flack was admitted to Kindred Hospital-San Francisco Bay Area following a five-week stay at another hospital where she had been battling H1N1. “I moved to Kindred because my parents were told it was a good place for physical therapy and for weaning people off of ventilators,” Flack says. “The staff there was phenomenal.”

    One of the things that Flack liked about Kindred Hospital was the staff’s flexibility. “I was one of the youngest patients there, so I always had family in my room during visiting hours and sometimes even after,” she says. “When I was first admitted to Kindred, I was in a room with another patient, and it was just too crowded. So I asked for another room, and within a few hours, they moved me into a room that had plenty of space.”

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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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  • Recent Advances in Occupational Therapy

    By Ryan Squire

    Occupational therapists work with patients on day-to-day activities designed to improve their ability to function independently. “Occupational therapists use a variety of methods to help patients achieve their goals,” says Jeanna Conder, MBA, OTR/L, Director, Clinical Operations, RehabCare. “For example, if a therapist is working with a patient who has had a stroke, the therapist might provide adaptive equipment, such as an elevated commode or a shower seat. For pediatric patients, the therapist might use ‘play’ to improve motor skills, which will ultimately improve function.”

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  • Sally Brooks, MDSally Brooks, MD

    Kindred Healthcare’s medical advisory boards provide valuable information that helps Kindred keep up with current trends in medicine and improve patient care. “We have two types of medical advisory boards,” says Sally Brooks M.D, Vice President, Physician and Medical Development, Kindred Healthcare. “Each of our three divisions—Hospital, Nursing Center, and RehabCare—has an advisory board. In addition, we have local advisory boards in markets where we’re providing high-acuity care.”

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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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  • In an attempt to recruit new therapists, RehabCare, a contract rehabilitation company in Louisville, Ky., developed a free CEU course on orthopedics. The course was held in Chicago on January 24th. “We’re always looking for innovative, creative ways to reach out to therapists and let them know who we are,” says J.D. Miller, recruiter, RehabCare. “We had a need for therapists in the greater Chicago area, and we saw this as an opportunity to attract a large number of therapists so we could get them familiar with our organization.”


    The course was initially planned for 40 participants. “There were 70+ therapists who attended,” Miller says. “Our presenter said it was the biggest turnout she’d ever seen. We had such positive results from the first course that we planned a second one for February 9.” The second event had 43 attendees.

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  • The 2011 Clinical Impact Symposium Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Across the Continuum, held December 6-8 in Louisville, Ky., offered some great information on providing patients the highest level of care.

    Cardio-Pulmonary Clinical Impact Symposium “The clinical guidelines for long-term care and rehabilitation have evolved gradually and changed considerably over the last several years,” he says. “Skilled nursing facilities have sometimes lagged behind. Dr. Pandya provided some easy-to-follow instructions and tools that will help those facilities to better manage their patients with diabetes.”

    Sean Muldoon, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Hospital Division, Kindred Healthcare, says that the “hazards of immobility that lead to polymyoneuropathy” theme was a common one during several of the sessions. “This validates the Kindred model of integrated restorative services, which will lead staff to update these findings with renewed determination into hospital care models,” he says.


    Daniel Forman, MD, FACC, FAHADaniel Forman, MD, FACC, FAHA


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  • With the spotlight on activity professionals during Activities Professionals Week on Jan. 22-28, we asked Emilee Kulin and John Davis of Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley to share the story of their highly successful activities program.

    Del and Elsie Houck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16 at Mountain Valley Care and Rehab in Kellogg. Elsie is a resident at our facility. They enjoyed a catered prawn dinner from the Broken Wheel, their favorite restaurant.Del and Elsie Houck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16 at Mountain Valley Care and Rehab in Kellogg. Elsie is a resident at our facility. They enjoyed a catered prawn dinner from the Broken Wheel, their favorite restaurant.

    Kulin, the activities director, says that the residents at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley come from a small rural community of people who worked as miners, loggers, or in recreation fields. “Our residents are used to being active” she says, “so we try to give them activities that will fit that lifestyle. We have Tuesday night poker games, bingo, dominoes and happy hour. On Friday nights, we have a band that plays from 6:30 to 8:30.”

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  • Your Most Important 30 Minutes Today

    By Ryan Squire

    We found this video on YouTube and thought that it did a great job summing up one of the most important themes of the 2011 Clinical Impact Symposium on Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation across the Continuum. We would like you to share what you do in the most important 30 minutes you take for yourself today; you never know, you may inspire another reader with a unique way you stay active. Just add your thoughts in the comments.

    23 1/2 hours, What is the single best thing we can do for our health?


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