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Signature HealthCARE Drives Quality of Life and Therapy Goals with Wheelchair Super Bowl Events

Annual Wheelchair Super Bowl Brings Neighborly Competition

Louisville, Ky. – February 14, 2018 –  While the NFL hosted the Eagles and Patriots at the Super Bowl, elders from over 10 Signature HealthCARE locations competed in the Wheelchair Super Bowl. The event, which Signature has held for six years, brings stakeholders from every department, Quality of Life, Therapy, Dietary, and more, together.

Just like friends, family and neighbors gathering to watch the Super Bowl, Signature HealthCARE elders, stakeholders and families participated in Wheelchair Super Bowl events. At Signature HealthCARE of Sunrise Manor, the halftime entertainment featured Justin himself…Justin Carwile, administrator at Sunrise Manor. And at Signature Healthcare of Hart County, stakeholders put on a halftime show with music from Bruno Mars.

“From the preparation of the event, creating signs and décor, putting together the halftime shows, learning the plays with the therapy team and having the nursing staff get involved in teaching Elders cheers and the Elders teaching us cheers from their day, it appeals to most everyone. Anyone who wants to join in the fun is always invited,” Roni Anderson, Regional Quality of Life Director at Signature HealthCARE said.

Wheelchair Super Bowl for one elder was a special day when he presented the winning certificate to the administrator. After scoring 10 field goals and winning, Mr. Ivey of Signature HealthCARE at the Courtyard said, “It’s the most fun I’ve had all year!”

At Signature, quality of life is approached with innovative thinking and an infusion of fresh ideas. Because of Signature’s unique approach, Wheelchair Super Bowl is just one of many one-of-a-kind Quality of Life programs.

Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach Celebrates 100th Birthday of Resident

WWII Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday with Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach

Palm Beach, FL – February 9th, 2018 – Friends and family from over five states travelled to Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach in celebration of a special milestone for one resident. James Zell turned 100 on January 20th, and over 100 friends, family and staff of Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach celebrated alongside him.

Zell is a World War II veteran and was recently honored at the 2017 Wellington Holiday Parade in Palm Beach, Florida.

After college, Zell worked in his first job as an English and Social Studies teacher in South Hill, VA. Later in his career, he worked for Ford Motor Company touring the country giving speeches.

50th Signature HealthCARE Location Named to National Eden Alternative Registry

Signature HealthCARE Blazes the Trail for Culture Change

Person-directed care is at the heart of Signature HealthCARE’s culture change movement.

Louisville, Ky. –January 25, 2018 – With the recent addition of Signature HealthCARE at Jackson Manor in Annville, Kentucky, Signature HealthCARE celebrates its 50th location to be named to the Eden Alternative Registry, a national list of certified culture change nursing homes. Seven years ago, Signature HealthCARE Quality of Life teams and executives decided to blaze the trail of culture change in the long-term care industry.

“When we started this journey in 2011, the idea of the organizational transformation we would need to undergo seemed daunting at best. We knew it would take perseverance to see this vision come to life, and as a team we began to fight for it with all we had. We aligned every strategy to enhance and accelerate our person-directed care movement,” Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation at Signature HealthCARE, said.

The Eden Alternative Registry certifies health care facilities fully embracing person-directed care approach from the administrator to nurses to CNAs. The person-directed care approach transforms care by prioritizing a person’s unique needs and particular wants in daily care and decision making. Signature HealthCARE is committed to continue leading the way in person-directed care, hoping to add even more locations to the Eden Registry.

“We celebrate the fact that we have landed our 50th home on this journey with us,” Angie McAllister said. “However, we also look to the future and realize we have so much yet to do. We are only getting started.” Small changes mounting to transformations of stakeholders and elders is at the heart of person-directed care and Signature’s purpose driven strategy towards the Eden Registry.

Create Change Institute Engages Community

Signature HealthCARE Partners with TimeSlips, Fund for the Arts, It’s Never Too Late!, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence & Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services

Louisville, Ky. –January 18, 2018 – Too often nursing home elders are untapped for their imagination, creativity and wisdom. A new project is tackling the problem of leaving many older adults idle. Signature HealthCARE is partnering with TimeSlips and Fund for the Arts to empower older adults to exercise their creative muscles and embrace their imagination.

“Relationships built during these few days together will enhance well-being and growth for all of the attendees. Anytime a diverse group of individuals such as this can come together to rally around a common vision, magic is sure to happen,” Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation at Signature HealthCARE and International Board Member of the Eden Alternative Registry.

The Create Change Institute brings together healthcare professionals working in long-term care, professional artists, students at any stage and older adults. Taking place at the Brown Theatre from January 18th to 19th, the Create Change Institute brings people together of different perspectives in integrating creativity in long-term healthcare.

“The Institute is a blast of inspiration for folks to re-imagine what is possible when worlds of creativity and care collide,” said Anne Basting, Founder & Director of TimeSlips, Professor of Theatre at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a 2016 MacArthur Fellow.

From flying lessons to a music workshop, the Create Change Institute connects creativity in arts to care in the healthcare business. The Create Change Institute is a collaboration between Time Slips, Signature HealthCARE, Fund for the Arts and is sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, It’s Never Too Late! and the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services.

Sebring Mayor Declares Signature HealthCARE Senior Olympics Day in Florida

16 Signature HealthCARE Locations Compete in Florida Senior Olympics 

Sebring Mayor John Schoop declared January 11th Signature HealthCARE Senior Olympics Day.

Sebring, Fl. –January 11, 2018 – Signature HealthCARE of Jacksonville joined 15 other Signature facilities in friendly competition at Senior Olympics. The event took place in Sebring, Fl. on January 11th with teams competing in events such as basketball, corn-hole toss, reacher relay, wheelchair race, volleyball and cheering.

Sebring Mayor John Schoop and Sheriff Paul Blackman kicked off the event by declaring January 11th Signature HealthCARE Senior Olympics Day across Florida. Followed by a presentation of colors and the Sebring High School Marching Band, the competition officially began for patients, staff and volunteers of 16 Signature HealthCARE nursing and rehabilitation centers. Stakeholders and patients from Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation took the first place trophy home to Orange County, Fl.

Signature HealthCARE’s Senior Olympics brings together patients and long-term care stakeholders from across Florida to push aside the aging clichés for fierce competition, perseverance and teamwork.

Regional Quality of Life Director, Sheri Morin, organized the event and said, “Instead of looking back at their life, Signature HealthCARE patients at Senior Olympics look to their friendly competitors and say, ‘I’ll get you next year.’”

Senior Olympics teams represented these Signature HealthCARE locations:

Anchor Care & Rehabilitation Center in Palm Bay, Fl.

Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens in Homestead, Fl.

Signature HealthCARE at College Park in Fort Meyers, Fl.

Signature HealthCARE of Gainesville in Gainesville, Fl.

Golfview Healthcare Center in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Gulfport Rehabilitation Center in Pasadena, Fl.

Golfcrest Healthcare Center in Hollywood, Fl.

Heritage Park Care & Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton, Fl.

Signature HealthCARE of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fl.

Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sebring, Fl.

Signature HealthCARE of Orange Park in Orange Park, Fl.

Signature HealthCARE of Ormond in Ormond Beach, Fl.

Peninsula Care & Rehabilitation Center in Tarpon Springs, Fl.

Signature HealthCARE Port Charlotte in Port Charlotte, Fl.

Southern Pines Healthcare Center in New Port Richey, Fl.

Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center in Orange County, Fl.

It’s Official! Signature HealthCARE Is a Great Place to Work

Majority of Signature Stakeholders Say “My Work Has Special Meaning”

Louisville, Ky. –January 3, 2018 – Independent analysts at Great Place to Work® have crunched the numbers and determined that Signature HealthCARE is, indeed, a great workplace for over 18,000 stakeholders. Signature HealthCARE earned this distinction based on extensive ratings given by its stakeholders in anonymous surveys.

“At Signature, we are made of passionate people caring for other people,” CEO and President Joe Steier said. “To see that our stakeholders truly find meaning in offering the highest quality healthcare we can, means we will continue to lead the healthcare revolution from the front.”

 With innovative programs, such as Pinnacle, a CNA Career Ladder, Administrator-in-Training and the Hall of Fame, Signature is committed to being a caring workplace. 92 percent of Signature HealthCARE stakeholders said “My work has special meaning. This is not ‘just a job.’” And 88 percent of Signature HealthCARE stakeholders said, “I’m proud to tell others I work here.”

“We take a different approach when it comes to people who are part of the Signature family. We commit to investing in our stakeholder’s growth and to recognizing their accomplishments,” Mary McNevin, Chief People Officer at Signature HealthCARE, said.

Signature HealthCARE employees completed 1,509 anonymous surveys, resulting in a 90 percent confidence level.

Signature HealthCARE Marks Major Culture Change Milestone in 2017

Nine Signature HealthCARE Locations Added to Eden Registry

Louisville, Ky. – December 30, 2017 – Signature HealthCARE added nine locations to the national Eden Alternative Registry in 2017 marking a major milestone in culture change. Leading the person-directed care movement, Eden certified Signature HealthCARE locations embrace a new mindset, from the administrator to nurses, where an elder’s unique needs and specific wants are at the heart of daily decisions.

49 Signature HealthCARE locations are officially named to the Eden Alternative Registry.

“These milestones are not the end of a journey. It is the beginning. It is so often a transformation for the stakeholders, elders and even families at a Signature HealthCARE community,” Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation at Signature HealthCARE said. “We’re thrilled to see 49 Signature HealthCARE locations named to the Eden Alternative Registry.

The Signature HealthCARE locations added to the Eden Registry in 2017 include:

Signature HealthCARE of Spencer County in Taylorsville, Ky.

Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall Rehab & Wellness Center in Lawrenceburg, Ky.

Signature HealthCARE of Monroe County Rehab & Wellness Center in Tompkinsville, Ky.

Signature HealthCARE of Hartford Rehab & Wellness Center in Hartford, Ky.

Lee County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Beattyville, Ky.

Signature HealthCARE at Colonial Rehab & Wellness Center in Bardstown, Ky.

Signature HealthCARE of Hart County Rehab & Wellness Center in Horse Cave, Ky.

Signature HealthCARE of Glasgow in Glasgow, Ky.

Signature HealthCARE of Carrollton Rehab & Wellness Center in Carroll Co., Ky.

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

Signature HealthCARE Home Office Stakeholders Volunteer 100 Hours During 12 Days of Service

12 Days of Service Puts Compassion to Work at Signature HealthCARE

Louisville, Ky. – December 12, 2017 – Signature HealthCARE stakeholders at the home office volunteered 100 hours during the annual 12 Days of Service. The program, which began in 2011, has become a beloved company tradition. Stakeholders chose between working shifts as a Certified Nursing Assistant or volunteering for quality of life activities at one of the Louisville area Signature locations.

For those that work as a CNA, the experience serves as a reminder, particularly to stakeholders not working in a clinical capacity, that CNA’s are the heart of Signature HealthCARE. And for those volunteering with quality of life activities from Christmas caroling, bingo and card games, and tree decorating, the experience leaves an impact they take back with them to the home office.

Signature HealthCARE CEO and President, Joe Steier, and Vice President of Spirituality, David Baumgartner, worked as CNAs at Signature HealthCARE of South Louisville. “It’s about going further than talking about our Sacred Six values. It’s about showing our company values at work,” David Baumgartner said.

Stakeholders also volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul’s Open Hand Kitchen as part of the annual 12 Days of Service volunteer program.

Signature HealthCARE Hall of Fame Preserves Patient, Stakeholder and Volunteer Accomplishments

2017 Hall of Fame Adds Over 450 Accomplished Names

Louisville, Ky. – November 2, 2017 – Across 11 states today, Signature HealthCARE is adding to its Hall of Fame and cementing the stories of over 450 patients, stakeholders and volunteers.

Signature HealthCARE’s 2017 Hall of Fame honors over 400 individuals.

 This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include: a lightweight professional boxer; Air Force, Navy and Army servicemen; World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans; and numerous small business owners, educators and community volunteers. In addition, inductees include many nurses, physical therapists and Certified Nursing Assistants who have served long-term care patients for over 20 years.

“Everyone has a story, and the Hall of Fame celebrates those stories and preserves them for future generations. The Hall of Fame showcases hundreds of patients, employees, volunteers and others who have impacted others and their community. We treasure this event each year to celebrate those living with purpose in our organization,” Jason Kwart, Signature Hall of Fame co-founder, said.

Since 2003, Signature HealthCARE’s annual Hall of Fame has celebrated the contributions of patients, employees and volunteers. From hometown heroes to nationally recognized servicemen, authors, entrepreneurs and more, thousands have been added to Signature’s Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated into one of the following categories: academia, author, community involvement, military servicemen, entrepreneur, founder, journalism, leadership, personal accomplishments, professional accomplishments, public service, sports, theater and entertainment and volunteerism.

Signature HealthCARE Recognized for Innovations in Senior Care Community

Signature HealthCARE Awarded with Bluegrass Aging Care Award

Louisville, Ky. – October 25, 2017 – Signature HealthCARE accepted the Bluegrass Care Navigators Aging Care Award yesterday at the MediStar awards. The Bluegrass Aging Care Award is presented to an organization that shows forward-thinking and innovation in providing care for the senior community.

Signature HealthCARE and YourDoc2U leaders celebrate at the Kentucky MediStar Awards.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by others in the healthcare industry. Signature strives to serve every patient along our continuum of care with our mission and compassion at heart, even in the face of growing political and regulatory challenges,” Joe Steier, President and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, said.

Signature HealthCARE is leading the culture change movement in the long-term care industry with 44 locations currently added to the national Eden Alternative Registry, over 100 locations accredited through Providigm’s Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) program and eight locations on the 2016-2017 US News & World Report Best Nursing Homes List.

With the aging of the baby-boomers, the need for short-term care, rehabilitation, long-term care and skilled-nursing will be far greater in the next ten to twenty years. Signature HealthCARE puts its mission of revolutionizing the healthcare industry at the center to constantly implement services meeting the changing needs of the senior community.

The MediStar awards have previously recognized Signature HealthCARE’s Dianne Timmering and Linda Howe for the Hall Render Leadership in Healthcare Award.