Signature HealthCARE CEO Inducted into Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Joe Steier, and Business Leaders Across Kentucky, Added to Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017 – Joe Steier, President and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, will join the ranks of many successful entrepreneurs in November. Mr. Steier will be inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Joe Steier, Signature HealthCARE President and CEO, was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame celebrates the diverse stories of Kentucky’s most successful entrepreneurs. The Hall of Fame strives to promote entrepreneurship, and its impact in the Commonwealth, and encourages others to pursue similar ambitious endeavors. Mr. Steier will be joined by Doug Cobb, Founder of The Cobb Group and Founder of Chrysalis Ventures, and  Kimberly Knopf, Founder of Innovative Mattress Solutions, for this year’s celebration in November.

Groundbreaking Celebrates Project to Enhance Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Services in Johnson City

Groundbreaking Celebrates Multi-Million Dollar Project

Johnson City, Tn., July 19, 2017 – Local leaders and executives of Signature HealthCARE and Mountain States Health Alliance picked up shovels on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of Princeton Transitional Care and Assisted Living Facility. The project will revive the dormant land and add 100 jobs to the Tri-Cities area.

Construction for the new, state-of-the-art Princeton Transitional Care & Assisted Living has officially begun.

“We are thrilled to partner with Mountain States Health Alliance on a project that will provide much needed services in a beautiful, state-of-art facility on a campus setting.”  George Burkley, Chief Strategy Officer for Signature HealthCARE, said.  “The services and options that will be provided will meet a vital need and we believe be a terrific addition to the community.”

The facility will provide a new home for the skilled nursing services of Princeton Transitional Care, and will also add 60 assisted living apartments, featuring a streetscape with a chapel and theatre, library and media center, market place, java bar, ice cream & bistro, billiard parlor, country store, pharmacy, and an on-site physician office.

“Princeton Transitional Care has a history of excellence in skilled nursing care,” said Grace Pereira, vice president of outpatient and post-acute care services for Mountain States. “With the addition of assisted living in this new facility, we will be able to provide a more comprehensive continuum of services to our region with the same quality and caring atmosphere people have come to know and trust.”

“We already serve several communities in Northeast Tennessee, and to add our expertise in post-acute care to the Johnson City community is an honor,” Joe Steier, President and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, said.

“Our senior population deserves to age with dignity and to have the support they need to continue thriving in our community,” said Alan Levine, president and CEO of Mountain States. “This investment by Mountain States Health Alliance and Signature HealthCARE is designed to meet the important needs of our beloved seniors.”

The new one-story, 73,000-square-foot facility will be located on Princeton Road on the site of the former North Side Hospital. It will be jointly owned by Signature HealthCARE and Mountain States Health Alliance and is slated to open in late 2018. Reservations for the assisted living facility will become available in the spring of 2018.

Danville Centre Celebrates 104-year-old Veteran

Birthday Celebration Marks Milestone for Danville Centre Resident

Danville, Ky., June 14, 2017 – It is rare to find a person with memories of the hardships of the ‘30’s, the vibrancy of the 60’s and many changes in the 90’s. Ernest Blanchet is one of those rare people with memories of all of these decades. Ernest, along with the Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation, will mark his 104th birthday with a celebration on Friday, June 16th at 1:30 p.m. at 642 N. Third Street.

Members of the Army and Navy celebrated veteran Ernest Blanchet’s birthday at Danville Centre for Health & Rehabilitation.

Though Ernest does not have any secrets of life to share, he attributes his long life to knowing that he lives in his own heaven on earth…Kentucky. He enjoys each moment living in his heaven on earth with his favorite hobbies of gardening and watching silent movies.

Ernest’s days have been relaxing since retiring from both the Army and Navy. In fact, he is the oldest living naval veteran in Kentucky. Regional 1st Sergeant Hawkinson, along with other representatives of the military, will be in attendance honoring Ernest’s service to our country. Members of the community will join celebrating Ernest’s 104th birthday on Friday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Danville Centre for Health & Rehabilitation.

Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall Marks Culture Change Milestone

Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall Officially Added to Eden Alternative Registry

Lawrenceburg, Ky., June 28, 2017 – Staff at Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall Rehab & Wellness Center have reason to celebrate this week. After several years, they achieved the industry milestone of being added to the Eden Alternative Registry.

Though slogans, such as patient centered care, clutter healthcare companies, person-directed care is an approach and mindset that everyone, from the nursing home administrator to each CNA, must adopt to achieve Eden-Alternative Certification. Person-directed care says that each person’s individual desires and needs are considered in their health care decisions.

“It is exciting to see Heritage Hall Rehab & Wellness Center be added to the Eden Alternative Registry.  This milestone is the beginning of their commitment to person-directed care, which honors individual preferences and needs of each of our elders,” Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation at Signature HealthCARE said.

The road for Heritage Hall to officially be added to the Eden Alternative Registry was worth the wait. “Since starting this journey, I have seen a transformation throughout our home. From nurses to CNAs to our residents, I see the values of an elder-centered community lived out every day. We here at Heritage Hall strive every day to create an atmosphere of family. I am tremendously proud to have been a part of our journey here towards culture change and elder-centered care,” Justin Carwile, Administrator at Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall Rehab & Wellness Center, said.

The Eden Alternative Registry works to transform the well-being and daily life of elders who call nursing homes their home. Nursing homes on the Eden Alternative Registry experience less staff turnover, according to data from a survey of 2011-2016 members of the registry.

Documentary Filmmakers Showcase Person-Centered Care

Next Avenue Visits Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County

Cookeville, Tn., June 7, 2017 –  Person-centered care is transforming Signature HealthCARE, and documentary filmmakers visited Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County to get a firsthand look at the transformation. Next Avenue’s short documentary features person-centered care from each perspective inside a long-term care center.

At Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County person-centered care often takes the form of intergenerational events. The long-term care center recently hosted a Magical Mayhem Carnival, a Harry Potter themed event in conjunction with the elementary school just across the street. Person-centered care prioritizes the unique needs and desires of each individual, including social needs, and involves individuals in their daily care.

Watch Next Avenue’s short documentary featuring Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County here. Next Avenue is the public broadcasting service’s first and only national news devoted to the booming population of older Americans.

Danville Centre Celebrates 101-year-old Veteran

Epic Birthday Party Celebrates 101-year-old Veteran


Danville, Ky., May 15, 2017 – Walter Juteau has celebrated many life milestones since 1916, and this Saturday is a special landmark for the oldest World War II veteran in Kentucky. Family and lifelong friends are coming together Saturday, May 20th at the Danville Centre for an Epic Birthday Party celebrating Walter’s 101st birthday. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will present Walter with a plaque recognizing his service to the country.

Photo courtesy The Advocate Messenger

While he has not found the fountain of youth, yet, Walters says his secret to a long life is “Not worrying about things.” He lives out this motto since retiring at the age of 90 years old with his favorite hobbies, fishing and riding a snow mobile.

Walter will celebrate his 101st birthday on Saturday, May 20th at the Danville Centre, 642 North 3rd Street, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  He was born in Newport, New York in 1916. He is the oldest World War II veteran in Kentucky and the second oldest marine in the country. He currently resides at the Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation.

Religious Leaders Join Signature HealthCARE in National Day of Prayer Celebration

National Day of Prayer Ceremony Recognizes Power of Faith

LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 3, 2017 — Signature HealthCARE believes in the power unity in times of uncertainty. Diverse religious leaders joined hands in celebrating their common sacred purpose on the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4th.

“In a time of so much national turmoil, it’s important that we recognize the power of faith to bring us all together,” said Joe Steier, President and CEO of Signature HealthCARE. “The National Day of Prayer is a beloved annual tradition for our residents and stakeholders across the region. It’s never been more needed.”

Signature HealthCARE joined local religious leaders for this year’s National Day of Prayer celebration.

The National Day of Prayer celebration took place at the Signature HealthCARE corporate headquarters, 12201 Bluegrass Pkwy., at 10: 30 a.m. The spiritual service hosted religious leaders of nearly every major religion, including:

  • Roman Catholic: Father Jim Flynn
  • Baha’i: Nancy Harris
  • Jewish: Rabbi Gaylia Rooks
  • Hindu: Sunder Iyer
  • Native American: Jeremiah A.R. Cunningham
  • Buddhist: Rev Nanda
  • Christian: The Very Rev Joan Pritcher
  • Unitarian: Elwood Sturtevant
  • Quakers: Markham French
  • Muslim: Imam Muhammad Iqbal
  • Sikh: Dennis Stork

Read how Signature HealthCARE communities celebrated National Day of Prayer:

Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing 

Gastonia Care and Rehabilitation 

Signature HealthCARE Center of Waterford

Spring City Care & Rehabilitation Center

Signature celebrates National Nursing Home and Nurses Week

On the heels of a most successful National Day of Prayer, Signature facilities kept the fun going last week for National Nursing Home Week and National Nurses Week!

Many Signature facilities celebrated National Nursing Home and Nurses Week with a series of themed activities for residents and staff to enjoy.

Follow the links below to see what these facilities have done so far:

And catch up on what some of our facilities did for National Day of Prayer:

Signature Celebrates ‘Spring Break Day’ Event

On April 19, Signature facilities celebrated the annual companywide ‘Spring Break Day’ event. The goal of the event is simply to get residents out of the buildings, active and having fun. ‘Spring Break Day’ also ties to Signature’s Guiding Principles

Check out what some of the buildings below did with their residents…


SHC of Harbour Pointe had an 80’s themed BBQ. Residents enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ Chicken, baked beans, mac and cheese, potato chips, soda and of course popsicles. The weather was warm so to cool off there were squirt guns and wading pools. Good music was played and everyone had a blast. – Jennifer A. Kintyhtt, Quality of Life Director


SHC of Hart County had a fantastic day. We spent all day outside. Lunch, games, crafts, music and dancing and water balloon fights were just some of the things we enjoyed. Our theme was Cruising the Caribbean. We had a ship wheel photo prop and a Jaws photo booth set up for fun pictures. – Leslie Roten Quality of Life Director


SHC of Bowling Green staff and 12 of our residents went to the park for the day. Residents played horse shoes, trivia and had a cookout. Some of the residents ate three hotdogs! It turned out to be a beautiful and pleasant day. One of our volunteers and a staff member went to McDonald’s and got all the residents ice cream too! – Sue Shepherd Quality of Life Director


Nashville Community Care & Rehabilitation at Bordeaux had a great day! Lots of games, food, good music, firemen, prizes, a photo booth and a petting zoo! – Dana Galuten, Quality of Life Director

Five SHC Florida Facilities Visit Tarpon Sponge Docks

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Five SHC Florida facilities joined together to celebrate Greek culture with a trip to Tarpon Sponge Docks. SHC of Pinellas Park, Golfview, Gulfport, Peninsula and Southern Pines ended a month-long observance of Greek culture by making memories and enjoying a staycation right in their own backyard.

Tarpon Sponge Docks is host to a large Greek community. The sponge industry helped build the Greek community here and is now, not only famous for the world’s finest sponges, but for some of the finest Greek restaurants, markets and bakeries. The residents enjoyed a meal at the famous Greek restaurant Hellas. Special highlights included a resident from Peninsula treated like royalty for his birthday and served a special cake from his son. Hellas treated all five Signature facilities like VIPs and accommodated the large group, wheel chairs and all during a very busy Spring Break season. After lunch the group enjoyed shopping in the gift shops and sitting on the docks listening to island music and having ice-cream.